Hon. Dame Jenny Shipley
Champions of Change
Dame Jenny Shipley was New Zealand’s first female Prime Minister and today is a Director, Advisor and Keynote Speaker with a special interest in mega trends in business, economic and social development opportunities globally.
She is chair of Genesis Energy, China Construction Bank NZ Senior Money International, the Advisory Board for Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority transitional and an Executive member of the New Zealand China Council.
Dame Jenny was Prime Minister of New Zealand. She retired from NZ politics in 2002 and returned to the private sector while still retaining her intense interest in the development of leaders here in NZ and globally.
Jenny chairs Global Women NZ and gives her time to a number of causes including as Vice president of the Club of Madrid, a group of 102 former Presidents and Prime Ministers and a member of the World Women's Leaders Council. Both groups work in many countries, promoting democracy, the advancement of women and every aspect of social and economic improvement and progress. She is Patron of Sir Edmund Hillary Outdoor Pursuits Centre and the New Zealand Heart Foundation’s "Go Red for Women". She has also established a Namibian Education Trust that supports a cluster of schools in Northern Namibia.
Jenny is married to Burton and is mother of adult children Anna and Ben and grandmother to Otis and Flynn and Zara.