Our Team

Rachel Dekel, B.Sci. (Honours Biology), B.Soc.Sci. (Honours), M.Soc.Sci (Development & Policy)


Rachel is a co-founder of DigiPoll, who started the company with her late husband Dr Gabriel Dekel in 1997 as an offshoot of the University of Waikato’s Survey Research Unit.

The business grew from a home-based small business employing mainly university students, into a successful company providing fieldwork services to a wide range of clients, nationally and internationally.

Rachel has over 25 years experience in strategic planning, development and management in the private and public sector, in both Canada and New Zealand.



Nandan Modak, (BE, PGDIM)

General Manager

Nandan joined DigiPoll in 2003. He has a degree in Engineering and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Marketing and Industrial Management. He has more than 20 years experience in project management, operations management and business development in manufacturing, engineering and service industry.

Nandan also enjoys trekking and bushwalking exploring best of New Zealand’s landscapes. In his spare time he works for his foundation, which provides free education for children in rural and tribal India.



Senthil Sabapathy, B.E (Computer Science)

Project Manager

Senthil joined DigiPoll in 2004. Senthil has a degree in Engineering majoring in Computer Science. He has more than 13 years experience in software development and management.

Prior to joining DigiPoll Senthil has worked as a team leader and senior software engineer in HCL Technologies, India and NCR, Scotland.



Linda George 

Financial Administrator

Linda immigrated to New Zealand from South Africa early in 2006 and joined DigiPoll as an interviewer shortly after. Her 15 years experience as a Credit Controller in South Africa and having a Diploma in Bookkeeping and Practical Accounting enabled her to quickly secure the Financial Administration position with DigiPoll.

Linda has a passion for cooking and trying out different types of dishes.



Fieldwork Team

DigiPoll’s fieldwork team is comprised of the DigiPollsters (interviewers), supervisors, operation management, trainers, human resource and quality control staff.

DigiPollsters are recruited on the basis of their aptitude, skills and experience. They undergo an extensive training and development programme and an ongoing quality control process.

DigiPollsters come from a diverse range of backgrounds, reflecting the demographic diversity within New Zealand.