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Kii Small

Leaders Asia-Pacific 2023


Co-Founder, SaySo Project


Aotearoa, New Zealand



Kii Small is the co-founder of the SaySo Project, a digital journaling platform for young people in Aotearoa who lack access to mental health and wellbeing services due to their location or other factors beyond their control. The project provides users with a safe space to start, curate, and create their own journal safely, securely,and without barriers. Previously, Kii worked in the philanthropic sector for five years, funding mental health initiatives across the country on behalf of public and private entities. He believes that every story is more than just a data point, instead he views each story as being its own universe that deserves to be treated as such. With this understanding, Kii is passionate about building and maintaining platforms that allow people to share their stories for the better of their wellbeing, without geographical or financial barriers.