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|Born||1978 (age 40–41)|
|Occupation||Entrepreneur, speaker, author|
Derek Handley (born 1978 in Hong Kong) is a New Zealand entrepreneur, speaker and author.
Handley was born in Hong Kong but grew up in New Zealand.
In 2001, Handley founded global mobile marketing and media company The Hyperfactory with his brother Geoffrey Handley. According to the company's former website, The Hyperfactory claimed to "power brands and businesses through the mobile medium" for clients such as BlackBerry and Coca-Cola. In July 2009 the company was sold to Des Moines, Iowa-based media and marketing company Meredith Corporation (NYSE:MDP).
The Hyperfactory won six Webby Awards in 2009 placing them second in the inaugural 'Global Webby Agency of the Year' award. The company was nominated for more awards in the Global Mobile Marketing Association Awards in 2007 than any other company in the world and won two. In 2008 The Hyperfactory won the most awards (five) including two global categories. The company has also won the top awards Best in Show at 2007 OMMA Awards and Best in Show at 2007 AdWeek Awards.
The Hyperfactory is also the winner of numerous Cannes Lions (Grand Prix Media Lion & Bronze Lion 2007, Cannes Media Lions Gold 2007), Clios, Mobile Marketing Association, Marketing-Interative 2010 Agency of the year – Mobile 2010, IDC’S TOP 10 Wireless Companies to watch in America 2007 Effie's, DMA, OMMA, Deloitte Fast 500 Asia Pacific (2004, 2005), AdTech and Webby awards, including AdAge Top 15 Mobile Agencies 2012 and the iMedia Mobile Agency of the Year for both 2011 and 2013.
The company compliance listed with no money raised on the NZX in 2013, becoming one of the first publicly listed B-corporations in the world. The market capitalization of the company was just NZ$813,000 on 24 August 2018.
He stepped down as Chair in September 2015.
Prior to launching The Hyperfactory, Handley founded a global online sports and racing betting business, Feverpitch. At the age of 22, Handley became New Zealand's youngest managing director of a listed company when he led Feverpitch to list on the venture-style 'New Capital Market' of the New Zealand Stock Exchange. The company subsequently launched 'betting exchanges' around the world similar to the business Betfair but eventually floundered.
In 2003, Handley led a merger of several major players in the New Zealand childcare sector to form Kidicorp Group Limited, a large national operator which was listed on the New Zealand Stock Exchange.
Handley is an active speaker in the entrepreneurship, marketing and digital industry, having spoken at events around the world including ad:tech, Mobile Marketing Association Forums, OMMA, iMedia, Informa, CTIA, Consumer Electronics Show, Mobile Entertainment Forum, iHollywood and Webstock and Better by Design in New Zealand.
In December 2011, Handley spent a year helping to create what is now The B Team, a not-for-profit initiative formed by a global group of leaders to create a future where the purpose of business is to be a driving force for social, environmental and economic benefit.
In 2013 Handley was named an Adjunct Executive Professor for AUT University in Auckland. He also released a book, ‘Heart to Start’, a memoir about the beginning of his own entrepreneurial journey aiming to become an entrepreneur who does business to have a positive impact on social or environmental problems. In 2013 he joined the board of directors of publicly listed Sky Television New Zealand, then one of the top 200 public companies on the Australian Stock Exchange.
Chief Technology Officer
Handley applied for the role of the New Zealand Chief Technology Officer (CTO). The role was being created under the auspices of Government Digital Services Minister Clare Curran. On 24 August 2018, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern dismissed Curran from the Cabinet after it became clear Curran had met Handley in February at her Beehive office to discuss his interest in the vacant CTO role. Curran had failed to disclose the meeting in her ministerial diary and to inform staff or officials about it (the second meeting she had failed to disclose). Curran apologised to the Prime Minister for her actions and eventually resigned as a Minister.
In September 2018, Handley announced that he had been offered, and had accepted, the CTO role in August. Soon after, the Government announced that it would not be proceeding with the role in its current form, and paid Handley compensation of $107,000 (three months' pay plus reimbursement for moving costs). At the time of the announcement the Minister for Government Digital Services Megan Woods said: "This decision in no way reflects on him as a candidate and the State Services Commission review shows that the process was suitably robust". Handley said he was "deeply disappointed" by the process but the Government's decision to halt it was understandable.
Awards and honours
In September 2006, Handley was a finalist in the Bayer Innovator Awards (Information Technology and Communications Category).
In October 2009, he received the 2009 EY Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award.
In December 2010, he was named finalist for the New Zealand Herald Business Leader of the Year.
In October 2011, he was listed on the 'Silicon Alley 100' of the most influential technology people in New York. That same year he was named a New Zealand 2011 Sir Peter Blake Leader by the Sir Peter Blake Trust, and became a World Class New Zealander.
In September 2015 he was named in the world’s top 100 influential leaders by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, a global accrediting body and membership association for business schools.
In November 2015 he was named one of the top 10 most influential social entrepreneurs on Twitter (by Chivas’ The Venture, US).
In November 2016, the Wharton Social Impact Initiative, at Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania invited Handley to join the David Nazarian Social Innovator in Residence Program, naming him the third "Innovator in Residence" to visit the school.
He has a wife, Maya, and a son. During the process of applying for the Chief Technology Officer he moved his family back to New Zealand to live in Auckland.
In November 2017 he was granted New Zealand citizenship by Minister for Internal Affairs Tracey Martin under the 'exceptional circumstances' provision. The exceptional circumstances provision was required because he had not spent enough time in New Zealand to meet the usual requirements to become a New Zealand citizen (865 days short). He suggested that he didn't meet the requirements because he frequently travelled for business reasons.
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