Annamarie Lawrence


Prior to joining Bahrain Polytechnic, Annamarie worked as a consultant working on project management for strategic development projects for the New Zealand government. Most of these projects were working with multiparty stakeholders across private sector, economic development agency, and educational institutions. Annamarie has also had management consulting experience in the private sector while working for PWC in Sweden and Bain & Co in London.

Annamarie completed her Master of Science degree in Sweden, during which time she undertook empirical work in Germany and Italy as part of her studies.

Annamarie’s academic interest lies in the development of innovation systems within the Gulf, economic development, and education’s role. In this regard, Bahrain has allowed her to undertake valuable research to document the experience of the Polytechnic and the emerging innovation system within Bahrain.

Academic Qualifications Obtained

2000Master of Science, Handelshogskolan, Sweden – Management Major 
1999Bachelor of Business, BOP Polytechnic/Handelshogskolan, Sweden – Marketing Major


Professional Certifications


The Institute of Directors, New Zealand, Certificates in: Strategy Essentials, Governance Essentials, Finance Essentials

2009Coaching Clinic, Executive Coaching, Australia


Diploma of Management, New Zealand Institute of Management, NZ


Teaching Expertise


Business Lecturer, Auckland University of Technology (AUT), New Zealand


Relevant Industry Expertise


Business Development Consultant/Project Manager, Bay of Plenty Polytechnic, New Zealand

1998Research Assistant, Bain & Co, London, United Kingdom (summer job)

1997-1998Research Assistant, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Stockholm, Sweden



Areas of Research Interest

• Developing innovation systems, knowledge management, and economic development in the Gulf context
• Entrepreneurship and economic development in the Gulf
• Entrepreneurial education
I have undertaken a small number of empirical studies in Bahrain around the role of education in the development of the innovation system and the ‘third mission’ of higher education in Bahrain.
I have presented a paper about innovation in Bahrain at Research Innovation Entrepreneurship forum in Italy. This conference was run by The European Council for Small Business and Entrepreneurship and Padua University.


1. Lawrence, A. (2011), Innovation in the Kingdom of Bahrain. In (Ed) Giacon, P; Muffatto, M. Entrepreneurial Strategies and Policies for Economic Growth (pp. 203-214). Retrieved from

Boards, Advisory committees, Professional organizations

1. Member, Bahrain Management Society, Bahrain, 2011
2. Member, Entrepreneurship Committee, Bahrain Polytechnic, 2011- Present
3. Member, CTTL Committee, Bahrain Polytechnic, 2010-2013
4. Former Member, Innovation Committee, Bahrain Polytechnic, 2010-2011
5. Executive Representative, ExportBOP, NZ, 2008-2010
6. Executive Committee Member, FoodBOP, NZ, 2008-2010
7. Founding Board Member, Global Poverty Project (NZ), NZ, 2009-2010
8. Member/Spokesperson, Young Professionals Forum, Tauranga City Council, NZ, 2009
9. Associate Member, NZ Institute of Management, NZ, 2004-2010
10. Member, Chartered Institute of Transport and Logistics, NZ, 2009
11. Member, Association of Tertiary Management, NZ, 2008-2010
12. Member, Institute of Directors, NZ, 2009-2010
13. Member, International Student Council, Gothenburg University, Sweden, 1999-2000

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