Derek Handley



Derek Handley is a New York-based social entrepreneur from New Zealand. He created Aera Foundation, a charitable studio investing in new companies and causes addressing social issues in innovative ways. Aera is a strategic partner of WeAreTENZING.

Derek was Founding CEO of The B Team, co-founded with Sir Richard Branson to form a group of global business icons catalysing better ways of doing business for people and our planet. He has helped found multiple companies in digital media and technology, is a member of the Air New Zealand Sustainability Advisory Panel, an Adjunct Professor at AUT, and a director of Sky Television (NZX: SKT).

Derek has been listed as one of the top 10 most influential social entrepreneurs on Twitter and is a former NZ EY Young Entrepreneur of the Year.