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OPEN Fellow – Ella Henry


PhD in Māori entrepreneurship, MPhil in Management, BA (Sociology/Māori Studies)

Interests & Passions

Indigenous knowledge and culture, gender complementarity, servant leadership, sustainable economic and social development.


Biography: Ella has a background across multiple disciplines including sociology, business and Māori Indigenous development. She has been actively involved in research, teaching and advocacy for Māori media for over twenty years. Ella was a Treaty Negotiator for her Iwi, Ngātikahu ki Whangaroa, and has been involved with the Post-Settlement Governance Entity, as Trustee and Chair, until her appointment as Director of Māori Advancement for the Business School.

Why am I an OPEN fellow?

I am an Indigenous (Māori) woman from Aotearoa New Zealand committed to cultural, social and economic revitalisation for my people, acknowledging that enhanced well being for Māori contributes to more sustainable and socially just outcomes for my country.

How can I help change agents?

I contribute my time and energy to the things about which I am passionate, and working for self-determination, social justice and and sustainable wellbeing for my people is at the forefront of my passion

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