Speakers

We are delighted with the quality and breadth of speakers that have come together to share their thoughts and insights at this national workshop. The Workshop Programme can be found here. A brief bio can be found on each speaker by clicking on their name. 

Bill-English

Hon Bill EnglishDeputy Prime Minister, Minister of Finance and Minister Responsible for Housing New Zealand Corporation
Day 1, Session 3C

Cath Atkins 160pxCath Atkins,  Deputy Secretary, Macroeconomics & Growth, The New Zealand Treasury
Day 3, Session 10

Yoseph Ayele 160px bwYoseph Ayele, Co-creator at Kiwi Connect, host of New Frontiers
Day 1, Session 2
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Geoff Bascand 160px bwGeoff Bascand, Deputy Governor and Head of Operations, The Reserve Bank of New Zealand
Day 1, Session 2

Tim Bennett 160pxTim Bennett, NZX Chief Executive
Day 2, Session 8

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Linda ClarkSpecial Counsel, Kensington Swan Lawyers
Day 2, Session 7
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Hon Sir Michael Cullen 160px bwHon Sir Michael Cullen, Former Deputy Prime Minister of New Zealand, and Chair, New Zealand Post Group
Day 1, Session 2
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Freya Daly SadgroveEditor, McGuinness Institute
Day 2, Session 5
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Roger Dennis 160px bwRoger Dennis, Consultant: innovation, foresight, transformation
Day 2, Session 5
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Margaret Galt 160px bwMargaret Galt, Principal Advisor, The New Zealand Treasury
Day 1, Session 1
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Charlotte Greenfield 160px

Charlotte Greenfield, Journalist
Day 1, Session 2
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Dr Bronwyn Hayward 160px bw Dr Bronwyn Hayward, Associate Professor, Political Science and International Relations, University of Canterbury
Day 1, Session 2
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Kate Hodgkinson 160px

Kate Hodgkinson, Analyst, Natural Resources, The New Zealand Treasury
Day 1, Session 2
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Colin James 160px bwColin James, Political journalist of more than 35 years experience and political columnist of the year in 2003
Day 1, Session 3

John-Jassen-bw-160-pxJohn Janssen
, Principal Advisor, Economic Performance and Strategy, The New Zealand Treasury
Day 1, Session 1

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Ivan Kwok
, Principal Advisor, Natural Resources, The New Zealand Treasury
Day 2, Session 8

Dora-Livas-bw-160pxDora Livas, Senior Analyst, Economic Performance and Strategy, The New Zealand Treasury
Day 1, Session 1

David-Mckay-bw-160-pxDavid Mackay, Director, Growth and Public Services, The New Zealand Treasury
Day 1, Session 2
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Luke-Maguire-bw-160-pxLuke Maguire, Senior Analyst, Economic Performance and Strategy, The New Zealand Treasury
Day 1, Session 1

Gabriel Makhlouf 160px bwGabriel Makhlouf, Secretary and Chief Executive, The New Zealand Treasury
Day 3, Session 10

Parekawhia McLean 160px bwParekawhia McLean, CEO of Waikato-Tainui Te Kauhanganui Inc
Day 1, Session 2

Katherine-Meerman-bw-160pxKatherine Meerman, Team Leader, Economic Performance and Strategy, The New Zealand Treasury
Day 1, Session 1

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Courtney Meredith, Writer, performer and arts manager
Day 2, Session 5
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Trevor-Moeke-bw-160pxTrevor Moeke, Principal Advisor, Crown-Māori Capability, The New Zealand Treasury
Day 1, Session 1

Cathryn Monro 160px

Cathryn Monroprofessional artist, writer, educator, group worker
Day 2, Session 5
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Bill Moran 160pxBill Moran, Chief Operating Officer and Deputy Secretary, Strategy, Performance & Engagement, The New Zealand Treasury
Day 1, Session 1

Tim Ng 160px bwTim Ng, Director, Economic System, The New Zealand Treasury
Day 1, Session 2
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Patric Nolan 160px bwPatrick Nolan, Principal Advisor, Productivity Commission
Day 1, Session 2
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Michael O Donnell

Mike O’Donnell
Day 2, Session 7
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Jess Prendergast 160px bwJessica Prendergast, Freelance foresight consultant
Day 2, Session 5
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Su'a-Thomsen-bw-160pxSu’a Thomsen, Principal Advisor, Pacific Island Capability, The New Zealand Treasury
Day 1, Session 1

Frances Valintine 160px bwFrances Valintine, Founder of Tech Futures Lab and the Founder and Chair of The Mind Lab by Unitec
Day 2, Session 5
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Hon Bill English is the Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Finance (roles he has held since 2008) and the Minister Responsible for Housing New Zealand Corporation. He was first elected to Parliament in 1990 as MP for the Wallace electorate (later re-named Clutha-Southland) and served as the local MP for 24 years until he became a list MP in 2014.

He completed a Bachelor of Commerce degree at Otago University, followed by a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in English Literature at Victoria University in Wellington.

Mr English has held ministerial posts in regulatory reform, education, health, revenue and finance and he was leader of the National Party from October 2001 to October 2003.

Cath Atkins is the Treasury’s Deputy Secretary, Macroeconomics and Growth. She leads the Treasury’s work to raise living standards through policy advice on settings to promote economic growth and a stable macroeconomic environment.

Cath has held a range of senior leadership positions since joining the Treasury in 1999, most recently including Deputy Secretary, Strategy, Change and Performance She was responsible for setting up the New Zealand Productivity Commission, has represented New Zealand at APEC and the OECD, and was part of the team that led development of the Trans-Tasman Mutual Recognition Act, the legislation for mutual recognition of employment standards and occupations, supporting closer economic ties between New Zealand and Australia.

In 2014 she was seconded to MBIE as Deputy Chief Executive of Labour Environment.

Cath holds master’s and bachelor’s degrees in commerce and management from Lincoln University.

An entrepreneur and global citizen, Yoseph runs Kiwi Connect (kiwiconnect.nz), a team helping realise New Zealand's unique potential as an 'Incubation Nation' where innovative minds are building globally impactful solutions. He is also helping establish an R&D farm to incubate integrated solutions for sustainable and regenerative agriculture.

Before moving to New Zealand, Yoseph worked in Silicon Valley, where he helped grow Inflection.com by building high-caliber teams.

Yoseph studied leadership and social change at Harvard University. While on a fellowship at the University of Cambridge, he researched on how financial institutions can create social and environmental impact. He also researched entrepreneurial ecosystems at the Victoria University of Wellington. He has lived in six countries and learned five languages.

Geoff Bascand joined the Reserve Bank as Deputy Governor and Head of Operations in May 2013.

Before joining the Reserve Bank, Mr Bascand was the Government Statistician and Chief Executive of Statistics New Zealand. He had previously worked in senior management roles in the Department of Labour and the New Zealand Treasury, and was a senior economist at the International Monetary Fund.

Mr Bascand has a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree in geography from the University of Otago and a Master of Economics from the Australian National University. In 2005, he was awarded a Leadership Development Centre Fellowship.

Tim was appointed CEO of NZX in May 2012. Prior to joining NZX, Tim was a partner at Oliver Wyman in Singapore, and previously was a partner with the Boston Consulting Group in Asia and Australia. Tim holds an MBA in Strategy and Finance from Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, and a B Comm in Computer Science and Business Administration from Victoria University of Wellington.

Bio coming soon

The Hon Dr Michael Cullen is the chair of New Zealand Post. Before joining the New Zealand Post Board, Dr Cullen had a political career spanning three decades, much of it in government. During that time he held a number of portfolios, and in particular was the Minister of Finance, the Attorney-General, and was Deputy Prime Minister for six years. Dr Cullen was also responsible for Treaty of Waitangi negotiations and the introduction of KiwiSaver.

Before entering politics, Dr Cullen gained a PhD in social and economic history from the University of Edinburgh. From 1971 to 1981, he was a lecturer at Otago University and was also a Visiting Fellow at the Australian National University from 1975 to 1976.

Freya is the in-house editor at the McGuinness Institute and is also an emerging writer and performer. She has a Master of Arts in Creative Writing (Poetry) and a Bachelor of Arts majoring in English and French from Victoria University of Wellington. She is a current member of award-winning improvised theatre company Playshop and is an active member of the Wellington theatre community. Her poems have been published in Turbine and Left and she is a student of Hera Lindsay Bird’s TMI School. She is passionate about language, Lego and juvenile fantasy.

Roger Dennis has been heavily involved in some of the world’s largest foresight programmes. Among other things he has worked alongside the GameChanger team with senior leaders at Shell in The Hague and helped establish Future Agenda, which is the world’s largest futures initiative. Earlier this year he presented on data, cities and streetlights at the Nobel Symposium in Hong Kong alongside six Nobel Laureates.

Margaret Galt is a principal advisor with Treasury. For the last four years she has coordinated work on the Living Standards Framework. Because Treasury wants the Living Standards framework to “work” for its policy advice, the team doing this thinking has been deliberately drawn from right across Treasury and all of them have other roles. In Margaret’s case, she works in the education and skills team, providing advice on issues in the compulsory education system and on educational disparities.

Charlotte is a journalist covering New Zealand for Reuters. She has previously worked as a reporter in Jakarta and co-founded an education NGO in Kenya. Charlotte has law and arts degrees from the University of Otago and a masters degree from Columbia University where she was the recipient of a Fulbright scholarship and a fellow at the Stabile Center for Investigative Journalism.

Bronwyn Hayward is Associate Professor and Head of the Department of Political Science and International Relations at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand. She specialises in public policy issues affecting children and young people, environmental politics, and citizenship in a changing world. Bronwyn is also one of nine co-investigators for the UK-funded CUSP (Centre for Understanding Sustainable Prosperity) with Professor Tim Jackson of Surrey University, and a co-researcher for Voices of the Future, a study of Norwegian Youth by the University of Oslo with Professor Karen O’Brien. She is a member of the 11-person International Transformations Steering Committee for the International Social Sciences Council awarding large grant funding, and was a fellow of the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change, University of East Anglia between 2008 and 2011. A trustee for the London think tank Foundation for Democracy and Sustainability and the NZ Spark Foundation (which includes GiveALittle), Associate Professor Bronwyn Hayward also chairs the NZ Political Science Association All Universities Working Group on Civics, Citizenship and Political Literacy. In 2015 she was awarded UC College of Arts inaugural prize as joint winner of the Conscience and Critic of Society Research Award.

Kate is an Analyst in The Treasury’s Natural Resources Team and works on climate change, energy, land, urban planning, resource management, local government and regional economic development policy. She has previously worked on various environmental policy issues in New Zealand and the UK; both in government and at not-for-profit organisations.

Kate holds a Master’s Degree in Environmental Policy from Oxford University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Geography from Manchester University.

Colin James is a political journalist of more than 35 years experience and was named political columnist of the year in 2003. He writes weekly columns in the Dominion Post, The Press and the Otago Daily Times and a monthly column in Management Magazine. He has written six books plus several editions of a guide to journalists covering elections and many chapters in books and has written or edited six books or monographs for the Institute of Policy Studies. He was awarded an honorary doctorate by Victoria University of Wellington in 2008. He is chair of Motu Economic and Public Policy Research. He is a fellow of the Institute of Public Administration and a life member of the Parliamentary Press Gallery and the Engineering, Printing and Manufacturing Union.

John is a Principal Advisor in the Economic Performance and Strategy team and is currently leading the work on the refresh of Treasury’s economic narrative and long-term fiscal statement. He has previously worked in Treasury’s Macroeconomic and Fiscal Policy team and has experience in policy areas including economic growth, productivity, and fiscal strategy and frameworks.

Ivan is currently working on water policy and in particular the issue of Iwi rights and interests. He has previously been the Treasury Solicitor for 15 years, and has experience in public finance, commercial transactions and Crown/Maori relations.

Dora joined Treasury at the end of 2014 and is part of the narrative refresh project team, and the Economic Growth corner champion of the Living Standards Framework. She has previously as worked at the Ministries of Health (in health of older people policy team), and Justice (in the courts operational unit, and criminal justice policy unit) and was the project coordinator for the Te Hurihanga pilot (a therapeutic and rehabilitative youth justice facility).

David Mackay is Director of the Growth and Public Services portfolio at the Treasury. Before joining the Treasury, he held senior executive roles in the Australian federal public sector, including leading the coordination and production of the federal Budget, national mental health policy, and national health funding reform.

Luke is a Senior Analyst in the Economic Performance and Strategy team. Luke has spent the majority of his career with the Victorian Treasury in Australia. Luke developed the Victorian Treasury’s long-term economic and fiscal modelling and analytical capabilities and has presented this work around Australia and internationally. More recently Luke led the building of the Victorian Treasury’s capacity to advise on city planning issues through developing the Treasury’s geospatial and economic geography modelling and analytical capabilities. Luke holds a Master’s Degree in Business Economics with Monash University and is a Director at a not-for-profit emerging arts organisation, Ondru.

Gabriel Makhlouf is the Treasury Secretary and Chief Executive. He is the government’s chief economic and financial advisor, and leads the Treasury’s work to help raise living standards for New Zealanders through a stable, growing economy, and a high-performing public service.

Gabriel’s career was previously in the UK civil service where his responsibilities ranged from policy development on domestic and international tax and welfare policy issues through to large-scale, customer-focused, operational delivery. He was chair of the world’s main tax rule-making body – the Committee on Fiscal Affairs – at the OECD in Paris between 2000-2004 and was also responsible for the UK’s Government Banking Service. He led the UK team that negotiated the current US/UK double tax treaty and served as Principal Private Secretary to the Chancellor of the Exchequer.

Gabriel has a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Exeter and a master’s degree in industrial relations from the University of Bath, and is an alumnus of international business school INSEAD’s Advanced Management Programme. The son of UN diplomats, Gabriel grew up in the Pacific and speaks French and Greek. He is married with one adult son.

Parekawhia was appointed the CEO of Waikato-Tainui Te Kauhanganui Inc in December 2010.

She has over 20 years of public policy and public sector management experience, including almost seven years as a director and consultant of her own company Mauriora-ki-te-Ao/Living Universe Ltd (MKTA) – a company dedicated to advancing the creative potential of Māori knowledge, people and resources.

Parekawhia spent five years as a strategic advisor to three prime ministers – Jim Bolger, Jenny Shipley and Helen Clark. She also has governance experience, having served on the boards of Mighty River Power, Te Mangai Paho and Te Waananga o Aotearoa.

Parekawhia returned to the Waikato in 2008, having left in the late 1980s to live in Wellington. She is a mother and grandmother.

Katherine joined the Treasury in 2011 and is currently a Team Leader in the Economic Performance and Strategy team. Within Treasury, she has also worked in the Financial Markets, Education, and Tax Strategy teams, and before joining Treasury has worked in policy evaluation at both Inland Revenue and the Ministry of Economic Development (now MBIE).

Courtney Sina Meredith (1986–) is a writer, performer and arts manager. Her play Rushing Dolls (2010) won a number of awards and was published by Playmarket in 2012. She launched her first book of poetry, Brown Girls in Bright Red Lipstick (Beatnik), at the 2012 Frankfurt Book Fair. In 2014 she was a guest of the BBC to the House of Lords and in 2015 she represented New Zealand at the Mexico City Poetry Festival.  In August 2016, Courtney will launch a new book of short stories Tail of the Taniwha. Courtney is the Partnerships Manager for the Faculty of Creative Arts MI. Her role is to lead on the development and implementation of commercial and industry opportunities. The role builds on her previous experience in commercial partnerships management in London and her time as an Arts Advisor for Auckland Council.

Trevor has been at the Treasury for almost two years and leads the Crown-Maori capability work programme. He has previously been the Deputy Chief Executive of Te Puni Kokiri and is currently a Director of Kahungunu Asset Holdings Company.

Cathryn Monro is a professional artist, writer, educator, group worker and mother of two. Cathryn holds a BFA and MFA from the Elam School of Fine Arts, University of Auckland, and has a 30+ year career as a professional artist. Between degrees Cathryn trained at the Drama Action Centre, Sydney, Australia, in physical theatre and communication training. On returning to New Zealand Cathryn went on to train as a director in psychodrama and group work, began a 20+ year teaching career in New Zealand's premiere tertiary arts institutions, and for 11 years was Theatre In Education scriptwriter for Books In Homes, a charity promoting a love of reading and book ownership to thousands of decile 1 and 2 schoolchildren throughout New Zealand.

Over the last ten years Cathryn has worked extensively leading groups in practice-based inquiry processes using active and interactive methods to connect group members purposefully, build stronger more meaningful working relationships, deepen and integrate learning, and enrich working cultures. Cathryn is committed to creating responsive processes that assist groups to align daily functioning to their larger goals, to innovate cohesively, to orient to understanding complex tasks together, and to develop the conditions in which people can work to the best of their abilities.

Cathryn’s book Spilt Milk Yoga – a guided self-inquiry to finding your wisdom, joy, and purpose through motherhood, applies practice-based inquiry processes to the challenges of contemporary motherhood and is due to be released in October this year.

Bill Moran joined the Treasury in 1985. His role involves overseeing work on New Zealand’s economic strategy and ensuring the Treasury operates effectively as an organisation.

He previously led work for the Treasury in macroeconomic and fiscal policy, tax strategy and state sector management. Prior to this he spent eight years as principal economic advisor to two Ministers of Finance and a Deputy Minister of Finance. A strong advocate for ensuring that the Treasury’s work is informed by external views, and involving New Zealanders in the policy process, in 2013 he led a wide-ranging public engagement programme to test the assumptions and analysis for the Treasury’s long-term fiscal statement.

Bill holds a master’s degree in political science from Victoria University of Wellington. He spent eight years on the board of New Zealand Football and was chair of the organising committee for the FIFA Under-20 Men’s World Cup (2015). He also has ties with the creative sector as founder and initial chair of the Play It Strange Trust. 

A macroeconomist by training, Tim is director of economic system at the Treasury.

For much of his earlier career, Tim led a range of functions at the Reserve Bank of New Zealand. He managed teams covering domestic and international economic monitoring and forecasting, monetary policy conduct, banking regulation and payments system policy. During his time at the Reserve Bank he served as a member of the Reserve Bank’s monetary policy committee, macro-financial committee and financial system oversight committee.

Tim has also worked at the Bank for International Settlements in Basel, Switzerland, at the Federal Reserve Bank of New, at the National Bank of New Zealand, and in the office of the New Zealand Deputy Prime Minister and Treasurer.

Born and raised in Auckland, Tim was educated in postgraduate biochemistry at the University of Auckland and in postgraduate economics at Victoria University of Wellington.

Patrick Nolan joined the Productivity Commission as a principal advisor in the economics and research team in February 2014. Before this he spent five years as the Chief Economist of Reform, a cross-party British think tank focused on public services and economic prosperity. Patrick completed his PhD on Working for Families in the School of Government at Victoria University of Wellington.

Jessica Prendergast is a freelance foresight consultant. She consults across public organisations, policy institutions and corporate clients over a range of disciplines and industries. Jessica has consulted for a wide variety of international clients including UK Commission on Employment and Skills, Alstom, Bayer, ThyssenKrupp, Evonik, Henkel and the German Marshall Fund, among others. Over recent years, her main areas of focus include public policy, regulatory instruments, foresight methods and strategy development. She holds a degree from Victoria University of Wellington in Psychology and Criminology with a focus on social behaviour, investigatory processes, and regulatory theory. Before becoming a freelance consultant in 2014, Jessica worked as a consultant at Z_punkt The Foresight Company in Germany; where her areas of focus included international acquisition, project management and event management. In New Zealand she held the roles of Director of Project 2058 and Policy and Research Manager at the McGuinness Institute, a non-partisan think tank specialising in the field of future studies. Previously Jessica worked in the public sector as an adviser in the New Zealand Government’s Emissions Trading Group and Climate Change Implementation team. Jessica has undertaken courses in foresight and futures studies in both New Zealand and Canada.

Su’a has recently joined Treasury as the Principal Advisor, Pacific Capability. Prior to Treasury, he has hold roles as the Deputy Chief Executive at the Ministry of Pacific Peoples and as a Senior Policy Adviser Department of Corrections. He has international policy experience as Director, Strategic Partnerships and Coordination, Pacific Island Forum Secretariat based in Fiji.

Frances has been a leader in the education of future technologies, digital impact and disruption for over two decades. She has a Master of Education Management from the University of Melbourne and an alumni from Singularity University in the Silicon Valley. In 2015, she was awarded the Westpac Woman of Influence – Innovation, and the Next Magazine Woman of the Year – Education. In 2014, Idealog Magazine rated her as one of the top 10 most Innovative people in New Zealand. In the same year, her business won the ‘Best New Business’ in the Talent International Asia/Pacific Awards judged by Sir Richard Branson and Steve Wozniak.

She is a board member of Washington DC based Talentnomics, EducationNZ, and NZTech. Technology’ initiatives.