Francis and Kaiora Tipene | Te Rarawa, Te Aupouri, Ngai Takoto, Waikato*, NZ
As the stars to their very own TV Reality Doco program “The Casketeers”, and recent alumnae from WelTec NZ with a Diploma in Funeral Directing, the husband and wife team, and family of four knows a thing or two about being Indigenous Māori business owners and operators in an industry where strong Māori elements are part of the work they do when caring for families during their time of need.
Come and catch how the passionate proprietors of Tipene Funeral homes run a business that deals with death and grief. Listen to how dignity and humor and aroha have made their business a success.
Francis - Te Rarawa me Te Aupouri
Kaiora - Te Rarawa, Te Aupouri, Ngai Takoto me Waikato
Dave Archambault II | Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, USA
Amplify your vision with Dave Archambault II, a key voice who challenged the big corporate muscle whey they tried to build the Dakota Access Pipeline across their tribal territory. Unifying people through prayer, the protest became one of the biggest Indigenous protests to rally against corporate and political dominance. Come listen to Dave and how he continues to be a voice for tribal sovereignty, and champions the protection of tribal treaty lands and natural resources.
Archambault is the former Chairman of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in North Dakota and the modern embodiment of a diplomatic warrior. Archambault is now the Chief Consulting Officer for FirstNation HealthCare – the only Indian-owned broker and claims administrator in the US. Archambault has won numerous awards and led the “Native Nations Rise” march in Washington, D.C., in 2017. As a Tribal Leader, his focus has been on education, economic development, renewable energy, and government reform.
Mikaela Jade | Cabrogal Tribe, Australia
Story of our lives: The reality of augmented reality
Break down barriers with Mikaela Jade the Managing Director of Indigital. Empowering Indigenous communities, particularly woman, Mikaela engages the digital economy to develop business opportunities. Having developed her own digital company Indigenous communities, she uses augmented and mixed reality to tell stories through new and emerging technologies. Indigital’s products include a line of t-shirts and postcards, emblazoned with Aboriginal art that comes alive when paired with the startup’s mobile application. The company also creates applications for other businesses and is currently working with Microsoft to tell the story of Namande — the 60,000-year-old figure of the Kakadu national park — using the tech giant’s HoloLens product.
Due to Indigenous focus and remote location and perceived as high risk, Mikaela has managed to secure investment. Mikaela recently partnered with Microsoft, and received the Veuve Clicquot New Generation Award. The award recognizes her success and vision as an entrepreneurial businesswoman.
Panel | Māori Women’s Development Inc and Tā Koha – Indigenous Crowdfunding
Chief Executive Officer, Māori Women’s Development Inc.
Teresa Tepania-Ashton is the kind of quiet leader we find it easy to respect. After a 12 year career working internationally with Citibank (during which time she rose from Service Assistant to Vice President) she put her decades of community and corporate governance experience to work for her people.
Teresa was the CEO of Te Rūnanga-a-Iwi o Ngāpuhi from 2004 – 2011. Today she is CEO of Māori Women’s Development Incorporated – an inspirational and incredibly well-resourced organisation that provides loans and wrap around support for Wāhine Māori in business, and their whānau.
Teresa would never say it, but the people she works with describe her as mindful, decisive, astute, a nurturing and empowering leader. This shows when you consider the awards and acclaims she’s received:
With 3 children and a growing tribe of mokopuna, Teresa is an inspiring and understated speaker. With credibility in hapū and iwi development, Reo Māori development, and governance across all sectors. She is truly a contemporary wahine Māori leader.
Finance Manager, Māori Women's Development Inc.
Wayne Garnons-Williams BA, LLB, MPA, LLM | Moosomin First Nation, CA
Connecting our geographical dots: Drawing the big picture of Indigenous sovereignty
Expand your connections with Wayne Garnons-Williams, an expert in cross country inter-tribal trade offers for Canadian First Nations and American Tribes. Hear his passion for tribal sovereignty and economic self-dependency.
Wayne is Plains Cree from Treaty 6, Moosomin First Nation, the founding President of International Inter-tribal Trade Organization, Senior Lawyer and Principal Director of the law firm Garwill Law Professional Corporation specializing in Tribal Trade and Economic Development, as well as member and past Chair of the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations Appeal Tribunal. He is a board member of the International Council of the Great Lakes Region a board member of Capacity Canada and a board member of Three Feather Corporation. He is also the 2018 Research Fellow specializing in International Comparative Indigenous law at the University of Oklahoma, College of Law. He is appointed by Order in Council as a member to the NAFTA Chapter 19 Trade Remedies roster. He is also a legal commentator providing Indigenous law insight and commentary for the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network.
Kristal Kinsela | Jawoyn & Wiradjuri Nations, Australia
Changing the landscape of work: Finding the mountains of Indigenous capability
Change your landscape with Kristal Kinsela who she is passionate about creating lasting pathways and growing the capabilities of Indigenous businesses and individuals.
Kristal is a passionate and proud Aboriginal role model, a descendant of both the Jawoyn and Wiradjuri nations with more than 14 years of experience in education and training, organisational and workforce development, and supplier diversity working across Government, Corporate and Not-for-Profit sectors.
Kristal is an Owner and Director of Indigenous Professional Services (IPS), a majority Indigenous owned management consulting company and winner of the 2018 Supply Nation Certified Supplier of the Year. Kristal is a well-known Aboriginal business woman and entrepreneur, she has worked with nationally across Australia and is highly regarded as a skilled facilitator, expert in stakeholder engagement and project manager.
2018 Certified Supplier of the Year
2017 NSW Aboriginal Woman of the Year
2017 Supplier Diversity Advocate of the Year
Luis Antonio Velasquez Quiroa, Entrepreneur and Businessman, Guatemala
Enabling the Indigenous entrepreneur: The Guatemalan experience
Enable our entrepreneurs with Luis Antonio Velasquez Quiroa. Luis will speak about his work in the development of Indigenous People and his work promoting their entrepreneurial spirit and cooperatives. Draw on his experience of 50 years working with millions of Indigenous people in Guatemala, he will share stories of successful indigenous Guatemalan people.
Luis is an ex-Minister of Economy in Guatemala and also has a TV show dedicated to Investment and Entrepreneurship. With his training and knowledge acquired in technical, managerial and managerial positions in the business sector he has founded a number of international and local businesses.
Dr. Kiana Frank, Biologist and Associate Professor, Hawaii
Taking the old and making it new: Opportunities from the realm of native science
Provoke your thinking with Kiana Frank, a Biologist specializing in connectivity between land and sea to promote the restoration and sustainability of Hawaii’s ahupuaʻa resources. Kiana is building bridges between concepts of traditional management by integrating with contemporary technology and scientific knowledge systems to enhance community participation in restoration and conservation efforts. Using scientific hands-on experiences in the ʻāina, their natural laboratories, to inspire the younger Hawaiian generations to cultivate a connection to their culture.
Dr Kiana Frank, UH Mānoa, is a recognised leader in sustainability for developing innovative ʻāina-based curriculum in microbiology. graduating from Kamehameha Schools Kapalama in 2004; University of Rochester with a B.S in Molecular Genetics in 2008; Harvard University with M.A. Molecular Cell Biology in 2010 and Ph. D. Molecular Cell Biology in 2013. Currently, she is an assistant professor at Pacific Biosciences Research Center, Kewalo Marine Laboratory with the University of Hawaii Manoa.
Rachel Taulelei, CEO of Kono NZ, New Zealand
Rachel Taulelei (Ngāti Raukawa, Ngāti Rarua, Ngāti Koata) has been the CEO of Kono NZ since 2015. Kono is a Maori-owned, top 100 New Zealand food and drinks company employing over 400 staff, farming over 530 hectares of land and sea, and exporting to over 25 countries. Their products include Tohu and Aronui wines, Kono mussels, Annies fruit bars, and Tutū cider.
Kono is an associated business of Wakatū Incorporation. Based in Nelson, Wakatū has approximately 4,000 shareholders who descend from the original Māori land owners of the Nelson, Tasman and Golden Bay Regions – Te Tau Ihu, the top of the South Island.
Founder of sustainable seafood company Yellow Brick Road, Rachel was formerly NZ Trade Commissioner in Los Angeles. She is a fierce advocate of New Zealand’s primary industry, and has spent 20 years promoting Aotearoa as a world-class producer of food and beverages.
Her directorships include Moana NZ, Wellington Regional Stadium Trust, New Zealand Wine Growers, Aquaculture New Zealand, the Sir Peter Blake Trust and the Young Enterprise Trust.
In 2012, Rachel was the recipient of a Sir Peter Blake Leadership Award, a board on which she now sits. In 2015 Rachel was honoured to be made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to food and hospitality, and in 2017 was named a recipient of the Prime Minister’s Business Scholarship.
Kiri Nathan, Founder of KIRI NATHAN LTD, New Zealand
KIRI NATHAN Ltd is a whānau owned business. At the helm is Kiri Nathan, high-end fashion designer (Ngāpuhi, Waikato Tainui) and her husband, Jason Nathan self-taught pounamu carver (Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Whātua).
The Kiri Nathan brand embodies identity and inclusivity. Inspired by Aotearoa New Zealand, her company is built on tradition, culture, unique designs, integrity and a clear company vision.
The label produces lifestyle and bespoke womenswear fashion, pounamu jewellery, contemporary korowai and kakahu. The Kiri Nathan tribe has an emotional connection to Aotearoa, New Zealand, Te Whenua, Te Tangata and Te Ao Māori.
Founder and head designer Kiri Nathan started the (KN) label in 2010 after completing a Visual Arts degree, majoring in fashion. Kiri went back to the marae to learn traditional and contemporary Māori weaving, these elements fused together and eventuated in the birth and continued evolution of the KN label.
Since its inception, Kiri has showcased her work at London Fashion Week, New Zealand Fashion Week and Guangzhou Fashion Week. In 2017, Kiri was chosen to represent New Zealand on an awarded International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) by the US State Department for “Women in Entrepreneurship”. The KN brand is the only New Zealand Fashion label to work with Walt Disney. Kiri has personally met a gifted Taonga to President Barack Obama, BEYONCÉ, Mariah Carey and Demi Lovato. KN products are owned by Michelle Obama, Ed Sheeran, Bruce Springsteen and WILL I AM to name a few.
Alongside this, Kiri sits on the Advisory Board for SUPERdiverse Women, and is a trustee for the “I have a Dream” charitable trust, supporting the education and growth of over 1500 decile one children from the far north of New Zealand. She is also the founder and director of the first Māori Fashion Hikoi to China, supporting the global growth of Māori fashion designers.
Aroha Armstrong, Group Manager Māori Economy for Callaghan Innovation, NZ
Aroha is of Te Arawa descent, and leads the Māori Economy Team in Callaghan Innovation that seeks to support existing and emerging Māori business to apply new technologies, and use research & development to create and commercialise new products and services.
Her role focuses on connecting Māori businesses with industry expertise, research & development providers, funding, business support for growth, and international opportunities. In 2016 Aroha was part of a team that took over 85 rangatahi Māori to Silicon Valley to inspire the next generation of entrepreneurs.
Aroha is a māma of four, has a long and varied background in entrepreneurship, and is passionate about business & technology as a tool for Māori self determination.
“If we as Maori are to thrive amid global change, we need to tap into the innovation in our blood, and get comfortable with business, and technology as a problem solver, a future career, and a way to create positive social change”.
Roger Dennis, Consultant/Serendipity Architect, NZ
Roger Dennis works in the continuum between foresight, strategy and innovation. In 2006 he co-led the Shell Technology Futures programme for the GameChanger team in The Hague, is a member of the core team for Future Agenda - the world’s largest foresight programme - and has worked across a range of industries. His thinking has been referenced in numerous publications in including the FT and Scientific American.
Roger is a frequent speaker at events around the world, and presented on cities and climate change at the 2015 Nobel Laureate Symposium in Hong Kong.
Katie Paul, Chair of Ngāti Whakaue Assets Trust, NZ
Katie is from the Tapsell whanau of Ngāti Whakaue and Ngāti Pikiao.
Katie's great great grandparents are Retireti Tapihana and Ngatai Tohi TeUrurangi, both of whom played a leading role in the affairs of Ngati Whakaue, Pukeroa Oruawhata Trust and the establishment of the Rotorua township in the 1880s. A century later, Katie continues their legacy as the Chair of the Ngati Whakaue Assets Trust.
Katie is currently awaiting admission to practice as barrister/solicitor. She completed double degrees in law and arts from Victoria University of Wellington in the late 90s. From then, she spent nearly two decades travelling the world as a Government advisor and New Zealand diplomat. She is also a Fellow of the Asia Pacific Centre for Security Studies, Honolulu (2012) and a graduate of the Kellogg’s Rural Leadership Course, Lincoln University (2007). For the last 8 years, she has been a Board Director on CNI Iwi Holdings Limited, a Trustee on Tuatara Matawhaura Farm, Taheke Paengaroa Forest and Te Takinga Marae. Katie is a full time professional Director and on her way to becoming a Chartered Member of the New Zealand Institute of Directors.
Richard Jefferies, GM - Commercial of Tainui Group Holdings, NZ
Ngāti Tūkorehe, Waikato, Ngāti Koroki Kahukura, Ngāti Raukawa – New Zealand
Providing logistics infrastructure to the golden triangle.
Richard is leading the largest project to date for his own and one of Aotearoa’s largest tribes – Waikato Tainui – the $3 billion development of an inland port in Hamilton. As GM Commercial at Tainui Group Holdings Ltd (TGH), Richard is responsible for the overall commercial development of the 480 hectare Ruakura Precinct, incorporating a 30 hectare inland port, logistics hub and significant industrial and retail uses. The inland port will provide valuable logistics infrastructure to the ‘golden triangle’ between Auckland, Tauranga, and Hamilton – where more than half the country’s economy operates.
He identifies and develops commercial opportunities across a range of assets in TGH’s $900 million portfolio; which has included hotels, The Base shopping centre, farming, direct investments, equities and an extensive commercial property portfolio.
He is a Director in one of TGH’s fishing companies, and Hamilton hotels, Novotel Tainui and Ibis Tainui. Richard first joined TGH in 2009 and has previously worked for Manchester City Football Club, New Zealand Rugby, Open Country Dairy, KPMG and BBC Technologies.
Ngahiwi Tomoana, Chair of Ngāti Kahungunu Iwi Incorporated, NZ
Ngahiwi is of Ngāti Kahungunu and Samoan descent. He has been the Chair of Ngāti Kahungunu Iwi Incorporated (NKII) since 1996 and involved in hapū and iwi development most of his life.
Ngahiwi is passionate about the rights of Māori and other indigenous peoples’ to their estates and fisheries, and represents indigenous peoples’ views on the global stage. Ngahiwi has been and continues to be passionately involved in whānau, hapū and iwi development across all spectrums and sectors of the community.
Alongside his role with Ngāti Kahungunu Iwi Incorporated, Ngahiwi holds a number of key strategic positions that include Deputy Chair of the Hawke’s Bay District Health Board and Chair of the Hawke’s Bay District Health Boards Māori Relationship Board (MRB). He is also an Executive Board Member for the New Zealand China Council and Forum Member of the NZ Police Commissioner’s Māori Focus Forum, Waipatu Marae Representative – He Toa Takitini, Member and Co-Chair of the Pou Tahua Working Group for the National Iwi Chairs Forum.
Previous positions held include the role of Chair of the Māori Economic Development Advisory Board and Board Member for the Pacific Cooperation Foundation and Chair of Te Ohu Kaimoana..
More importantly, Ngahiwi is a loving husband to Mere Tomoana, a father of six tamariki, grandfather to fourteen moko, and it is with his whānau in mind, that through all of these positions, responsibilities and vast experiences, he demonstrates his local, regional, national and international knowledge, passion and commitment to all things Māori, for the betterment of Māori katoa.
Neal Barnes, CEO of Minestar, Canada
Neal Barnes is the Minestar Group’s founder and President, launching the company in 2015. Neal is responsible for the architecture of the company’s vision, strategy and capability development.
Prior to Minestar, Neal held a number of executive positions, including President and CEO of a General Contracting and Consulting company. He was also the Regional Director of Oilsands for a major General Contracting Company. Neal played a key role in the acquisition, transition and consolidation of company takeovers, was responsible for the financial and operational performance of the core business and lead the transition from an operating loss to profitability and revenue growth within two years.
Neal has also owned and operated successful business ventures, providing specialist contracting and consulting services in the industrial markets. In his consulting role, he worked extensively with Indigenous communities developing their commercial models and partnerships. This included leading the negotiation and development of Impact Benefit Agreements with producers on behalf of a number of communities.
Prior to his executive experience, Neal had operational leadership roles at the Senior Construction Manager and Site Superintendent levels in construction and maintenance projects. This included responsibility for major Turnaround and new plant construction at multiple sites across the mining, energy and resource industries within Canada and internationally. Neal completed his trade certifications as a Journeyman Steamfitter and Journeyman Welder. He also holds NCSO, CWB level 1 and Master Scheduler designations.
Neal’s career is a unique blend of workplace to boardroom experience combined with entrepreneurial creativity. This translates directly to the essence of Minestar’s organizational design and operating philosophy, with hands on direct leadership engagement, from President to tradesman, and organizational focus on service delivery effectiveness.