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.
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.
Strategic Alliance Lead
As a well traveled, born and bred Kiwi, you are most likely to find Michelle somewhere in New Zealand's great outdoors. With experience in startups, government and corporate across numerous sectors she is a true connector.
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 design leader working with Silicon Valley and global startups.
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.
Operations & Community Lead
Growing up in her fast-moving home country of Argentina, Paula thrives at organising people and creating experiences. 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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 NZ. Matthew is also a founding director at the Namaste Foundation.
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.
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.
Ness is passionate about community, inclusion and belonging. She loves to bring her energy and enthusiasm to support projects and people where she sees these values uplifted. As well as being part of the EHF community, she is currently studying a Bachelor of Leadership for Change.