Jan Hania has a background in environmental engineering, landscape scale ecological restoration through community, iwi and agency collaborations and strategic philanthropy and is currently Environmental Director at NEXT Foundation. He has previously held roles with the Department of Conservation and local government and as a consulting engineer. Jan has an understanding of how creating collaborations can be used to enhance collective impact. He also has an appreciation that the active participation and leadership of Māori in science, innovation and business will create success for Aotearoa. Jan has a strong background of putting environmental thinking into action and is constantly looking at ways to sustainably protect and enhance society and the natural environments. Jan is of Ngāti Tūwharetoa, Ngāti Raukawa and Te Ātiawa descent and his family live in Tasman and are proud to call Te Tau Ihu home.