Anna is the Country Director of Zephyr Airworks, the New Zealand operator of Cora, one of the world’s first autonomous electric air taxis, currently testing and certifying in New Zealand. As part of an emerging electric and autonomous vehicle industry, expected to be worth more than USD 80.50 billion by 2030. Zephyr Airworks is working with Government, iwi, community and business to build new skills and capability in the New Zealand economy.
Anna comes to the role with a public and private sector background, as an entrepreneur, director, strategist and senior advisor. An award-winning former journalist and businessperson, she was press secretary to two New Zealand Prime Ministers and a former Commonwealth Secretary General. She has also held management roles at the NZ Rugby and Telecom New Zealand, has established two successful businesses and worked as a consultant with US and NZ tech companies.
Anna was a 2010 Commonwealth Foundation Emerging Pacific Leader, has a Masters degree from Northwestern University (Chicago) and was a Rotary International Scholar. She is a trainer for the New Zealand Institute of Directors and currently sits on three boards.