INSPIRE CANTERBURY - Speakers

Mark Pesce | Futurist, Broadcaster & Inventor
The Next Billion Seconds - what can we know today to help us make better decisions about tomorrow?

Mark Pesce is a leading futurist, author, entrepreneur and innovator. He has been at the forefront of the digital revolution for thirty-five years and is a sought-after keynote speaker for major conferences and leadership gatherings. Bringing clarity, understanding and insight. From virtual reality to education, finance, manufacturing, transportation and communication, Mark gives individuals and organisations the tools they need to think effectively about the future, its opportunities, and its disruptions.

Dr Eruera Prendergast-Tarena | Maori Futures
Unleashing Maori Potential

Eruera is the Executive Director for Tokona te Raki: Māori Futures Collective, a Ngāi Tahu-led approach to tackle inequality at its roots.  The vision is to create equity in education, employment and income for all Ngāi Tahu and Māori in the Ngāi Tahu Takiwā by 2040.  Our legacy – a world where all Māori are inspired by their futures, confident in their culture, prosperous in their careers and succeeding as Māori. 

Dr Jo Cribb | Author, Consultant & Strategic Advisor 
How to Survive and Thrive in the New World of Work

Jo has a varied portfolio that includes working as a consultant facilitating strategy sessions with leadership teams, coaching emerging leaders and lead substantial policy, strategy and gender projects. Jo was the previous Chief Executive of the Ministry for Women and the Deputy Children's Commissioner.

Her interest in how technology is driving changes in the future of work, stems from her experience of moving from a 'traditional' executive career a portfolio one.  Her research has resulted in the co-authored book 'Don't Worry About the Robots: How to Survive and Thrive in the New World of Work'. 

Justine Munro | 21C Skills Lab
Helping Young Kiwis Build Skills for the 21st Century

Justine is the Co-Founder and Director of the 21C Skills Lab. She has a long career in innovation, education and social change, having led or helped establish a number of organisations including the Springboard Trust, Starpath, NZ Centre for Social Innovation, Global Women, DiverseNZ, the Champions for Change, TupuToa, and the Well Foundation.

She has previously served as the Director of the Champions for Change, a group of 50 NZ CEOs and Chairs committed to advancing diversity and inclusion, and Executive Director of Education at Social Ventures Australia. 

Karen Dallas | Air New Zealand
Transforming Workplace Culture for A Digital World

Karen has a Master’s degree in industrial and Organisational Psychology and over 20 years of international business change and transformation experience. Karen is a passionate advocate for co-creating great workplace cultures, and brings a human-centred, psychological perspective to readying organisations and their people, for the future of world of work.
Mai Chen | SuperDiversity & Chen Palmer Partners
Growing Your Diverse Thinking Capability to Win in A VUCA (Volatile Uncertain Complex Ambiguous) World

Mai Chen is Managing Partner Chen Palmer Public and Employment Law Specialists; Adjunct Professor at the University of Auckland School of Law, Director on the BNZ Board, Chair of Superdiversity Institute for Law, Policy and Business, NZ Asian Leaders and Superdiverse Women. She previously sat on the Securities Commission and served on the Board of AMP Life Ltd.

Mai is the best selling author of Diverse Thinking Capability Audit of New Zealand Board Rooms and Public Law Toolbox. She has been a top ten finalist in New Zealander of the Year twice and was in the Top 50 Diversity Figures in Public Life in the Global Diversity List 2016 affiliated with the Global Diversity Awards, which produces the annual European Diversity Awards, and supported by The Economist.

Matt Johns | Deliberat
Employee experience fit for the 21st Century

How can you develop an employee experience fit for the 21st Century - where communities are created, great work is achieved, and amazing customer experiences are delivered?

Matt Johns, CEO of Deliberat – joins our incredible line-up of speakers at Inspire Canterbury. From intelligence operative in the UK police to Acting Chief Strategy Officer for Deloitte NZ, Matt uses his diverse background and unique perspective in his role as CEO of Deliberat, working with organisations across the world connecting business strategy with deliberately designed customer and employee experience strategy. From leadership to operations, environment and tools, Matt pushes leaders to think beyond the obvious and recognise the Employee Experience needed to thrive.