[pronunciation: NOOR (OO like in zoo, R is pronounced here) + A (A pronounced like u in up) + IN (in
same as usual); a recording can be provided]
Nurain currently works as a Senior Consultant at Ernst & Young New Zealand. Having moved to
Auckland from the small island country of the Maldives at a young age, she grew up as a proud Muslim
Kiwi. After experiencing the barriers faced by young migrants and women of colour, she is now on a
mission to create a more equitable world through storytelling, mentoring and influencing decision-
makers through her governance and leadership roles.
She founded Authenticity Aotearoa, a social enterprise that empowers women from migrant and ethnic
backgrounds to express their authentic selves and work with organisations to create culturally
competent and inclusive workplaces.
Nurain volunteers in various governance roles for New Zealand charities, including as Trustee of the
UpsideDowns Education Trust and Treasurer for 350 Aotearoa, the New Zealand arm of a global
climate movement. She continues her involvement in global leadership with the Junior Chamber
International (JCI), having served as one of only four women National Presidents in the Asia Pacific
region. She was appointed onto the International Advocacy Committee for Europe at the 2019 World
Congress of over 160 countries.
Nurain represented New Zealand at the 2017 UN Commission on the Status of Women advocating for
young women of colour in the workplace. She was awarded the Waitematā Local Board Good Citizens
Award for her work establishing the Waitematā Youth Collective in 2015 and was recognised as a
finalist in the 2017 Women of Influence Awards.