Dr Warren Williams bio

Ki te kotahi te kākaho ka whati, ki te kāpuia, e kore e whatiPhotograph of Dr Warren Williams

(Na Kīngi Tāwhiao)

When we stand alone, we are vulnerable, but together we are unbreakable.

Ko Tūhoe, ko Waikato ōku iwi

Ko Te Urewera, Ko Ngāti Maahanga ōku hapū

Ko Te Tōtara, Ko Te Papa-o-Rotu ōku marae

Ko Warren Williams tōku ingoa

Enabling people to participate in the digital world is not only important, but I believe essential in a world that is ever-changing. The 20/20 Trust provides access and connection to digital skills and resources that empower and enable people to realise their aspirations.

The Trust has a reputation for creating positive change for individuals, families, communities, and Aotearoa/New Zealand as a whole. It is this purpose that resonated with me. I am passionate about service and leadership in the technology sector and motivated by the benefits of what digital skills can bring to communities.

I am honoured to be joining the 20/20 Trust as Chief Executive and look forward to being part of the 20/20 whānau and the exciting journey ahead.

Background

Warren has been in the ICT business and tertiary education industry for over 25 years. He is the Chief Executive (Acting) and Executive Director of Operations at the Waikato-Tainui College for Research and Development, and the Director of Digital Taniwha Ltd where he provides digital strategy and digital/social media expertise to people and businesses. He has a PhD in Strategic Management where his thesis was on increasing Māori participation within the IT industry, as well as an MBA with a focus on leadership. He is active in many Māori ICT special interest groups, as well as tribal and community groups.

His recent expertise includes the IT industry, treaty negotiations, local government, digital strategy, digital media, strategic planning and Māori digital technology. Warren is a part of multiple boards to steer an organisation towards success with clear priorities, policies, performance goals and expectations.

He is a Board Member of Trust Tairāwhiti, Community Living Trust, a Board Chair of Nga Uri o Maahanga Trust board, Deputy Chair of Te Huarahi Tika Trust and Steering Committee Member of Te Mana Raraunga – Māori Data Sovereignty Network.

His governance and leadership experience includes national and regional boards, working with Māori and entrepreneurship groups, tertiary ICT advisory groups, and technology and innovation groups. He is passionate about Strategic Māori leadership and succession planning in decision-making forums, especially with rangatahi Māori and wāhine Māori.

Warren is a former National IT Manager for Te Wānanga o Aotearoa, a multi-sited tertiary education provider. He was responsible for the IT needs of over 1200 staff, and 20,000 plus students. As national IT manager he oversaw the IT strategic and operational direction of Te Wānanga o Aotearoa, operating from over 60 sites across New Zealand.