Confirmed Keynote Speakers


Dr Chris Gallavin

Deputy Pro Vice Chancellor – Humanities & SocScience, Massey University

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Dr Chris Gallavin’s research interests lie in the areas of the law of evidence, international criminal justice, domestic criminal justice and public law.

After graduating from UC in 2001 with LLB (first class honours) he studied prosecutorial discretion in the International Criminal Court (ICC) for his PhD at the University of Hull.

Dr Gallavin has recently published a book on the law of evidence (‘Evidence’ Lexisnexis, 2008), and has an extensive list of publications in his chosen areas. He has also presented papers in London, Sheffield, Newcastle, Nottingham, Oxford, Exeter, Galway, and Canberra.

His most recent publication (New Zealand Universities Law Review) focused on the complex area of fraud vitiating consent to sexual activity. He says it is a vexed issue that has given rise to significant confusion in the law here in New Zealand, as well as England and Canada. In the article he advocates a predominately objective approach to the criminalisation of sexual offending.

‘While the subjective motivation of a sexual offender is important it is also important for the act itself to be of a sexual nature. This has significant repercussions for criminal offending, the stigma attached to such offending and the provision of justice for all involved, including the victim and the offender.’

Dr Gallavin does not believe his role is to simply ‘train lawyers’.

‘But rather to educate students in the art of critical analysis within a legal framework. I hope that the skills students learn from a law degree will empower them to discuss, analyse and formulate solutions in a logical and well reasoned way.’


Alexander Gillespie

LLB LLM(Hons) Auckland PhD Nottingham

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Professor Alexander Gillespie obtained his LLB and LLM degrees with Honours from The University of Auckland. He did his PhD at Nottingham and post-doctoral studies at Colombia University in New York City. His areas of scholarship pertain to international and comparative environmental law; the laws of war; and a number of pressing issues of social concern such as drug policy; and refugees.

Alexander has published sixteen books. The latest works have been Waste Policy: International Regulation, Comparitive and Contextual Perspectives. (Edward Elgar, London, 2015); International Environmental Law, Policy and Ethics. (OUP, Second edition, 2015); and the Causes of War: 1000-1600 (Volume II, Bloomsbury, NYC, 2015). He has also written over forty academic articles.

Alexander has been awarded a Rotary International Scholarship, Fulbright Fellowship, Rockerfeller Fellowship, and the the New Zealand Law Foundation International Research Fellowship. Alexander has also been the lawyer/expert on a number of international delegations and advised the New Zealand government on multiple matters of international concern. Professor Gillespie was the first New Zealander to be named Rapporteur for the World Heritage Convention, involving international environmental diplomacy under the auspice of UNESCO. Alexander has also been engaged in policy formation for the United Nations, the Commonwealth Secretariat, and governmental, commercial and non-governmental organisations in New Zealand, Australia, United States, United Kingdom, Ireland and Switzerland.

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Tayyaba Khan

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Originally from Pakistan, Tayyaba Khan is a third culture individual having spent her childhood in Japan and New Zealand. It is within this context of her upbringing, and recognition of forced displacement in her ancestral history that Tayyaba found her path to building identity and community in a globalised world.

Founder and former President of the Young Muslim Women’s Association, and recipient of the Sonja Davies Peace Award, Tayyaba has participated on global platforms such as the United Nations Alliance of Civilization Youth Forum in Rio de Janeiro, the Asia-Pacific Interfaith Dialogue in Perth, and the UN Human Rights Defenders consultation in Florence. Most recently Tayyaba has been working with the Creators of Peace Network to engage women in their role as peace creators and attended their 25th anniversary conference as part of the New Zealand delegation in Caux, Switzerland. Alongside her global citizenship responsibilities she sits on the board of Lifewise ( and Mixit ( to give back more locally.

Tayyaba has recently taken on a new role as Community Engagement Manager at the Office of Ethnic Communities. In her role Tayyaba leads on the community engagement strategy for the office to achieve its purpose that ethnic communities are strong and connected, and the benefits of ethnic diversity for New Zealand is realised. Before this role, Tayyaba was the Chief Executive Officer of ChangeMakers Refugee Forum, and has managed refugee services in the United Kingdom and Australia with the Australian and British Red Cross.


Duane and Adam

Duane Major & Adam Gard’ner

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Adam Gard’ner and Duane Major are brothers-in-law who share a close bond through their passion for the development of youth, community, and caring for our environment.

Adam and Duane had the privilege of being the initiators of the Gift Abel Tasman Beach campaign.  The Givealittle campaign raised almost $2.85 million in three weeks, and became the successful tender, and now Awaroa Beach has gone into the Abel Tasman National Park.  The campaign involved working with many groups and people within the New Zealand community and reiterated to Adam and Duane the power of people working together to achieve something they are passionate about.

Adam has been fortunate to work on five continents with people of all ages over the past 25 years as a tennis professional.  For the past 15 years he has also worked as a coach developer, in China and now with Tennis New Zealand.  Adam’s work in tennis has included working with various charity organisations in New Zealand, the U.S., and in China where he and his wife Lucy and their 3 kids lived for 12 years.  They returned to New Zealand in 2012 to be close to family and the beautiful land of Aotearoa.

Duane is a bit of a community man, with a background in teaching, youth work and sport.  He obviously loves a bit of banter, but especially when it leads to some expression of vision and values in action.

He works with multiple community groups and dabbles in lots of community enterprises, including the property market.  He loves playing sport and once played in the Rugby World Cup for Canada (long but cool story!).  Duane loves the outdoors and has a keen interest in looking after it, and tramping and kayaking in it – including his beloved Abel Tasman with his wife Ruth and 4 kids.

Diane Maxwell

Diane Maxwell, Retirement Commissioner

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 and her approach is to use innovation, humour, personal insights and story-telling.

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 Frances Valentine, founder of the Mind Lab, pictured in the Auckland premises in Newmarket.

Frances Valintine

Frances Valintine is an Education Futurist and the founder of The Mind Lab by Unitec and Tech Futures Lab. She has been an educator for over 20 years and in the past three years her organisations have taught over 100,000 school students, 2,000 teachers and worked with 250 New Zealand organisations.

In 2016 Frances was recognised as one of the Top 50 EdTech Educators in the world by EdTech International in the UK. She was also awarded a Sir Peter Blake Award as a Blake Leader. In 2015 Frances was awarded the Westpac New Zealand Woman of Influence (Innovation) and the Next New Zealand Woman of the Year (Education).

She holds a Master of Education Management from the University of Melbourne.