Kea’s Inspire Auckland brings you the inspirational stories of world-changing, world-leading Kiwis as they take on the world.
Be inspired by the personal challenges and victories these exceptional individuals have encountered on their path to global success across business, technology, medicine, philanthropy, sport and more.
Ticket holders are invited to attend networking drinks after the event.
Recognised by Forbes as a "Hero of Philanthropy", Audette Exel has spent the past 17 years using her skills in banking and law to improve the lives of people living in poverty. Audette established the Adara Group, a business for purpose rather than profit, partnered with an international development organisation. Since 1998, Audette’s business has donated millions of dollars to fund projects in Nepal and Uganda, specialising in maternal infant child health, remote and rural health and education service delivery, and the care, support and reintegration of child victims of human trafficking. In 2012, Audette was named NSW Telstra Businesswoman of the Year, and was awarded an honorary Order of Australia for service to humanity in 2013.
At the age of nine, civil war ripped through Ben’s hometown in the Democratic Republic of Congo and he was separated from his family. Astonishingly 10 years later, the Red Cross reunited him with his family in New Zealand. Having access to quality NZ education system, Ben learned English in 2011 and went on to complete a Bachelor of Arts (Criminology and Conflict Resolution) and is nearing the completion of his law degree at AUT. He is a proud Ambassador for the Red Cross Refugee Service. Ben is the co-founder of the Imani Children’s Trust, an education based NGO serving children in the Great Lakes Region in Africa.
Dr Swee Tan ONZM
Dubbed by The Dominion Post as a modern miracle worker, Dr Swee Tan is an internationally recognised plastic surgeon and research scientist who has made ground-breaking discoveries that underpin effective treatment of strawberry birthmarks. He is the Founder and Executive Director of the Gillies McIndoe Research Institute, dedicated to researching regenerative medicine and the cause of disfiguring and life-threatening conditions such as cancer, fibrotic conditions and vascular birthmarks.
Beatrice Faumuina ONZM
Beatrice Faumuina, World Champion, Two-time Commonwealth Champion, 4-time Olympian, Sir Peter Blake Leader and UN Goodwill Ambassador, has been on a journey to develop the Next Generation of Pasifika Leaders. In 2010, she was approached to be the Inaugural CEO of Best Leadership Academy and Charitable Foundation. A position that connected her passion for creating and growing Pasifika leaders with her entrepreneur spirit.
Born with cerebral palsy and defying all odds, Cam is an entrepreneur, athlete and world-class motivational speaker who has travelled the globe, taking his award winning attitude into environments that inspire others to achieve their personal best. Cam Calkoen is the founder of the Carabiner Mentoring program which helps young people living with extraordinary challenges to realise their own dreams.
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