Naomi ManuLeaders Asia-Pacific 2023
Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Pūhoro Charitable Trust
Aotearoa, New Zealand
Naomi Manu is the founder and chief executive officer of Pūhoro Charitable Trust. Pūhoro Charitable Trust is a science, tech, engineering, and math (STEM) academy working to develop a community of future Māori technologists, engineers, entrepreneurs, scientists, innovators, and thought pioneers. The academy is the largest Māori STEM program in Aotearoa and has received national and international recognition. Since its inception, the program has grown to have over 1,500 young Māori participants and is forecasted to have 5,000 young Māori pursuing STEM pathways before 2027. Naomi is motivated to improve youth outcomes and is committed to designing a scalable program that ensures intergenerational benefit for young Māori and their families.