Indigenous Business Academics Panel
Professor Graham Hingangaroa Smith
DIPT, MA (Hons), PhD (Auckland): Ngāti Porou, Ngāi Tahu, Ngāti Apa, Ngāti Kahungunu
Professor Graham Smith is a prominent Māori educationalist and advocate who has been at the forefront of alternative Māori initiatives in the education field and beyond. His academic background is within the disciplines of Education, Social Anthropology and Cultural and Policy Studies. More specifically, his academic work has centred on developing theoretically informed transformative strategies related to intervening in Māori cultural, political, social, educational and economic crises. Professor Smith has made significant contributions to the political, social, economic and cultural advancement of indigenous Māori communities. Professor Smith is one of the most influential indigenous educators today.
Dr Ella Henry
BA, MPhil, PhD: Ngāti Kahu ki Whangaroa, Ngāti Kuri, Te Rārawa
Dr Ella Henry has an academic background in Sociology, Māori Studies and Management Studies. Dr Henry has been actively involved in research on and advocacy for Māori broadcasting. She is a research leader in the National Science Challenge: Building better homes, towns and cities, and involved with research on Māori leadership and decision-making, and the contribution of Māori business networking to self-determination.
Dr Dara Kelly
BA (UBC), MCom Management, PhD (Auckland): Leq’á:mel First Nation
Dr Dara Kelly is from the Leq’á:mel First Nation and carries Sts'iales, Tahltan and Métis genealogy. She is an Assistant Professor of Indigenous Business at the Beedie School of Business, Simon Fraser University. She was a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the Peter B Gustavson School of Business. Dara’s doctoral research explores Coast Salish gathering economy of affection in BC, Canada. Her research focuses on Coast Salish Indigenous philosophy of economy, freedom, unfreedom, wealth and reciprocity. Dara is also an alumnus of the First Nations and Indigenous Studies Program in the Faculty of Arts at UBC where she completed her BA and is a researcher with the Mira Szászy Research Centre for Māori and Pacific Economic Development at the UABS.
Dr Carla Houkamau
DPhil, BA (Hons) BCom, PhD: Ngāti Porou, Ngāti Kahungunu
Carla Houkamau (PhD) is an Associate Professor in the Department of Management and International Business and the Associate Dean for Māori and Pacific Development for the Business School. Being of mixed Māori and Pākehā descent Carla holds a deep personal interest in the history of Māori-Pākehā relations and promoting cultural understanding. Her current research focuses mainly on intergroup relations, chiefly how group memberships influence attitudes and behaviour. Her publications typically examine how identity helps reproduce socio-economic inequalities but can be leveraged to address them. Reflecting her role in the Business School her work has broadened to include diversity management, identity economics and implicit bias. Her research using the Multidimensional Model of Māori identity and Cultural Engagement (MMM-ICE) has been recognised nationally and internationally for advancing ethnic identity research using psychometric measures and large samples.
Indigenous Business Practitioners Panel
Ngāti Porou, Ngāti Rangitihi
Whaimutu Dewes is constantly reminded of the strictures of his elders to realise the aspirations of the people for the generations that follow. He served on the Treaty of Waitangi Fisheries Commission, is a former director of Moana Pacific Fisheries and was Deputy Chair of Sealord Group Ltd from 1992 to 2008. Whaimutu is also a current director of Contact Energy and Housing New Zealand and has held directorships with Television New Zealand and the AMP New Zealand Advisory Board, and senior management roles at Fletcher Challenge and in the public service.
BMS(Hons) MMS CA | Ngāti Whakaue, Ngāti Maniapoto
Before establishing this accounting and consulting practice in 2005, Glenn was Finance Manager, then General Manager, of the New Zealand Māori Arts & Crafts Institute (Te Puia). As a Chartered Accountant, he has a varied background that includes roles as management consultant with Ernst & Young and management accountant for a manufacturer and exporter. Glenn has extensive experience with Māori post-settlement governance entities (PSGEs), Māori incorporations, Māori land trusts, service providers, marae and non-profit organisations. Glenn is passionate about Māori business development and has helped numerous Māori commercial organisations in industries as diverse as tourism, agribusiness, fisheries, property, geothermal, forestry, education, health and aquaculture.
Ngāti Awa, Te Whānau ā Apanui, Taranaki
Adept at strategy, governance and relationship management, Leonie heads Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Awa, the mandated settlement entity that manages the collective affairs of Ngāti Awa. Now 13 years post-Treaty of Waitangi settlement, the organisation strives to achieve Ko Ngāti Awa Te Toki – Iwi Vision 2050, which Leonie is largely responsible for gathering and writing, in an earlier iwi role. Having qualified as a lawyer from the University of Auckland, Leonie's career has always focused on development and providing strategic advice to assist organisations to identify and realise their potential. For the past decade, Leonie has also been the owner and director of Toitu Design Limited, which fuses extensive knowledge of traditional Māori art forms with contemporary design concepts.
Te Kani Williams
Tūhoe, Whakatōhea, Tainui, Ngāi Tai ki Tōrerea, Te Aupōuri
Te Kani Williams was admitted to the bar in February 1995, and in August 2002 became a partner in Wackrow Williams & Davies Solicitors, a now incorporated firm. Te Kani has a very wide sphere of practice incorporating Commercial, Civil Litigation, Family, Property and Māori Legal issues. He has presented seminars for the Auckland District Law Society and the NZ Law Society Continuing Legal Education Department on Māori Land Titles and on the Waitangi Tribunal. He has also presented seminars at The College of Law on Business matters and at Te Hunga Roia hui a Tau (NZ Law Conference) on Commercial matters and Treaty settlements. Te Kani sits on and has advised several boards to do with land matters and in 2010, he was awarded the Land and Property Award at the inaugural Māori Law Awards.
Ngāti Pikiao, Ngāti Whakaue
Moving MDA Experiences forward as an owner operator, Tak has been busy actively marketing and growing the now well known luxury adventure brand, creating solid relationships with New Zealands' leading luxury agents. Along with his family and friends who are all a part of the MDA crew, the business has grown in leaps and bounds starting a new era in Adventure Tourism, catering for the exclusive clients. Tak and the team have created a hub for outdoor enthusiasts alike to meet, play and enjoy Aotearoa at its finest.
International Indigenous Researchers Panel
MBA Indigenous Business and Leadership (SFU): Sagkeeng First Nation, Sandy Bay First Nation, Manitoba
Joy Cramer, is a former Deputy Minister with the Province of Manitoba who was appointed to the newly created position of director, Indigenous Programs, SFU’s Beedie School of Business. In her new role, Cramer will lead the school’s strategy to grow Indigenous programming, integrate Indigenous learning into the mainstream curriculum, and increase engagement with Indigenous communities. To reach these goals, Joy has several priorities. She aims to attract investment from corporate donors to support new research and create case studies and resources that focus on the unique issues around Indigenous business. She also plans to expand executive education in the discipline, and to build global partnerships with Universities in the U.S., New Zealand and Australia.
Dr Tory Fodder
A.B (Dartmouth), J.D, S.J.D Indigenous People’s Law and Policy Program (Arizona): Taos Pueblo, New Mexico
Dr Torivio A. Fodder is the Manager of the Indigenous Governance Program at the University of Arizona’s Native Nations Institute. A native of Walters, Oklahoma, Dr. Fodder formerly served as a post-doctoral research fellow at the Māori and Indigenous Governance Centre, University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand. Prior to joining the Indigenous Governance Program, he served as the Associate Director of the High Plains American Indian Research Institute, and as an Assistant Lecturer at the University of Wyoming.
Dr Alison Vivian
LLB (Murdoch), BSc (Monash), SJD, LLM (University of Arizona)
Dr Alison Vivian is a lawyer and Senior Researcher at the Jumbunna Indigenous House of Learning (Research Unit) at UTS. She has practised law in the areas of native title; refugee and humanitarian law and international human rights law, and has taught international human rights law. Alison’s primary research focus relates to Indigenous nation-building and governance as an exercise of Indigenous sovereignty and self-determination. Since 2010, she has collaborated with Miriam Jorgensen and Stephen Cornell from the Native Nations Institute at the University of Arizona and with key personnel and groups from the Gunditjmara People and Ngarrindjeri Nation to explore Indigenous nation building principles in Australia.
Dr Robert Joseph
PhD (Waikato): Tainui, Tuwharetoa, Kahungunu, Rangitāne and Ngāi Tahu
Dr Joseph’s PhD dissertation explored comparative Indigenous governance models in New Zealand and North America which won the best PhD Thesis on Canadian Studies in 2008. Dr Joseph is a Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand, director of the Centre for Māori and Indigenous Governance at the University of Waikato, and he was a Fulbright Scholar at Harvard University and the University of Arizona in 2017. Dr Joseph is a licensed researcher and expert witness for the Waitangi Tribunal where he authored and defended a number of expert reports Dr Joseph was a former chair of the Māori Governance Working Group for the New Zealand Government, and a trustee of a number of Māori organisations, vice-president of the Battle of Ōrākau Heritage Society Inc., and he is a director of his company Hohonu Ltd.
Mac V Tofilau
As a Samoan entrepreneur/educator, Mac currently operates his business in the Sports and Health sectors. The experiences from operating businesses and teaching entrepreneurship at University has lead Mac on a journey to research the nature and status of Samoan entrepreneurship in New Zealand. Mac’s PhD studies investigates factors that influence the successful management of Samoan businesses in the migrant environment. The study investigated different types of Samoan entrepreneurs especially, those born and educated in Samoa and migrated to New Zealand where they operated business (1st generation); those born in Samoa who migrated during their teen years to further their education and later operated businesses (1.5 generation) and entrepreneurs of the 2nd generation born and educated in New Zealand (MBIE 2011). The study points to a variety amongst Samoan entrepreneurs and entrepreneurship. While the international literature points to the social embeddedness and institutional factors of developed economies as influential factors in developing migrant enterprises, a mixed embedded approach of combining fa֔a-sāmoa, the institutional and structural factors of the New Zealand business environment and most importantly the strategies that Samoan entrepreneurs develop to capture opportunities dictate their successful development.
Matthew Walsh is an Anaiwan man from northern NSW. He is the Executive Manager of Research at the Jumbunna Institute for Indigenous Education and Research at the University of Technology Sydney. Prior to taking on his current role, he was the manager, Indigenous Employment within the Office of the Pro Vice-Chancellor (Indigenous Leadership and Engagement) at the University of Technology Sydney where he was instrumental in positioning UTS as a leader in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Academic and Professional staff employment. As an expert in institutional change and Indigenous policy engagement and implementation, Matthew has also led a number of projects in the Government, higher education, corporate and not-for-profit sectors. Matthew is a member of the Museum of Contemporary Arts Indigenous Advisory Group. Matthew is also a member of the Indigenous Peoples’ Organisation (IPO) Network Australia, a broad coalition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, organisations and individuals that advocate for the promotion and protection of Indigenous human rights at the national and international level and has on a number of occasions been a delegate to the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII).