Dr Seán Barnes

Dr Seán Barnes

Venture Manager at Ākina Foundation (New Zealand)

Seán works for the Ākina Foundation in New Zealand providing advisory services to support social enterprise and business across the areas of social procurement, sustainability, strategy, and capability building. He is passionate about realising the potential of business to deliver a positive impact on social and environmental outcomes.

Seán’s experience is in leadership and executive roles, primarily in the engineering industry in NZ and Australia. He is recognised as a creative thinker who builds strong and effective partnerships for collaborative action. Seán has brought his passion and enthusiasm, technical and communication skills to support the development and growing influence of the Social Enterprise and purpose-driven business sector.

Seán holds a Ph.D. in Chemical and Process Engineering, and is a Chartered Professional Engineer and Member of IPENZ Engineers NZ.