Peter Lee graduated from Auckland University with a PhD in Chemical and Materials Engineering in 1975. Since then he has had extensive industrial experience in North America. Most recently Peter has been Vice President, Global Research and Development for International Paper Company. This involved worldwide process and product development, including new ventures and spin-offs. He held a similar role with Mead Paper Company and before that worked for Weyerhaeuser Company and the Institute of Paper Science and Technology.
Peter was CEO of AgriGenesis, a company applying modern biotechnology to plants. He is a member of Industrial Research Institute, and a Fellow of the Technical Association of Pulp and Paper. Most recently Peter was the CEO Auckland UniServices Limited which is a wholly owned company of The University of Auckland. UniServices manages all the University’s commercial research and consultancy partnerships, forms new business ventures based on University research and owns and develops the University’s intellectual property estate.