Siouxsie Wiles MC/Entertainer Profile


Pink Haired Science Communicator and 2021 New Zealander of the Year

With her bright pink hair, microbiologist and science communicator Dr. Siouxsie Wiles is hard to miss! One of the country’s most recognised scientists, Siouxsie and her team make nasty bacteria glow in the dark to find out what’s making us sick with the aim of finding new medicines. She still can’t quite believe she gets paid to do it for a living. Outside the lab, Siouxsie regularly appears on radio and TV, working hard to smash the stereotypes people have about what scientists and leaders look like.

Siouxsie has been recognised many times for her amazing contributions to science and society in New Zealand. In 2019 she was made a member of the New Zealand Order of Merit, for services to microbiology and science communication. Prior to this, she has been honoured as a Blake Leader by the Sir Peter Blake Trust as well as winning both the Royal Society Te Aparangi Callaghan Medal and the Prime Minister’s Science Media Communication Prize. Most recently, during the COVID-19 pandemic, Siouxsie became one of the primary faces, communicators and educators in NZ. This led to Siouxsie being named the supreme winner of the Stuff-Westpac Women of Influence Awards in 2020 and the 2021 Kiwibank New Zealander of the Year.




British, New Zealander


Auckland, New Zealand

Social Links


Keynote Speaker, Panellist


Current Affairs, Health & Lifestyle, Research, Science

Speaking Topics

Authenticity (bringing your whole self to your work/career), Being a woman in science, COVID-19, Leadership, Pandemic/Infectious diseases/antibiotic resistance

Event Highlights

2022Boarder, Boundaries and Pandemics, University of Ottawa Centre for Health Law, Policy and Ethics - Speaker
2022High Court Judges Conference 2022, High Court of New Zealand - Speaker
2022IPWEA NZ & ACE NZ Conference, The Conference Team - Speaker

Testimonials (8)

COVID/Vaccination Sessions

During the pandemic, Siouxsie has helped numerous businesses and organisations educate and inform their staff about COVID-19. These include Media Works, Gallagher Group, KiwiRail, TVNZ, Chorus, NZTE, HRNZ, Vodafone, Auckland Council plus many more.