Rachel Skudder

Chief Executive, BEST Pacific Institute of Education

Rachel has worked in Pacific education and advocacy for over 20 years and is the CEO at BEST Pacific Institute of Education, New Zealand’s largest Pasifika-focused tertiary education institute with a Pasifika student body of over 2500 students across 7 campuses in Auckland.

 A lawyer and a teacher, Rachel is committed to the social, cultural and economic wellbeing of Pacific peoples and is a Board member of the Pacific Cooperation Foundation and active in other community advocacy and Pacific advisory groups. From Tongan and Greek lineage, Rachel brings a unique cultural perspective and experience in working Pasifika communities in Aotearoa New Zealand and the Pacific region.