2012 Speakers



Nick Egan

Nick EganNick Egan is one of the world’s most influential art directors. His work in design and music video has shaped global culture. He has created hundreds of ground-breaking works, and designed and film directed for Duran Duran, Oasis, INXS, Iggy Pop, Sonic Youth, British impresario Malcolm McLaren, the Sex Pistols, Bow Wow Wow, Culture Club, The Clash, Bee Gees, Bon Jovi, K.D. Lang, Kylie Minogue, Bob Dylan, Mick Jagger, John Lennon, and visionary thinker and creativity expert Sir Ken Robinson. In fashion, he has designed and art directed for Vivienne Westwood and Marc Jacobs. Nick has directed commercials and television spots for Coca Cola, Levi’s, Nike, Nintendo and Sony PlayStation.

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Ross Stevens

Ross Stevens is an industrial design icon and design futurist. He has worked with many of the world’s leading designers, including Philippe Starck, and with high end audio brands, and continues to influence and shape the world’s design landscape. He co-founded Design Led Futures – exploring ideas 80 years in the future for major international brand leaders of innovation. He is senior lecturer on complex 3D digital form at Victoria University School of Design in Wellington, New Zealand.

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Can Yuksel

Can Yuksel Can Yuksel is a Lead Effects Artist for DreamWorks Animation in Hollywood. He has developed major effects for blockbusters. 3D feature films include Turbo (currently lead effects artist), Puss in Boots (2011), Shrek Forever After (2010), Monsters vs Aliens (2009) and feature film Kung Fu Panda (2008). Can’s visual effects have been nominated for multiple prestigious awards, including the VES Awards and the Annie Awards.

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Bronwen Evans

Bronwen EvansA New Zealand entrepreneur living in Thailand, Bronwen is an award-winning journalist and broadcaster. Topics covered by her documentaries and interviews have included the Asian financial crisis, global warming and fishing rights for the indigenous Maori people of New Zealand. She is currently working as a communications advisor to a major Thai corporation and writing a book about the challenges of creating an eco-resort in Thailand committed to responsible tourism.

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Phillip Guzenuk

Phillip Guzenuk is a Russian entrepreneur, and an expert in leadership and personal transformation. He coaches other entrepreneurs and executives of many of Russia’s largest companies, and leads international executive retreats to wilderness environments that explore the relationship between self, culture and nature. Phillip is a partner of the Coaching Institute of Saint Petersburg, and co-founder of the Director’s Club of Saint Petersburg, Russia.

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Dr. Ignazio Maria Viola

Dr. Ignazio Maria ViolaDr. Ignazio Maria VIOLA is one of the world’s leading experts in yachting technology, who has led teams of engineers in Italy to develop many innovations in the science of sailing. He is a lecturer in Naval Architecture at the School of Marine Science and Technology at Newcastle University, United Kingdom. The school is the largest of its kind in Europe and among the leading global institutes in Naval Architecture.

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Agnesa Secerkadic

Agnesa Secerkadic is an anthropologist, humanitarian and international communications expert. In her role as Head of the Communications Unit for the United Nations in Bosnia and Herzegovina, she coordinates communications and advocacy activities for the United Nations (UN) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). She also serves as Director of International Relations on the IABC Europe and Middle East board.

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Dr. Sue Peoples

Dr. Sue PeoplesDr. Sue Peoples is a social scientist and a passionate supporter of agricultural sustainability. She advocates farm women as the key promoters of sustainable food production systems, and the champions of green strategies and technologies.

Sue has continuously strived to make a difference to people’s lives. After achieving a PhD in Human Geography, she studied the lives of New Zealand’s farm women.

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Nat Torkington

Nat TorkingtonNat Torkington ran the first web server in New Zealand, cowrote “Perl Cookbook”, and while in the US ran conferences on topics as diverse as bioinformatics, Internet mapping, and open source software. He’s worked with startups and corporates. He lives and works north of Auckland, where he builds communities of innovators and helps corporates how to fail to suck.

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Rowan Simpson

Rowan SimpsonRowan Simpson was the first employee at Trade Me not related to founder Sam Morgan. He was still with the company when it was sold to Fairfax for $750m just seven years later. Since then he has been an investor in and advisor to a number of other promising New Zealand technology start-ups, including Xero, Vend, Sonar6, Fishpond and GoVocab. He is passionate about creating great products which people love to use.

Nathan Holmberg

Nathan HolmbergNathan Holmberg is a computer graphics researcher and engineer who started in the field of biomedical visualization before moving into creating software for audio visual performance and design. At Serato Audio Research he designed their award winning video software used in stage performances around the world and collaborated on a number of projects within the DJ and electronic music scene.

Nathan heads the development for the promising New Zealand based startup 77 Pieces. Founded by a renowned team from the film industry they are taking the technology usually reserved for blockbusters and applying it to fashion design and retail. In short they’re seeking to ‘change the way the world shops for clothes’. Read more about Nathan →

David ten Have

David ten HaveDavid ten Have is the CEO and co-founder of Ponoko. Ponoko is the creator of Personal Factory — the world’s easiest making system. It’s where you turn your design ideas into custom products using a global making network. Over 200,000 customer designed products have been made so far.

David leads Ponoko’s vision of a digital factory in every home, business, and school using the Personal Factory platform and apps. Prior to founding Ponoko, David was co-founder of New Zealand’s #1 design-led Microsoft web development firm, Provoke. He is also the co-founder of Celsias, a web 2.0 solution to the climate change crisis.

Kieran Meredith

Kieran MeredithA  New Zealand-born Samoan, Kieran Meredith is pioneering and leading initiatives in education. As a 17 year old, out to make change, he recognises the importance of family, community, culture and heritage. He holds close to his heart his core values as the source of his strength and inspiration.

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Minnie Baragwanath

Minnie Baragwanath Minnie Baragwanath has played a leading role in effecting social change for disabled New Zealanders over the past decade. She is the Chief Executive and creator of the Be. Institute, a social enterprise that inspires and enables an accessible society for all people.

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Kristin School

K-Force RoboticsK-Force Robotics

K-Force are a group of Year 7-13 students who greatly value the challenge and complexity of robotics. They share the vision of establishing a resilient robotics team that will continue to provide students with a means of learning new skills and gaining valuable experience for the future. In competition, their goal is always the same; to design a success-driven robot that surpasses minimum requirements and is envied by all.

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Forensics@KristinForensics@Kristin

This student-led experience is a demonstration of the creative and leadership potential of all Kristin’s students. Participants from Years 8-10 take on roles as Scenario Doctors or Detectives, in Logistics or Management. From the creation of complex scenarios, involving police interviews and scene investigations to fingerprinting and DNA testing of evidence all ending in the drama of the courtroom – it’s a serious race to solve the crime!

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