The Ministry for Ethnic Communities, The Superdiversity Institute and Leadership New Zealand have agreed on a partnership to help increase ethnic diversity across public sector boards.

Our teams will work together to build and deliver a diverse talent pool from the Superdiversity Institute's 100 Diverse Board-ready Chairs and Directors list for 2021. This list will identify chairs and directors across a range of diversity/intersectionality dimensions and highlight the value they can bring into the world of governance. 

This partnership will ensure that candidates on the 100 Diverse Board-ready Chairs and Directors list are immediately in the pipeline for appointments to public sector boards. The Ministry for Ethnic Communities will also be building a sustainable pipeline of diverse governance candidates through training, assisted by those on the list. This partnership adds to the work already being done by the Ministry through its Nominations Service, which maintains a database of qualified candidates from ethnic communities for appointment to public sector boards and committees. 

Visit the Superdiversity Institute website(external link) to learn more about the list and apply to be included. 

“We are very excited to start working with the Superdiversity Institute and Leadership New Zealand towards the goal of increasing diversity in public sector boards,” says the Chief Executive of the Ministry for Ethnic Communities, Mervin Singham. “We want these boards to represent the diversity and demographic make-up of Aotearoa New Zealand, and this is a big step in that direction.” 

Anusha Guler, Executive Director Operations for the Ministry of Ethnic Communities, will be joining the 100 Diverse Board-ready Chairs and Directors judging panel. The panel currently comprises of New Zealand Law Society President, Tiana Epati, Chancellor of Auckland University of Technology, Rob Campbell and Director/CEO Venasio-Lorenzo Crawley. We are also privileged to be able to work with Anya Satyanand, CEO of Leadership NZ, on this important mahi.

The 100 Diverse Board-ready Chairs and Directors initiative will be launched at events in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch. Details and dates of the events to follow.

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