Our People

The AYLI Team

Rachel Dobric

Rachel Dobric, Executive Director

Born and raised in South Auckland, Rachel has worked for a range of organisations - including the Human Rights CommissionTeach for All and the New Zealand Parliament.  She has strong knowledge of multilateral climate negotiations, having attended seven rounds of the UN climate negotiations with the New Zealand Youth Delegation (2009-2011 and 2016), with AYLI (2013), and independently (2014-2015).  In 2014 Rachel attended the pre-session to the climate negotiations in Lima in Venezuela on behalf of the UNFCCC's youth constituency (YOUNGO).  She also joined P3 Foundation's team to attend side-events to the Millennium Development Goals Summit in 2010.

Rachel is passionate about extending the opportunity to attend international conferences to all New Zealand youth, believing them to be both life-changing and invaluable leadership experience.  

In addition to her work for AYLI, Rachel currently sits on the Steering Committee of the New Zealand Youth Delegation, is a member of the Rock Enrol team, and is a member of the YOUNGO Bottomlining Team. 

Our Board

AYLI is a charitable trust, so we're governed by a board of trustees.  As a youth leadership organisation, we think it's really important to be led by young people - so we have a policy of making sure over half of our board members are under 30.  We'd love you to meet them!

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Jenny Chu, Board Chair

Jenny is a professional engineer and project manager experienced in major infrastructure project planning and delivery.  She has an extensive track record of operation and governance experience in NZ not-for-profit organisations focusing on youth, education, international development, NZ: Asia relations, and infrastructure.

Jenny's connection with AYLI has come via her involvement in YOUNGO - she went to the UN climate change conference in Copenhagen with the New Zealand Youth Delegation in 2009. This led to working in Shanghai for the NZTE/MFAT World Expo team where she built relationships over an intensive year with different parts of NZ Inc and civic, academic, intergovernmental, business and o governmental delegations from 200+ countries. Since returning to New Zealand, Jenny has continued to lead youth, business and governmental delegations to Asia for infrastructure and development related studies.

Jenny feels great personal satisfaction in involving in organisations making a difference throughthrough education programmes that expose New Zealand youth to complex economic, environmental and social and cultural issues we're grappling with in New Zealand and around the world, and provide a springboard for them to actions as leaders. 

Benj Brooking

Benj Brooking

Benj is one of AYLI's alumni. He was part of our delegation to COP20 in Lima, and led our team to COP21 in Paris - allowing him a unique and valuable perspective on AYLI's board.  You can read the story of how he got involved with AYLI here!

By day, Benj is an Auckland based filmmaker who loves the challenge of producing media that is both engaging and effective. He primarily works on educational and promotional material to inspire social change, but also creates music videos and short films. He believes that better media can help create a better world. In addition, Benj is involved with the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network Youth and the New Zealand Red Cross.

Benj loves that AYLI brings together such a diverse range of amazing young Kiwis - from all over the country and from so many different interests and disciplines.

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Marianne Dutkiewicz

Marianne is a Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand and Professional Associate at the East-West Center, Hawaii. She earned a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Canterbury and practiced in both employment and family law in New Zealand.

Playing a pivotal role in the EY/EWC Women Fast Forward: Asia-Pacific Consultation on Women’s Economic Empowerment for W20 input into G20 2017, Marianne is passionate about integrating her knowledge of law with opportunities to empower women. In early 2016, Marianne undertook East West Center sponsored research in Southeast Asia looking at women's rights in ASEAN.

Marianne was an integral member of the Student Volunteer Army, a movement that mobilized students following the Christchurch earthquakes of 2010–2011, and continues to be involved in initiatives that encourage youth to be community minded. 

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Aaron Hape

Aaron founded Commonwealth Youth New Zealand in 2014 to connect young Kiwis to amazing opportunities around the Commonwealth. He was CYNZ’s foundation Executive Director through to 2017 and is now a member of its Board. He was a member of the Commonwealth Observer Group for the 2015 Trinidad and Tobago Parliamentary elections.

In 2015, Aaron was named a New Zealander of the Year Local Hero medalist, and in 2017 he was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. He is a foundation Board Member and Advisory Panelist of the Queen's Young Leaders Programme. Aaron is of Ngati Kahungunu ki Wairarapa descent.