About Markus

Social Entrepreneurship – Why?

The idea of ​​solving social problems entrepreneurially is not new.
Microcredit pioneer Muhammad Yunus was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his idea of providing mini-loans to entrepreneurs in developing countries and thus free them from poverty.
New Zealand is facing big upheavals.  Demographic change, global mobility, urbanisation, digitization of the world of work, to name a few.  Our traditional understanding is not enough to answer all the questions raised by these developments.
But we need solutions to these questions – socially and economically. Social Entrepreneurs are people who develop such solutions. They not only relieve symptoms of social problems, they also (ideally) eliminate causes. They are characterized by entrepreneurial spirit, creativity, risk-taking and perseverance.

Photo by Clark Tibbs on Unsplash

Raison d’être / Reason for being

Since I was little, I always wanted to change the world. Wanted to make it a better place. Looking at current events, a better world is not quite in sight. But, together,  we can make a start in small steps.

 

I am an independent accountant and business incubator based in the Hokianga, Northland, New Zealand.
My focus is to equip future social entrepreneurs with business skills and mental strength
to raise community engagement

 

 

After holding senior positions in finance and management at leading international firms in New Zealand, Australia and Europe, such as BMW, Hitachi, Amcor, Carter Holt Harvey, Fletcher Paper and Air New Zealand, I commenced to run workshops for upcoming or current social entrepreneurs.
I also run Financial Literacy programmes for migrant and indigenous communities.