LOUISE AITKEN

CEO of the Ākina Foundation


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Louise is the CEO of the Ākina Foundation, New Zealand’s principal intermediary for social enterprise. Following 2017's Social Enterprise World Forum, The Akina Foundation have been appointed as strategic partner to the New Zealand Government. Its purpose will be to build up the social enterprise sector and to help transform our country’s economy by harnessing the power of enterprise for positive and environmental impact.

An authentic leader with a passion for social impact and equality, Louise has a deep desire to help create a prosperous, inclusive New Zealand. Through strong relationship management, she leads by example, motivating, inspiring and learning from the people she works with and from those she has an impact on. Louise is a  strong advocate for social responsibility and impact. She leads a talented and passionate team of social enterprises and impact investment experts by providing support, capability and thought leadership both across New Zealand and internationally.