'My degree has helped to nurture and solidify my ability to commit to the goals I set for myself...'
Bachelor of Commerce with an endorsement in Information Systems
Executive Director, EPIC Innovation
President of Business Development, CerebralFix Ltd
‘Through each of my roles I’m fortunate to work on a day-to-day basis with some of the world’s most influential and experienced executives, engaging with multi-million to multi-billion dollar brands,’ Henry says. ‘I seek to reinforce the international perception that New Zealand companies are capable of not only meeting, but exceeding, expectations when performing on the global stage.’
His role with EPIC Innovation has Henry connecting technology companies with a range of industry clients to help build their businesses.
‘I work with my three business partners to manage and grow the 4000sqm EPIC technology campus on Manchester Street where we house 20 innovation-focused companies, with around 300 full-time employees between them. In the background we have developed a global network of industry leaders, entrepreneurs and other international HUBs who are excited to connect with New Zealand.’
Henry’s role at CerebralFix, one of the country’s largest video game development studios, sees him liaise with some of Hollywood’s biggest brands to create social and mobile games.
‘My day-to-day role includes seeking out new business whilst maintaining contact and building relationships with our existing business partners such as Disney, DreamWorks and Sony Pictures to name a few.’ Henry’s Commerce degree has provided solid preparation for balancing and managing the barrage of requirements he’s responsible for each day.
‘My degree has helped to nurture and solidify my ability to commit to completing and executing the goals I set for myself, no matter how ridiculous they may look from afar,’ he says.
With a dual interest in ‘high-level computing and business’, studying Information Systems was an empowering balance between technology and business management.
‘Information Systems is an exciting and continually growing industry with multiple directions for potential career paths, especially right now here in Christchurch.’
While he had originally chosen UC for being close to home, Henry soon found the University to be a great place for the development of his skills.
‘UC is well deserving of its great reputation for commerce studies, the lecturers are passionate and the learning environment is extremely capable of providing students with the tools they require for success.’
Henry’s career goal is working to help New Zealand maintain its current rate of growth as a key player in the global technology industry.
‘I believe it’s realistic that we can grow New Zealand into the Silicon Valley of the Southern Hemisphere,’ he says.