2017 Speakers

Guy Ryan

CEO & Founder of Inspiring Stories and the Festival, former Young NZer of the Year
Fatumata Bah – speaking at Festival for the Future

Fatumata Bah

Empowering women, Young leader for the Office of Ethnic Community
Festival for the Future – image of Toby Carr

Toby Carr

Young entrepreneur & investor, CEO and founder of DeXTech on building a tech start-up

Yoseph Ayele

The Global Impact Visa – a world-first for NZ, CEO of the Edmund Hillary Fellowship
Irene Wakefield – speaking at Festival for the Future 2017

Irene Wakefield

Tackling abusive relationships & domestic violence, Co-founder of PrePair NZ

Sian Simpson

Breaking down personal barriers – Director of Community, Kiwi Landing Pad
Festival for the Future speaker – Melissa Clark-Reynolds

Melissa Clark-Reynolds

Entrepreneur and futurist, passionate about agriculture, education and technology
Lisa King speaking at Festival for the Future 2017

Lisa King

CEO & Co-founder of New Zealand's fastest growing social enterprise, Eat My Lunch

Red Nicholson

A father, champion for accessibility, and re-imagining education
Image of Julia Whaipooti at Festival for the Future

Julia Whaipooti

Chair of JustSpeak – rethinking New Zealand's criminal justice system

April McLennan

CEO & Founder of Limitless – the 80,000 hours in our lifetime!

Bop, Jody & Sarah

Changing the way we think about mental health and wellbeing

Josiah Tualamali’i

PM Pacific Youth Leadership Award winner and Chair of the PYLAT Council Trust

Daniel Flynn

CEO of Thankyou – social enterprise and consumer purchases to end poverty
Image of Angela Lim – Speaking at Festival for the Future

Angela Lim

Doctor, entrepreneur and board member fighting for equality

Precious Clark

Director at Ngati Whatua Orakei Whai Rawa & Centre of Social Impact

Rab Heath

An entrepreneur, adventurer and technologist speaking on grit and resilience.
Image of Joe Ngametuangaro speaking at Festival for the Future

Joe Ngametuangaro

Overcoming adversity and making a difference for rangatahi in Opotiki
Image of Abi Symes speaking at Festival for the Future

Abi Symes

Radio show host, youth worker and former Mayoral candidate for Palmerston North

Thomas Maharaj

From brain surgery to business development, and pathways for young people

2017 Panelists

Ashley Winiata

Born and bred in Eastern Bay of Plenty, one of Whakatane’s Future Leaders

Michelle Johansson

Associate Programme Director at Teach First NZ

Barrie Brown

Director on the Board of the NEXT Foundation

Alexia Hilbertidou

Founder of GirlBoss NZ and champion for women in leadership

India Logan-Riley

Environmental warrior and NZ delegate at the UN Climate Change Conference
Image of Sam Johnson speaking at Festival for the Future

Sam Johnson

Social entrepreneur and co-founder of the Student Volunteer Army and WeVisit
Image of JJ Rika speaking at Festival for the Future

JJ Rika

Award-winning video gamer, musician, and champion for rangatahi
Image of Steve Graham speaking at Festival for the Future

Steve Graham

Head of digital futures at KPMG, business leader and futurist
Image of Hayley Yu – speaking at Festival for the Future

Hayley Yu

Former CEO of Social Innovation NZ, now working in social tech at Microsoft

Max Harris

Author, Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University. The future of politics and democracy

Richard Shaw

Director of the Bachelor of Arts at Massey University, passion for civic education

Eric Crampton

Chief Economist at The New Zealand Initiative - economics, incentives and democracy

Shamubeel Eaqub

Author. Economist. Political Commentator. Making economics easy

Frances Valintine

Founder of The Mind Lab and Tech Futures Lab, future of work and technology

Traci Houpapa

Maori business leader and woman of influence, panelist on the future of environment

Paul Young

Co-founder of Generation Zero, the Zero Carbon Act and climate solutions for NZ

Sina Wendt-Moore

Chief Executive of Leadership New Zealand, diversity and inclusion
Image of Simon Curran speaking at Festival for the Future

Simon Curran

Entrepreneur and creative agency leader, passionate about education

Laura O’Connell Rapira

Director of Campaigns at ActionStation and champion for civic engagement