Karleen Everitt (Te Iwi Morehu, Te Aupouri, Ngapuhi-Nui-Tonu) has served on many Boards of both iwi/Maori and mainstream entities. She is the deputy chair of the St Stephens and Queen Victoria Schools Trust Board and is the founder and director of Manaaki Solutions Ltd that she established in 2006. Recently, Karleen was appointed as the Kaitohu Rautaki Maori (Head of Te Ao Maori Strategy) for the ANZ Bank.
In 2008 she was the recipient of the Tai Tokerau Maori Business Leader Award from the Maori Women’s Development Inc and in 2019 was recognised by the Federation of Maori Authorities as their 22nd Me Uru Kahikatea Business Leader. She is the youngest leader to receive this award.
Karleen has a Master’s in Management from the University of Auckland (Business School) and the EY Darden Executive Programme Certificate from the University of Virginia. In 2018 she was accepted on the Global Women in Management residential programme in Washington DC, she is proud to be a member of this international GWIM alumnae.
Karleen is committed to the rights and advancement of women in Aotearoa New Zealand, especially Maori women with whom she is very proud to stand as a strong and vibrant wahine. This opportunity to be considered to join the Global Women Board speaks to her very heart. Global Women have set a very bold strategy and Karleen is excited by this. The opportunity to work with the Board in making a huge impact for women in Aotearoa New Zealand and globally to set our course as a nation is inspiring.