Our 2023 Keynote Speakers are: 


Anders Sörman Nilsson

Global Futurist

Anders is a futurist and the founder of the think tank and trend analysis firm - Thinque, which provides data-based research, foresight, and thought leadership.  This Swedish-Australian has shared the stage with Hillary Clinton, Nobel   Laureates, and European and Australian heads of state. He is an active member of TEDGlobal, has keynoted at   TEDx in the United States and Australia, was nominated to the World Economic Forum’s Young Global Leaders,   and was the keynote speaker at the G20’s Y20 Summit in Australia. His presentations are meticulously researched,   highly energetic, and always fascinating with content tailored to the audience, which is why clients like Apple, Cisco,   Mercedes Benz, Hilton, SAP, Gartner, and Macquarie Bank have turned to Anders over the years to help them turn research into foresight and business impact.


Mary Jo Vergara

Senior Economist, Kiwibank

For someone who's under the age of 30, Vergara is not your typical economist! Vergara, who works for Kiwibank, is passionate about her work, especially since she’s been thrown into the thick of dealing with economic upheaval thanks to the pandemic.

Mary Jo Vergara joined the Kiwibank economics team in 2019. Mary Jo has a keen interest in how the Kiwi economy fits within the global landscape. Her research ranges from macroeconomics to international finance to New Zealand’s economic history. Prior to joining Kiwibank, Mary Jo worked in economic consulting as a research analyst following five years of university study. Mary Jo holds a Master’s in Economics from the University of Auckland.


Prof Paul Spoonley 

Sociologist and Author

Distinguished Professor Paul Spoonley was, until 2019, the Pro Vice-Chancellor of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, at Massey University. He retired from Massey University in April 2021. He is the author or editor of 28 books. The most recent is an edited book, Rebooting the Regions (2016) while his book, The “New” New Zealand. Facing Demographic Disruption was published in late 2020. (It is now in its second edition). He is also writing a book on the extreme right in this country. He was a Programme Leader of a research programme on the impacts of immigration and diversity on Aotearoa (MBIE, 2014-2021, $6 million). 

He was made a Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand in 2011 and was granted the title of Distinguished Professor by Massey University in 2013. The Royal Society awarded him the Science and Technology Medal in 2009, he was a Fulbright Senior Scholar at the University of California Berkeley in 2010, and since 2013, he has been a Visiting Researcher at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity in Göttingen, Germany. The Auckland War Memorial Museum made him a Fellow in 2015. He is currently a member of the Marsden Fund Council, and a Senior Affiliate of Koi Tū : The Centre for Informed Futures. He has been a long time participant in the Metropolis network and recently became the Co-Chair of this international network of those interested in migration.


Allison Mooney

Author and award-winning speaker

Not surprising that Inspirational International speaker Allie Mooney has been the recipient of “Speaker of the Year (Professional Speakers Association of NZ) award three times. She has spoken at over 75 international events in the past five years. Prior to changing her career at 40, she Managed the First Class Lounge of Qantas International and the Frequent Flyers lounge of Ansett New Zealand. She describes herself as a “people interpreter” and has the Midas touch in being able to ‘speed read’ people, an essential skill at home and work. You will go away today with this same ability.


Graham Christie

Co-Founder & CEO, Changing the Game

Focused on business transformation, adaptation and innovation, Graham Christie is CEO of Changing the Game (CTG Co), an executive online training business that is innovating in the sector and disrupting traditional business schools.  The co-author of 'Changing the Game - The Playbook for Leading Business Transformation' (WILEY), the acclaimed bestselling business title. www.ctgplaybook.com. 

Graham has a background in B2C and B2B technology, media and marketing, telecoms, and digital. He was corporate in the UK and Australia until 2009, when he co-founded and grew an APAC wide, multi-award winning B2B digital services business with a team of 100 across 7 offices. More recently he has consulted around customer transformation and corporate innovation. Graham is also a seed investor, NED, and a co-founder of Northern Beaches Innovation - an NFP initiative.


Mel Homer


Mel Homer is a seasoned broadcaster, who has worked in radio and television both in New Zealand and overseas for over 20 years.

She was the host of Three’s lifestyle TV show The Cafe for four and a half years, and during her radio career she has worked on a variety of stations both as newsreader and presenter.

She’s interviewed hundreds of guests, including Nigella Lawson, Mick Fleetwood, The Wiggles and Sir Russell Coutts, to name a few.

As well as her New Zealand radio career, Mel spent 6 years in Hong Kong working for the public broadcaster, Radio Television Hong Kong.

She’s a frequent guest panellist on the AM show on Three, and a published travel writer, voiceover artist and MC. She brings her enthusiasm, warmth and ability to communicate with the audience to any event she hosts. 

When she’s not working, she will be either in the ocean or on it, sailing or surfing.