Shay Wright is an indigenous social entrepreneur and public speaker on a mission to motivate, inspire and enable Maori leaders to innovate their way to community change. In 2016 Shay was named in the Forbes Asia list of 30 Under 30 Social Entrepreneurs, for his work as a co-founder of Te Whare Hukahuka. Te Whare Hukahuka has a vision of improving the lives of 10 million indigenous people, empowering indigenous leaders to grow world class social enterprises.
Shay grew up in the rural Far North, attended University in Auckland and worked at The Icehouse business growth hub where he set up and led the Maori Development unit, developing a range of training programmes before founding Te Whare Hukahuka. He has spoken at events such as Live The Dream, Forbes Asia 2016 conference and NZ’s CEO Summit. Shay also contributes strategic thinking on several Government advisory boards.
About being involved in ‘What Next?’
“It’s finally an opportunity for a national conversation about where we are headed – hosted live on TV, across social media, and inside family homes and communities around the country. I predict it will be full of wacky ideas and contentious points, and require open minds as we discover together what our nation may be like in 2037.”