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Ian Taylor was named a Companion of the NZ Order of Merit in the 2012 New Year Honours for services to television and business and won the Creative sector of the World Class New Zealander Awards in the same year.Ian holds an LLB from the University of Otago, and was inducted into the New Zealand Hi-Tech Hall of Fame in 2009. In 2010 he was named North & South magazine's New Zealander of the Year. In the same year he was awarded an Honorary Fellowship of the New Zealand Computer Society, the top honour of the ICT sector in New Zealand.
In 2013 Ian was also named Outstanding Māori Business Leader of the Year.
It may come as a surprise then that Ian claims to have no skills whatsoever, is at a loss to understand why anyone would want to hear his story and believes that the reason he has received the accolades he has is because he lives at the bottom of the world where no one has been able to check him out. That - and the fact that he has had the amazing good fortune to have worked alongside some of the cleverest people in the world.
Valerie Hannon’s career spans leadership of education systems, research, teaching, and capacity building. She is now an established thought leader in the field of education innovation.
Valerie co-founded Innovation Unit (UK and Australia) and has supported education change programmes in numerous systems, including the UK, Europe, USA , Australia and Africa. She is a founding member and Co-Chair of the Global Education Leaders Partnership (GELP) supporting jurisdictions globally to scale their innovation and transform their systems.
Valerie is an expert adviser on education to the OECD, and a frequent contributor to the World Summit on Innovation in Education (WISE). She is a regular keynote speaker and facilitator at international conferences and workshops. Earlier co-authored books include Learning A Living: radical innovation in education for work (2013); and Redesigning Education: shaping learning systems around the globe (2013). Her latest book is THRIVE: schools reinvented for the real challenges we face (2017).
Dr Lance O'Sullivan is an accomplished author, national and international speaker, role model and disruptive leader and innovator. From a young boy labelled by society as a trouble maker, Lance developed into a passionate advocate for Māori health and 2014 New Zealander of the Year. He is a pioneer for equal health care in his community and a champion for creating a fairer New Zealand.
In June 2012 Lance made the headlines when he left his former employer after a difference in patient philosophy - he believed in treating patients regardless of whether or not they could afford treatment. He left disillusioned with a system that failed to deliver the care needed for his patients and vowed to change the system for the better.
Now ensconced in the Far North of New Zealand, Lance has set about making this happen. Harnessing the skills he acquired from his cultural heritage and medical training, he and his wife Tracy established Navilluso Medical, a healthcare company committed to developing innovative ways to ensure appropriate and quality health care reached the right people in the right place at the right time.
Lance and Tracy, have seven beautiful children (five boys and two girls). They live and work in Kaitaia, a remote and challenged area of rural New Zealand. Lance truly believes that he has led a charmed life and even now reflects on this:
"I used to feel that I should pinch myself to see if how life had played out for me was real or a dream."
Lance founded The MOKO Foundation, inspired by the opportunities that he himself had experienced in life and which allowed him to grow and develop into a well-educated, well-rounded, family man and community leader.
Today, as the Chair of The MOKO Foundation, Lance is truly passionate about and devoted to connecting people with opportunities for a better Aotearoa New Zealand.