Founder and CEO of Be. Accessible (New Zealand)
Minnie Baragwanath is the CEO and founder of Be. Accessible, a social change agency that is creating a truly accessible country for all New Zealanders. By shifting societies emphasis from a disability deficit model to one of opportunity and possibility, Minnie and her team are intentionally creating an entirely new accessibility eco system that will enable NZ to become the most accessible country in the world.
In addition to her work as a social entrepreneur, Minnie has also had a number of other roles throughout her career that have included working in the media, and community and policy development in local government.
Her innovative approach to problem-solving and social change has led her to become increasingly interested in how New Zealand can strengthen itself socially, economically and culturally. Her passion for design of products and services that improve people’s lives, has also led to the recent establishment of the Be. Lab, a center for inclusive design led thinking for Aotearoa.
In 2013 she was the recipient of the Sir Peter Blake Leadership award and that same year she was also a finalist in the Women of Influence Awards. In 2014 she received a Queens Honour becoming a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit and in 2017 was one of the top 10 finalists for Kiwibank New Zealander of the Year Award.