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Dr Riri Ellis

Dr Riri Ellis is the Director of Māori Business Programmes at Victoria Business School. Riri provides strategic oversight of Māori business opportunities for the school and engages with strategic partners in Māori business quarters.

Riri is a trustee of Ngāi Tukairangi Trust in Mount Maunganui, one of the biggest Māori exporters of kiwifruit in the country and the largest shareholder of Te Awanui Hukapak Ltd, also based in Mount Maunganui. Riri is also the Mataatua delegate for the Federation of Māori Authorities. Governance positions include Miro Ltd, (a collective of Māori trusts growing blueberries), Tuhono Whenua Horticulture Ltd, the Bay of Plenty Connections Governance Board and the Bay of Plenty Māori Economic Development Advisory Committee.

She has a PhD in Management Studies from the University of Waikato, and a Certificate in Corporate Governance from the Institute of Directors. She has recently taken a lead role in assisting the Bay Connections Governance Board, to navigatea new strategy with regards to advancing economic development within the Bay of Plenty region.