Chair of Ākina Foundation (New Zealand)
Anake chairs the Ākina Foundation (Aotearoa New Zealand).
Anake’s varied career background includes serving as the CEO of Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu (the iwi/tribal authority for the greater part of the South Island) and before that being the tribe’s Claims Manager during the reconciliation of the tribe’s historical claim against the New Zealand government. He has also had roles as a labour union delegate in the meat industry, a founding director of the Makarewa Credit Union, a self-employed nurseryman, and a range of roles in community-based organisations.
Today, he undertakes mostly governance roles, and in addition to his Ākina role currently chairs The Hillary Institute of International Leadership and Nutrient Rescue Ltd. He is a trustee of donor-advised fund The Gift Trust, and serves on the boards of Meridian Energy and Te Pā o Rākaihautū, a special character school. He is also an adjunct professor at the University of Canterbury.
Anake is particularly interested in ethical investing, impact investing, resilient communities, and promoting philanthropy and the generosity economy.
Anake has an MBA, a Public Administration Masters from Harvard's John F Kennedy School of Government, and is a New Zealand Harkness Fellow.