Dr. Lester Levy

Dr Lester Levy is the Chief Executive of Excelerator: The New Zealand Leadership Institute and Adjunct Professor of Leadership at the University of Auckland Business School. A graduate of Medicine and an MBA, he has extensive management experience across both the private and public sectors having been Chief Executive of South Auckland Health, The Mercy Ascot Private Hospital Group and The New Zealand Blood Service. His formative management career was in the multinational environment with 3M and Beecham Research Laboratories.

Dr Levy’s governance experience includes being the Chairman of Boards of Directors in the fields of healthcare, biotechnology and film and television production.

He has previously been seconded to the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet as an advisor, has been awarded the King’s Fund International Fellowship from the King’s Fund in London, is a Fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Management and the Royal Australasian College of Medical Administrators, is the author of the book, Leadership and the Whirlpool Effect, and is a frequently invited speaker on the subject of leadership.