"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.
CONTENT & COMMUNICATIONS
"I envision a future where we harness the incredible power of human potential and natural abundance to create thriving, interconnected communities and ecosystems."
It was standing under stage lights in Canada, staring out into a darkened room of a hundred people in hushed anticipation, and poised to perform in her first poetry slam, that Alina realised the power of story.
Alina is Kiwi Connect’s resident storyteller, drawing upon fifteen years of diverse experiences in resource management, communications, and extensive travel, to weave together narratives to inspire. Alina is an avid skier, a TEDx speaker and a former New Zealand National Poetry Slam champion under her stage alias Ali Jacs.
BRAND & CREATIVE
"I believe that the challenges facing our planet will ultimately require true global collaboration. In order to work together, we'll need to design and adopt new methods. We'll need to get creative and cooperative."
Tai is deeply inspired by the fabric of the natural world and its complex subtleties of wave and form. Born and raised on the north coast of California, Tai felt immediate resonance with the green rolling hills, sunshine and people of Aotearoa on his first visit in 2011.
He has spent nearly two decades creating as a multidisciplinary designer working with Silicon Valley startups, including 5 years with Inflection. Tai is also the Brand & Creative force for the Namaste Foundation, which supports exceptional nonprofits in their inspiring pursuits of a more beautiful world.
FINANCE & OPERATIONS
"I'm fascinated by the way teams band together towards a common goal and deliver unbelievable results, and I put my trust in the whole being greater than the sum of its parts."
Alex has gravitated towards being part of high-performance teams for as long as he can remember, representing New Zealand at Inline Hockey since 2011. As a Chartered Accountant, Alex is responsible for everything Finance at Kiwi Connect, and helps the team make analytically driven decisions.
After earning his stripes working at at Ernst & Young in Wellington and Switzerland, the opportunity to unlock human potential through teamwork drew Alex to the Kiwi Connect team, trailblazing and entering into the unknown.