Scholar profile – Ben Anderson

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2021 Scholar

Ben Anderson

Bio & research

Ben Anderson is the owner and manager of a dry stock farm in the Central Hawkes Bay, with a focus on deer velvet. Ben also works off farm as Project Manager, specialising in the identification, development and implementation of government funded projects in the regions.

Ben holds a master’s degree and was previously an officer in the regular force of the NZ Army, as well as a Risk Management Consultant specialising in developing countries and post conflict environments.

Ben strongly believes in New Zealand’s farming sector and the people that work within it. He is also passionate about ensuring its future success in a time of rapid change. Ben’s particular area of interest is climate change and managing both the challenges and opportunities that it will create.

Mat’s report aims to provide a model for generating and capturing ideas to solve the wicked problems of food and agriculture.

The key element to solving this is bringing to bear the focus, passion, practical application and entrepreneurial drive of our farmers and growers. The innovation model needs to put them at the centre and build an innovation consciousness amongst our farmers and growers.

Read the full report >>

Current employment

Puketotara Farm

Other Affiliations

Regional Deer Industry Discussion Group

Hawke’s Bay Deer Farmers Association
Committee Member

Onga Tiko Hunting and Fishing Club
Committee Member



Hawke’s Bay



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Ben Anderson



Master’s Degree, International Relations (Merit), Victoria University of Wellington
New Zealand Army Officer Cadet School Commissioning Course

Training, Scholarships & Awards

1997 - 2014

Various professional qualifications specific to defence and risk management

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