Origins /

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


Walking in the footsteps of greatness

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 inspiring namesake, Sir Edmund Hillary.

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A co-created vision

The realisation of the Edmund Hillary Fellowship has been a true act of co-creation by a diverse community, over 5 years. Special mention must be made to the groups of people who have led the way including the Hillary Institute, Immigration New Zealand, Te Ātiawa Taranaki Whanui, and the Aroha Valley community, led by Yoseph Ayele, and Matthew and Brian Monahan who, with their families, have opened their homes and hearts to host this work.


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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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


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


Core Team / Whanau

EHF is powered by a small, committed team working to hold and co-create this work alongside, collaborators, EHF fellows, partners, catalysts and wider supporting networks. The initiative is held in deep partnership with Hillary Institute, government and indigenous leadership. We work together closely to realise our shared mission of incubating global solutions from Aotearoa New Zealand.



The EHF core team is supported by a group of collaborators, who work part-time and contribute their skills to build the Fellowship community.

Selection panel

An independent selection panel makes the final decision on who is accepted into EHF.

Board of directors

Hillary Institute

EHF is fully owned by the Hillary Institute of International Leadership.


Hillary Institute

Hillary Institute of International Leadership, EHF’s parent organisation, serves to recognise, reward and nurture exceptional mid-career leaders who can provide answers to such challenges as climate change, poverty, and disease.


Immigration New Zealand

Viewing immigration through the lens of potential, INZ took the bold step of creating the Global Impact Visa - the world’s first entrepreneurship visa programme to focus on impact, exclusively available to EHF Fellows.

Te Ātiawa Taranaki Whanau

“The reason we have gone so far with the relationship with EHF is so these fellows who come from all over the world have a true and meaningful experience in Te Ao Māori.” - Te Ātiawa Taranaki Whanui are the iwi that hold mana over the Wellington region.


Stories / Mana

The EHF community has been growing since the introduction of the first cohort (Kawakawa) in October 2017. Since then many stories, profiles and reflections have been written about the fellowship events and progress updates from fellows continuing their work. Visit our blog.


Ready to apply?

If you’re not quite ready to apply, but would like to tell us more about your idea or venture, you can express interest