Deputy Chief Economist
- BCom (Economics)
- MBL (Business)
Hillmarè joined BERL in 2012 having spent five years working in the public sector with the Department of Labour and Te Puni Kōkiri. She has a Bachelor of Economics from the University of Pretoria, South Africa, and a Masters in Business Leadership from the University of South Africa Business School.
She gained extensive experience working as the Chief Economist for Africa at the International Finance Corporation, World Bank Group. During this period she negotiated yearly Country Poverty Reduction Programmes which included face-to-face interviews with various Ministers and senior government officials.
Since moving to New Zealand, her work has primarily focused on projects that help develop the Māori economy, the labour market, and skills research and training. She has completed several economic projects for Te Puni Kokiri, Department of Labour, and various Maori organisations.
In her free time, Hillmarè enjoys trying to embarrass her teenage children, travelling, and reading historical novels.