Monique Pearson

Interim General Manager

Monique is the ultimate collaborator. Not just in the doing but in her fundamental belief that coming together despite differences, to strive for a common goal, is a powerful mantra for a productive relationship and a positive future.

As someone who has found joy in her natural adaptability and versatility, Monique is following purpose on her career path. She has extensive experience in the corporate sector, holding senior roles in leading financial, technology and law firms.

She is an honorary member of the New Zealand Bar Association and a Certified Advisory Board Chair. More recently, Monique has gravitated to the social impact sector, acting on her sense that a strong flourishing future begins with capable thriving people.

Monique has joined The Mind Lab and Tech Futures Lab as Interim General Manager while Fee Webby takes maternity leave. That means Monique’s day to day involves implementing the strategic goals for both organisations, ensuring the values are woven into the tasks staff perform everyday. Working closely with all parts across the two organisations from academia to operations, marketing to student experience, Monique is constantly aligning initiatives with the overarching mission to ‘Create impactful futures’. And because Monique is purpose-driven, she felt right at home as soon as she took on the contract role with us.

A lifelong learner, she is currently undertaking a Certificate in Proficiency in Te Reo at AUT - believing that having access to the nuances of language opens up a deeper understanding of culture. This will be invaluable in her role as Interim GM and relationship holder with local iwi Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei. The iwi are engaged with The Mind Lab and Tech Futures Lab to lead whakatau to welcome new students at the start of a new intake, and to give insight and consideration to kaupapa Māori through their learning journey. 

Monique is also responsible for keeping the business strategy aligned with our core teaching and learning strategy ‘Te Ara Kōtihi’ (the pathway to success). This guardianship role links perfectly with Monique’s belief in the interconnectedness of everything - culture, society, economics and the environment. That integration between business and education for better outcomes will serve us all well as she leads staff at The Mind Lab and Tech Futures Lab over her tenure.

Academic achievements:

  • Post graduate Certificate in Business Administration (AUT)
  • Bachelor of Business Studies (Commercial Law & Management papers) (AUT)