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Cam Smith

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Leader Cam Smith from 2022 Leaders Asia-Pacific.

Founder and CEO, Take2

Aotearoa New Zealand

Cam Smith is the founder and CEO of Take2, a nonprofit organization with a mission to reduce recidivism by providing high-income careers and wrap-around support to those in and recently released from prison. Since starting the organization, Cam successfully recruited a prison in South Auckland to run a pilot of the program—the first time in New Zealand’s history that advanced technology skills were taught in prison. Take2 raised NZD $1.5 million to fund the pilot and contribute to ongoing operating costs, and the team recruited prominent business leaders within New Zealand to join their Board of Directors and Advisory Board. Cam has also secured partnerships with many of New Zealand's top corporations to provide job prospects for Take2 graduates who are all formerly-incarcerated individuals. Cam is passionate about supporting economic empowerment for marginalized communities in New Zealand.

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