Louise Aitken, CEO of the Ākina Foundation
Following Social Enterprise World Forum 2017, Ākina was appointed as the strategic partner to the New Zealand Government to further establish the social enterprise sector. They are tasked with helping to transform New Zealand’s economy by harnessing the power of enterprise for positive and environmental impact.
A strong advocate for social responsibility and impact, Louise leads a talented and passionate team of social enterprise and impact-investment experts, providing support, capability and thought-leadership both nationally and internationally.
At Crazy & Ambitious 2, Louise’s keynote is on Monday 20 May during the session: Whakamana: The role of NGOs and governments in the protection and restoration of our taiao (environment).
Louise joined Ākina in 2016, following a successful corporate career, which included the management of New Zealand’s largest corporate social responsibility programme.
She currently sits on the Board of the Impact Enterprise Fund (New Zealand’s first impact investment fund) and was recently appointed to the National Advisory Board for Impact Investing Network Aotearoa New Zealand.