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Social Innovation Conference

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Programme

Welcome to our Social Innovation Conference! Thank you for coming, we are very excited to have you here. We hope you enjoy the day as much as you can, and bring home with you some new friends, knowledge, and inspiration. 

 

In preparation for the awesome day ahead make sure to bring a pen and some water (stay hydrated), dress comfortably and check out the speakers and sessions below for your interest. We’ve got a big day ahead!

REGISTRATION

8:40 to 9:10 AM

Level 0 Foyer

Coffee and tea will be available and you will have the opportunity to meet and connect with other attendees. 

You are here probably because you have some similar interests, passion, or vision for our world - so have a chat over these warm drinks, and join us for some cool activities!

KEYNOTE

9:10 AM

260-092

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Eric Chuah

CEO & Co-Founder of The Cookie Project

After 15 years of a banking career, Eric decided to pursue his passion in business with purpose and  met his co-founder Graeme for The Cookie Project – a certified social enterprise that employs Kiwis with disabilities to make delicious cookies, paying them a decent wage of at least the minimum adult wage of NZ$18.90 an hour.

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Parveen Sharma

Blind Baker at The Cookie Project

Parveen lost his vision in a car accident in 2004, when he was just 23 years old, but that hasn’t stopped him in the slightest. Parveen says, “I feel so bad when people say I can’t do things they can because of my blindness - like cooking, travelling, sports and working. I have had a lot of help from a range of people and service providers. Blind and Low Vision NZ have shown and taught me so many things.”

PUBLIC POLICY PANEL 

10:25 AM

260-092

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Chloe Swarbrick

Green Party MP

As a 22 year old, Chloe ran a ground-breaking campaign for election as the Mayor of Auckland in 2016. She is now a Green Party MP, and Aotearoa’s youngest MP in 40 years. She brings to parliament her experience as a policy wonk, journalist, business owner and a community project leader. She is focused on opening up parliament and politics to all New Zealanders, so they can see themselves in it and take part in making Aotearoa a great place for everyone.

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Michael

Wood

Labour MP for Mt Roskill

Michael was first elected to Parliament at the 2016 Mt Roskill by-election. In opposition he was Labour’s spokesperson for Transport, Revenue, and Consumer Affairs, and after the election he had roles as Parliamentary Under-Secretary to the Minister for Ethnic Communities and Chair of the Finance & Expenditure Select Committee, before coming into the Chief Labour Whip role in mid-2019.

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John Tamihere

Co-leader of Maori Party

John is CEO of Te Whānau o Waipareira and the Whānau Ora Commissioning Agency, Lead Negotiator for Ngāti Porou ki Hauraki and Chair of Mataora Association. He is a qualified lawyer with a double degree in Law and Arts. His leadership is at the forefront of for Māori by Māori solutions. A husband, father of six children and grandfather to eight mokopuna.

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Dan Bidois

Nationa MP for Northcote

Dan was born and raised in Auckland. He is a proud alumnus of the University of Auckland, where he served as AUSA President. Before being elected to Parliament in 2018, he attended Harvard University, and worked as an economist in New Zealand, Europe, and Asia. He is the National Party Spokesperson for Workplace Relations and Safety.

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Adriana Christie

TOP Candidate for Epsom

Adriana has been working in the space of entrepreneurship and innovation since she’s been at university. She taught Design Thinking at AUT and founded The Pallet Kingdom. She’s been re-elected on The Waitematā Local Board. Adriana is now a Candidate for Epsom and the Spokeswoman/policy lead on Social Entrepreneurship. 

Simon

Court 

ACT Party Candidate for Te Atatu

Simon is the face of modern ACT, bringing an environmental and customer centric perspective, backed by having actually done the business solving large scale environment, transport and infrastructure problems Simon has three boys at high school. His youngest son has Down Syndrome and Simon intends to take a disability perspective to Parliament.

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Jennifer Curtin

Director of Public Policy Institute (Moderator)

Jennifer Curtin is Professor of Politics and Director of the Public Policy Institute at the University of Auckland.  Her research and publications focus on trans-Tasman politics, cross-national lesson drawing, and innovative approaches to advance gender equality.  Currently her work is focused on designing a gender responsive budgeting initiative for Aotearoa New Zealand.

MORNING TEA 

11:30 AM

Foyer

Take a break and refuel for the next set of sessions with food kindly provided by our generous sponsors

MIDDAY SESSIONS

TECHNOLOGY IN MODERN SOCIETY

12:00 PM

260-040C

Choose one session from the four options

Zahraa Almulla

Associate Director at KPMG Lighthouse

Zahraa is an experienced Data and  Analytics professional with over 10  years experience in transforming complex data into powerful insights which organisations can relate back to  their strategies and data journeys. Zahraa has experience in the financial, telco and professional services industry where she has run teams that develop machine learning models and apply statistical methods to understand the customer lifecycle. 

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Saba Samiei

Partner Development Manager at Microsoft

Saba's mission in life is to create a better future for humanity and all that lives around us. Saba developed an in-depth passion for artificial intelligence back in 2017 and has dedicated her life outside of work to this topic ever since. She recently completed her Masters in Computer and Information Science and in her thesis she focused on understanding the why behind the warnings about the danger of AI and continues to work on this topic. 

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Ben Martel

CEO at Patience Project

Having worked in the technology space for 35 years, Ben has gained a broad knowledge across its landscape. This meant that when seeking to deliver on a request from his son, he naturally went to a technology based solution. Having founded tech startups and now working as a CEO along with being the initiator of the Patience Project, he has combined his commercial and technology skills in a charitable way to make social change for children disadvantaged by long term medical treatment.

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Matthew Ensor

Business Director at Beca.ai Engagement

Matthews is one of our region's leading experts in Natural Language Processing (NLP) Artificial Intelligence in the Enterprise. rategies and direction for the use of AI to accelerate the Becas Post-Covid response. He is the Business Director Beca.ai engagement, Business Director for Transport Advisory, and Business Director for Smart Cities at Beca. The Beca.ai engagement tool is focused on engaging and communicating with the public, providing additional channels from traditional consultation methods. 

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Tim Dare

Professor of Philosophy at University of Auckland (moderator)

Tim Dare is a Professor of Philosophy at the University of Auckland.  
He worked briefly as a lawyer before doing his PhD in the philosophy of law and starting his academic career in the early 1990. His publications include topics like the philosophy of  law, legal ethics, immunisation programmes, the significance of judicial disagreement, parental rights and medical decisions, the proper allocation of the burden of proof, and the use of predictive analytics in child protection.

CLIMATE CHANGE

12:00 PM

260-040C

Bruce Kidd

Co-Convenor at Generation Z 

Generation Zero is a youth led organisation that pushes for a carbon-neutral Aotearoa and is currently campaigning for the Government’s COVID-19 response to be sustainable for a better tomorrow. Bruce completed his Bachelor of Health Science degree at the University of Auckland, specialising in population health and nutrition. He has many experiences in health research and working within the health sector. 

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David Tong

Senior Campaigner at Oil Change International

David is a Senior Campaigner at Oil Change International - a research, communications, and advocacy organization focused on exposing the true costs of fossil fuels and facilitating the ongoing transition to clean energy. David's work focuses on building public support for a managed decline to wind down fossil fuel production, with a just and equitable transition. 

Mike Smith

Iwi Leader

Māori leader Mike Smith has shot the first arrow in a global war between indigenous communities and oil companies. Smith had started legal proceedings in the international Criminal Court against Australian Oil Giant OMV. He said oil company executives deserved to stand trial for genocide and other climate crimes impacting on indigenous communities now and in the future. 

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Erica Finnie

Co-Director at 350.org Aotearoa

Erica Finnie is Co-Director of 350 Aotearoa, New Zealand arm of the international climate movement 350.org, which aims to unite the world around climate change solutions. 350's vision is for a safe climate and a better future — a just, prosperous, and equitable world built with the power of engaged citizens. Erica grew up in Pōneke, but moved to Tāmaki Makaurau in 2013 to attend the University of Auckland. 

CULTURAL DIVERSITY

12:00 PM

260-055

Fatumata Bah

Stakeholder and Liaison Executive for the African Students Club

Originally from Mecca, Saudi Arabia, her family fled to New Zealand from the Sierra Leone civil war, and she was a toddler when her parents arrived here as refugees. Inspired by last year’s national youth event Festival for the Future, Fatumata set up Mana Wahine, an initiative to empower young women at AUT’s South Auckland Campus to build their confidence and leadership skills for the workforce. 

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Meng Foon

Race Relations Commissioner

Meng Foon took the role of Race Relations Commissioner after 24 years at the Gisborne District Council and was Mayor for 18 years. He speaks Māori, English and Cantonese and supports a trust for the Māori Battalion, the New Zealand Chinese Association, and chaired the Gisborne/Tairāwhiti Rugby League board.

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Tayyaba Khan

Founder & CEO of Khadija Leadership Network

Founder & CEO of Khadija Leadership Network, the New Zealand (NZ) Peace Ambassador for the European Muslim League, a civil servant, and a community development practitioner with over 15 years of experience having worked with the migrant and refugee communities in The Occupied Territories of Palestine, Australia, United Kingdom and New Zealand. Tayyaba currently sits on the governance board of Mixit & Belong Aotearoa. 

Veisinia Maka

Chairperson of the Tāmaki Youth Council

Veisinia Maka is of Tongan descent and hails from the villages of Folaha and Longoteme. She is a dedicated advocate for increased youth inclusiveness concerning the development of communities, systems, and processes. Veisinia is the Chairperson of the Tāmaki Youth Council, SkyCity Trustee, YouthLaw Board Member, previously the Chairperson of Auckland Council’s Youth Advisory Panel and a Kiwibank Local Hero.

HEALTHCARE TECHNOLOGY

12:00 PM

260-057

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Amy Stone

Head of User Experience at MyCare

Mycare is a social impact company dedicated to using technology solutions for the betterment of New Zealanders lives. Created to provide accessible community support and enable people to take control of the care they receive, Mycare aims to tackle the power disparity in the health sector through community connection. In 2019 we launched our second platform, Te Heke Mai, to provide employment and coaching support to those re-entering the workforce. 

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Angela Lim

CEO & Co-Founder of Clearhead

Her passion for tackling inequality led her to focus on developing scalable innovative solutions that have the potential to deliver the kind of transformative change required to improve access and health outcomes. Angela also sits on multiple not-for-profit boards and currently chairs the 20/20 Trust a NFP focused on digital inclusion for all kiwis. Her leadership has been widely recognised and she was a Finalist in the 2017 Young New Zealander of the Year award
 

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Karen Day

Senior Lecturer in Health Informatics

Dr Karen Day trained as a nurse and midwife and has 30 years’ experience in digital health. She has a PhD in change management linked to IT implementation, and in the last 15 years has taught and researched health informatics. She is on the Board for Health Informatics New Zealand (HiNZ), the Advisory Panel for the Clinical Informatics Leadership Network (CiLN), the Sector Advisory Panel for the Ministry of Health’s nHIP, and a member of the Digital Council Alliance (representing HiNZ).

SHOWCASE & LUNCH

1:05 PM

Level 0

Explore our showcase which brings together social movers and makers in the world making a difference through social enterprises over lunch provided by us.

AFTERNOON SESSIONS

Come along for three short sessions that will build your entrepreneurial skills and make you more than just a participant.

ENTREPRENEURIAL MOTIVATION & SPIRIT

2:05 PM

260-092

Briony McKenzie

Mindset Coach & Founder of Untapped

Briony is a dynamic and impact-driven life coach who's enthusiasm and passion will challenge, activate and inspire soulful action. After a number of years as a  corporate lawyer, Briony made the leap to start her own coaching business Untapped. Three years later - untapped is a fully digital coaching business and has expanded from a solo endeavour to a team of support coaches and online business manager support. 

ENTERPRISES

101

2:45 PM

260-092

Mike Hutcheson

Adjunct Profesor at AUT

Mike is an Adjunct Professor at Auckland University of Technology. He’s spent most of his life figuring out what makes people tick, what they want and why. He co-founded leading advertising agencies; Colenso BBDO and Hutcheson Knowles Marinkovich, culminating his advertising career in Auckland as Managing Director of Saatchi & Saatchi.  Mike has written four books, is working on his fifth, and is a regular television guest and commentator. 

IMPACT MEASUREMENT

3:25 PM

260-088

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Fatumata Bah

Stakeholder & Liaison Executive for the African Students Club

Originally from Mecca, Saudi Arabia, her family fled to New Zealand from the Sierra Leone civil war, and she was a toddler when her parents arrived here as refugees. Inspired by last year’s national youth event Festival for the Future, Fatumata set up Mana Wahine, an initiative to empower young women at AUT’s South Auckland Campus to build their confidence and leadership skills for the workforce. 

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Rachael Trotmen

Director at WEAVE Limited

Rachael Trotman is a social researcher and evaluator, and an Associate with the Centre for Social Impact, which is part of Foundation North, a community funder. Rachael is passionate about evaluation as a vehicle for social change. She loves to support people to understand and show their impact.  

Paul Kerssens

Co-Founder at Impact Hub

Paul has worked in and out of impact-driven companies ranging from corporates to start-ups and consultancy to hands-on business development. In his various positions, he came across a lot of impact-driven entrepreneurs who were in desperate need of support to bring their venture to the next level. In 2017 he decided to start his own consultancy focusing on helping impact-driven enterprises scale up and in April 2019 he joined the founding team of Impact Hub Waikato. 

AFTERNOON

TEA

4:00 PM

260-101

Take a well-deserved break and fuel up once more before we finish off the day.

PITCHING

4:20 PM

260-092

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Nick Read

Director at Training for Change

Nick Read of Training for Change brings his experience in the area of human dynamics – people working with people.  Over the past 25 years, Nick has helped business people and students to improve their communication skills.  He trains and consults in a range of areas, such as business writing, presentation skills, team dynamics and leadership.

CLOSING

5:20 PM

260-092

POST CONFERENCE EVENT

5:30 PM

Cafe Midnight Express

59 Victoria St

If you are keen to keep being engaged and connected and want to chat more, join us for a community catch-up over food or drinks. Let's build a community to support each other and grow our impact.

Join us at Cafe Midnight Express for some good yarns and even better Turkish food!