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Mike Pratt


Managing Director - Sustainable Enterprise Ltd

Deputy Chair & Chair Audit & Risk - The Wise Group

Director – Villa Maria Wine Estates Ltd

Professor - Waikato Management School, The University of Waikato, New Zealand


Dr Mike Pratt is a professional director, business advisor and part-time Professor at the Waikato Management School, University of Waikato in Hamilton, New Zealand. 

Mike has provided advice and training to a range of global organizations for the last fifteen years in peak performance, organization development, leadership, and sustainability. He is a sought after speaker on these topics. He has provided peak performance development services to the chief executives and top management teams of leading global corporations, such as Saatchi & Saatchi, Procter & Gamble, Carrefour, Visa, Toyota, Novartis, Braun and Publicis Groupe. 

Mike’s current business advisory work is focused on high growth export led companies and government agencies in New Zealand to assist them to clarify their Purpose, business models and strategy and develop inspirational leadership.  He has assisted more than 200 organisations in recent years.

Mike was born in Cambridge, England and obtained a BA Economics (Honours) from Sheffield University, a masters degree from the University of Witwatersrand and a doctorate in Finance from The University of South Africa.  He qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1972 in London, and is a member of the New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants.  After working in the motor industry for several years, he lectured in accounting at East London University. He was Associate Professor of accounting at the University of Witwatersrand and Professor and Chairperson of Accounting at Massey University before joining the University of Waikato.  

He joined the university as its Dean of business in 1990 and served in that role until 2007. During his tenure as Dean of the Waikato Management School became one of Australasia’s leading business schools and one of 30 in the world accredited by all three global business school accreditation agencies – AACSB, EQUIS and AMBA. In 2004 and again in 2007 Waikato Management School was ranked by the New Zealand Government’s Tertiary Education Commission as New Zealand’s leading research business school. 

Mike’s scholarly and business interests embrace peak performance, inspirational leadership, value creation and accountability. He has supervised thirteen doctoral students to graduation and has numerous publications with a wide range of co-authors including eight books and more than 150 journal articles and papers. Mike is co-author of the best selling book Peak Performance: business lessons from the world’s best sports organizations, Harper Collins, London 2000.  His most recent book Sustainable Peak Performance was published in 2010 in New Zealand by Pearson.  His book Auditing Theory and Practice was first published in 1980 and now in its 6th edition [now with co-authors] remains the standard New Zealand text on Auditing.

Mike and his wife Helga are keen blue water sailors and have sailed most of the world’s oceans. Their daughter Susie holds a masters in Fine Arts, is a new media artist, designer and academic working in Sydney, Australia, and their son Martin is a creative interactive designer working in London. When not pursuing their shared academic and business interests Helga and Mike enjoy proximity to nature on their waterfront, bush-clad home in New Zealand’s magical Bay of Islands.  

Mike Pratt


mike@inspiros.org; mike@sustainableenterprise.org