Wednesday November 8th 2017

Sarb has been “spreading the art and science of useful and useable psychology since 1991.” 

He MCs TEDxWellington and  is a regular contributor to Radio New Zealand.

He is a qualified clinical and health psychologist, and holds current valid registrations in both NZ and the UK as well as two doctoral level degrees.Sarb also has a qualification in Management Consulting from the National School of Government in the UK. He currently holds an academic appointment as Associate Professor in Disaster Mental Health at Massey University in Wellington. 

in association with  Wellington Regional Strategy Office

What will be some of the features of the “Next Economy“?

Sam Jarman is a software developer, funny guy, runner, improvisor and Kiwi. Sam loves talking about code, the future, artificial intelligence and anything where humans and technology collide. 


Sam is currently based in Wellington, New Zealand and works as a Software Engineer at Sailthru, the New York City Headquartered, worldwide marketing automation company.

How does the Global Economy look in late 2017 and how does this relate to New Zealand?
What impact will the new Government have on our economy, workplace and educational  opportunities? 


Bernard Hickey is the Managing Editor of Newsroom Pro, which is a subscription email news service based in the Parliamentary Press Gallery and aimed at corporate and Government clients. Newsroom Pro is part of the wider Newsroom business, which includes the public website Newsroom.co.nz. 


Bernard has worked as an economic and political journalist and editor for 25 years in Wellington, Canberra, Sydney, London, Sydney, Auckland and back to Wellington in that order for Reuters, the FT Group, Fairfax and Interest.co.nz.

in association with  Skills.

Tim Fowler is Chief Executive of the Tertiary Education Commission, a position he has held since April 2013.  He was previously Deputy Chief Executive, Quality Assurance at the New Zealand Qualifications Authority. 


Tim has held international and management positions in Australia and New Zealand in both the private and university sectors after starting his career in the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet.

Tim has an Honours Degree from Victoria University, a Masters from the East-West Center and the University of Hawaii, and executive education from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and INSEAD.


Stuart Brock is the Associate Dean (Academic Programmes) for the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at Victoria University, Stuart Brock is responsible for overseeing and leading the academic development of undergraduate and taught postgraduate student education. 


He also helms the career-enhancing employability programmes taught within the Bachelor of Arts (BA), including the BA Internship programme and other courses designed to offer students work-integrated learning and industry contact. 


His latest initiative is the development of a micro-accreditation scheme that will allow BA students to gain extra-curricular specialist skills to enhance their employability or self-employability.

Stuart is also an Associate Professor in the Philosophy programme at Victoria University, having received his PhD from Princeton University in 2002 and previously taught at Western Washington University in the United States. 


At Victoria, he has served as Head of the Philosophy programme, Deputy Head of the School of History, Philosophy, Political Science and International Relations, and Associate Dean (Students) in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. 


Silvia is a social entrepreneur and educator. She has global experience in new ways of working and as well as local business experience. Having supported many social entrepreneurs to move their ideas into reality, she has run entrepreneurship programmes, training academies, conferences and retreats - all with a focus of supporting more people to work on stuff that matters.

Previously based in Switzerland, she has international experience working with youth organizations and alternative education programmes across Europe and North America. Over the past six years, she has actively co-shaped Enspiral. Silvia was a finalist for the New Zealand Women of Influence awards. She currently works with Enspiral Dev Academy, ActionStation, Lifehack and EXP Agency.


TOPIC 3: DIGITAL DISRUPTION in association with  Stuff

How is it affecting the way we work, how we relate to each other, and ourselves?

Artificial Intelligence, Internet of Things, Blockchain, Robots round the water cooler - how does it all work?Where does EQ fit with AIQ?

Kaila Colbin is the New Zealand Ambassador for Singularity University. She is also a co-founder and Chair of the non-profit Ministry of Awesome, Curator of TEDxChristchurch, Chair of the New York-based Natural Gourmet Institute for Health and Culinary Arts, Deputy Chair of CORE Education Ltd, a board member of Canterbury Development Corporation Holdings Ltd and a Certified ExO Consultant with ExO Works.

A native New Yorker, Kaila speaks English, Spanish, French and Italian, holds a degree in Hotel and Restaurant Administration from Cornell University and has been a serial entrepreneur since the age of 22. Her purpose in life is to be an uplifting presence.

Riding the exponential wave of change:
What do nanotechnology, bioinformatics, artificial intelligence, and robotics have in common, and, more importantly, what do they have to do with you? Join Singularity University's New Zealand Ambassador for a startling look at the dramatic implications of exponential technologies, and some insight into how we might better prepare ourselves to adapt and thrive in a dynamically changing world.

 TOPIC 4: THE NEW COLLAR FUTURE in association with  The Wellington Gold Awards

What is the workplace of the future?
How does a purposeful organisation have meaningful human connectedness with a virtual workforce in the Gig economy?
Can a culture of purpose, mastery, and autonomy transform your organisation?

John Wareham has changed the lives of celebrated corporate chiefs and infamous violent criminals. In this upcoming presentation he shares how you can use his methods to develop upward strivers and inspire teams - and makes clear why the New York Times observed, “John Wareham has the cool clear eyes  of a seeker of wisdom and truth.”

He built a human resource firm with eight offices on three continents, before deciding to focus on coaching corporate leaders and prison inmates, “two groups that sometimes overlap,” he says.  John has a significant track record at both ends of the social spectrum:

·      After his one-day Corporate Leadership seminar sold out London’s Dorchester Ballroom the Financial Times proclaimed him “hands down winner” among business communicators.

·      Following the highly successful outcome of his weekend retreat for leaders of the two gangs responsible for 80% of New Zealand’s violent crime the New Zealand Herald hailed him as “a miracle worker.” 

His bestselling Secrets of A Corporate Headhunter was a selection of Book of the Month and FORTUNE book clubs. His Anatomy of a Great Executive was translated into 13 languages. His psychological thriller The President’s Therapist[1]  was an Amazon bestseller in both fiction and non-fiction. 


He authored two crossover life changers, How to Break Out of Prison, and How to Survive a Bullet to the Heart.  His poetry anthology Sonnets for Sinners was nominated for a Pulitzer prize, and a stage adaption, A Wicked Evening, will be presented in Wellington on 25th and 26th October.  www.awickedevening.com

A sometime yachtsman, he skippered his own boat to victory in 650 mile Sydney to Hobart race. A former national oratory champion, John has the gift of imparting profound concepts with the lightest of touches.

John and his wife Margaret recently returned to New Zealand to reside in their hometown, Wellington, where John is a consultant to leading organizations, and executive trustee of CART, a charity working with hard-to-reach and difficult-to-deal-with communities

[1] Full Title: The President’s Therapist (and the secret intervention to treat the alcoholism of George W. Bush)

Read about John's ultimate Leadership Programme with Black Power & the Mongrel Mob....

TOPIC 5: NEW COLLAR WORKERS in association with  Rotary

Can Human be put back into Human Resources?   Managing Tomorrow’s Workforce


Professor Ian O. Williamson is Pro Vice-Chancellor and Dean of Commerce at Victoria Business School (Faculty of Commerce), Victoria University of Wellington.


Prior to joining Victoria University in 2017, he served on the faculties of the Melbourne Business School (Australia), Rutgers Business School (USA), the Zurich Institute of Business Education (Switzerland), the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland and Institut Teknologi Bandung (Indonesia).


He received his PhD from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (USA) and a bachelor’s degree in business from Miami University (Oxford, Ohio USA).


Ian is a globally recognised expert in the area of human resource management. His research examines the impact of "talent pipelines" on organisational and community outcomes. In particular, his research focuses on how human and social capital influences firm operational and financial outcomes, talent management in the context of new ventures and growth-oriented firms, the role of human resource practices in driving firm innovation and the impact of social issues on firm outcomes.

What courses, training, transitioning from study to work are available in Wellington?



Ruth McDavitt is the CEO of Summer of Tech, an internship programme that connects digital newbies with technology careers. For almost a decade she's been supporting the development of core professional & technical skills, and helping Wellington employers find and grow top local tech talent.


Last year the programme placed 180+ graduates into paid summer roles, helping New Zealand's tech industry continue to flourish and providing tech students valuable real world experience. 


Holly Norton is the Director and Co-founder of Collaborate. Her mission thus far in life is to facilitate the collective power of people, especially when they come together to create social good. A mission sparked by her study in International development and time living in Thailand and developed during her 4 years at the Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment. 


Her work on the 'Changing Nature of Business and Employment' in particular involved working across many parts of government to understand the megatrends underway (globalisation, demographic change and climate change) and how New Zealand can best prepare for these changes. 


Inspired by this and her volunteer work, Holly has recently taken leave from the Ministry to build  Collaborate. A  platform that brings to the social sector the fast, efficient modern ways of organising that she claims is already common in just about every other sector, from accommodation to dating (think Air BnB and Tinder). Co-founded with four other Wellington young women, Collaborate went live recently and enables a volunteer to connect their skills to where they are needed in their community. "We see Collaborate as the future proofing of volunteering" Holly says. Volunteering can also be an excellent way of transitioning into a new sector or work pathway.




Alex Matthews is a business person focusing on the web, software, gaming and creative industries. He owns Xequals, a digital agency in central Wellington. It is a forward thinking organisation poised on the cusp of technology which does not operate like a regular company. Years of working in hospitality and start-up environments have influenced Alex's business career towards creating environments that are high-energy, fun, social and supportive.


Alex is also an owner of Level Up, a co-working space for game and App developers, and Frost Flame, a computer and traditional board game publishing company.

TOPIC 6:  INCLUSIVE WELLINGTON in association with  Datacom

Is Wellington the connected community?
How will Wellington’s competitive advantages generate work opportunities for the future?


(Ngāi Tahu, Rangitāne, Tainui, Scottish, English)
Tanemahuta Gray is the Kahukura / CEO of Taki Rua Productions, Tānemahuta has 24 years professional experience as an event producer, theatre director and choreographer of over 25 events, festivals and productions including the Oceania work at the Shanghai World Expo  Opening Ceremony in 2010. 


He is the South Pacific / Aotearoa Section Guest Choreographer for WOW – World of WearableArt Awards for the past 8 years, as well as co-producing and directing productions including Māui – One Man Against The Gods, Arohanui – The Greatest Love and most recently Tiki Taane Mahuta on its 13 city nationwide tour. 


Tānemahuta spent five years performing for Argentinean aerial theatre company De La Guarda’s production Villa Villa in London, Las Vegas, Buenos Aires, Amsterdam, Berlin, Seoul and Sydney and is currently choreographing a work with ambitions to play on Broadway in New York.

Fluent in English with conversational Māori and Spanish, Tanemahuta draws on his lengthy international experience to create and develop productions, events and a working environment at Taki Rua and the Māori Theatre Industry that have rich bi-cultural and multi-cultural elements interwoven together.

What are examples of “NEW THINKING” in Wellington ?

Kendra Ross is a leader in the rapidly expanding, and vitally important, world of Cyber Security. Actively supporting women in technology and ICT career paths and economic development in Wellington.


A key member of the Government’s “Cyber Skills Taskforce” and the Wellington Industry Forum currently creating an Internship programme with Cyber Security businesses in Wellington.

Mary O’Hagan was a key initiator of the psychiatric survivor movement in New Zealand in the late 1980s, and was the first chairperson of the World Network of Users and Survivors of Psychiatry between 1991 and 1995. She has been an advisor to the United Nations and the World Health Organization. 


Mary was a full-time Mental Health Commissioner in New Zealand between 2000 and 2007. Mary is now director of the international social enterprise PeerZone, which provides peer-led resources for people with mental distress and the people who support them in employment, higher education and mental health services. 


Mary has written an award-winning memoir called ‘Madness Made Me’. She was made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2015 and was awarded the Wellington Gold Awards New Thinking Award in 2017. All Mary’s work has been driven by her quest for social justice for one of the most marginalised groups in our communities.

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