Our mission is to incubate solutions to global problems from Aotearoa New Zealand, and make a lasting positive impact on the world.

The Edmund Hillary Fellowship (EHF) has been developed in the spirit and memory of Sir Edmund Hillary, the first man to summit Mount Everest alongside Tenzing Norgay. A lifelong, dedicated humanitarian, Sir Ed spent the decades after his famous climb to improve the lives of Sherpa communities in the Himalayas, building schools, hospitals and flight training centres. EHF is fully owned by the Hillary Institute of International Leadership, and we have aligned our set of core values around those of our namesake, Sir Edmund Hillary.

“People do not decide to become extraordinary. They decide to accomplish extraordinary things.”

— Sir Edmund Hillary

Values

Mātātoa | Be bold

Our work pushes boundaries and embraces creativity at the edges. We love challenging assumptions and creating transformative solutions for pressing global challenges

Whanaungatanga | Interconnectedness

We connect people with opportunities. We value collaboration over competition to help raise the tide for all. We pursue systemic solutions with local and global applications.

Taumata Rau | Excellence

Actions speak louder than words. We value execution with discipline, patience, agility, and resourcefulness. Simplicity inspires us.

Toa Whakaihuwaka | Global Impact

We truly believe New Zealand can lead change from the edge of the world. We are motivated to spearhead positive change by developing local solutions with global applications.

Houtupu | Authenticity

We bring our whole self to our work and celebrate each other’s diverse passions and backgrounds. A path of active discovery inspires adventure and zest for life.

Kaitiakitanga | Stewardship

We strive to act with care for people and land, and to improve intergenerational wellbeing through creativity and entrepreneurship.

Ngākau Māhaki | Humility

Our work is not about us but about those we serve. We actively strive to be better versions of ourselves, to act with integrity, and to learn from our successes and failures.

Team

We’re hiring! Check out opportunities with EHF.

Yoseph Ayele
Chief Executive

Growing up in Ethiopia, studying at Harvard and working in Silicon Valley, Yoseph is a global citizen driven to make positive impact. He believes purposeful communities can lead paradigm shifts, and is excited to build one in Aotearoa.

Alina Siegfried
Content & Communications Lead

As a former New Zealand National Poetry Slam champion and TEDx speaker, and with a diverse background in resource management, startups, communications and government, Alina believes in the power of story above almost everything else.

Andre Bate
Selection Lead

After visiting 30 countries, New Zealand is Andre's favourite. He enjoys creating strategies for profit, people, and the planet and has done this working alongside startups, corporates, and government. He is also a total spreadsheet ninja.

Tai Kenning
Brand & Design Lead

Born and raised on the north coast of California, Tai is deeply inspired by the fabric of the natural world and its complex subtleties of wave and form. He has spent nearly two decades as a multidisciplinary designer working with Silicon Valley and New Zealand startups.

Paula Neme
Operations

Growing up in her fast-moving home country of Argentina, Paula thrives at managing events and organising people. Her own background and New Zealand's mix of cultures provides her with a vision of a better world that she works towards achieving daily.

Brian Monahan
Candidate Attraction

Brian studied at Harvard before leaving to start Inflection with his brother Matthew. He is known to take to the mic for hip-hop “flowetry” to convey his passionate vision for a more just and sustainable world, and NZ's potential role within it.

Frank Janssen
Finance

With a background as CEO of private companies, Frank has a range of experience across a number of industries and brings a strong commercial and strategic focus to organisations. In his spare time he adds to his ever growing Vinyl Record collection.

Michelle Foo
Accounts

Michelle is a chartered accountant who believes that any difficult task can be made easier when broken down into manageable steps. She has worked in banking and with small business. Outside of work, she is a fixture at her children’s sporting activities and enjoys cooking, decor design and traveling.

David Goldthorpe
Event Producer

With a background in theatre, film and outdoor events David’s experience ranges from installing complex technical systems to producing international tours. David is a sought after location scout and manager for film, and enjoys hunting kai moana on his days off.

Francesca Pick
Community Manager

Francesca is passionate about new ways of working, creating agency, and governing organisations collaboratively, with a focus on collaborative finance. An American raised in Germany, she feels most at home in global communities with shared purposes and values.

Debbie Fish
Events Designer & Coordinator

Debbie balances running a broad range of events with a career as an environmental installation artist, performer and designer for theatre and film. She is passionate about the role of the arts in uniting visions for a better world and always enjoys cutting some shapes on the dance floor.

Pekaira Jude
Cultural Advisor

Born and raised under her Mounga Taranaki, Pekaira upholds a pivotal role for Mana Whenua within Te Ūpoko o te Ika where she maintains cultural advisory roles within the region. Education her passion, Taranaki history her flair, she connects descendants to Te Kūreitanga ō Taranaki-nui-tonu.

Huia Lambie
Hine Poipoi - Connector

Passionate about facilitating unusual collaborations, Huia loves connecting people with purpose. Her work spans public policy, arts, film, events, and strategic organisational development. Huia brings her deep love of people and place to welcoming and weaving EHF Fellows into Aotearoa/NZ.

Malcolm Colman-Shearer
Optimiser

Malcolm gets a kick out of using the best web tools to optimise the systems, processes and cultural tech of organisations that are making a positive difference in the world. He is keen on community in all it’s forms, loves compost and craft beer (preferably not together) and not taking the world too seriously.

Emily McKewen
Storyteller

Emily believes our stories are powerful and they help us create communities. Emily is a mother, volunteer, activist and advocate. She has a background in journalism and communications and has authored two books.

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Your Role

We are looking to expand our team, and we'd love to work with you if theres an opening that matches your skill set. If you would like to work with our team, check out our current opportunities.

Board

Matthew Monahan

Matthew is passionate about using the tools of entrepreneurship and storytelling to create a more beautiful world. After a decade building companies in Silicon Valley, Matthew and his brother Brian came to Aotearoa New Zealand. Matthew is also a founding director at the Namaste Foundation.

Kate Frykberg, MNZM

With a background in entrepreneurship and philanthropy, Kate is a former Business Woman of the Year whose roles have included startup co-founder, CE of Todd Foundation, and Chair of Philanthropy NZ. She is passionate about a world where everyone thrives and everyone contributes.

Bill Kermode

Bill is the CEO of NEXT Foundation, a strategic philanthropic foundation looking to create a legacy of environmental and educational excellence for the benefit of all New Zealanders. Bill brings more than 20 years experience in private equity and venture capital investment in New Zealand.

The Hillary Institute of International Leadership

Mark Prain
Founding Director

Formerly a provincial rugby player, opera singer and playwright, Mark changed gears and has spent the last 25 years working in NZ and the USA on sustainable leadership and climate change, and has served as Founding Director of the Hillary Institute of International Leadership since 2007.

Anake Goodall
Chairman of Trustees

Anake is attracted to good people grappling with wicked problems. A former Chief Executive Officer of Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu, he serves on the board of Ākina Foundation and Meridian Energy and is Chairman of the Hillary Institute of International Leadership.

New Frontiers

Twice yearly EHF hosts New Frontiers, a 3-day full immersion summit that brings together bright minds to facilitate deep connections and collective exploration of ways in which New Zealand can lead with integrated solutions to global problems. Participants come from across New Zealand and around the world to welcome a new cohort of EHF Fellows, bringing their passions, their skills and their expertise to help shape the programme.

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Careers

Want to help deliver a world-leading programme for global impact and make a difference in the New Zealand startup community? We are currently looking to collaborate with talented and passionate individuals who can help with candidate attraction, business development and community management. If your skill set aligns with these areas, please send us an Expression of Interest and we'll get in touch if there is a good fit within our team.