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Debra Birch

Director  & member of the Board's Investment sub-committee

Whakapapa: Tūwharetoa, Raukawa, Ngāti Hauiti, Ngāti Rangi, Ngāti Apa

Debra has over 30 years’ experience in financial markets experience including global investment portfolios in Asia, Australia and New Zealand.

More recently, she has been a professional director and her focus has been on Māori economic development. 

She was one of the founders of a unique private equity fund model for Māori/Iwi which will co-invest alongside institutional investors over a 15-year timeframe, and which has raised $115 million from 25 individual Māori /Iwi investor entities.

Debra is currently the Chair of Raukawa ki te Tonga AHC and a non-executive Director of Tourism Holdings, Ngāti Awa Group Holdings, Ngāti Awa Tourism, Te Pūia Tāpapa GP, Tūwharetoa Hau Rau GP and a Trustee of Wellington Free Ambulance Trust and Manu Rere Charitable Trust and also Chairs a number of Investment Committees and a member of Audit, Finance & Risk Committees.

She is a member of the Te Puna Whakaaronui Thought Leaders Group (Food and Fibre) and the KiwiSaver Default Provider Review Panel, a Chartered Member of the New Zealand Institute of Directors, an Accredited Investment Fiduciary® (AIF®), a member of the Institute of Financial Professional NZ Inc (INFINZ) and has a post-graduate certificate in Investment Analysis from Otago University.

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