Mark Inglis is a motivational speaker, author, athlete and mountaineer who first caught the attention of New Zealanders in the early 80s following his miraculous rescue from a snow cave on Mt Cook. The 13 day ordeal resulted in him losing both his legs to frostbite. But he has never let his disability stand in his way. He first represented New Zealand on the World Stage when he brought home the country’s inaugural Paralympic cycling medal at the Sydney Games in 2000, before going on to become the first double amputee to summit Everest. He’s the founder of charity Limbs4All and these days splits his time between New Zealand India and Cambodia where he champions the rights of people living with a disability and consults with top business leaders and executives on business changes and challenges and the role attitude plays in a company. Read more
Cristian (Cris) Print has always loved complexity, and there is nothing more complex than the human body. After attending medical school and working for a period as a house surgeon he realised it was research that really interested him and decided to do a PhD in molecular immunology at University of Auckland. That research saw him become one of the early forebears in gene discovery and eventually the sequencing of whole genomes. His work has gained international recognition, respect and accolades in the field of genomics and led to big changes in how we treat genetic diseases like cancer. Most importantly he views science as a team sport and has been involved in multiple projects, boards and groups which have seen him give up his time voluntarily to help advance his field. Cris is passionate about data sovereignty and has worked extensively with iwi to ensure indigenous people are not left behind in the area of genomics but also that their data is treated with respect and is properly protected. Read more
Brianne West studied biochemistry at Canterbury University and launched her ethical solid bar beauty business, Ethique from her kitchen in her early 20s. The success of Ethique has seen Brianne travel the world working with big global companies to promote change across the beauty industry and save thousands of plastic bottles from being created and ultimately ending up in landfills. She runs an online platform ‘Business but Better’ which helps the next generation of entrepreneurs launch purpose led businesses and frequently speaks to companies and individuals globally about the ways in which businesses can create change for the better. Having made huge changes across the global beauty industry, her latest start-up ‘Incrediballs’ is targeting the reduction of plastics in the drinks industry. Read more
Joanne started her career as a teacher and principal before joining the Ministry of Education in 2008. With the MoE she managed multiple whole-system initiatives and began down the path of systemic reform centred on equitable outcomes and authentic assessment. After moving to the United States in 2012, Joanne founded ‘The Learner First’ to take a systemic approach to the integration of academic, social and emotional learning and then co-founded the global initiative New Pedagogies for Deep Learning (NPDL). More recently she has helped design the Contributive Learning framework to help school communities design purposeful learning experiences and measure the outcomes that matter. She’s a celebrated author, and speaker and her work in the education space has created global change. Read more
Dr Natasha Anu Anandaraja is the founder and director of Women Together, the founder of Equity Now and the co-founder of Covid Courage. She is an educator, a paediatrician, a public health practitioner, and a social activist. She completed her training at Auckland University before moving to New York to work at Mt Sinai Hospital – one of the oldest and largest teaching hospitals in the US. Anu was born and raised in Taranaki to parents who had previously immigrated from Sri Lanka. Her fight for equality across all areas of the health system has had a global effect on organisations and she credits her success to having New Zealand at her back.
New Zealand-based consultancy, focusing on creating sustainable, democratised access to space. Spacebase collaborates with the space community in New Zealand through education and training programmes, innovation challenges, and consultancy on projects destined to grow Aotearoa’s space industry. The pair also maintain the NZ Space Directory, a platform that quantifies the growing space ecosystem. Determined that all nations get a fair shot at space exploration regardless of their wealth, the Dahlstroms are also co-founders of International Space Consultants which works with partners around the world to develop space systems to satisfy humanity’s needs on Earth while opening the Solar System for exploration and development of all.