Lewis Holden is an independent analyst and Director who was Chief Executive of Manatū Taonga, the Ministry for Culture and Heritage from 2009 to 2015.
Lewis has held senior policy and leadership roles in the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, the Treasury, the State Services Commission and the Ministry of Economic Development. Over the course of his public service career, Lewis had extensive experience as a member of, advisor to and engaging with, numerous Boards, particularly in the cultural sector.
Lewis represented New Zealand as Alternate Executive Director on the Boards of the World Bank and the International Finance Corporation in Washington D.C. He is currently a member of the Board of Reconnect Family Services and the Reconnect Trust. Reconnect is based in South Auckland and offers care and protection for at risk young people seeking to reconnect with whanau, education and employment.
As well as post graduate qualifications from Victoria University and the University of Canterbury he has a Masters of Public and Private Management from Yale University in the USA. Lewis is a member of the New Zealand Institute of Directors and attained Chartered Membership status with the IoD in February 2022.
Lewis lives on Waiheke Island and in 2021 was appointed to the Board of the Waiheke Community Art Gallery.