Kiwi Leadership Network USA - NYC Speaking Event

Kiwi Leadership Network USA - NYC Speaking Event

Join us for an inspiring evening with top New Zealand speakers and a chance to meet new and old friends.

The Kiwi Leadership Network understands the importance of connecting with and learning from others to make the most of life’s experiences and opportunities. That's why we are inviting you for an exciting night of networking and great food and New Zealand wine.

Guest Speakers:

Craig Nevill-Manning, Head of Engineering at Sidewalk Labs, Former Engineering Director at Google New York City

Craig is Head of Engineering at Sidewalk Labs, which focuses on improving quality of life in cities using technology. Before joining Sidewalk Labs, he founded Google's first remote engineering center, located in New York City. In his role as Engineering Director at Google, he oversaw the development of products including Google Local (now Maps) and Froogle (now Google Shopping), as well as features of web search such as Question Answering and Web Definitions. As engineering director of, Google’s philanthropic arm, he co-founded’s Flu Trends and Crisis Response projects, providing maps, imagery, and a missing person service after crises in Japan and elsewhere. Prior to joining Google in 2000, he was an assistant professor in the Computer Science Department at Rutgers University, and a Post-Doctoral Fellow in the Biochemistry Department at Stanford University. He is the author of 44 peer-reviewed academic publications and was awarded a Career Grant by the National Science Foundation for work combining information retrieval and computational biology.

A native of New Zealand, he earned a BSc in Computer Science from Canterbury University and a PhD in Computer Science from Waikato University. Passionate about great coffee, he co-founded Happy Bones café in Little Italy with his wife Kirsten and partners from New Zealand

Helen Klisser During, International Art curator, Advisor, and Photojournalist

Helen Klisser During is an art advisor, curator, and photojournalist who has championed global art projects for over 25 years. As well as numerous international consultancies, Klisser During serves as an international ambassador at large for Auckland Art Gallery and Auckland University of Technology; and as the U.S. Development Manager for The Helen Clark Foundation. Klisser During is recognized by KEA as a World Class New Zealander.

She has curated hundreds of exhibitions which have been at the forefront of the contemporary art world, for example, exhibiting Christo’s ideas for The Gates project three years before it was realized in Central Park. She organized notable exhibitions and supplemental programs to promote social justice including “A Night of Nurturing Nature” a discussion with Helen Clark and featured photographer Edward Burtynsky; “On the Wire Veiled Rebellion” a conversation with Helen Clark about Lynsey Addarios photos depicting Afghan women’s lives, “Hope in Haiti,” an exhibition of photographs taken by 50 children from the Carma Foundation Orphanage in Haiti; “Champions to End Malaria,” an exhibition for which she was awarded curatorial role at the United Nations; and “Malawi with Love," a collaborative exhibition with Save the Children.

Klisser During is the artistic director and co-founder with Mary Himes of #UNLOAD: Arts Trigger a Conversation, a statewide initiative in Connecticut to promote conversation through arts and education, around the divisive issue of gun violence in America. Helen is an award-winning international photojournalist. She served as the still photographer for Gaylene Preston's 2016 film "My Year with Helen: The Helen Clark Documentary," and her photographs and photo essays have been published in a wide range of national and international publications.

Julie Fry, Consulting Economist, Co-Founder and CEO AmbitionNZ

Julie Fry is a consulting economist and author who divides her time between New York and a family farm near Motueka.

She has Masters degrees in economics from both the University of Canterbury and Lincoln University and received a Nuffield Fellowship to study discrimination at the University of Warwick. Julie has worked for the New Zealand Treasury, Te Puni Kōkiri, the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment and HM Treasury in London on issues including productivity, immigration, Māori economic development, child poverty and wellbeing. She is the co-author of two books about migration in New Zealand, Going Places and Better Lives.

Julie co-founded AmbitionNZ to encourage more New Zealanders to be more ambitious about more things. She and her co-author, Hayden Glass have conducted video interviews with a couple of hundred New Zealanders from all walks of life, and collected 1,300 responses to their online survey about ambition. Their new book, Ambition: What New Zealanders Think and Why It Matters was featured on the cover of the Listener, on The Nation, Q+A, Radio NZ and NBR, and in the Sunday Star Times. Together with another friend, they co-own The Open Book, a delightful secondhand bookstore and event space in Ponsonby, Auckland.

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Time & Date

Saturday, 18 May 2019, 05:00 PM - Saturday, 18 May 2019, 08:00 PM


150 Nassau St
New York, NY 10038
United States

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