Meet our Rising Stars: Reflecting on the Unique Journeys of our Newest Members

In light of Matariki celebrations, we honour new beginnings by reflecting on the unique journeys of a few of Global Women’s newest faces. Join us in welcoming these wāhine toa to our membership, and learn about how they are each leading for the future of women in Aotearoa New Zealand.

Priti Ambani

Country Head, New Zealand, Tata Consultancy Services

As an environmental engineer turned strategic business technologist, Priti is inspired daily by Gloria Steinem famous quote, “Women have always been an equal part of the past. We just haven’t been a part of history.” With over 20 years of global experience across engineering, business, and innovation, she joined Tata Consultancy Services in New Zealand in 2020 to expand the company’s footprint and spearhead initiatives like the Asia Pacific Digital Sustainability Index. A passionate advocate for women in business and technology, Priti serves on the boards of the Auckland Business Chamber and Super-diverse Women, and advises on the Strategic CIO programme at the University of Auckland and Tech Futures Lab. Her work shines a light on the women leaders in Aotearoa who are shaping meaningful futures through inclusive, sustainable leadership.

Louise Harvey-Wills

Executive General Manager – People Communications, Sustainability, IAG

Nestled in the stunning landscape of Tahuna (Queenstown) with her husband and two adventurous teenagers, Louise, finds joy in the great outdoors—swimming in the lake, skiing on the mountain, and hiking Central Otago’s trails. Her passion for well-being, especially Ayurvedic practices, led her to complete her Integrated Health coaching qualification in 2019. Louise’s life took a profound turn when she battled and recovered from Guillain-Barre Syndrome, an experience that ignited her advocacy for accessibility and inspired her commitment to inclusive workplaces.

As a volunteer for Food for Love, Louise blends her love of cooking with a deep-seated dedication to community service. She envisions a world where women’s voices are naturally valued, encouraging the next generation to seize leadership and entrepreneurial opportunities. Louise is particularly passionate about uplifting Māori and Pacifica women, striving for a business world that reflects the incredible roles women play in their communities.

Mere Mangu

Barrister, Te Rūnanga-Ā-Iwi-O-Ngāpuhi 

Mere Mangu of Ngāpuhi stands as a beacon of dedication and leadership. As a tireless Māori activist, she champions the rights and well-being of her iwi and other Māori indigenous communities across New Zealand. Mere has been instrumental in advocating for social justice, health, and education. She has successfully led initiatives that address systemic inequalities, secured funding for community health programs, and developed educational resources that celebrate Māori culture and heritage. Her inspiring leadership fuels the ongoing efforts toward cultural preservation and the empowerment of Māori wāhine, leaving a lasting impact on her community and beyond.