Adrian Wimmers (NZ) is a Deal Advisory Partner at KPMG. He is KPMG New Zealand’s Head of Infrastructure, leading financial advisory services to the public sector. He’s passionate about applying commercial solutions that drive better social outcomes. A leading financial advisor, he’s been a driving force in landmark social infrastructure transactions, such as the first New Zealand PPP to reach financial close. Adrian has also provided feasibility and business case advice to the Crown in 2013 on the Social Bond concept, and pro-bono advice to Philanthropy NZ in 2016 on the potential for a social impact investment fund. He’s also a former trustee of Volunteer Wellington and Inspiring Stories Trust and is currently a member of Victoria University of Wellington’s Komiti Pasifika.
|Akaya Windwood (Keynote)|
Akaya Windwood is the President of Rockwood Leadership Institute, which provides transformative leadership trainings for nonprofit and philanthropic organisations globally. She is a partner in the Opportunity Collaboration, an international conference that convenes leaders working to end poverty, directs the Mycelium Fund, which makes small grants to nonprofit organisations based on generosity and interconnectedness, and is faculty on the RSF Social Finance Integrated Capital Fellowship. Akaya has been a featured speaker at Stanford Social Innovation Review's Nonprofit Management Institute, the Aspen Institute, and the Association of Black Foundation Executives conferences. She received an Ella Award from the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, and is deeply committed to working for a fair and equitable global society while infusing a sense of purpose, delight and wonder into everything we do.
Alex Hannant (NZ) is Chief Executive of the Ākina Foundation. Ākina provides a range of support services that enable social enterprises to start-up and succeed, from skills building to investment strategy. Ākina also works with community, government, business, and philanthropic partners to develop New Zealand’s social enterprise sector, and advance broader thinking around social impact, sustainability, and inclusive economic development.
Alex is also on the Board of B Lab Australia and New Zealand, and teaches a course on Leading Social Enterprise at Victoria University of Wellington.
Previously, based in the UK, Alex was Director of Programmes at LEAD, a global network focused on leadership and sustainable development, and Head of Partnerships at the Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN), a global initiative providing technical advice and services to decision makers.
Alison Hill is the General Manager, Community Engagement and Strategic Partnering, Investing in Children Programme, Oranga Tamariki.Alison has extensive experience in government in engaging with communities and stakeholders to create strategic changes. Career highlights include working collaboratively with communities across New Zealand to establish world leading restorative justice services, and her current work in partnership with care experienced young people, philanthropics and NGOs to establish the independent advocacy and connection service for children and young people in care that has developed into Voyce – Whakarongo Mai.
|Allan English (Keynote)|
Allan English is the Founder and Executive Chairman of ASX-listed, and B-Corp accredited, Silver Chef Limited which was founded in 1986. In 2000, as a volunteer, he established the Queensland office for Opportunity International. In 2010, he created the English Family Foundation to support local and overseas social entrepreneurs tackling some of the more challenging issues facing our society. Allan currently serves as a Council member of Philanthropy Australia and on the Advisory Board for QUT's The Australian Centre for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Studies and the Philanthropy Australia Council. He is a former recipient of the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year award and was recognised in 2012 by Queensland’s Community Foundation as Philanthropist of the Year. In 2014, he won the inaugural Philanthropy Australia’s Philanthropy Leader award.
Photo credit: Erika Fish.
Anake Goodall (NZ) has a broad background in building and supporting community-facing organisations that empower their members. He Chairs the Ākina Foundation and the Hillary Institute of International Leadership, and is on the establishment board of Tē Pā o Rākaihautū, a special character school based in Ōtautahi Christchurch. He is also Chair of Nutrient Rescue Ltd and a Trustee of The Gift Trust. Previously, Anake was CEO of Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu and before that was responsible for managing Ngāi Tahu’s Treaty settlement process. He has also been a union delegate, a founding director of a credit union, was on the establishment board of the Environmental Protection Authority and is a co-founder of ActionStation.
|Antony Welton (Keynote)|
Antony Welton (NZ) was appointed Human Resources Director Vodafone and Chair of the Vodafone Foundation in October 2012. He first joined the global Vodafone community in 2002 working for Vodafone UK and has worked for a number of Vodafone entities including Japan, India, UK, Vodafone Group and New Zealand. Before joining Vodafone UK, Antony worked for Cap Gemini Ernst and Young UK Ltd, where he specialised in change management across a variety of industries and prior to that in Human Resources for Aviva Plc. Antony has a Bachelor of Science with honours in psychology and a Master of Science in occupational psychology and started his career working as an occupational psychologist.
Belinda Gorman (NZ) is Philanthropy Lead at Microsoft. She is currently leading work with Microsoft business and NGO partners to grow the capacity of the NGO sector and use data to understand their impact and improve service delivery. Belinda joined Microsoft after a number of years working in international development, including 6 years with UNICEF and an extended period working with the Christina Noble Children’s Foundation in Vietnam and Mongolia. Energetic and dedicated, she still manages to find time for her duties as a Trustee of ECPAT New Zealand, while continuing to work on her vision for Microsoft, and is a passionate advocate for digital inclusion.
Bill Kermode (NZ) has been NEXT’s Chief Executive since its launch in 2014. Previously, he was founding director of Direct Capital and has also been director of a number of private companies, including Ryman Healthcare, PF Olsen, NZ Pharmaceuticals, and EziBuy.Currently Director of the Edmund Hillary Fellowship. He is also Chairman of the Palmerston North BHS Educational Foundation Trust. He believes the projects NEXT support are aspirational, ambitious, large in scale, and wide in impact, delivering a meaningful and measurable philanthropic return.
Brayden Smith (NZ) is an Audit Partner and Board Member of Grant Thornton New Zealand. He’s also the Grant Thornton’s National Audit Quality Leader and Deputy National Technical Director. Brayden has had significant experience working with the not-for-profit section and is the firm’s expert on implementation of the not-for-profit accounting standards.
Bryce Davies is Senior Manager, Government and Stakeholder Relations at IAG where he is responsible for growing the organisation’s presence, influence and standing within New Zealand—including its relationships with corporate stakeholders and its social responsibility. In this role Bryce leads Resilient New Zealand a coalition of engineering, banking, insurance, telecommunications and aid organisations to identify, champion and advocate ways New Zealand can be more resilient to natural disasters. Bryce is also currently a member of the Government’s Climate Change Adaptation Technical Working Group. Before IAG, Bryce held a range of risk and reputation roles across insurance, banking, funds management, and started his career in the consulting sector.
Caren Rangi (NZ) is Principal Consultant at Ei Mua Consulting Ltd. An experienced governance practitioner, she’s chosen to apply her professional, community and cultural skills to a range of roles, ensuring a Pacific voice is heard at decision-making tables. She is National President of P.A.C.I.F.I.C.A. Inc, an organisation that provides opportunities for Pacific Island women to contribute effectively to the development of Aotearoa New Zealand. She is a board member for the Arts Council of New Zealand (Creative New Zealand), the Eastern & Central Community Trust, the Charities Registration Board and Pacific Homecare Services in New Zealand, and is a Director of the Cook Islands Investment Corporation in Rarotonga. Having recently been appointed as an associate of the Centre for Social Impact, she works with communities to strengthen their organisational capability.
Chloe Harwood (NZ) oversees strategy and evaluation development at Foundation North, while also managing policy development, communications and planning. She has been closely involved in the Foundation’s continuing efforts to become a more strategic and innovative grantmaker. This has included the development of innovative and targeted funding such as the Foundation’s Catalysts for Change Programme, Māori and Pacific Education Initiative (MPEI) and GIFT (Gulf Innovation Fund Together). A graduate of Canterbury University, Chloe has previously worked for Britain’s National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts (NESTA), where she awarded funding to innovative and pioneering learning projects.
Christina Howard (NZ) was appointed Executive Director of Todd Foundation in 2015, having previously been a Strategic Advisor. She holds a PhD in social psychology, and has 20 years’ experience in community, academic and government roles. She’s passionate about building effective collaborations through strategic philanthropy, and supporting community-led change. Christina is a strong advocate for innovative research projects, which range from bees to earthquakes, and from storm water to strokes, and which all have significant potential to benefit and improve the lives of all New Zealanders. Given the scale of work the Todd Foundation has achieved, Christina believes her role as Executive Director is a huge privilege, and has been an incredible learning curve.
Cyril Howard (NZ) is Māori Strategy Manager at Foundation North. He brings to the Foundation more than 15 years’ experience as a grants assessor with Local Government and the Community Branch of the Department of Internal Affairs (DIA). Cyril began his career as a Community Worker in Mt Roskill and also spent three years working as a Gaming and Censorship Compliance officer, auditing gaming machine trusts for DIA. Cyril is of Ngāpuhi descent and calls the Hokianga home.
|Dai Henwood (Keynote)|
Dai Henwood is a New Zealand comedian and television personality, who features on TV3’s 7 Days and t Family Feud. Dai was born and raised in Wellington and trained in Theatre and Film at Victoria University. He moved into stand-up comedy winning Best New Face in 1999 and the momentum has continued.
Dai has a strong connection to a broad cross section of New Zealand and is passionate about the health and wellbeing of children and young people. He has supported the work of the Henwood Trust for over a decade and was appointed as a trustee in 2014.
Dave Moskovitz (NZ) is a professional director and startup investor. He is currently the Entrepreneur in Residence at the Kiwibank Fintech Accelerator, and works with the team running the R9 GovTech Accelerator. Dave is one of Wellington’s longest serving angel investors, having invested in a significant number of New Zealand startups that are performing well on the world stage. He’s Chairman of The Appreciation Engine, and is a director at Internet NZ, The Domain Name Commission, and Open Polytechnic. He also helped establishment AngelHQ, Wellington’s local angel investment network, and is one of the people behind Lightning Lab, Startup Weekends, and Lean Startup Wellington.
David Richards (NZ) has worked as Projects and Strategy Manager at the Tindall Foundation since 2008. He’s responsible for developing the Foundation’s strategies and managing a number of its key initiatives, including the capacity-building scheme, support for the recovery process in Christchurch, and Youth Connections Across Auckland. Before migrating to New Zealand in 2002, David was based in Bristol (UK), where he worked on a diverse range of projects; including developing community partnership initiatives to address a range of poverty-related issues, serving on the Board of a number of not-for-profit organisations, and chairing his local community association in a multi-ethnic, multi-faith, inner-city neighbourhood.
Deidre Otene leads The MOKO Foundation, a charitable trust established by Dr Lance O’Sullivan. She is an Auckland University Top Scholar Award recipient, Alumni of the Leadership New Zealand Programme, a Vodafone Fellowship recipient and is currently completing research on Intergenerational change through leadership development in Indigenous settings.
|Dena L. Jackson|
Dena L. Jackson (US) is Senior Vice President, Dallas Women’s Foundation. Leading the Grants and Research teams, she provides direction for areas of research. She is also the power behind the Foundation’s growing advocacy initiatives developing opportunities for Board members and senior volunteers to flex their political muscle in areas that impact women and girls in Texas.
|Donna Flavell (Keynote)|
Donna Flavell is the Chief Executive of Te Whakakitenga o Waikato Inc, the iwi organisation for Waikato-Tainui.Donna has worked in various roles for Waikato-Tainui since the raupatu settlement as a graduate through to leading the team that provided technical and administrative support to the co-negotiators for the Waikato River Claim, and subsequent settlement with the Crown. To see the realisation of the Waikato River Settlement in 2008 (and subsequent review in 2009) was a personal achievement. Donna has also spent some time on secondment between 2013-2016 at Te Ruunanga o Ngaai Tahu as the General Manager, Strategy and Influence where she held key responsibilities for providing regular advice on external relationships, strategy development, claims protection and engagement with central government across a range of portfolios. Donna is also the Chair of the Freshwater Iwi Advisors Group, who collectively are currently engaging with the New Zealand Government on freshwater management policy and law reform. The key objective is addressing iwi rights and interests in freshwater, with a focus on developing a range of mechanisms for iwi to access water for economic development. Donna holds a Bachelor of Law from the University of Waikato. She has attend executive education programmes at Banff University and The Stanford Graduate School of Business.
|Dr Dhananjayan (Danny) Sriskandarajah (Keynote)|
Dr Dhananjayan (Danny) Sriskandarajah has been Secretary General and CEO of CIVICUS since January 2013. Headquartered in Johannesburg, CIVICUS is the global civil society alliance dedicated to strengthening citizen action and civil society throughout the world.
Danny is a researcher and commentator on international migration, economic development, the political economy of conflict, and ethnic diversity. He is the author of several books and reports, and his work has appeared in academic journals such as Contemporary South Asia, Geography, International Migration, Oxford Development Studies, Third World Quarterly and World Economics. He had conducted primary research in several countries including Fiji, Jamaica, Malaysia, Mauritius, Trinidad & Tobago, and Sri Lanka, an spoken at conferences and events in over 60 countries.
Born in Sri Lanka and a national of Australia, Dr Sriskandarajah has lived and worked in five continents. He holds a degree from the University of Sydney, and an MPhil and DPhil from the University of Oxford, where he was a Rhodes Scholar. In 2012, he was honoured by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader.
|Dr Ian Woods|
Dr Ian Woods is Head of ESG Research at AMP Capital. Since joining the company in 2000, he has focussed on how the issues of sustainability and ESG relate to financial investment and investment risks. Dr Woods’ background is in environmental and risk consulting both in the Asia/Pacific region and Europe. He assesses the management of intangible assets of companies on the Australian Securities Exchange through the assessment of governance ESG issues and in engaging with these companies in the areas of corporate social responsibility and sustainability.Dr Woods also undertakes assessment of greenhouse gas risk issues for the wider AMP Capital Investment teams and has undertaken a number of studies in this area.
Edward Montague (NZ) joined the Social Investment Unit in March 2016. He was previously a Principal Advisor at the NZ Treasury where he was acting lead on the social impact bonds pilots and other related initiatives, and Director in the Finance & Economics practice at PwC NZ. Before moving to New Zealand in 2010, he spent five years as an investment analyst at a London-based hedge fund, IBIS Capital Partners LLP. Edward’s investment experience builds on his early career as a management consultant at Arthur D. Little, Strategy Advisor at the UK communications regulator, OFCOM, and Strategy Manager at the global telecommunications company, O2 Telefonica.
Eileen Kelly (NZ) joined J R McKenzie Trust in December 2014 and is a Grants Advisor and Programme Manager for the Trust’s proactive programme Connecting Education and Communities. Eileen has extensive experience in organisational and community development, human resource management, and capacity building in the resource poor settings of many countries in South East Asia and the Pacific. Prior to that, her work was in the tertiary community education sector and she is passionate about second chance learning and education opportunities particularly for women and parents.
Elizabeth Tindall (NZ) is Communications Manager at the Tindall Foundation. She also helps some of the organisations to develop communications strategies and guide them in the promotion of their projects. Elizabeth is the Tindall Foundation’s representative on the Working Together More Fund and works alongside other family members on the Next Gen fund. Elizabeth’s background is in journalism and PR.
Emily Mason (NZ) is member of the leadership team at the Social Investment Unit, NZ. She is passionate about helping those in the social sector better answer the question, "what works for whom, and at what cost?” Something she hopes to achieve by bridging the gap between data science and decision-making around government policy. This focus is the result of almost 20 years' experience in analytics teams working to turn data into information useful for policy makers. Emily’s previous roles include work with the Ministry of Education, the Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC), and Statistics New Zealand.
Eric Frerer (AU) is an Executive Vice President at PIMCO, where he’s head of institutional account management for Australia and New Zealand. He is also a member of the core leadership team for PIMCO's Global Sustainability Initiative. Prior to joining PIMCO in 2011, he was global head of institutional fixed income distribution for ANZ's global markets division. He has also held senior investment banking positions with J.P. Morgan, Deutsche Bank and Commonwealth Bank of Australia in New York, Singapore and Sydney. He has 30 years of investment and financial services experience.
Fiona Cram (NZ), Director, Katoa Ltd., has over 20 years of Kaupapa Māori research and evaluation experience with Māori and Iwi organisations and communities. She’s worked with several government agencies, district health boards, and philanthropic organisations. A large portion of this work involves the use of mixed or multiple methods in the pursuit of wellness, decolonisation, Māori sovereignty, and societal transformation.
Garth Nowland-Foreman (NZ) is Director at LEaD Centre for Not for Profit Leadership. He has worked for over twenty years in New Zealand, Australia and the Pacific helping not-for-profits and those who fund them to be more effective and influential. He taught in a graduate programme in not-for-profit management for 18 years. He is co-chair of the Tangata Whenua, Community & Voluntary Sector Research Centre, was an appointed member of the Lottery Grants Board for nine years, and was instrumental in the first official measures of the size and economic significance of the not-for-profit sector in New Zealand.
Gemma Slack (NZ) is passionate about conscious enterprise and works with Momentum Waikato where she is responsible for Strategic Initiatives. In her role, Gemma links generous donors to strategic charitable investments targeted at transformational change, whilst building a permanent endowment for the benefit of generations to come. Gemma believes Waikato Vital Signs is a tool that can mobilise the power of community knowledge for greater local impact.
Genevieve Northey (NZ) is Donations and Systems Advisor at the Tindall Foundation. She’s excited to learn more about the philanthropic sector, and eager to contribute to the work done by the Tindall Foundation throughout New Zealand. Genevieve enjoys speaking with people and learning about their projects and work in the community and has a keen interest in community development.
Genevieve Timmons (AU) is the Philanthropic Executive of the Portland House Foundation, a private, family-owned foundation based in Melbourne linked to commercial interests. Since her appointment in 2004, a strong grantmaking portfolio has been established consistent with the Foundation charter to assist people to move out of situations of disadvantage. Genevieve is also a Council member of Philanthropy Australia, a director of the George Hicks Foundation, an Advisory Group member of the Fellowship for Indigenous Leadership, recently retired as Chair of the Inner North Community Foundation and brings more than 30 years of experience in grant making and social investment.
George Thomson (NZ) works as a consultant in the Implemented Consulting team at Russel Investements, providing advice on strategy and implementation to institutional clients in New Zealand. He has a particular interest in outcomes for not-for-profit organisations with ongoing community or philanthropic commitments. His professional background is in Institutional Banking across Australia and New Zealand where he focused on financial modelling, valuation and M&A origination and execution. He has also worked in Strategy and Decision Management for a large global bank developing financial models and data visualisation methods for reporting and strategic planning.
Guy Fisher (NZ) has more than 20 years’ experience in providing investment advice, investment analysis and portfolio management to retail and institutional clients. He joined Aon Hewitt as an investment consultant in March 2014. After graduating from Edinburgh University in 1988, Guy worked for investment banks in Edinburgh and London before moving to New Zealand in 2002. Prior to joining Aon Hewitt, he spent seven years with ANZ National Private Bank. For the last five years there he was Head of Investments with responsibility for all aspects of their investment business.
Iain Hines (NZ) has worked with the J R McKenzie Trust for close to 20 years. Prior to this, he was a social worker, and manager of a community based organisation working in the mental health field. Iain was awarded a Churchill Fellowship in 2002 to study aspects of philanthropy. He’s also been a member of the Ngāi Tahu Fund Committee, and a Board member of Philanthropy New Zealand, spending ten years in each of these roles.
James Mansell (NZ) champions the use of data science to deliver public and economic value. This includes supporting organisations to use analytics and shared data to solve challenges in child protection, social development, education, tax, and health. James was awarded the New Zealand public sector’s 2011 Leadership Development Centre (LDC) Fellowship prize. This was used to study leadership at Harvard, the Wharton School (University of Pennsylvania), and at the Centre for Creative Leadership in Colorado.
James Walker is General Manager of Corporate Affairs for Countdown. In this role James leads Countdown's corporate affairs strategy, across government relations, media relations and community investment. Prior to his role with Countdown, James worked for Woolworths Limited in Sydney as a Government Relations Manager. Before the move to retail, he had a seven year career with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade. James was posted to the Hague in the Netherlands, as New Zealand's Deputy Ambassador, from 2011 – 2013. He also has had policy experience in trade and environmental issues.
Jan Owen (AU) is a social entrepreneur, innovator, influencer and author who has spent the past 25 years growing Australia's youth, social enterprise and innovation sectors. Named Australia's inaugural Australian Financial Review 2012 and Westpac Woman of Influence in 2014, Jan has also received the Doctor of Letters (honoris causa) from the University of Sydney, and was awarded membership to the Order of Australia in 2000. She is the author of Every Childhood Lasts a Lifetime (1996) and The Future Chasers (2014). Jan is the CEO of the Foundation for Young Australians and YLab, the global youth futures lab. Her lifelong mission is to unleash the potential of young people to lead positive change in the world.
Jane Sloane (US) is Director, Women's Empowerment with The Asia Foundation. She provides intellectual and programmatic leadership empowering women in economic, social and political life and advancing gender equality in Asia and the Pacific. Jane was previously Vice President of Programs at Global Fund for Women an organisation that uses its powerful networks to find, fund, and amplify the work of women who are building social movements that challenge the status quo. Prior to this, Jane was Vice President of Development with Women’s World Banking in New York, Executive Director of International Women’s Development Agency and has supported women’s rights organisations across the Asia and the Pacific region. She is also one of the original 75 Australian climate change presenters trained by Al Gore.
Jennifer Gill’s (NZ) career in philanthropy began in 1985 when Sir Roy McKenzie appointed her as the Executive Officer of the Roy McKenzie Foundation. This appointment followed a decade working in a variety of paid and voluntary roles in the not-for-profit sectors in Auckland and Wellington.Jennifer served as trustee and chair of the J R McKenzie Trust and the Nikau Foundation. She also served as a trustee of three family grant making trusts, was a founding Board member of Generosity NZ, and a founding Board member and Chair of Philanthropy New Zealand. In October 2004, Jennifer was appointed as CEO of Foundation North. Jennifer was awarded an ONZM for services to philanthropy in the 2017 New Year Honour’s List.
Jim Matheson (NZ) is an education consultant. He was a senior manager at the Ministry of Education for 12 years before spending a year in the Cook Islands developing and implementing a tertiary education strategy. He recently completed an analytical review of the education system in Kiribati and is currently working with NZ Police on improving outcomes for Māori in the justice sector. Jim is helping JR McKenzie Trust to implement its programme of supporting communities to strengthen their expectations and engagement in education. He is also a board member of Tai Wānanga, a new Māori secondary school, and a board member of the New Zealand Drug Foundation.
Jo Garner (AU) is the Director of Strategic Grants and a founding member of Queensland's first women's giving circle, Women & Change. Strategic Grants work with non-profits across New Zealand and Australia to build effective grant seeking strategies. Jo has been a professional fundraiser since 1994 and started providing professional grant services to charities in 2002. Over the years, Jo has identified key areas where non-profits need assistance and advice when establishing, reviewing and building an effective grants programme.
John McCarthy (NZ) is the Manager of the Tindall Foundation. He is attracted to the varied nature of the work and the opportunities for philanthropy to support change, especially through working together. John has been a social work practitioner for over 25 years. Before joining Tindall Foundation he was the General Manager at Lifewise, with responsibility for a diverse portfolio of social, health, education and community activities across Auckland. He was also the Regional Manager of Richmond NZ, and spent six years as Director of the SAFE Programme, an organisation he helped set up. John has been on a number of NGO boards and has a real appreciation of the challenges and opportunities that arise from trying to achieve change in communities and in the social services sector.
|Judge Andrew Becroft (Keynote)|
His Honour Judge Andrew Becroft was appointed the Children’s Commissioner for New Zealand for a two year period from June 2016. Prior to that he was the Principal Youth Court Judge of New Zealand from 2001 to 2016; and a District Court Judge from 1996 to 2001. In 2009, Judge Becroft received an award from the Public Relations Institute of New Zealand as Communicator of the Year. In 2010, Judge Becroft was the recipient of a Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Auckland. As Principal Youth Court Judge, he was strongly committed to a specialist approach to dealing with youth and child offenders, and brings to the Commissioners’ role a particular focus on teenagers and adolescent development generally. Judge Becroft is privileged and challenged to be the advocate for New Zealand’s 1.12 million under 18-year-olds.
|Judge Carolyn Henwood CNZM (Keynote)|
Carolyn Henwood has been a District Court Judge in New Zealand for 30 years having been appointed in 1985. She is also current member of the New Zealand Parole Board. She spent seven years as Chair of the Confidential Listening and Assistance Service listening to people who came forward to tell of their concerns of abuse and neglect in care of the State before 1992. Carolyn is also The Chair of the Henwood Trust—seeking effective strategies for young offenders. She is the author of the Covenant for Our Nation’s Children. She is passionate about the arts and was a Founding member of Circa Theatre in 1976 and the Theatre Artists charitable Trust 1987.
|Julia Amua Whaipooti|
Julia Amua Whaipooti (NZ) is passionate about social justice issues and access to justice. She is Chair of JustSpeak. She sees many of the issues within our criminal justice system as reflecting the social justice failures in broader society. Julia has been involved in the Community Law movement over the past seven years as a volunteer, advocate, lawyer, and was until recently, Kaitakawaenga/National Māori Coordinator.
Kat Dawnier (NZ) provides specialist advice to the Centre for Social Impact New Zealand on design, implementation and evaluation of innovative philanthropic strategy, and capacity building. Kat’s work has included research into emergent models of philanthropy, the co-design and creation of innovative and strategic models of grantmaking, and assistance to the Centre’s partners with the refinement of impact strategy. She’s worked in the not-for-profit sector in New Zealand and the UK for more than 10 years. She has professional experience in community development, project management, organisational capacity building and philanthropic strategy.
Kate Cherrington (NZ) is Programme Facilitator at the Centre for Social Impact New Zealand. Kate specialises in working with groups with a kaupapa Māori focus. Kate’s passion is nurturing emerging community leaders and values-based leadership practice. She has experience in education management and policy development, quality assurance management, Māori language programme development, and wānanga development. She’s also helped develop Māori education provider Te Wānanga o Aotearoa, and is a facilitator in the Indigenous Leaders Interactive System™ (ILIS)
Kate Frykberg (NZ) is an independent consultant for the philanthropy and community sector, blogs about philanthropy and community issues, and holds governance roles at Thinktank Charitable Trust, the Ngāi Tahu Fund and the Edmund Hillary Fellowship. Her previous roles include Executive Director of the Todd Foundation and Chair of Philanthropy NZ. Prior to working in philanthropy, Kate had experience in IT and entrepreneurship. Highlights included co-founding one of NZ's first Internet Development companies, receiving the ASB Business Woman of the Year award, and being awarded the NZ Order of Merit for services to business and the community.
|Kate Tindall Lum|
Kate Tindall Lum (NZ) is a staff and whānau member of The Tindall Foundation. She has worked in philanthropy for a decade at Trust for London, Vodafone NZ Foundation and The Tindall Foundation, and has completed a Post Graduate Certificate in Grantmaking, Philanthropy and Social Investment at City University London. Kate is Special Projects Manager at The Tindall Foundation, looking after the Next Gen fund for the second generation of family members.
|Katy Love (Keynote)|
Katy Love is the Director of Community Resources (grantmaking + non-monetary resources) for the Wikimedia Foundation, the nonprofit backbone to Wikipedia. Her interest and experience in participatory grantmaking and collaborative, transparent and accountable decision-making brought her to Wikipedia and the free knowledge movement. Over the years, Katy has developed and volunteered with a number of participatory grantmaking programmes, and participated in a number of community-led grantmaking initiatives. She has served on several local and national (US) grants panels on a variety of issues, including education, girls and women's rights, grassroots organising for social change, and local art.
Kevin Prime (NZ) is currently kaumātua for Foundation North and Centre for Social Impact. He was a founding member of Nga Whenua Rahui, Chair of the Reconnecting Northland Steering Committee and Te Kahui Māori Advisory Bio-Heritage National Science Challenge, and involved in the Ngati Hine kereru restoration programme. Kevin is actively involved in the implementation of the Foundation North’s Maori Strategy. He attends Marae openings on a regular basis and travels with staff when the funding programme team run seminars in Tamaki and Taitokerau. Kaumātua Kevin’s services to conservation and Māori were recognised in the latest Queen’s Birthday Honour’s list, when he received an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit.
Kim Wright (NZ) is Chair of the Māori & Pacific committee, and pursues her philanthropic endeavours as a trustee with Foundation North. She is on the Board of the Centre for Social Impact.Kim has previous experience in primary health care, pharmaceuticals and health economics, working locally and internationally, in consulting, governance and senior management roles. She has worked Pacific Health, Pasifika Medical Association, Cook Islands Health Network, Tangata o le Moana and Pacific Prostate Cancer Group in the not-for-profit sector.
Kiran Patel (NZ) is a community builder and is all about bringing young people together to make ‘the world more awesome’. He currently runs the Young Innovators Collective, a youth-for-youth collective working on creative ways to empower young people. A part of the collective he's created and is managing two community projects that are about engaging and activating young people to make a difference; Hashtag Happy AKL - a random act of kindness movement and Idea Show & Tell a monthly event bringing together young changemakers, entrepreneurs and creatives to present and collaborate on ideas to make the world more awesome.
Lani Evans (NZ) is manager of the Vodafone New Zealand Foundation and an advocate for generosity in all its forms. She has a background in community work with a strong youth development focus. She was a 2015 Winston Churchill Fellow, looking at participatory practice in philanthropy and is the co-chair of Action Station, Chair and founder of the Thankyou Charitable Trust and Director of social enterprise Thankyou Payroll.
Lillian Grace (NZ) is CEO and Founder of Figure.NZ – the first organisation established globally with the aim of creating a culture shift towards a state where everyone can use numbers to understand the world around them. Lillian is also on the Data Futures Partnership Working Group, as well as on the board of the New Zealand Innovation Partnership and of New Zealand Centre of Research Excellence Te Pūnaha Matatini. Previously Lillian worked at Academy Award-winning Massive Software, and also held a role at think tank The New Zealand Institute.
Lindsay Cumberpatch (NZ) has been active in the community sector for over thirty-five years. He has been with the DV Bryant Family Trust for ten years, first as a trustee, and became the inaugural Chief Executive in 2012. Lindsay was instrumental in helping develop Kaivolution, the Waikato food rescue service, and currently serves on the boards of three community focused organisations. He’s also served as Chairperson of the Hamilton Combined Christian Foodbank Trust, the Hamilton Christian Nightshelter Trust and is on the Board of Life Unlimited, and is Chair of the Hamilton Methodist Church Trust.
Louise Marra (NZ) provides strategic leadership to the Centre for Social Impact’s leadership, culture and innovation initiatives. Louise designs and delivers leadership development programmes for Catalysts for Change and also provides strategic advice for environmental and leadership development programmes. Her expertise includes strategy development, social innovation, general leadership development, executive coaching and mentoring, and creating effective cultures. She was previously the Executive Director for the Auckland Policy Office (a cross-government initiative), and has also worked as an advisor to the Prime Minister.
Louise Parkin (NZ) is General Manager at the Nikau Foundation. She has worked for 25 years’ with hundreds of charitable and philanthropic organisations both within New Zealand and internationally. Louise founded the Saints Information, Asia-Pacific’s largest fundraising research agency, where she worked for 12 years. She then established Execucare NZ Ltd, boutique recruiters specialising in charity management, fundraising, and marketing and communications roles. In 2013, she was awarded a fellowship of the Fundraising Institute of New Zealand for her contribution to the fundraising profession.
Lourdes Inga (US) is Interim Executive Director at International Funders for Indigenous Peoples, the only global donor affinity group focused on indigenous philanthropy. She’s served for two decades with a variety of foundations and nonprofit organisations focused on social change. Lourdes recently worked with The Christensen Fund, a private foundation focused on backing cultural and biological diversity, and The Global Fund for Women, a public foundation focused on advancing women’s rights globally. She is founding Board Member of EDGE Funders Alliance and former Board Member of Grantmakers without Borders. Lourdes is an advocate for social change philanthropy, thoughtful and respectful grantmaking practices, and advancing gender equity and indigenous rights.
Lyn Lim (NZ) is a board member of Auckland University of Technology (AUT), and the Auckland Regional Amenities Funding Board and Public Trust. She is Chair of Foundation North and a trustee of the Asia New Zealand Foundation. Lyn has served on the boards of the New Zealand Shareholders’ Association, New Zealand China Trade Association, Hong Kong New Zealand Business Association, and was recently the Chair of the New Zealand Chinese Youth Trust. She has been a member of ANZ Private Bank External Advisory Board and over the years has served as a council member of the Auckland District Law Society. In 2017, Lyn Lim received a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for her services to New Zealand-Asia relations and governance.
|Lynne Le Gros|
Lynne Le Gros is the General Manager of the Spark Foundation, coming into the role the week the Spark Foundation announced their purchase of crowdfunding platform Givealittle. The Spark Foundation follows the catalytic approach to philanthropy focussing on programmes to encourage generosity and unleash potential through education, and programmes that are implicitly digital, innovative and transformational.
Lynne is an experienced marketer with experience across a range of industries. She has also built a hands-on appreciation of the charitable sector through her many years as a volunteer at the Auckland City Mission Drop-in Centre.
Manaia King (NZ) is Waikato-Tainui, Ngāti Hauā and Ngāti Koroki Kahukura. He’s currently Deputy Chairman of the JR McKenzie Trust and Chairman of Te Kāwai Toro, the Māori Development Investment Committee of the Trust, and is the NZ Law Society representative. Manaia is also a Board Director of International Funders of Indigenous Peoples (IFIP). Manaia was admitted to the High Court of New Zealand as a Barrister and Solicitor in 2005 and specialises in public health. He is Manager of the Chronic Disease Team at the New Zealand Ministry of Health, responsible for the commissioning and monitoring of prevention and health promotion programmes in the areas of tobacco, nutrition and physical activity, alcohol, drugs and sexual health.
Mānuka Hēnare (NZ) is a consultant and researcher in the private sector with a specialty in Māori business enterprise and development economics. He joined the University of Auckland Business School in 1996 where he is responsible for Māori business development. He is Associate Professor in Māori Business Development in the Department of Management and International Business. Mānuka is also the foundation Director of the Mira Szászy Research Centre for Māori and Pacific Economic Development and leads a number of multidisciplinary research project teams.
Marianne Elliott (NZ) is a co-founder of ActionStation, a new force for Kiwis who believe in a fair and flourishing New Zealand to act together, in new ways and in real time, to create a society, economy and democracy that serves all people and the planet they love. Trained as a human rights lawyer, Marianne worked in Timor-Leste, New Zealand and the Gaza Strip before going to Afghanistan, where she served in the United Nations. Marianne is co-founder of several social impact businesses, including La Boca Loca and Boquita restaurants in Wellington, and serves on the Board of Amnesty International New Zealand.
Mark Bentley (NZ) is Director of Alumni Relations and Development at The University of Auckland. He moved from the UK to New Zealand in 2001 with a drive to connect generous people with worthy causes in his newly adopted country. Since then he has led philanthropic ventures in academia and the not-for-profit sector. Prior to this current role Mark was founding Chief Executive of the Auckland Communities Foundation, a charitable trust that supports strong communities in the city.
|Mark Randazzo (Keynote)|
Mark Randazzo has supported the development of local, national and global civil society organisations and networks in the US, Europe, Asia and Africa as a volunteer, organiser, project manager, grants officer, executive director and program representative for over three decades, with organizations including the Peace Corps, Save the Children Federation, United Support of Artists for Africa, Oxfam America, JustAct/Youth Action for Global Justice and the Funders Network on Trade and Globalization. Mark has an MA from the School of Development Studies at the University of East Anglia (UK). He helped launch EDGE Funders out of the merger of the Funders Network on Transforming the Global Economy and Grantmakers without Borders in 2012.
EDGE Funders Alliance organises within philanthropy to raise awareness and deepen understanding of the interconnected nature of the social, economic and ecological crises threatening our common future. EDGE works to increase resources for communities and movements creating systemic change alternatives for a transition to a society that supports justice, equity and the well-being of the planet.
Matthew McLenaghan (AU) is a senior vice president in the Sydney office and an account manager responsible for consultant and research house relationship management, as well as institutional client servicing. Prior to joining PIMCO in 2007, he worked as a money market dealer and held various client service and relationship management roles at firms including IAG Asset Management and Bankers Trust. He has 16 years of investment experience and holds a bachelor's degree in economics from the University of Sydney and a master's degree in applied finance from Macquarie University.
|Melissa K. Nelson|
Melissa K. Nelson (US) is a Native ecologist and indigenous scholar-activist who has served as the president of The Cultural Conservancy since 1993—an indigenous rights organisation that works to protect and revitalise indigenous cultures, empowering them in the direct application of their traditional knowledge and practices on ancestral lands. Melissa is an associate professor of American Indian Studies at San Francisco State University where she teaches classes in Native American Science and Environmental Issues. Her work is dedicated to indigenous revitalisation, biocultural heritage protection and environmental justice, intercultural understanding, and the renewal and celebration of community health and cultural arts.
|Michael Brick (Keynote)|
Michael Brick is Director of Corporate, External and Legal Affairs for Microsoft New Zealand and is based in Auckland. Michael joined Microsoft’s Global Legal and Corporate Affairs Team in 2004 in Redmond, Washington as a product attorney supporting Microsoft engineers and the development of Microsoft products and services. Over the years, he has supported different engineering teams, including Microsoft’s Online Services Division and Windows. He was appointed Legal Counsel for Microsoft New Zealand in October 2013, and in additional to his legal responsibilities for Microsoft in New Zealand, his team is also responsible for Microsoft’s Corporate Affairs and Philanthropy work in New Zealand. Michael is embracing middle age by learning to windsurf and is married with three children.
Michael Looker (NZ) is Director of the New Zealand Program. He was previously Director of Regional Strategies, Infrastructure where his main focus was on developments across the Asia Pacific, especially in the extractive industries, and implementation of The Nature Conservancy’s Development by Design. He is a trained botanist and one of Australia’s conservation leaders. Appointed previously as Australia Program Director in 2005, he was the first Australian to join The Nature Conservancy. Michael led the Australia Program to achieve remarkable results, and established the Corporate Conservation Council to forge a closer alliance between business and conservation. He has also developed close working relationships with Indigenous communities and organisations supporting their aspirations in looking after their country.
Monique Goodhew is a Trustee at VOYCE – Whakarongo Mai. Monique is a care-experienced young person, a former member of the Minister’s Youth Advisory Panel, and a Trustee of VOYCE Whakarongo Mai. She has recently graduated from Massey University with a Bachelor in Health Science, majoring in Environmental Health Science, and is considering taking on her Master’s Degree.
Nadine Metzger (NZ) is Principal Researcher at Point Research, where she supports organisations and change agents within the philanthropic, government and NGO sector to capture evidence that informs their understanding of the impact they are making, understand what makes the difference and how to draw on best research and evidence to evolve their practice to meet the complex social needs that we find ourselves facing in the 21st century.
Nichole Hoeflich (US) is a programme specialist at Grantmakers for Effective Organizations, where she’s part of a diverse community of more than 450 grantmakers working to reshape the way philanthropy operates. Committed to advancing smarter grantmaking practices that enable not-for-profits to grow stronger and achieve better results, Nichole supports content planning and development for GEO conferences, remote learning opportunities, publications and other programming. Before joining GEO she worked at the Center for American Progress as a Graduate Student Fellow on their K-12 Education Policy team. Prior to this, she taught high school social studies at Ivy Collegiate Academy, an international boarding school in Taichung City, Taiwan.
Pat Shepherd (NZ) is photographer, designer and the Chief Doer-of-Things at One Percent Collective, a charity that inspires people to donate 1% of their income to small Kiwi-based causes. With many years of experience documenting the art and music scenes in NZ, Pat knew that if he could find a way to inspire and bring a community together around the concept of collective generosity, inspire that community, and make it all look great, then he might just be able to transform the way people give to charity and encourage those who didn’t give before to join the giving evolution.
|Rachel English (Keynote)|
After gaining an economics degree, Rachel English has spent her time working in the nonprofit sector. Starting at The Foundation for Young Australians, before moving to the UK to work for Virgin Unite, the foundation of the Virgin Group and the Branson Family, and now the Frederick Mulder Foundation. While currently completing the final stages of a psychology degree, she is also on the advisory board of the youth arm of The Funding Network as well as a trustee of her family foundation, the English Family Foundation which focusses on driving transformational change in our world through supportive partnerships with early stage social entrepreneurs and the organisations behind them.
Raewyn Jones (NZ) is Trust Manager at the WEL Energy Trust in Hamilton where she develops, implements and achieves strategic objectives which deliver on the Trust’s vision of ‘‘a forward thinking, vibrant, connected community”. Raewyn was previously Chief Executive Officer of the Cambridge Chamber of Commerce, and has held many roles that have aimed to achieve goals, particularly for social good. She believes we need to look at different ways of doing things, to learn from international best practice, and to contribute to the conversation locally and nationally.
|Rangimarie Naida Glavish ONZM. JP (Keynote)|
From the early 1980s, Naida Glavish has been involved in the affairs of Māori in education and health. In May 1984, as a humble toll operator, Naida challenged the might of the then Post Office which is a Government Agency and won the right to use ‘Kia ora’ across Aotearoa New Zealand and she continues to campaign for the rights of her people and the Māori language. As the Chief Advisor Tikanga and General Manager Māori Health for Waitematā and Auckland District Health Boards, she leads the organisation in managing relationships with mana whenua and iwi Māori from a tikanga perspective and provides assistance in managing Treaty of Waitangi risks. Naida is the author of the Tikanga Best Practice Policy, which is used nationally across many of the DHBs and some organisations in the private sector. Naida is a strong advocate for Māori and non-Māori and has proven ability to link government initiatives and community expectations. The introduction of practices based on tikanga Maori have made a significant contribution to Māori health in the region. She is the co-chair of her tribal iwi Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Whātua and appointed as an iwi member on the Whānau Ora Partnership Group, and accepted the position as President of the Maori Party 2013-16.
Rebekah Swan heads up the Distribution team at AMP Capital and has responsibility for managing the relationships with AMP Capital’s clients. Her primary focus is on managing and enhancing those relationships, through providing a clear understanding of AMP Capital’s funds and explaining the broader issues which impact client portfolios. Rebekah has over 15 years’ financial services experience. She joined AMP Capital in 2002 and has been part of the relationship management team since 2004. Before joining AMP Capital, Rebekah spent five years overseas working in various accounting roles for Credit Suisse First Boston, Hong Kong Shanghai Banking Corporation and Rabobank International.
Russell Garrett (NZ) is Head of Institutional Wealth for Mercer in New Zealand, where he is responsible for helping institutional clients, including endowments & foundations, iwi groups, superannuation schemes, wealth management firms, insurance firms, local councils, with their investment management, investment consulting and superannuation service needs. He is also a member of Mercer’s Endowment & Foundations specialist client unit. Russell has also worked in financial services, both in New Zealand and the United Kingdom, including seven years with ASB Group Companies, across their investment management, corporate superannuation, KiwiSaver and personal investment businesses.
Sam Morgan (NZ) started his career at Deloitte Consulting and is best known for founding online auction website Trade Me which became New Zealand’s biggest internet business when it sold in 2006. He sits on a number of boards including Vend and vWork and is an active investor in New Zealand software companies.
Sam spends his time investing in (mostly software) businesses as well as social enterprises, seeking out entrepreneur-led, scalable solutions which serve the profoundly poor. Sam travels a lot while on the lookout for the ideas and the people who can execute to scale and make a difference.
Sam Stubbs was most recently CEO of Tower Investments, a KiwiSaver default provider. Before that he was Managing Director of Hanover Group, and spent 10 years working for Goldman Sachs in London and Hong Kong. He previously worked for NatWest Markets, Fay, Richwhite and IBM NZ. He has been a Board Member of the Financial Services Council, and a member of the Government Taskforce on Financial Services.Sam has an MA (Hons) from the University of Auckland.
Sara Bennett (NZ) leads Design for Impact initiatives at the Centre for Social Impact. She works with associates from within the Impact Network to co-design and create innovative philanthropic models and long term visions for social change. Sara has a strong track record in the health and social sectors, leading organisational and strategic development, capability and capacity development, evaluation, mentoring and coaching, and research support. She works collaboratively with organisations to help strengthen them, support their sustainable growth and development.
Sarah Davies (AU) joined Philanthropy Australia as Chief Executive Officer in October 2015. She’s had a broad and wide ranging career from executive roles in tertiary education in Australia to private sector consulting in HR, marketing and strategy in Australia, Europe and the Middle East, but for nearly 10 years, her focus has been exclusively in the for purpose sector, in philanthropy and social change. Sarah was previously CEO of the Australian Communities Foundation, and enjoyed a highly rewarding time as the CEO of The Reach Foundation. In addition to her professional roles, Sarah has also served on a number of diverse boards and committees. Her current community roles include Director of Kids Under Cover, board member of the Centre for Social Impact, Director of the Family Peace Foundation and Board Member of the Australian Advisory Board on Impact Investing.
Scott Gilmour has over 30 years’ experience in the IT industry, in both the United States and New Zealand. He co-founded the US software company ABC Technologies Inc. He was the first angel investor in Right Hemisphere Ltd in 1998, and a director. He served for seven years on the NZTE Beachheads Board, and was a founding member of the IceAngel network. Currently, he is the Chairman of a high growth Kiwi tech firm, iDefigo, and on the Board of Directors for another, Nextspace. Past Directorships have been with Jade, ResourceWare, ViFX, Winscribe and others. Scott holds a B.Com from the University of Otago and an MBA from the University of Oregon.
|Shannon Kalei Toriki|
Shannon Kalei Toriki (US) is a Native Hawaiian born on the mokupuni of O‘ahu in Hawai‘i. She currently serves her lāhui as the Community Investing Manager for the Kamehameha Schools, a private charitable educational trust endowed by the will of Hawaiian princess Bernice Pauahi Bishop. Shannon leads a team overseeing approximately $25 million in annual funding to programs and initiatives supporting Native Hawaiian educational success, well-being, and system change throughout Hawai‘i. Prior to joining the Kamehameha Schools, she worked for the Office of Hawaiian Affairs and the Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement. Shannon has a degree in economics from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa and is a former First Nations’ Futures Program fellow.
Shay Wright (NZ) is a social entrepreneur, and co-founder of indigenous innovation and training enterprise, Te Whare Hukahuka, and Forbes Asia 30 Under 30 member. His work with Te Whare Hukahuka aims to empower indigenous leaders to grow world-class community organisations and dramatically improve the lives of their community. This is achieved through combining entrepreneurship, innovation, education and indigenous knowledge to train leaders, grow enterprises and create solutions that can be shared with indigenous communities around the world. Shay has spoken at international conferences, is a founding board member of Teach First NZ, sits on several government advisory boards and is currently writing a book to help aspiring social entrepreneurs.
Travis O’Keefe (NZ) is a social entrepreneur and co-founder of indigenous innovation and training enterprise, Te Whare Hukahuka. He has more than 20 years’ experience of developing start-ups and small and medium sized enterprises. He has been a business coach and facilitator to more than 500 Māori leaders. Much of Travis's focus is around helping Māori organisations develop investable propositions and sustainable enterprises. In 2009 Travis received the Innovation Icon award, a supreme award for innovation and entrepreneurial achievements. He has also received awards for Innovative Healthcare Product, Positive Societal Impact, Excellence in Design, Research & Development, and Excellence in Innovation.
Yoseph Ayele (NZ) is building an ecosystem of visionary entrepreneurs and investors to solve the world’s most pressing problems from New Zealand. He is the CEO of the Edmund Hillary Fellowship, implementing New Zealand’s new Global Impact Visa – the most entrepreneur-friendly visa in the world and the first to focus on impact. Born in Ethiopia, Yoseph has lived in six countries across four continents, scaled a technology start-up in Silicon Valley, and studied at Harvard, Cambridge, and Victoria University of Wellington. He is passionate about regenerative farming, building cultural bridges, and the outdoors.