Confirmed Keynote Speakers


Dr Chris Gallavin

Deputy Pro Vice Chancellor – Humanities & SocScience, Massey University

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

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.


Tayyaba Khan

Tayyaba Khan is the CEO of ChangeMakers Refugee Forum, a Wellington-based NGO focusing on community development, research and advocacy work with and for former refugee communities. Born in Pakistan, and raised in Japan and New Zealand Tayyaba feels strongly about the resettlement process for migrants and refugees.

She has managed refugee services in the United Kingdom and Australia with the Australian and British Red Cross. Her undergraduate qualifications have also led her to work with the Alzheimer’s Society in the UK, IDEA Services and Auckland Disability Law. Tayyaba has done her stint in the public service working with the Office of Ethnic Communities as an Ethnic Affairs Advisor, but believes her calling is in the third-sector.

As of late Tayyaba has helped with the establishment of the Religious Diversity Centre Aotearoa New Zealand as a consultant to the interim board. She believes in, “doing good to leave good behind.”


Duane Major & Adam Gard’ner

On Christmas day 2015, two brothers-in-law ate bowls of trifle in Christchurch and daydreamed about spending $2 million to buy a beach as a Christmas present for the people of New Zealand.

Their “people power movement” to save the Awaroa Inlet property from exclusive private ownership came to fruition when they were told that a $2.28 million offer, put forward on behalf of the people of New Zealand, had been accepted.

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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.