Deb Gilbertson is an innovation and education specialist and the principal consultant at Te Kaihau Ltd. Deb has thirty years of experience in developing people, and twelve years experience working as a consultant to businesses and government. Her work focuses on how individuals and organisations can unleash their latent potential to make ideas happen.
Deb has helped over 2000 new ventures to navigate the pitfalls of start up. At Industry New Zealand she worked with the highest growth companies, with 100% rating her as “greatly exceeding expectations”.
For organisations she has helped them develop their strategies and leadership tools to enable the passion that staff have for the goals of the organisation to be unleashed.
In education, Deb is New Zealand’s leading exponent on “enterprise education” – the process of embedding action learning with real outcomes into the education process. In addition to advising education providers, she runs several of her own education programmes including the Global Enterprise Experience that has developed global leaders in 76 countries, Export Bridge which has provided four months of free market research and market development by international business students for exporters, and Project Learning which tripled retention to Year 13 and quadrupled NCEA credits for at-risk youth.
For the government she has helped design policies to support business growth, innovation, education, aid and ensuring government agencies achieve their highest aims. For ten years she has been a judge for the Public Sector Excellence Awards including the Prime Minister’s Supreme Award.
Deb is a co-author of nine books on innovation. She has taught to masters level in innovation, economics, marketing, market research, technology management, financing, and management. She is also a specialist in enterprise education and is currently writing a book to tap into the abundant potential in the ADHD spectrum.