Kea Inspire 2017

Inspiring a global future for the next generation of NZ leaders

Now in its sixth year, Kea Inspire returns to bring Auckland’s entrepreneurial and innovation communities the inspiring stories of world-leading Kiwis from around the globe showcasing the power of New Zealand’s borderless nation.

Be inspired by the personal stories of triumph and lessons learned from leaders in sustainability, cyber intelligence and threats, contemporary artists and more.

This year we welcome Dr Privahini Bradoo, Ian Wright, Jonty Kelt, Sir Rob Fenwick KNZM KStJ, Maru Nihoniho MNZM and Brylee Mills as guest speakers to the event, which will be MC'd by multi-platinum selling international recording artist and entrepreneur Geoff Sewell.

– Wednesday, 21 June 2017,  Add to Calendar

Time – 4:00 – 6:30 PM (NZST)

Location – Shed 10, 89 Quay Street, Queens Wharf, Auckland 1010,  View Map

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Dr Privahini Bradoo - Scientist, CEO and Founder of BlueOak

Joining us from San Francisco, Dr Priv Bradoo is a passionate entrepreneur who has successfully merged science and business. In 2011, Privahini was recognised by the World Economic Forum as one of the world’s most influential people under 40 years old, and named Women 2.0’s ‘Founders to Watch’ in Silicon Valley. She was the recipient of $100,000 Fulbright Platinum Entrepreneurship Fellow to study at Harvard Business School, MBA, 2006-2008. Privahini arrived in New Zealand by herself at the age of 16 to graduate with First honours in Biomedical Science, going on to complete her PhD in Neurogenetics and Drug Discovery. Her current work as the CEO of Blue Oak involves green mining aimed at recovering high value metals from electronic wastes sustainably and economically, proof of her commitment to help combat climate change using clean tech.

Ian Wright - Engineer & Founder of Wright Speed

Recognised by the World Economic Forum as a technology pioneer, Ian is a Kiwi on mission to change how the world moves. Ian co-founded Tesla Motors and created the fastest street legal electric car in the world, and has since founded Wrightspeed Inc. in pursuit of a larger vision to solve EV economics. Ian’s accolades include the Bronze Power Generation Award, Edison Awards, 2015, the Silicon Valley Innovation & Entrepreneurship Forum Award 2015, and the Technology Pioneer Award at the 2016 World Economic Forum.

Jonty Kelt - Serial Tech Entrepreneur and Investor, Founder of Fantail Ventures

Based in New York City, Jonty is a Kiwi with a fascinating international tech career. His current work with Palantir Technologies builds software augmenting human intuition to solve problems faced by governments, national defence forces, and commercial and philanthropic organisations from cyber threat, battlefield intelligence, unauthorised trading, money laundering, pharmaceutical R&D, supply chain optimisation, human trafficking and disaster response. He is also the Founder of Fantail Ventures, and has used his international success to invest in numerous Kiwi startup businesses.

Sir Rob Fenwick KNZM KStJ

Sir Rob Fenwick is one of New Zealand’s most distinguished business and environmental leaders. Over the course of his 30-year career, he has contributed more to the fields of environment sustainability and natural heritage than most people can dream of; and his passion for preserving the country for current and future generations is nothing short of inspiring. Sir Rob is Founding Director of Living Earth and co-founder of the New Zealand Business Council for Sustainable Development. He is currently Chairman of Antarctica NZ and NZ Antarctic Research Institute, the Ministerial Waste Advisory Board, Predator Free NZ movement and Save the Kiwi Trust; as well as a Trustee of Sir Peter Blake Trust and Air NZ Environment Trust. Recognition for his exhaustive environmental expertise in business includes induction into NZ Business Hall of Fame, 2016. Sir Rob was also knighted the Justice of Order of St John, 2006, and knighted for services to business and the environment in 2016.

Maru Nihoniho MNZM - Entrepreneur and game developer

Maru Nihoniho is a pioneer, the first Māori female game developer in the world. After selling her first game to Playstation, Maru embarked on a world-leading project with the University of Auckland, developing a game that helps young people navigate their way through depression. This proved so successful it was launched in multiple countries and languages, and her work was published in the British Medical Journal. Maru has received multiple awards from the United Nations World Summit, UNESCO and Netexplo. She was the winner of the Innovator Award at the 2017 Women in Games awards, presented by MCV Pacific and Xbox, and was made a member of the NZ Order of Merit, (MNZM) in June 2016 for her services to gaming and mental health.

Brylee Mills - Professional Dancer 

Brylee is a truly inspiring young woman. She wanted to dance since before she can remember. Despite losing her left arm in a car accident when she was six, she’s never let life stop her. After years of dancing and training, she was accepted into an elite dance programme at Sydney’s prestigious Brent Street Performing Arts Studio for 2015. She has graduated from Brent Street and is now continuing her career as a professional dancer along with teaching at dance schools around Auckland and Whangarei , as well as running a photography project based on strength and power. She has begun sharing her story as a motivational speaker and is determined to share how beautiful life is and how lucky we are to live such exciting adventures.

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