"By bringing together globally minded entrepreneurs and collaboratively building scalable solutions to meet the world’s most pressing needs, I believe NZ can help shape the 21st century."
Growing up in Ethiopia during a time of famine and conflict, Yoseph was driven from an early age to make a positive impact on the world. Educated at Harvard University, Victoria University of Wellington, and the University of Cambridge, he speaks five languages, and moved to Aotearoa New Zealand in 2013.
Yoseph leads the Kiwi Connect team, building partnerships and working with government and stakeholders across the NZ innovation ecosystem. Prior to working with Kiwi Connect, he helped to build high-calibre teams at Inflection.
"Tackling humanity's greatest challenges requires new paradigms and integrated solutions. I was drawn to New Zealand because it offers an exciting canvas for such approaches."
Upon arriving to Aotearoa New Zealand in 2010, Matthew was captivated by the people, land, and potential. Originally from the midwest United States, he has always been an active student of entrepreneurship and technology.
After leaving college, Matthew joined forces with his brother Brian to create Inflection, an incubator of trust-based software tools, where he serves as CEO. Matthew is on the board of Kiwi Connect, helping to bridge connections with Silicon Valley. He is also a founding director of the Namaste Foundation.
"You ain't gotta live in New Zealand to live Kiwi. It's a state-of-mind shift, a different way of being, a different way of taking action, and a different way of dreaming; an information economy based in a regenerative ecology"
Brian AKA “BMo” has been known to take to the mic for hip-hop “flowetry” to convey his passionate vision for a more just and sustainable world, and New Zealand's potential role within it. Brian studied at Harvard University before leaving to start Inflection with his brother Matthew.
Ten years later, Brian now serves as “Chief Idea Guy” of the 150-person company. He's also a founding director at Namaste Foundation, which supports exceptional nonprofits in their pursuits of a more beautiful world. Brian works with the Kiwi Connect team as a board member.