Ana Maria leads the Yoobee Colleges Ltd group inclusive of Yoobee College of Creative Innovation, New Zealand School of Tourism, Elite School of Beauty and Cut Above Academy.
Yoobee Colleges Ltd is the largest Category 1 Private Training Establishment in New Zealand. Committed to playing a transformative role in shaping the workforce of the future, Yoobee Colleges Ltd offers a wide range of in-demand qualifications through its industry-leading collective of education providers train the next generation of leaders in Creative Industries, Technology, Tourism, Hair, Beauty, and Health.
Born in Colombia and fluent in Spanish, Ana Maria has 18 years’ experience driving high-performing teams. She enjoyed a successful publishing career in the United Kingdom at Penguin Books and HarperCollins. She was a member of the commercial management team, helping shift the business into digital publishing channels and new platforms and was involved in key intellectual property acquisitions. After relocating to New Zealand in 2013, Ana Maria held a range of leadership and executive roles in the education sector including Sales & Marketing Director for NZMA, General Manager Sales and Marketing for vocational and schools, and most recently CEO of Yoobee Colleges where she led the School of Design, School of Animation, School of Technology and School of Film (South Seas Film School).
Ana Maria is a Board Member for New Zealand Tertiary College.
Educated in Colombia, USA, Holland and the United Kingdom, Ana Maria has a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in International Relations from Keele University in the United Kingdom.