Two highly experienced business leaders join UNICEF NZ’s board

Rachel Petero and Carmen Vicelich

UNICEF NZ welcomes new board members Rachel Petero and Carmen Vicelich.

“Joining UNICEF NZ board provides me with a unique opportunity to influence how we partner and protect our most valuable taonga our Tamariki. Engaging Māori and Indigenous as the solution not the problem is our starting place. Only the collective can bring about the change for our Tamariki, it's time for courageous conversations” said Rachel Petero.

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Rachel Petero has strong connections to her tribal lands and hapu of Waikato-Tainui. She has driven gender equity, diversity and inclusivity through her leadership roles in governance, business and community development.

“UNICEF NZ is honoured to have Rachel Petero join our board. She brings a wealth of experience, including Indigenous values-based methodologies and practices integral to UNICEF’s work with Tamariki Māori in Aotearoa as well as Indigenous communities around the world,” said Vivien Maidaborn, UNICEF NZ’s Executive Director.

Rachel has achieved success globally. Her management consulting business grew exponentially from 2010, starting in London, UK, growing to Doha, Qatar and returning home to Aotearoa, New Zealand in 2015. She has received awards and was recognised as the Founder of Women leading change Qatar and Rise2025, an internationally recognised leadership and coaching programme for Indigenous leaders.

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Carmen Vicelich brings a passion for data and technology to the UNICEF NZ board. “We all recognize the value of leveraging the power of data and technology to deliver digital efficiency as well as empower data driven decision making. I’m super excited to combine my expertise and passion to use data and technology to make the world a better place with working with UNICEF to support the amazing work they do both locally and globally to promote and protect children’s human rights. By introducing measurement, analytics and digital tools to connect and enable ecosystems we can better support children around the world to make the biggest difference” said Carmen Vicelich

Carmen founded two successful multimillion dollar global businesses to leverage the power of data and technology and solve complex problems. Data Insight works with government, corporate and large businesses to understand how to best utilise data, create data-driven decisions and actionable insights through using advanced analytics and AI. Valocity is a cloud-based mortgage platform which streamlines the mortgage valuation process, enabling banks to deliver regulatory compliance with a faster, more seamless customer experience, transforming and democratizing the home buying process in Australasia, Asia and India.

“It is crucial for UNICEF NZ to continue to find new solutions to reach the most disadvantaged children. I am excited to have Carmen join our board as she brings an impressive track record of driving transformation through data and technology” said Ms Maidaborn.

“In 2020, UNICEF will continue to break new ground and partner with innovative thinkers who are passionate about children’s rights. Together we can make a positive difference for children in Aotearoa and around the world” said Ms Maidaborn.


About UNICEF NZ UNICEF works in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s most disadvantaged children. Across 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, to build a better world for everyone. UNICEF NZ works to fundraise and deliver projects for children in Aotearoa and around the world.

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