Jacinda Ardern

Jacinda Ardern’s passion for social justice led her to the Labour Party at just 17 years old. She was elected to Parliament in 2008. Her experience ranges from policy development, through to managing a large international non-governmental organisation (NGO).

Before entering Parliament she worked the Better Regulation Executive in the UK Cabinet Office for two and a half years. Her role as an associate director was to improve the way that local authorities interfaced with business. She was also seconded to the Home Office to assist with a review of policing in England and Wales. In 2007, Jacinda was only the second woman to be elected president of the largest international political youth organisation in the world – IUSY, a role which saw her spending time in places ranging from Jordan, Israel and Algeria through to China.

In 2014, she was named a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader. Jacinda also holds a Bachelor of Communication Studies from Waikato University.