"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 saw the problems and unique opportunities that came from the rise of globalisation. He developed a global perspective by learning five languages and getting educated on four continents, graduating from Harvard University and Victoria University of Wellington, and taking on a research fellowship at the University of Cambridge. His research areas included entrepreneurial ecosystems, leadership, and sustainable development. He enjoyed being part of the startup community in Silicon Valley, helping to build high-calibre teams at Inflection.
Driven to make a positive impact on the world through entrepreneurship, Yoseph moved to Aotearoa New Zealand in 2013. In NZ, he found an environment open to diversity, a culture that values integrity and humility, and a platform with the freedom to experiment and realise one’s full potential. Yoseph leads the Kiwi Connect team and builds partnerships in NZ, working with government and stakeholders across the innovation ecosystem.