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OUR STORY

Our story begins with our founders and their dream to reimagine what learning could be, and how it could be delivered in the 21st century.

They worked with a global team to develop the Liger Learning © model. This model was first piloted in Cambodia at the Liger Leadership Academy.

Now, as its reputation and impact continue to grow, we begin a new chapter by establishing a sister school – Liger Leadership Academy New Zealand.

We invite you to join us as we seek to empower our learners to change the world around them. 

Our mission is to create socially conscious, entrepreneurial leaders of tomorrow. They will be able to unleash the potential that lies within themselves, and contribute to the world around them. 

We provide a rigorous and meaningful programme that combines a comprehensive, internationally competitive education with an innovative STEM and entrepreneurship curriculum. 
Our focus is on educating secondary students from Years 8 - 13.

To hear the full story from our founder, click here

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OUR VALUES

We focus on establishing and developing a set of Core Values in all our learners; values that everyone affiliated with the Liger Leadership Academy strives to live by in their daily lives and interactions with one another and with the world at large.

Value-Integrity

Integrity

Being honest and having strong moral principles

Value-Stewardship

Stewardship

Being responsible for taking care of something considered worth caring for and preserving

Value-Determination

Determination

Being able to decide definitely and firmly

Value-Appreciation

Appreciation

Being able to recognize and enjoy the good qualities of someone or something

Value-Optimism

Optimism

Being hopeful and having confidence about the future or the successful outcome of something

Value-Ingenuity

Ingenuity

Being clever, inventive, or resourceful especially when designing new things

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OUR PEOPLE

We believe in the power of education to change lives and in the unlimited potential of our learners to make an impact on the world around them.

Our team comes from around the world. They bring a diverse range of experiences, passions and skills. As educators, we think of ourselves as futurists. We need to, as best we can, predict what the future lives of learners will be like and boldly build learning environments to support that future.

We are passionate, innovative and just a little bit quirky.

Our learners are inspired by a global network of partners - both individuals and organisations - who support us to deliver outstanding educational opportunities for our learners.  We also work extraordinarily hard to recruit and retain an exceptional, diverse, committed staff.

Trevor

TREVOR GILE

TREVOR GILE Founder

With a double major in Finance and Management from Washington State University, Trevor spent the first seven years of his career in Chicago and London with investment banks. 

He and his wife Agnieszka then moved to Poland and founded several new businesses, including Liger Investments Limited, which applies advanced technology to trading in the financial markets. 

Trevor’s experiences in the developing world were a motivator to leverage his success with Liger Investments to pursue an innovative model of international development aid that he had been formulating since his time at university.

His experiences with development, poverty, entrepreneurship, and technology came together to form the vision for the Leadership Academy.

 

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AGNIESZKA TYNKIEWICZ-GILE

AGNIESZKA TYNKIEWICZ-GILE Founder

Graduating from Kazimierz Wielki University in Poland, Agnieszka has a degree in Interior Design from Chelsea College of Art and Design in London. After years of working for acclaimed interior designers, in 2001, Agnieszka and Trevor took a sabbatical and traveled the world with the goal of seeing the most remote places on the planet. This experience greatly influenced her later design work under her own brand Signatura Remi & Gile which she successfully ran for over a decade in Krakow.

A Licensed Italian Farmer (IAP) and Founder of the Terre di San Giustino Vineyard in Italy. She shares her time between her responsibilities as the President of the Liger Charitable Foundation, composing boutique wines in Tuscany and being a mother to her two children – Sophie and Alex.

 



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CHRIS SULLIVAN

CHRIS SULLIVAN Development Director

Chris is an experienced learning designer, commercial director, consultant, GM and project manager with more than 15 years of experience working across the public, private and not-for-profit sectors. He has worked across the education, youth and health sectors and his experience has taken him to the Middle East, Asia, North America, Europe and the Pacific. 

Chris’ role is to establish and develop Liger Leadership Academy in a way which respects New Zealand’s language, cultures and identity so that it can develop socially conscious, entrepreneurial leaders of tomorrow. 

Outside of work, Chris’ interests are travelling, playing the guitar and piano, and dabbling in drawing. 

Jeff-Holte

JEFF HOLTE

JEFF HOLTE Education Director

Jeff is an innovative, creative educator with nearly 40 years of experience as a teacher, principal, technology director, school director and designer of pioneering learning models. 

Originally from the United States, Jeff has lived in Qatar, China, Democratic Republic of Congo and Cambodia, working in the field of education since 2006. 

He has been with Liger since 2013 and is passionate about education and the promise it provides to the learner, the community and the world. 

His goal is to ignite curiosity, inspire a love of learning, and motivate children to fulfil their potential through project-oriented and opportunity-based experiences.

 

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Jayne Hamilton

Jayne Hamilton Administration Manager

Jayne diligently manages our school enrolment systems, communications and processes along with keeping our office running smoothly day to day. As an integral member of our team, Jayne is always happy to answer questions and help solve any issues. 

Born and raised in Aotearoa followed by a lengthly stint in London, Jayne brings many years of experience working in human resources and administration management. Jayne enjoys hiking, skiing and exploring the many outdoor activities that Queenstown has to offer.

 

 

Nick-Foster

NICK FOSTER

NICK FOSTER Facilitator

Nick is a father, teacher, engineer and perpetual tinkerer. Teaching is his calling and he is especially passionate about mathematics, technology and engineering. He and his wife, Cassie, have three children and a faithful dog called Nala.  Nick loves exploring the outdoors – either walking, running or riding trails. He is motivated to create an environment where Liger learners thrive through meaningful projects that create a positive impact in their community.

 

Adam-Sturman

ADAM STURMAN

ADAM STURMAN Facilitator

Adam hails from Rangiora located in North Canterbury although for the last seven years he has been travelling globally as a member of the Think Global School where he has been part of a team that has developed, and subsequently implemented, a new project-based curriculum. He is a New Zealand trained teacher whose interests include a wide range of adventurous outdoor activities as well as most sports. Adam is excited about being a member of the Liger team and having the opportunity to help create a supportive and innovative culture that encourages authentic learning experiences that allow for students to have more voice and choice in their learning.

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ROWENA SPEED

ROWENA SPEED Facilitator

Originally from Tauranga and inspired by the outdoors, her life is centred around connecting with two things, people and nature. Rowena is a trained physiotherapist and teacher. As an educator, she sees her role is to help learners find experiences that push them just far enough outside of their comfort zone for growth and to introduce tools for reflection. She's put this into action over the last 6years at an innovative project-based learning school which she travelled the world with. Through this, Rowena has seen the amazing things learners can do if you give them freedom and opportunity, and she hopes to do this at home. That’s why she was drawn to Liger Leadership Academy.

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Giving Back

The Liger Leadership Academy is a for impact school, operated by a not-for-profit charitable trust. In order to be sustainable, we seek support of like-minded individuals and organisations who understand and endorse what we do. If you would like to know more about how you could support us please download our brochure here .

The Liger Leadership Academy is for students who have the potential to be socially conscious entrepreneurial leaders of tomorrow. We believe that financial means should not be a barrier to the right students to attend our programmes. Our scholarship fund ensures that this is the case. We thank our partners, donors, and friends of the school who support this vision and are contributing towards this fund. As we grow, so too will our scholarship fund and with it, the chance for us to support more learners to make a difference to their world. Every cent that goes into the Liger Leadership Academy goes towards making that difference.

Liger Leadership Academy NZ Limited and Liger Leadership Academy Foundation are registered charitable entities under the Charities Act 2005 with approved donee status. This means you can claim a tax credit (for individuals) or a tax deduction (for companies) on your cash donations.

LIGER LEADERSHIP ACADEMY FOUNDATION

Charity Registration Number: CC58289