Hemi has grown up as a Third-Culture Kid, having been born in Auckland but subsequently being whisked off by his parents to live in the Occupied Palestinian Territories, Bangladesh, India and the East-End of London. His international upbringing has led to a strong interest in International Development, Social/Youth Work and Teaching.

After settling in the UK, Hemi studied Music Performance at Leeds College of Music before moving to Surrey and studying Music Journalism at The University for the Creative Arts. During his time studying at University, he spent his summers working abroad in a Social Development capacity whilst teaching English and gaining certificates in working with Physically and Mentally Disabled children in Sri Lanka. In the summer of 2016 Hemi completed the CELTA English Teaching Course in London.

Hemi has always maintained a desire to engage with Youth Work in a professional capacity and feels he finally found his vocation at Kahu Youth.