Our Team

The Hunger Project NZ is a small but passionate team, governed by a Board of Trustees and supported by a motivated group of volunteers. 

Our Structure.

Our Team.

Lisa Gunnery, Country Director & Board Trustee

Lisa is a management consultant and has more than 25 years of experience within the health sector both here and overseas in a number of senior executive roles.

She joined The Hunger Project NZ in 2013 after taking part in one of our corporate leadership programmes. Her view of the world changed dramatically as a result of this experience.

She came away with not only the tools to make a change in her own life but also the desire to be a part of the end to hunger and poverty in a tangible way.

Lisa went on to become the CEO of The Hunger Project NZ from November 2015 - October 2017, a Board Trustee, and took up the Country Director role in November 2019. 

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Lian Choong, Operations Manager

Lian joined The Hunger Project NZ in May 2019 after 10 years in financial services. Looking to use her skills to create sustainable social change, she was inspired by our principles of empowerment, sustainability and transformative leadership.

She is passionate about creating a more equitable world, and believes that regardless of sex, race, status or geography, everyone deserves the opportunity to be able to shape their own future and lead a dignified and fulfilling life.

She believes that the key is unlocking people's potential because we each have the ability to overcome limitations and challenges far beyond what we realise, and collectively, we can enable a brighter future for all. 

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Global hunger and poverty does not operate separately from our country or our own issues - it operates alongside. You can have a foot in both camps. You can want Aotearoa to thrive while also recognising the importance of addressing global issues at the same time.

                               

Lisa Gunnery, Country Director, The Hunger Project NZ

Board of Trustees.

Annabell Chartres

Annabell is a New Zealander who has spent much of her life out of the country, returning four years ago to rediscover her inner Kiwi.

Annabell is a passionate advocate for sustainable business practices, and the importance of empowering women in developing countries to be catalysts of change in the climate change debate.

She has managed to supplement an international career in financial services with frequent forays into the international development, sustainability and climate change realms, seeking out opportunities to contribute, build knowledge and drive awareness wherever possible. 

Annabell is a director within PwC New Zealand's management consulting team, and is also PwC's national sustainability & climate change lead. She holds a Masters in International Development.

Robert Banks

Robert is a consulting engineer working for a large Asia Pacific consulting practice. Prior to studying engineering, he was brought up on a sheep and beef farm. He has two adult children, a daughter who lives with her family in Auckland and a son who lives with his family in Sydney.

Robert has been an investor for 30 years and served as Chair of The Hunger Project NZ before stepping down in 2018 but remaining on the Board as a Trustee. He was attracted to The Hunger Project principles of empowerment, self-reliance and personal responsibility. He has travelled on an Investor’s trip to India in 1996, and to a number of the annual Gala Ceremonies in New York.

As an investor he sees that his relationship with hungry people is one of connectedness and partnership with fellow global citizens who have the ability to end their own hunger; and as an investor he shares in their accomplishments. He finds that the principles of The Hunger Project also apply to his work and life which give a similar sense of accomplishment.

Nomita Singh

Nomita has been involved with The Hunger Project NZ for 15 years and been on the Board for a large part of this time. She is a trained Information & Communication Technology teacher and provider who has worked both in India and New Zealand, and has led a Ministry of Education initiative training teachers in the meaningful use of ICT to enhance learning.

She has been a volunteer at her children's schools and Cornwall Cricket Club and owned and managed an iconic waterfront restaurant in Auckland for almost 10 years. Nomita is now involved in the childcare business, property developments in Auckland & Christchurch and plays a pivotal role within the family business.

In 2016, she was a participant on The Hunger Project’s Leaders Program to Uganda where she took leadership lessons and was inspired by The Hunger Project's work.

Darrin Bull

Darrin is a group strategist work for an Australian Financial Services company, and has spent over 20 years in financial services.

Having travelled to India in 2017, Darrin has seen first hand what the Hunger Project can achieve with its principles of empowerment, self-reliance and leadership.

As a citizen in this global, interconnected world, Darrin believes together, anything is possible. It is not just a cliché, it is an attitude and a passion which can really make a global impact.

Darrin lives in Auckland with his wife and two young children. He is a member of the Institute of Directors and is also a board member of another not-for-profit organisation.

                      

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has.

                               

Margaret Mead, American cultural anthropologist (1901-1978)

Ambassadors.

Shirley Hardwick

Shirley first became an investor in 1989 and was involved in contacting schools to have them use a video in their geography programmes, which explained the difference between famine and chronic persistent hunger, and showing that the latter could be ended. She has been on a study trip to Benin in West Africa, and saw what life altering effect The Hunger Project has on the life of rural people, particularly women.

She became the Country Coordinator for The Hunger Project NZ, until handing over the leadership to Karen Johns in 2006 and has continued to support The Hunger Project NZ as a significant Ambassador.

Karen Johns

Karen currently holds the position of Specialist Adviser at the Auckland Council. She grew up in Taranaki, studied at Auckland University and graduated with a degree in Anthropology and Geography.  She has worked for thirty years in community development – with roles in the community sector as well as in central and local government.

Karen has held voluntary positions in the Hunger Project NZ since 2003 – as the voluntary administrator, Country Director and Chair. She is a committed and honoured Ambassador and continues to support the work of The Hunger Project NZ in whatever way she can.

Roslyn Hiini

Ros became involved with The Hunger Project NZ after participating in a life changing series of seminars with a company called Landmark Education. Through this education she met Shirley Hardwick who was then Country Director of The Hunger Project NZ, who introduced her to The Hunger Project and the idea that people can end their own hunger and forge their own futures in a sustainable way. 

She feels that it is a privilege to be involved with the work of The Hunger Project and to see the strength of people rising above caste and class and becoming leaders in a world not always accepting of this transformation.

Development Board.

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Advisory Board.

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Oat cake fruitcake croissant marzipan. I love jelly beans oat cake sesame snaps candy canes lollipop cotton candy bear claw pie. Oat cake toffee liquorice muffin tart I love powder tootsie roll. Tart bonbon danish cotton candy brownie cake chupa chups marzipan lollipop.

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