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Global business entrepreneur.


Derek Handley is a well-known entrepreneur. He formed Aera Foundation, which invests in causes and companies tackling social issues in imaginative ways. Before this, he was Chief Innovation Officer with New York-based social impact startup studio, Human Ventures, and has helped found multiple companies in digital media and technology

Previous experience
He was the Founding CEO of The B Team, where he worked with Sir Richard Branson to form a group of global business icons catalysing better ways of doing business for people and planet. There, he helped recruit its founding team of 16 iconic leaders such as Sir Richard, Arianna Huffington, Ratan Tata, and Noble Laureate, Professor Muhammad Yunus.

Current work
Derek has helped found multiple companies in digital media and technology, was a founding member of the Air New Zealand Sustainability Advisory Panel (NZX:AIR), an Adjunct Professor at AUT in Auckland, a director of Sky Television (NZX: SKT), and has been named a World Class New Zealander.

In 2015 he was named a visionary leader on two "top 100" global leadership indexes and he was also listed as one of the top 10 most influential social entrepreneurs on Twitter. He is a former New Zealand EY Young Entrepreneur and has been previously named in the Silicon Alley 100 most influential technology people in New York.



  • Mastering Leadership
  • CEO & Company Directors
  • Entrepreneurship & Entrepreneurs
  • Sustainability
  • Purpose & Vision
  • Social Enterprise
  • Disruption
  • Future of Work


  • Creativity
  • Future Cities
  • Blockchain
  • Digital


  • Inspiring Stories
  • Entrepreneurship

Politics & Advocacy

  • Leadership
  • Environment & Climate Change
Derek is an amazing innovator and thought leader. His energy can inspire the largest audience to the smallest group. His keynote address on the opening night of the 2014 Nexus Australia Youth Summit was certainly a highlight of the summit and I can unreservedly recommend him to conference organisers around the world. Nexus Australia
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