Hemant Thakkar ‐ Advisory Board Member
Originally, a Cost and Management Accountant, Hemant made his career move to the disability sector in 1994 as a Special Educator in a special school for intellectually disabled children in Mumbai, India. He then worked as a lecturer in a teachers' training centre in Special Education. Upon moving to New Zealand in 2002, Hemant worked with Creative Abilities for six years in various roles from caregiver to Social Services Manager. Later he worked for nearly five years with the Health and Disability Commissioner as the Disability Initiatives Manager. Currently Hemant works as the Service Improvement Manager for a national level kaupapa Maori disability service provider.
Hemant is an avid learner with multiple post-graduate level qualifications in commerce, cost and management accountancy, special education, psychology and social work including a PhD in Social Work (Disabilities). Hemant's non-academic hobbies include drumming, listening to fusion music and watching Bollywood movies.
Hemant considers it to be his privilege to be a part of the Creative Abilities family.