Global Hillary Laureate for 2018 and a dedicated entrepreneur, Ms Fallone has led the evolution of Barefoot College International into a profitable hybrid social enterprise. Barefoot College International fosters and supports a host of rural innovation, digital and financial technology, Solar R&D and rural enterprises by attracting formally educated young people to work side by side with non-formally educated rural innovators. Read more about Meagan and the inspiring work she is doing here.
Mobilizing citizens, cities, cleantech, & capital to combat climate change. CEO of Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator, Matt was Los Angeles’ first Chief Sustainability Officer. He led the city’s sustainability plan and helped create Climate Mayors, a coalition of US mayors who are adopting the Paris Agreement.
An entrepreneur with a passion for business, technology and social change. Founder of Enspiral and co-founder of Enspiral Dev Academy, Josh aims to change the world for the better through web-based social enterprise startups and worker owned collectives.
Strengthening and supporting New Zealand's blockchain industry. Fred helped push the startup, Coinbase, to become the largest blockchain company in the world. The company he co-founded in 2012 has helped millions of people use digital currency for the first time. Fred’s mission is to make digital currency as accessible as possible for the average person.
Sustainable and ethically produced clothing. Samantha created Little Yellow Bird in 2015, following a spark of inspiration leading her to produce ethical and organic alternatives for the corporate workwear market. Little Yellow Bird works closely with farmers, sewers, designers and artists to create business apparel and uniforms for clients’ employees and customers, in a way that won’t compromise workers or the environment.
Denise Chapman Weston
Using play and interactive storytelling for social change. As the founder of Apptivations, Denise is at the forefront of experience design, and specialises in skills for powerful brand building. She hopes that her work will inspire others to make a global impact through invention and change.
Creating the place where all can express themselves fully with the notion of oneness. Mamouru is one of the most prominent philanthropic investors in Japan. He is the Founding Director of Asuka Asset Management and recently managed $700 million Private Equity funds in Japan and Hong Kong. Mamouru built the first online life insurance company in Japan and actively invests in social purpose ventures.
Platform-spanning devices, self-healing software, next-gen UI, security and more. Boyd led the software engineering team for Xbox Live and Xbox One Console. He’s moving to NZ to create a new, secure operating system for an IoT connected world.
Managing global infectious disease threats with a wearable round-the-clock-doctor. A molecular biologist from Uganda, Blanche has been researching antibiotic resistant bacteria. In NZ, she is developing ways to detect bacterial infections in real time and trigger the body to provide an immune response.
Regenerating the planet and transforming the economy by making soil together. Josh is the founder of TransLoc, a company that reduces carbon emissions and air pollution. More recently he founded MakeSoil.org, a platform that actively encourages communities to compost.
Pekaira upholds a pivotal role for Mana Whenua within Te Upoko o te Ika where she maintains a cultural advisory position on many organisations within the region. Born and raised under her Maunga Taranaki she often reflects on the solid foundation gifted by those she remembers. With education as her passion and Taranaki history her flair, she connects and reconnects descendants to their unique Taranakitanga.
Evolving educational systems and providing greater access to technology skills. Founder of Codewars, a free educational community where 1 million software developers across 192 countries train their coding abilities. He then founded Qualified, an engineering assessment platform that is used by employers and educators to identify and train world-class engineers. As an early cryptocurrency adopter he launched Synapse Capital which invests across emerging projects in the ecosystem.
Thea La Grou
Accelerating planetary stewardship through media impact and networked storytelling. Thea La Grou is Founding Director at Compathos Foundation - an arts and media nonprofit that inspires action and advocacy for positive world change and Films for the Planet, an online streaming platform providing leading educational, environmental and social action films on demand.
Matiu Te Huki
Matiu has over 20 years experience in the music industry and as a national and international kapa haka exponent and Maori language teacher. He is a playwright, composer, theatre director, workshop presenter and group facilitator. When not touring, Matiu lives in Paekakariki in the Kapiti Coast.
Freedom Cups aim to make periods a problem of the past. Joanne co-founded Freedom Cups, a company that educates and distributes reusable menstrual products to women in 7 countries. Featured in Forbes 30 under 30 Asia List for 2017.
Faumuina Felolini Tafunai
Using Pacific Wayfinding to design better aid and development programmmes. As founder of Flying Geese Productions, a communications agency specialising in international aid in the Pacific Islands, Faumuina has done extensive work introducing technology tools to women-led businesses in Samoa. She is currently designing an indigenous-led method for aid in the Pacific.
Leveraging artificial intelligence & machine learning to improve social outcomes. A machine learning expert, Faisal co-founded internet commerce platform Swaggable and has founded several other ventures. Moving from Pakistan to Stanford, Faisal has built his career from scratch. He’s now focused on using machine learning and AI to reduce waste.
John La Grou
Generative corporate governance through enlightened national policy. Serial entrepreneur and inventor, John was part of the founding team of Acer America and developed a leading audio delivery algorithm that’s used by approximately a third of streamed and downloaded music.
Inspiring transformation at the intersection of mindfulness, innovation and creativity. Elysa was the first designer-in-residence at Google, Lecturer at Stanford’s Design School, and former Senior Designer at one of the world’s leading design agencies, IDEO. She helps her students strive for life prototyping and mindful designs.
Creating more equality in our digital economy through the process of decentralisation. Aaron is a co-founder of Centrality, a New Zealand based blockchain venture studio with 75 people across 4 different countries. They recently raised NZD $100m to create a marketplace for decentralised applications.
Pushing movement methodology to free the bodymind, centre the heart, and expand consciousness. Hannah is the creator of the Kaia Method, a science based methodology for healing physical and emotional trauma through movement and understanding of the body. She aims to build a network of centres throughout New Zealand and the world.
Backing young New Zealanders to change the world. Guy believes that young minds are vital to solving current world problems. The founder of Inspiring Stories and Festival for the Future, NZ’s leading network that trains young New Zealanders in provincial communities and cities to unleash their potential as entrepreneurs.
Agent of Change in the way we design and build housing. Adam is a pioneer in the US low energy, high-performance housing innovation, and founder of building technology company, Build Smart. He is also an online educator with Passivehaus design.
Expanding regenerative agriculture to eat our way out of global warming. The entrepreneur from Canada is working on regenerative agriculture through the creation of grassroots organic food hubs. Erin is currently working with the Savory Network Hub and focused on transparent standards for environmental sustainability.
Drones beyond the line of sight shape data networks for vaccine delivery and social impact. As co-founder of the Christchurch-based Skybase, Alex is building drone technology for use beyond the direct surroundings. He previously developed the concepts of underwater data centres with Microsoft, and a leading wind technology company.
Bootstrapping peer-to-peer economy by making blockchain technology accessible to everyone. Daniel is a co-founder of Tenzorum Project, which builds infrastructure to help users interact with blockchain applications safely. Founder of bitfwd, a blockchain community in Australia. He is also well educated in quantum nano-electronics.
Reprogramming global economics with an ethos that puts people and the environment first. Daniel is a key member of the Energy Web Foundation, creating open-source blockchain infrastructure for the energy sector, and working with 50 large energy producers and transmitters around the world. At the age of 15 he founded a million dollar bitcoin mining company.
“How do we integrate wisdom of our bodies, hearts and minds when we go out in the world and offer our koha/ unique gift?” Ming works with teams and communities to invite authentic connection in playful ways. With a background in Strategy and Organisational Change, she now facilitates Human Skills and designs events at EnspiralDev Academy. She's also a Yoga Teacher, co-creator of Mindfulness for Change and Wellbeing Coach.