Rutherford Business Institute consults to a wide range of industry groups in business, science, engineering and environmental sectors.  Our depth of expertise is derived from our highly-experienced leaders who have careers in business, future thinking, engineering and academia.  In addition, our consulting team include members who are digital natives and are fully immersed in understanding the digital technology revolution and exponential disruptive future.

We can provide embedded team members or external project consultants. Our consultants take on projects that involve:

  • Future of business
  • Foresighting
  • BlackRooming
  • Over the Horizon planning
  • Scenario planning
  • Backcasting
  • Sustainability
  • Ethics
  • Critical thinking
  • Sense making
  • Risk and resilience
  • Toxic Waste

Contact us to discuss your Consulting requirements


Dr. Ir. Ron McDowall ONZM

Ron is a well-respected speaker and lecturer and addresses audiences across New Zealand and around the world. He is currently a senior lecturer at the University of Waikato Business School in the MBA programme His speeches and lectures are known for being educative, informative, challenging and inspirational and will enable audiences to change mindsets, attitudes or behaviours.  They are loaded with understanding, ideas and insights to win over even the toughest of audiences.

Ron was a specialist scientist engineer working in the area of sustainable development in developing countries and has travelled the world on more than 140 major UN Food and Agriculture Organisation missions. He is a well-established and recognized international expert on complex systems, the decision sciences and sustainability, from both technical, engineering and business points of view. He has presented high level leadership courses all around the world, covering high stakes decision making and executive judgment, sensemaking, organizational behaviour, sustainability, resilience and ethics for hundreds of senior executives. Ron maintains an on-going program of consultancy, research, and publishes articles for well recognized international organizations UN Environment Program, UN-Food and Agriculture Organisation, World Bank, UN Development Program, and many refereed conference papers.

Contact us to discuss your in house or conference speaking requirements