Linda Jenkinson is a serial entrepreneur, and Chairman and Founder of John Paul, a global travel concierge provider to the world’s largest brands. She is the first New Zealand woman to take a company public on the NASDAQ Exchange, the founder of three multi-million dollar companies, and co-founder of WOW Investments, a social enterprise fund that invests in women-owned businesses in West Africa.
Despite being based between San Francisco and Sydney, Linda actively supports New Zealand across a broad range of initiatives including being a founding member of Kea, Director of AirNZ, The Grid and Global Women New Zealand, member of the New Zealand Olympic Counsel, advisor to the IceHouse and Director and Secretary of the Massey University Foundation.
She was also previously a Board Member of the NZTE Silicon Valley Beachhead Programme. Linda has received countless awards and accolades including being named one of The Most Influential Women in the Bay Area 2014, the first woman to receive The Sir Geoffrey Peren Award for Most Distinguished Alumni from Massey University in 2014, EY Master Entrepreneur of the Year New Zealand in 2013 and Top 100 Women-Owned Businesses 2004-2006.
Watch Linda Jenkinson accept her award here.