Hana Grant

Master of Business Administration


Key Info

  • Master of Business Administration
  • Finance

Ngati Pikiao, Tapuika

  • University of Waikato ambassador at the 2012 AMBA Global Ambassador Conference in London, UK

Hana Grant (Ngati Pikiao and Tapuika) graduated with an MBA in 2010. A highlight from her study was the 10-day study tour to China and Singapore. “We met some amazing business people from some very diverse organisations - both large and small," says Hana.

"What I found most exciting was that they all expressed a business ethic that recognised the importance of relationships and family, similar to how Māori view the world.”

Hana was selected by the Waikato Management School to be the first Global AMBAssador at the 2012 AMBA Global Ambassador Conference. This was in recognition of her connections and mentorship to participants on the Postgraduate Diploma programme in Tauranga and the Waikato MBA at Hopuhopu. Hana flew to London and sat at the table with 20 other Universities – to discuss the MBA programme.

“As potential leaders we need to embrace leadership entirely - to function from that position so that the contributions we make are longstanding, sustainable and greatly beneficial to those we seek to serve.”

Hana has vast work experience. She worked for the Ministry of Social Development for 16 years, for a private organisation as a vocational consultant for four years; she was at Fonterra as an occupational health advisor BOP for three years before joining the Poutiri Trust.  “Therefore having worked for government, private, corporate and a Maori Organisation, this background and the MBA has given me the right tools for what I need to deliver at a higher level in any of these four arenas.”

She is now venturing over to Australia to set up her new business – her goal is to be global and is excited to network with the relationships she has already built over the many of years.

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