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Ground-breaking kiwi entrepreneur Linda Jenkinson joins UNICEF NZ

“Children are our future, so what better way to help children than by supporting UNICEF’s mission to advance the rights of every child' says Linda Jenkinson.

UNICEF New Zealand is delighted to welcome leading New Zealand entrepreneur Linda Jenkinson as Chair of its Board of Directors.

“Children are our future, so what better way to help children than by supporting UNICEF’s mission to advance the rights of every child, starting in New Zealand and around the world” says Linda Jenkinson.

“In our effort to reach children, I am thrilled to work alongside the UNICEF team, who are finding innovative solutions to problems facing children here in New Zealand and in the Pacific.”

Ms Jenkinson’s business acumen, track record, and dedication to improving the lives of women and children make her an exciting addition to the world of international development.

A current Director of Air New Zealand, Eclipx Group, Guild Group, and Harbour Asset Management, Ms Jenkinson brings with her 25 years of executive management and governance experience, and a stellar reputation as a change-maker and innovator.

In 2013 Ms Jenkinson was named EY Master Entrepreneur of the Year, and in 2016 was presented with a World Class New Zealand Award – one of New Zealand’s top achievement honours.

Ms Jenkinson was the first New Zealand woman, and just the second New Zealander, to list a company of the NASDAQ. As well as being Founder of three multi-million companies, she Founded WOW Investments, a social investment fund focused on building women-led enterprises in West Africa.

“Linda doesn’t just bring with her a wealth of experience in business and innovation, she understands the needs and challenges of the humanitarian sector,” said Vivien Maidaborn, UNICEF NZ’s Executive Director.

“Linda’s experience and guidance will help ensure UNICEF NZ continues to adapt to an increasingly complex reality for humanitarian organisations, and I’m excited about the positive difference she can help us make for children in New Zealand and around the world.”

For more information:

Lachlan Forsyth, UNICEF NZ Communications Director, +64 21 517 449,


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.