THOMAS NASH

Social Entrepreneur in Residence at Massey University and Adjunct Lecturer in Politics


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Thomas is the inaugural Social Entrepreneur in Residence at Massey University and Adjunct Lecturer in Politics. He is also co-founder of New Zealand Alternative, an independent organisation promoting a progressive role for Aotearoa New Zealand in the world.

Thomas graduated from Victoria University of Wellington in 2000 with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and French. He has led the global campaign to ban cluster bombs, co-founded and directed London-based disarmament group Article 36, and served on the board of the Nobel Prize-winning International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons. With all of this, he has a proven track record in building successful teams and mobilising hundreds of volunteers. Last year, Thomas was a Green Party candidate in his hometown, Palmerston North. He hopes that Festival attendees will feel energised about working with others to cook up ambitious and focused projects for social change.