Gary Ward

General Manager, Knowledge Services

Knowledge Services respond to Victoria University's mandate as a global-civic university by applying Victoria’s knowledge and expertise to capability and capacity building projects, particularly in development and education.

Biography

Gary brings a business background to the role of managing Viclink's Knowledge Services function, having qualified as a chartered accountant before spending eight years working in the reinsurance industry in Dublin, Ireland. During Gary's time with Viclink he has progressed from managing Viclink's finance function to managing the portfolio of programmes under the Knowledge Services banner, completing an MBT from UNSW along the way.

 

Knowledge Services projects are as diverse as the academic experts and the region we engage in, and include:

  • Delivering bespoke English language programmes (under contract to MFAT), to government officials from SE Asia and Africa, both in New Zealand in in SE Asia.
  • Developing toolkits for large ocean states to manage invasive ant species.
  • Creating bespoke distance learning programmes to build nursing teaching and research capacity in Samoa.
  • Providing a world-renowned bullying prevention programme to New Zealand schools to improve the lives and future outcomes of our children.

 

"The reward from the role is two-fold:

 

Firstly, it's been a notable achievement, starting with the ELTO and School Support programmes under the Accent Learning brand, to not only develop and grow these programmes, but substantially diversify and deepen Viclink's engagement with Victoria. We're working with faculties that wouldn't traditionally engage with a tech transfer office, such as health, education, law, commerce and the humanities.

 

Without doubt though the biggest challenge – and reward – is working across distance and cultures in developing solutions that make a real and lasting difference to our region and its people."