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2019 Speakers

Hazel Jennings – Owner & Principal Consultant, Dale Jennings

Hazel has worked across the NZ non-profit sector for over 12 years building digital capabilities and confidence. Her small consultancy works exclusively with non-profit leadership teams; offering vendor independent advice and coaching support on their digital journey. Hazel has an MSc in organisational development, is a Chartered IT Professional, a Chartered member of the Institute of Directors and a member of Netsafe. Her governance roles include service with the 2020 Trust, IT Professionals NZ, and Generosity NZ. 

Elliot Taylor – Co Founder & Executive Director, Zeal - Online Crisis Intervention

Elliot Taylor is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of Zeal’s Online Crisis Intervention project, a world-first human response to crisis posts online. Beginning with a simple idea, Online Crisis Intervention is now rapidly expanding thanks to a partnership with the Vodafone NZ Foundation. Elliot has been with Zeal for over ten years and recently finished in his role as General Manager to focus on Online Crisis Intervention full-time. His life mission is to reduce the suffering of others through holistic, tangible transformation. He has over a decade of youth development experience and is passionate about social entrepreneurship, community building and using technology for social good.

Paul Spain, CEO, Gorilla Technologies

Paul Spain became established as a technologist in the early 1990’s and quickly gained a reputation as a leader working with clients such as Microsoft, Saatchi & Saatchi, Ogilvy & Mather and TrustPower. At the age of 24 Paul established Gorilla Technology to bring the best technology leadership to the NZ’s small to medium businesses and not-for-profit organisations. Paul now works closely with Gorilla’s clients helping them strategically leverage technology in order to achieve their goals more effectively. He commentates on technology and business subjects on TV, radio and online, hosts both the NZ Business Podcast and NZ Tech Podcast and is an international public speaker. Outside of work Paul loves spending time with his family Selina and Pablo. He also loves travelling – which his media and speaking engagements often help facilitate. Some of the biggest companies in the world such as Microsoft, Intel, HP and Ford bring him to attend events in locations such as USA, UK, India, Taiwan and Australia.

Inu Akerei Maresala-Thomson, CEO, Trust MYRIVR

Inu's achievements are well documented, most recently as the Electoral Commissions SunPix Pacific Leadership Award Winner 2018. However very few are aware of his battle with depression and suicide having been a victim of child sexual abuse. In his professional career he battled with changing the mindsets of decision makers to advocate for community solutions. Hear his story to find out what became the catalyst for his fight to make access to help easier for everyday people. A former NZ Police Senior Sergeant where he served 12 years, Inu became the GM for sexual health provider, Village Collective. Inu is now a White Ribbon Ambassador, an international keynote speaker who's become a regular feature in the U.S. as a speaker at human trafficking, violence, abuse and trauma conferences. He is the current CEO of Trust MYRIVR and Co-Founder of the multi-award-winning app MYRIVR. The mission of MYRIVR is to increase the utilization of health and social services in the community via its #1 trending free app which has received international praise for its innovation. A self-funded initiative, MYRIVR was launched to the public of NZ in 2017, 2018 in Australia and the Pacific with plans to launch in 2019 in the US. The MYRIVR vision is to become the largest Airbnb of health and social services in the world.

Rosemary Fenton, International Development Manager, Unicef NZ

Rosemary Fenton is the International Development Manager for UNICEF NZ and recently returned to New Zealand after a long time living and working overseas.   Rose is a registered nurse with 17 years nursing experience but after completing her master’s in public health changed focus to work in International Development and worked in East Timor, the Pacific, Papua New Guinea and Vietnam. In her current role, Rose manages a small team that partners with UNICEF Country Offices in the delivery of Early Childhood Education and Water and Sanitation and hygiene projects in the Pacific and East Timor.

Georgina Hart, Project Lead - Water, Million Metres

Million Metres - Kiwi’s helping kiwi’s for clean water. 

Georgina Hart has worked in the environment sector for 12 years with a focus on social science for climate change and water policy and implementation. Georgi has spent the last three years leading and developing Million Metres. Million Metres is a project of the Sustainable Business Network in  partnership with the Ministry for the Environment. Million Metres connects landowners and community groups with the support they need to restore their waterway. Our expertise lies in business partnership for nature, and crowdfunding via our own Million Metres crowdfunding platform. To date we’ve supported more than 38 crowdfunders to fundraise nearly a million dollars to restore more than 40,000 metres of waterway. For more information visit  

Mike Pollok CEO, Ricoh

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