Find out more about the people behind Cawthron Institute.

Nagaja Sanatkumar


Nagaja is a Professional Non-Executive Director with over 20 years’ international executive and leadership experience. Nagaja studied chemical engineering at IIT Bombay and then moved to the US for a consulting role with Deloitte, before completing an MBA from the University of Washington. Through progressively senior leadership roles in the USA for leading commercial and technology organisations (notably Amazon & Expedia), she brings deep expertise in General Management, Strategy, Digital Technology, eCommerce, Customer-led Innovation and Commercial Scale across a variety of industry verticals and corporate structures. She moved to NZ with her family in 2015, and now runs a consulting practice alongside her corporate governance roles at New Zealand Post and Meridian Energy. Her most recent executive role (as of 2019) in NZ was General Manager – Global Digital at icebreaker.

Nagaja is passionate about sustainable futures; the future of our planet and our children, consumer behaviours, education, science and technology, and its ever-changing socio-economic impact. She enjoys motivating and inspiring people to continuously raise their standards for collaboration, execution and learning.

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