Confirmed Headline Speakers

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Libby Giles

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Libby Giles has been involved in the implementation and development of Global Citizenship Education for a number of years, in practitioner and advisory roles.   As a member of the New Zealand Centre for Global Studies and the Alliance for Responsible and Sustainable Societies, Libby has participated locally and internationally with a wide range of individuals, groups, organisations and students.  Libby is Head of Religious Education and Philosophy at St Cuthbert’s College in Auckland and is president of the New Zealand Association of Philosophy Teachers.

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Pam Hook

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 Pam Hook is an educational consultant (HookED She works with schools nationally and internationally to develop curricula and pedagogies for deep learning based on SOLO Taxonomy. She is author and co-author of more than twenty five books on SOLO Taxonomy including titles translated into Danish, and is co-author of two science textbooks widely used in New Zealand secondary schools. In addition she has published many articles on higher order thinking and deep learning and has written curriculum material for government agencies and business institutions. She is a popular keynote speaker at conferences.

Marian Johsnson

Marian Johnson

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Marian Johnson is an experienced business growth leader and strategic thinker with specific emphasis in business development, account planning, marketing, and operations. In her career, she has bootstrapped at local tech startups like FluentIQ and ZoomGroup but also enjoyed the executional power and resource of multinationals like Universal Entertainment and Discovery Networks. Although very process driven, she has a passion for creative thinking, the arts, and the beautiful optimism and energy of this innovative 21st Century.


Jeff Johnstone

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Jeff Johnstone is Education Director at the Asia New Zealand Foundation. Previously he was principal of Willow Park School in Auckland after having worked in a range of schools in Auckland, Wellington, Shanghai and London. Currently Jeff is a trustee on New Zealand Chinese Language Week and a board member for the Confucius Institute at Victoria University in Wellington. He was on the working group to develop the Auckland Languages Strategy and continues to collaborate with others to support language learning in schools. Jeff has a Masters in educational administration from Massey University. He is passionate about equipping young New Zealanders with the global competencies required to thrive in this Asian century.


Catherine Low

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Catherine Low teaches Practical Ethics and Science at Rangi Ruru Girls’ School in Christchurch. She is also a leader of the New Zealand effective altruism community, and works for Students for High-Impact Charity (SHIC).

SHIC is based on the principles of effective altruism, and aims to refine students moral thinking with the use evidence and analysis, so they effectively tackle the world’s most pressing problems with their donations, spare time, and career.


Juliana Mansvelt

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Juliana Mansvelt is an Associate Professor in the Geography Programme, in the School of People, Environment and Planning, Massey University.  She is author of Geographies of Consumption (Sage, 2005), editor of Green Consumerism An A-Z Guide (Sage, 2011), and Co-editor of Engaging Geographies: Landscapes, Lifecourses and Mobilities (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2014).

Juliana’s research and publications have centred on consumption practices and spaces, and experiences of ageing in place.  She enjoys teaching and is the recipient of a Massey University, a New Zealand Geographical Society and a National New Zealand Tertiary Award for sustained excellence in teaching.  She is currently Associate Editor of The New Zealand Geographer. 

She enjoys serving in her local community and is currently Chair of Horowhenua College in Levin, a member of the Horowhenua Community of Learning working group, and on the steering group of Te Hinaki, an initiative designed to make ICT devices accessible to all children in Horowhenua schools.


Diane Maxwell

As Retirement Commissioner Diane leads the Commission for Financial Capability, which is best known for the Sorted website but has been gaining increasing attention for its work around our ageing population and how we can pay for it. Diane spent the past year travelling around the country getting New Zealanders thinking and talking about the future. These conversations helped to inform her recommendations to the government around changes to retirement income policies, an area that the Commission reviews every three years.

Her goal as commissioner is to build the financial capability of New Zealanders of all ages, with an emphasis on low income and vulnerable groups, as well as an increased focus on young people. As the mother of two children she shares the concerns of other parents and grandparents over the new challenges that are facing young people at a time when debt levels are high and home ownership is declining – factors that can have a worrying effect on retirement.

The issues that she grapples with can be difficult and the subject matter dry. Her approach is to use innovation, humour, personal insights and story-telling to grab the public’s attention and get them focusing on the positive impacts of change - both at a national level and on a personal basis with their own behaviour.

Before becoming commissioner in 2013 she was at the Financial Markets Authority, where she worked on the role of regulation post GFC and the relationship between compliance, regulation and education. But her interest in financial capability began before that, during her time at the BNZ where her portfolio included complaints, government relations, media relations, sustainability, events and marketing.


Ced Simpson

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From a decade encouraging active global citizenship amongst senior secondary students in Tasmania, Ced Simpson went on to work for over 20 years in one of the most significant global citizenship movements – Amnesty International. During that time he worked with colleagues in a wide range of countries working to establish democratic societies after the revolutions of the 1980s and 90s, coming to realise the significance of the international human rights framework as the bedrock of global citizenship.
As director of the Human Rights in Education Trust, Ced works with school leaders and teachers to better ensure that learning communities nurture active citizenship based on agreed rights and responsibilities.


Regina Scheyvens

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Regina Scheyvens heads the Institute of Development Studies at Massey University and co-directs the Pacific Research and Policy Centre. At Massey she combines a passion for teaching about international development with research on tourism, sustainable development and poverty reduction.

She has conducted fieldwork on these issues in Fiji, Vanuatu, Samoa, the Maldives and in Southern Africa, leading to the publication of two of her key works Tourism for Development: Empowering Communities, and Tourism and Poverty.

Regina is currently involved in a major research project to explore effective approaches that communities in the Pacific are using to develop their customary land.

Regina is the recipient of a national award for sustained excellence in tertiary teaching, and she enjoys having the opportunity to teach about topics close to her heart including gender and development, sustainable livelihoods, and theories of empowerment for marginalised peoples.

She has been privileged to work with Master’s and PhD students from Aotearoa, Africa, Asia and the Pacific, many of whom have gone on to gain employment with international NGOs, government ministries, the United Nations and humanitarian agencies.

Outside of university, Regina sits on the development and relief committee of Caritas, a social justice agency.


Kelly Spencer

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Kelly is a graphic artist and letterer, based in Wellington. Her creative focus, be it through client or personal work, is to produce art which promotes positive relationships within society and nature. In her personal work this means giving a voice to the natural world, depicting animals and plants and telling their story, with the intention to send important environmental messages to her audience.

Kelly’s creative style is characterised by a bold use of colour, curvaceous forms, and clean lines. A multidisciplinary approach allows her to design across a wide variety of media and enjoy the freedom to produce work both in-studio and out in the world, adorning surfaces large and small with her colourful forms. Her work to date spans sign painting, murals/street art, illustration, apparel graphics, festival & gig branding, identity design, and painting a life sized fibre glass baby elephant.

Kelly has shown her work through NZ, Australia and the USA, and painted walls around NZ and parts of Asia.

Anna Wilson

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Anna joined Wellington East Girls' College (WEGC) in 2009 and is a Geography and Social Studies Teacher where she is now Acting as Assistant Principal.  She has previously worked at Hutt Valley High School and Te Aho o Te Kura Ponamu. At WEGC leads a committee at that has looked into how the school can be more Asia Aware and as part of this led a cross-curricular days with Year 10s and a trip to China. Anna has a Masters of Secondary School Leadership and has been a member of the New Zealand Board of Geography Teachers since 2009.