Karinna McDonald

Senior Consultant

Key Skills

  • Transformational Change
  • Leadership and Influence
  • Strategic Thinking
  • Excellent stakeholder engagement
  • Building Organisational Change Capability


Karinna is a proactive, energetic professional who thrives in environments of change. A highly motivated and passionate individual with excellent communication and interpersonal skills who works extremely well with others. Adaptable and flexible; using her own initiative she is reliable, dependable, and self-driven. Karinna works to high personal standards and is a very quick learner.

Karinna is a member of the committee for the Change Management Institute (CMI), an Accredited Change Manager with CMI, a PROSCI certified change practitioner, and trained in MSP, PRINCE2, APMG Change Management and Lean Six Sigma.

Recent Experience

  • Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade – APEC NZ 2021 – Project Manager, Virtual Experience

Karinna is working on the APEC NZ 2021 programme, as a project manager supporting the virtual experience division. This has included work to lead project planning across three projects and lead a project planning reset for the division as part of the government decision to host APEC as a virtual event. 

  • NZ Police - Change Manager

Karinna was engaged to assist with the deployment of a large re-platform project. Karinna worked with NZ Police and Intergen on implementing the refresh of RIOD – a major NZ Police operations and emergency management system. Karinna’s role in leading change management for the project included supporting employees within National Office and across the 12 NZ Police districts to understand and accept the changes to RIOD.

  • Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment - Business Change Lead

Providing change management leadership and guidance, with the support of a change management framework, processes, and tools. Responsible for supporting Immigration New Zealand (INZ) to successfully deliver business change, with a focus on building INZ's capability for change management. Karinna was the Business Change Lead on a range of projects as part of a Transformational Change Programme. The projects delivered business outcomes to improve business processes and to better collect, store and share information on visa applicants.

  • Ministry of Social Development - Portfolio Manager – Enterprise Portfolio Management Office (EPMO)

Leading work in three core areas across the Ministry: change portfolio functions, delivery support, and a project, programme and change management centre of excellence.


  • Change Management Institute (CMI) Accredited Change Manager
  • Prosci Certified Change Practitioner
  • APMG Change Management Foundation and Practitioner qualification
  • MSP Foundation qualification
  • PRINCE2 Foundation qualification
  • Lean Six Sigma Yellow belt training