Sophie Haslem

Sophie has a background in strategy consulting and corporate finance. Over a 20 year executive career with Citibank NA, ANZ Investment Bank, Cap Gemini, Ernst & Young, and New Zealand Post, she has worked with a diverse range of both large, established corporate entities and early stage growth technology companies in both New Zealand and Australia.

Sophie has a depth of knowledge with respect to: strategic planning, innovation & early stage growth, investment analysis, mergers & acquisitions, funding structures, and performance/value drivers.

She is currently also Deputy Chair of the MetService, and a Director of Rangatira, CentrePort, Kordia, Magritek and Rainbow’s End. Sophie is a Chartered member of the NZ Institute of Directors, and has a BCom and Post-Graduate Diploma in Management from The University of Melbourne.


Gavin Fernandez

Gavin began his career as an engineer and moved to Hong Kong in the 1990s. He drove sustainability as a key focus in his role as Head of Fuel Purchasing for Cathay Pacific Airways and was one of the first people to employ a full-time Biofuel Manager.

From 2011–13, he led a global initiative for the Swire Group to acquire sustainable energy, fuel and other companies that neutralise CO₂ emissions and contribute to the Group’s goal of a zero net carbon impact.


TP Katene

Te Puoho (Ngāti Toarangatira, Ngāti Whātua, Ngāti Tama) spent 10 years working in New Zealand government, advising on prominent policy issues such as fisheries management, regional economic development and freshwater reform. In 2011 he received the Global Fisheries Scholarship to train in Japan with multinational seafood corporation NISSUI.

He is an associate director for Wakatū Incorporation, a whānau business managing over $188 million worth of assets on behalf of 4,000 Māori tribal owners. Te Puoho’s business school experience included a focus on social enterprise, impact investment, philanthropic innovation and maximising the social impact of for-profit businesses.

Te Puoho’s aspiration is to enable Māori businesses and tribal organisations to pursue holistic prosperity through building bespoke business models that allow tribal organisations to incorporate non-financial (cultural) value into their strategic decision making. He is committed to the pursuit of Māori self-determination through economic emancipation.


Ben Kepes

Ben Kepes is a commentator, an involved investor, and a professional director.

He is heavily involved in the non-profit sector both at an operational level and in a governance basis.

A recipient of a Sir Peter Blake leadership award in 2016, Ben is actively involved in mentoring companies and individuals to fulfill their potential. Ben is passionate about leaving a legacy for future generations – socially and environmentally.


Tina Porou

Across boardroom or negotiating tables Tina always brings a determined passion, focus a strong leadership style that is firmly grounded in her identity and cultural values. She has established affordable housing or kaumātua flats at her marae, spearheaded initiatives in environmental management and managed multi-million dollar budgets. Tina holds a range of governance roles including trustee of the Lake Taupo Forest Trust, a position on the NZ Data Futures Partnership and the Pahiitaua Farm Committee.

She is the founder of Poipoia, a company delivering ecosystem services through a Maori lens of sustainability. She is a technical advisor for the Iwi Leaders Group on Natural Resources and works closely with Te Runanga o Ngati Porou on environmental matters.


Michelle Sharp

Michelle is CEO of Kilmarnock Enterprises. When Michelle first joined Kilmarnock in 2010 she did so with great ambitions. To change attitudes towards people with disabilities and create a diverse, and inclusive community that respects the fundamental dignity of each and every one of us and celebrates our individual abilities.

In early 2013, Michelle was appointed as CEO of Kilmarnock Enterprises, a not-for-profit organisation, who provide a supportive, dynamic and connected environment where adults with intellectual disabilities can realise their individual value as a contributing member of their community.

Driven by business excellence and social change, Michelle embarked on the daunting challenge of transitioning Kilmarnock from a charity based model, to one of New Zealand’s leading social enterprises. Michelle has transformed Kilmarnock’s culture into one that is creative, aspirational, and enthusiastic. She turned the dire financial situation around by diversifying and stabilising contracts and introducing new, previously unimaginable, revenue streams. By embracing the transformative value of education and empowerment, she is inspiring people with disabilities to take command of their futures and showing the community that we all have strengths, regardless of our disabilities.


Malcolm Shaw

Malcolm has extensive legal, governance and general management experience.

He is currently General Manager, Governance, International Relations & Sustainability at New Zealand Post with responsibilities across a range of functions, and is a member of the Executive Team.  Malcolm has a Bachelor of Laws with Honours from Victoria University of Wellington, and is a Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand.  His legal background includes in-house roles at Contact Energy and the New Zealand Dairy Board and in private practice both in New Zealand and the UK..