Since graduating from Lincoln University in 2004, Central Otago viticulturist Nick Paulin has been on a steep upward trajectory.
The newly created position will contribute to the research and teaching at the university, but Harrison hopes it will also help lead change in the way New Zealand businesses engage globally throughout the value chain.
According to Lincoln University vice-chancellor Dr Andrew West, position will need a unique set of skills.
"As well as carrying core academic responsibilities, we see the appointee becoming a leading spokesperson on global trade, particularly around the challenges facing New Zealand's agricultural exports," says West.
Harrison believes that New Zealand businesses must understand global supply chains and where they can add value. This new role will aim to educate future business leaders as well as provide leadership in today's industry.
"Ideally we're looking for someone who has developed a high profile and strong reputation outside the academic world, but who has the ability to pass that knowledge on to students, conduct and lead quality research, and collaborate with industry," he says.
The new role is particularly timely with work continuing on the development of the 'Lincoln Hub' – a partnership designed to combine expertise and infrastructure within the primary sector.