Ian Lafferty

  • Current Position:
    Director of Executive Programmes
  • Previous Position:
    CEO-Vcomms; Regional Director-British Telecom Asia Pacific
  • Education:
    MBA-Edinburgh Business School (Distinction); B.Eng (Hons)-University of Glasgow; Graduate Dip in Business Admin-Singapore Institute of Management
  • Country of Origin:
    Scotland
The Otago MBA is all about the students. We place a lot of emphasis on student experience through teamwork, careers, client projects and international experience.

With lots of diversity and a small class size, students have a unique opportunity to build strong, valuable relationships with classmates, faculty and alumni."

Goals and Missions

Ian's goals and missions are to work towards:

  • Creating the conditions required for career-ready MBA graduates
  • Making the Otago MBA a world-class programme
  • Expanding our first-class international exchange programme

International industry experience

Prior to Ian’s current role at the university, his career was mainly in telecommunications and technology companies. He spent many happy years in Asia working with BT (British Telecom) in a variety of business units before moving to New Zealand in 2005 and subsequently took up the CEO position at Vcomms before leading the Otago MBA programme.

Reasons Ian enjoys working in the MBA programme

Ian enjoys working with the Otago MBA first and foremost because of his contact with candidates and students from around the world. Having the opportunity to meet so many motivated people from different backgrounds is amazing. Ian has lived and worked in Asia for about twenty years and he comes with a wealth of industry experience in managing businesses in this growing region, and he feels very much at home with the multicultural Otago MBA class.

Global Perspective

Ian sees a world of opportunities for our students and graduates. We have student projects in many leading companies globally. We have a range of top MBA business schools and universities as international exchange partners. We have alumni all around the world performing great roles in many different sectors. Leading a team with international experience, Ian leads the programme towards fulfilling its value proposition of preparing you to advance your career in the global economy. The Otago MBA programme is comprehensively packed with curriculum and activities designed to achieve that.