Derek (Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāti Tūwharetoa and Ngāti Porou) is a medical doctor and digital specialist. He has a broad educational background, completing studies in software engineering, business and informatics. He has governance experience and has been involved in not-for-profit and social enterprise initiatives. Derek uses an integrative thinking approach in identifying unique solutions, with technology work in health, agriculture, social enterprise and education. His interests in technology span several areas, ranging from AI and machine learning, through to cybersecurity, IoT and cloud computing. He believes in people-led solutions and that technology serves as an enabler of improved outcomes.