Shawn has a BSc in Anatomy and Structural Biology and a BA in Psychology from the University of Otago, and was awarded the StepUp Scholarship. Prior to joining Te Whakaora, Shawn held a management position at 4Seasons Home and Living, and served as a volunteer for a number of Non-profit organisations in Auckland and Dunedin. He has studied Te Reo Maori, Maori Culture and Society, and Ngāi Tahu tradition and was a delegate at the 2014 Aspiring Leaders Forum held in Parliament. In 2015 Shawn graduated from the seven month residential Venn Foundation internship programme, which aims to see people live well-examined and integrated lives, led by community and virtue. Shawn was born in South Africa and in 2001 emigrated to New Zealand with his parents – Te Whakaora’s Founders, Cliffy and Indranee Reddy.