Louise Aitken


Ākina Foundation

Louise was appointed Chief Executive of the Ākina Foundation in October 2017, having joined the organisation in February 2016 as General Manager, overseeing operational management of the Foundation. Prior to Ākina, Louise was with Fonterra, New Zealand’s largest company, where she worked for 11 years, both in New Zealand and in the US. Following four years looking after The Coca-Cola Company, Louise was privileged to lead Fonterra Milk for Schools, New Zealand’s largest Corporate Social Responsibility programme, and KickStart Breakfast, in partnership with the Ministry of Social Development and Sanitarium. Her passion for sustainability and social impact was ignited, which lead her to join Ākina. Louise brings a wealth of experience in leadership, operational excellence, strategy development, governance and commercial insight. Relationship management is a core strength and is an important asset for Ākina. Louise has been involved in The Springboard Trust since 2015 as a Capacity Partner, supporting the strategic development of principals in our education system and is also proud to be on The Misprint Co Advisory Board.