Photographic portrait of Malia Forner
Entrepreneurs, private businesses, science, technology and innovation are the engines of growth for the global economy. Helping to shape and access the right settings, incentives and support to drive these engines is the key to diverse economic sustainability and growth.

Malia Forner

EY Government & Investment Incentives Partner and Oceania Start-up and Entrepreneurship Leader, EY Private

Government & Investment Incentives specialist. USA - New Zealand transplant in Australia since 2008 with a love for entrepreneurship, technology, cycling, fitness & food. Proud Mum of two boys.

Malia is a Partner in EY’s Oceania Government Incentives practice and the EY Private Oceania Start-up and Entrepreneurship Leader. Often operating at the intersection of industry, Malia supports companies, Government and regulators to achieve collaboration and optimised outcomes, assisting key stakeholders to identify and manage risk and opportunities in accessing alternate funding and incentives for investments, innovation and growth. Her clients describe her as having an innate ability to understand stakeholders needs through a commercially aware approach, clarifying Government incentive complexity and assisting stakeholders across diverse teams to prioritise, to guide them to strong commercial, practical outcomes through various stages of growth.

Malia has received a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Otago, is an admitted Barrister & Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand, is a Member of and holds a Certificate of Public Practice with the Institute of Chartered Accountants Australia and NZ. She is also a registered Australian R&D Tax Agent.

How Malia is building a better working world

"I’m passionate about shining a light on and working hand-in-hand to help inspiring and ambitious entrepreneurs and businesses make it to economic sustainability and growth in their ability to find problems to solve, use science and technology to solve them and build companies to serve global markets, which helps build a better working world. I am a strong advocate for supporting and celebrating startups, entrepreneurs and business, promoting female founders, women in STEM and all aspects of diversity through mentoring, teaming and advising entrepreneurs and female owned and led businesses through our EY Ripples Corporate Responsibility program, Entrepreneur of the Year, EY Entrepreneurial Winning Women programs and Women. Fast Forward initiative."

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