New Zealand: Base Camp for Great Leadership


Beyond the global Laureate programme Aotearoa New Zealand is basecamp for an additional Fellowship programme, widely-respected as a place where innovative science, agriculture and creative industries flourish.


From world-class sailing and boat building to film-making, biochemistry and DNA research, this land of the Kiwi influences well beyond its weight in the modern world. New Zealand is recognised internationally for independence and integrity, and is nimble enough in an apolitical manner, to initiate innovative ideas.

Together with Kiwi Connect, the Hillary Institute partnered in late 2016 to deliver the Edmund Hillary Fellowship: A three-year end-to-end programme that gives impact-driven entrepreneurs, investors and startup teams a platform to build and incubate global impact ventures from New Zealand. 80% of the Fellows are internationals, 20% Kiwis.

The Fellowship programme (EHF), works directly with Immigration New Zealand to issue 3-year Global Impact Visas for New Zealand for international Fellows. A not for profit company, EHF has its own board and staff group, its chairman holding a seat on the HI Board and the Institute's chair with observer status on the EHF Board. While the Laureate and Fellowship programmes both contribute to realising the Institute's mission, EHF's operational management is at arms-length from the Institute.  

Check out our Fellowship page for details.