WIBF 2018 Featuring: Tania Pouwhare

Tania is from the Ngāi Tūhoe tribe in Aotearoa New Zealand, and is a Social Intrapreneur for The Southern Initiative team at Auckland Council (the largest city council in the southern hemisphere). Her role is to support and enable social and community innovation in South Auckland to tackle tough socio-economic challenges, and to be a change maker inside a massive bureaucracy. She is leading the The Southern Initiative team’s work on employment and skills and procurement. Before moving to The Southern Initiative team three years ago, she held strategy roles within Auckland Council.

Prior to working at Auckland Council, Tania lived and worked in Dublin, Ireland before settling in London, England for more than a decade, where she was Head of Policy at the Women’s Resource Centre – the UK’s leading umbrella organisation for the women’s NGO sector and one of Britain’s most admired charities. Before her move abroad, she worked for the New Zealand National Collective of Independent Women’s Refuges in a policy role.

Tania has a Master of Arts in Women’s Studies from the University of Auckland, New Zealand.


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