Meet our people


Dr Jamie Newth - Director & CEO

Jamie leads the Soul Capital team drawing on his expertise from a career in entrepreneurship, strategy and growth across private, nonprofit and social enterprise sectors. He is a lecturer of innovation and entrepreneurship at the University of Auckland Business School where he leads research into social innovation and impact investment. He sits on the National Advisory Board for Impact Investment in NZ, the Board of Ember WELLBEING Trust, a large community mental health provider, and chairs its ventures arm, Ember Innovations.


Gayatri Adi - Brand and Operations Lead

Gayatri is our resident brand expert, having graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce and Arts from the University of Auckland. Her passion for changing social structures through financial institutions is the soul reason she is drawn to Soul Capital. Gayatri has worked as the Impact Investing Network Coordinator, running New Zealand’s impact investing network while supporting the National Advisory Board of New Zealand Impact Investing.



Dave Curtis - Director & Investor (Principal, Constellate Capital)

Dave is a strategic thinker, trusted adviser and collaborative coach, with a naturally intuitive and human centred approach to creating impactful solutions. Alongside being the Director of Soul Capital, Dave is the Director & Co-Founder of the Constellate Group, a social venture with a vision for a 100% values aligned approach to delivering impact personally and for the wider community.


Nadya Fauzia - Project Design and Development Lead

Nadya is responsible for the research and development of Soul Capital’s new projects alongside managing partnerships. With a deep interest of social innovation, she previously led social innovation new zealand and was a research assistant at the UNIVERSITY of auckland looking into the development of social enterprise ecosystems. nadya currently sits on the youth advisory committee of amp capital.


Dr Deborah Shepherd - Director & Investor

Deb has spent the last 20 years working with entrepreneurial businesses as an ADVISoR, researcher, investor, and director. She is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Auckland Business School alongside being a Director Soul Capital. Her interest in social entrepreneurship and impact investment stems from an optimistic belief that eventually all businesses will PRIORITISE impact success in equal measure to financial success.


James Stewart - Advisor

James is an experienced commercial and investment professional with a passion for seeing change across our society. As the Director of Gemelli Consulting, James provides project finance and commercial strategy advice to social enterprises and non-for-profit agencies to help unlock opportunities by which they can have a further positive impact on our world.