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Salā Marie Young

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DBA (Doctor of Business Administration) Candidate 2023

Manaaki Award Recipient | Tech Futures 2023

MTF (Master of Technological Futures)

Mentor, Business Mentors New Zealand

MInstD (Member, Institute of Directors)

Founder & Managing Director, Pacific Enterprise People Ltd

Previous Governance Experience: 

Board Trustee | LifeChurch (NZ) Community Trust

Founding Trustee | Multimedia Community Trust

As a board member, a consultant who trains many nonprofit Pasifika boards, and a doctoral student of governance, I bring a human-centred approach to the boardroom, with a special focus on cultural intelligence that enables me to connect and build ongoing trust.

As someone who professionally works between Pacific culture and Western governance approaches, I am passionate about helping people understand the unknown and become more effective in their board roles. 

I bring a unique perspective to governance based on my Samoan roots and matai (chief) position. This has taught me the importance of community collaboration and holistic decision-making.


My commitment to upholding these values is also the reason I am currently studying a Doctorate in Business Administration with a focus on decolonising Pacific governance models for nonprofit organisations in Aotearoa, to ensure that the voices of Pasifika and Indigenous communities are heard and are included in all governance processes. 

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