Pouhere Kanapu | Executive Director, Kanapu
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Vanessa (Waikato; Ngāti Tīpa, Ngāti Āmaru and Ngāti Tahinga) is the Pouhere Kanapu | Executive Director of Kanapu. Kanapu is a for Māori, by Māori-led approach to grow Māori talent and leadership in the RSI sector. Kanapu is led by Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga and is located at the University of Waikato.
Vanessa obtained a Masters of Management Studies in 1998 and has spent the majority of her career in the Information and Communications Technology sector in Hong Kong, the UK, Australia, and the USA. Since returning to NZ in 2011, Vanessa has held a variety of roles in the private and public sectors. Most recently, she led Māori Engagement in the Research & Enterprise Office. Her research interests include Māori data sovereignty and entrepreneurship.