Our Team

Here at Impact Hub Waikato, we’re proud to be made up of a multidisciplinary team of thinkers and doers, strategists and innovators.

Although we each bring unique skills and strengths, we are united by our common commitment to pioneer a just and sustainable world, where businesses are used in service of both people and the planet.

Meet our team here

Nanise Ginnen

Co-Founder & Director, South Waikato Development Lead

After playing a pivotal role in the development and opening of our Inspiring Space in Central Hamilton, Nanise has been responsible for spearheading the establishment and growth of our entrepreneurial community hub in South Waikato. 

Paul Kerssens

Co-Founder & Director / Impact Support & Innovation

The driving force behind Impact Hub's entrepreneurial support offering, as Impact Support & Innovation Lead, Paul Kerssens designs and together with our Impact Hub Associates, delivers our entrepreneural programmes. In his spare time you will find him riding out New Zealand with his family in their campervan, and surfing the waves in Muriwai or Raglan.

Emma Sinclair

Director of Community

Emma is Impact Hub Waikato’s catalyst for change. By engaging and growing our vibrant community of members and tenants, she activates our vision and enables us to build a thriving innovation ecosystem.

Esther Gathambo

Community & Events Manager

Not only is Esther the friendly face that greets all those who visit our Inspiring Space in Hamilton, but she is also the mastermind behind many of our capacity-building events and workshops, all of which help our community build their entrepreneurial toolkits.

Ben Ansel

Community & Operations Manager

Ben takes care of all of Impact Hub’s operational and logistical needs - doing whatever it takes to ensure that the needs of our community - and our team, are met. You’ll often find him in our Inspiring Space in Hamilton, where he welcomes and looks after any visitors and members.

Chantelle Cobby

Social Media Marketing Coordinator

By developing compelling marketing and social media content for our events, programmes and services, Chantelle helps build the Impact Hub Waikato profile, and amplify our impact within the community.

Ella Stuart

Programme Manager & Community Coach

Ella is the brains behind many of Impact Hub Waikato’s entrepreneurial support programmes - As a programme coach and trainer, she helps people reconnect with their inner resources, talents and values, so that they can ride the highs and lows of entrepreneurship with confidence, creativity and ease.

Cara Ryan

The newest addition to our growing team, Cara is indispensable for the smooth running and welcoming atmosphere of our South Waikato entrepreneurial hub. She takes care of our day-to-day operations in Tokoroa, whilst also welcoming, engaging and building our community.

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