Derek Handley is a New York-based New Zealander and social entrepreneur. He is the founder of Aera, a charitable trust investing in causes and companies addressing social issues in imaginative ways. Derek is the Chief Innovation Officer for New York-based company builder, Human Ventures; the current Social Innovator in Residence at Wharton, University of Pennsylvania; an Adjunct Executive Professor at AUT in Auckland and a founding General Partner in Aera VC, a community of investors backing for-profit, social-venture startups around the world.
He was formerly the Founding CEO of The B Team, co-founded with Sir Richard Branson as a global leadership collective advancing better ways of doing business for people and the planet. He has helped found multiple digital media and technology companies, was a former New Zealand Ernst & Young Young Entrepreneur of the Year and serves on the board of directors for Sky Television New Zealand and the Sustainability Advisory Panel of Air New Zealand.