Anne Fitisemanu

CEO, TupuToa

Anne’s mission in life is to empower diversity and grow people – with her aiga and through her work. Her career has spanned leadership roles in health, education, local government and not-for-profits.

As Chief Executive of TupuToa, since 2017, she has led the organisation’s vision to grow Māori and Pacific leaders for a greater Aotearoa, with exponential growth in the number of interns, partners and innovative programmes. Anne has not only led the growth of TupuToa beyond Auckland to other parts of New Zealand, but also overseen the creation of international opportunities for Māori and Pacific young people.
In addition, she serves on the boards of the National Foundation for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, and the Problem Gambling Foundation.
Anne has a Master of Professional Business Administration from Auckland University of Technology, and is an alumna of the Global Women Breakthrough Leaders Programme.

Of Niuean, Samoan and European heritage, Anne has been married to Equator for 30 years, and has seven adult children and 10 grandchildren.