Professor Shaun Hendy is Director of the Centre of Research Excellence Te Pūnaha Matatini and a Professor of Physics at the University of Auckland. His work centres on the study of complex systems and networks.

Professor Hendy is a regular contributor to public debate and discussion on science issues and is a strong advocate for the New Zealand science and technology sector and its potential to make a far greater contribution to New Zealand’s economy and future.  

He grew up in Palmerston North, studied at Massey University and gained his PhD from the University of Alberta, Canada. On completion of his PhD, he was awarded a New Zealand Science and Technology Post-doctoral Fellowship which he took up at Industrial Research Ltd in Wellington. In 2013, he joined Victoria University of Wellington in the School of Chemical & Physical Sciences where he was appointed Professor in 2010.

Professor Hendy has served as Deputy Director of the MacDiarmid Institute and as President of the New Zealand Association of Scientists and was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society Te Aparangi in 2012. In 2013, he published Get Off the Grass with Sir Paul Callaghan, describing their high-tech vision for New Zealand’s economy.