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Sir Paul CallaghanThe late Sir Paul Callaghan (GNZM, FRS, FRSNZ) received Kiwibank’s 2011 New Zealander of the year award for his service to science in the fields of nanotechnology and magnetic resonance. He held a Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Oxford, was made a Professor of Physics at Massey University in 1984 and was appointed Alan MacDiarmid Professor of Physical Sciences in 2001. Sir Paul was the founding director of both Magritek and the multi-university MacDiarmid Institute for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology. Sir Paul was also the president of the Academy Council of the Royal Society of New Zealand and the president of the International Society of Magnetic Resonance. The distinctions received include: becoming a Fellow of the Royal Society of London, the Ampere Prize, the Rutherford Medal, becoming a Principal Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit, the KEA/NZTE World Class New Zealander Award, the Sir Peter Blake Medal, James Cook Research Fellowship, the Günther Laukien Prize for Magnetic Resonance and in 2010 he shared the New Zealand Prime Minister’s Science Prize.

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Jillian de Beer specialises in cultural identity, dynamic strategy for enterprise development, economic and community transformation, and establishing international collaborations. Jillian advises on cross-disciplinary and disruptive innovations for enterprise that push beyond traditional categorisation, creating new market spaces and forging new thinking. She has mapped aspirations and developed transformation strategies and plans for more than 100 New Zealand place-based communities and virtual networks. Jillian is an Incredible Angel for the IncrediblEurope network and the IncrediblEurope summit which connects interdisciplinary changemakers and future oriented masterminds of creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship from all over the world. She has won many awards for leadership and organisational identity including the IABC Chairman’s Award for leadership and contribution to the global business communications profession (16,000 members) – the only winner in the southern hemisphere.

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Dr Peter Bishop (presenter and consultant) is an Associate Professor in the College of Technology and Director of the graduate programme in Futures Studies at the University of Houston. He specialises in techniques for long-term forecasting and planning. Dr Bishop delivers keynote addresses and conducts seminars on the future for business, government and not-for-profit organisations. He also facilitates groups in developing scenarios, visions and strategic plans for the future. His clients include IBM, the NASA Johnson Space Center, Nestlé USA, Tetra Pak, the Shell Pipeline Corporation, the Defense and Central Intelligence Agencies, the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, the Waitt Family Foundation, the California Environmental Protection Agency, and the Center for Houston’s Future. Dr Bishop is a founding board member of the recently established Association of Professional Futurists, and he is President of his own firm, Strategic Foresight and Development, which offers education and training in futures thinking and techniques to the corporate market.

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Michael Moore-Jones is a 16 year old who has grown up globally. He writes for various blogs and publications on technology and business topics, and is the Founder of a company called ‘They Don’t Teach You This In School’, which aims to help motivated young people learn from the knowledge and experience of leaders and thinkers. His thoughts can be found at his personal blog, www.mmoorejones.com.

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Sir Mason Durie is the Chair of the Secondary Futures Guardians, a project that is exploring schooling in the long-term future. He is Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Maori) at Massey University and Professor of Maori Research and Development. Mason Durie is from New Zealand and has affiliations with Rangitane, Ngati Kauwhata and Ngati Raukawa iwi. A former psychiatrist, Professor Durie is interested in a wide range of community, family, education and health issues. He serves on the Families Commission Komihana a Whanau, chairs the Henry Rongomau Bennett Memorial Scholarship Committee, and heads the Tu Toa Trust among other boards. In 2002 he was awarded a Doctor of Literature from Massey University and in 2008 received an Honorary Doctor of Laws from Otago University. He has published widely and has regularly presented keynote addresses at iwi, national and international conferences. Sir Mason Durie is a leading contributor to national debate on a range of social policy issues.

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Sam Morgan is recognised as one of New Zealand’s most successful young entrepreneurs. He is best known as the founder of TradeMe, New Zealand’s largest online auction site, which he sold in 2006 to Australian media company Fairfax for over NZ$750 million. Morgan is now an investor and advisor to a number of start-up businesses and is also involved with several not-for-profit organisations including Medicine Mondiale, KOMAZA and One Acre Fund. In 2010 Morgan was awarded an Honorary Fellowship of the New Zealand Computer Society (HFNZCS).

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Mai Chen is a founding partner of Chen Palmer New Zealand Public Law Specialists, Barristers and Solicitors, which has won best Public Law Firm in the New Zealand Law Awards for the past four years. She is currently writing Public Law Toolbox for publication by LexisNexis in December 2011. Mai Chen has published about 100 articles and conference papers, and contributed to seven books and major reports, mainly in the public law area. Formerly a senior lecturer in the Law Faculty at Victoria University of Wellington, she has sat on a number of high-profile boards and foundations in New Zealand, including the Securities Commission. Mai Chen also currently sits on the New Zealand Law Society Public and Administrative Law Committee, is a Professor (adjunct) in Commercial and Public Law at the University of Auckland Business School and is a Fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Management.

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Aaron Maniam is the first Head of the Singapore government’s Centre for Strategic Futures, established in January 2010. He is the Deputy Director of the Strategic Policy Office at the Public Service Division of the Prime Minister’s Office and is a member of Singapore’s National Youth Council (NYC), the policy-making body for youth issues in Singapore. He is also the current President of the Mendaki Club, a group that conducts empowerment programmes for talented Muslim youth, and he volunteers in an advisory capacity to several educational institutions. Aaron Maniam was identified by the US-based Asia Society as one of 200 ‘Asia 21 Young Leaders’ in 2006, and has attended the annual Asia 21 Young Leaders Summit each year since then. In 2010, he was identified by the Society as one of its first two Next Generation Policy Leaders from across the Asia Pacific, and named a Richard C. Holbrooke Fellow in a new initiative to promote the next generation of Asian and American foreign policy leaders. As well as this, Aaron is an award-winning poet. We are very fortunate to have Aaron Maniam join us by Skype on the morning of 30 March 2011.

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Dr Morgan Williams is a New Zealand ecologist and agricultural scientist who served as the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment from 1997 to March 2007. Dr Williams obtained an MSc from Canterbury University, studying biology and ecology, and then studied at the University of Bath where he completed a PhD in population ecology. He worked in Antarctica and Fiji before returning to New Zealand where he worked for the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries in research, management and policy for 21 years. In January 1996 he joined Agriculture New Zealand Limited, a Wrightson Group company, and the following year he was appointed New Zealand’s second Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment. Today he is the principle of FutureSteps, a sustainability consultancy, as well as the Programme Director of Leadership New Zealand.

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Tony Alexander graduated from Canterbury University in 1984 with a Master of Arts (Economics) degree with first class honours. After briefly working in Sydney for the Reserve Bank of Australia, he joined Westpac and in mid-1987 transferred back to New Zealand. Following, Tony joined the Bank of New Zealand and was appointed Chief Economist in 1994. He spends considerable time researching and writing about the New Zealand economy and speaking at numerous functions around the country advising businesses on what the future is likely to hold. Tony also gives his views on the economy to Bank customers through various written commentaries and public speaking engagements, as well as weekly columns in three regional newspapers.

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Colin James is a political journalist of more than 35 years experience and political columnist of the year in 2003. He writes weekly columns in the Dominion Post, the Press and the Otago Daily Times and a monthly column in Management Magazine. He has written six books plus several editions of a guide to journalists covering elections and many chapters in books and has written or edited six books or monographs for the Institute of Policy Studies. He was awarded an honorary doctorate by Victoria University in 2008. He is chair of Motu Economic and Public Policy Research. He is a fellow of the Institute of Public Administration and a life member of the Parliamentary Press Gallery and the Engineering, Printing and Manufacturing Union.