Shay Wright (Te Rarawa, Ngā Ruahine, Ngāti Ruanui) is the co-founder of Te Whare Hukahuka, an award-winning social enterprise developing Māori leadership for tomorrow. Their programmes combine entrepreneurship, innovation, education and indigenous knowledge with teaching community leaders practical skills to lead community change and grow world class organisations.
He and his team have worked with 500 indigenous leaders and impacted 220,000 Māori families. His hope is to ultimately affect the lives of 10 million indigenous people around the world. His work and aspirations fit perfectly with the conference theme, Kirirarautanga / Citizenship, which he will expand upon as the first keynote speaker at CORE uLearn19.
Among his many achievements thus far, he is listed in the Forbes 30 Under 30 Asia List in the Social Entrepreneurs category, and was a recent New Zealander of the Year semi-finalist and Young New Zealander of the Year finalist. He also holds a Ministerial appointment to the Government’s Māori Economic Development Advisory Board, and was a founding trustee of TeachFirstNZ.
Shay draws inspiration from a proverb recited by the late Dr Apirana Mahuika, Māori iwi leader of Ngāti Pōrou, ‘Kia tū koe ki te kei o te waka, kia pakia koe e nga ngaru o te wā’. ‘Stand at the prow of the waka, and feel the waves of the future biting at your face’. In Shay’s words, ‘Be brave, be prepared to think differently, be prepared to take the hard knocks of what it means to be in a position of leadership going into an unknown future’.
Dominic Liechti develops worldwide education strategy at Apple. Before joining Apple he had a direct role in the vision, design, and launch of innovative education products while managing corporate and business strategy for public schools, international schools and startups. Most recently he was executive director and president of the Khan Lab School, which has been recognised for academic excellence, innovations, stewardship and personalisation in learning. Liechti grew up in Switzerland and holds a teaching credential from the College of Education in Bern, a master’s in education management from the Zurich University of Teacher Education and an MBA from IMD Business School in Lausanne. With extensive knowledge and experience, it is an honour to have Dominic speak to the Whakatōhenehene / Disruption theme at CORE uLearn19. Read more
A leader in innovation, Sally-Ann Williams, CEO of Cicada Innovations is here to speak about the Auahatanga / Innovation theme at CORE uLearn19. With such vast knowledge and experience across business, schools and community who have a passion and interest in learning about innovation, it is a fantastic opportunity to have Sally-Ann with us.
Sally-Ann currently serves as a member of the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) STEM Partnership Forum advising and supporting Australia’s National STEM School Education Strategy. She sits on the board of Fishburners, a non-profit co-working space in Sydney, the advisory board of Inspiring Rare Birds, growing female founders, and as a mentor in the Startmate program. Sally-Ann also works with a range of incubators, accelerators, universities and the public sector to grow and develop the startup ecosystem.
Previous roles such as Engineering Community and Outreach Manager at Google Australia, gives her good foundations and hands-on experience in designing programs to inspire students, equip teachers, and connect the community to possible careers in CS/STEM in Australia and New Zealand.
Digital Citizenship in Aotearoa/New Zealand.
A Facilitated Panel, led by Andrew Weaver.
Andrew Weaver is the Executive Director of Digital Identity New Zealand, an association of corporate, government, academic, iwi, technology providers and innovation organisations with a mutual goal to work collaboratively to lead digital identity in New Zealand.
He is a strategic specialist with over 30 years hands-on management, consultancy and systems development experience built throughout New Zealand, Australia, Asia and the Middle East.
Andrew believes human-centred design and a considered application of technology is key to long term adoption and success. He sees digital identity as an ideal domain to apply this approach.
Joining Andrew Weaver on the couch are panelists:
Tony Eyles - (Department of Internal Affairs)
Emily Fry (Spark)
Te Aroha Grace (Nū World Ora)