Yuka Gray

Programme Manager

Yuka is the type of person who always asks ‘why’ - she’s a forever curious explorer who loves to understand more about people, technology and the world.

Yuka hails from Japan but has settled in Aotearoa New Zealand with her husband and their two boys who keep her constantly on her toes with their own inherited inquisitive nature. 

Yuka’s keenness to learn and explore has led to her previous marketing and advertising roles in the gaming, tourism and communications industries. She’s particularly interested in how to foster cross-cultural conversations, where everyone is heard and a unique hybrid solution is arrived at. This ability to localise and hybridise cultures was maximised at a role with Tourism NZ for both the 2011 and 2019 Rugby World Cups.

If she was able, Yuka would love to have a conversation with Sir Isaac Newton - he’s her husband’s great granduncle so connecting generations (and cultures) over the ages would be an incredible experience.

Yuka’s superpower of having an insatiable curiosity creates an openness to all sorts of ideas and experiences and also means she has a deeply empathetic nature. That is a very welcome character for the students she supports as Programme Manager for the Master of Technological Futures and Postgraduate Certificate in Human Potential for the Digital Economy.

Academic achievement:

  • Bachelor of Arts (University of Auckland)

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