Gemma Major

Co-Founder and Chair

Gemma is incredibly passionate about the potential young people have to create global impact, and as someone who experiences bipolar, anxiety and psychosis, is also very aware of the challenges young people face around mental health and addiction.

Gemma is the driving force leading Seed Waikato, which was an idea that sparked after listening to the heartache of young people across the region in 2016. Over this time, she’s heard the needs from a range of young people to shake things up, and loves serving the aspirations of a community ready for change.

She is a graduate of the University of Waikato with a BMS (Hons) majoring in Strategy and International Management. Originally from Brisbane, she moved to the Waikato in 2010 and now calls this place home.

After working four years in philanthropy for Momentum Waikato Community Foundation, Gemma quit her job in May 2018 to grow Seed Waikato. Gemma is a Youth Advisor to Philanthropy New Zealand, a 2017 awardee of Hamilton City Council’s 30 under 30, recipient of Waikato125, and a guest speaker for the University of Waikato.