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Hon. Steve Maharey
Steve is currently the Vice-Chancellor of Massey University. Previously, he was the MP for Palmerston North, and a Minister in the New Zealand Government (including the education portfolio). He started his career as a lecturer in business administration, and then a senior lecturer in sociology. Steve's main academic interests lie in the public sector, social policy (particularly social development), education, social change and politics. He currently sits on a variety of boards, and in 2008 Steve was appointed a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit.
Vicki is currently a Senior Advisor in Research and Evaluation at the Ministry for Primary Industries. She has previously led many research contracts for the Ministry of Education in the area of technology education, and her early research findings had a significant impact on the policy direction of technology as a learning area. In 2011 Vicki was awarded the highest professional award made by Technology Education New Zealand, for Outstanding Contribution to Technology Education. It reflects Vicki's longstanding commitment, leadership, and service to an area that she is passionate about. Vicki is also a trustee at the ADD Assessment and Family Support Clinic, which seeks to assist youth with inherited neurological disorders through the education system to achieve independent lives, and increases awareness regarding development and progress in the ADD/ADHD and autism community.
Terry is the CEO of Young Enterprise Trust, a not-for-profit organisation focused on helping to grow a more prosperous New Zealand through enterprise. The organisation works with primary, intermediate and secondary schools to introduce experiential enterprise education and financial literacy programmes to their students. Terry has also worked as a consultant, and her time at the charity Barnardos sparked her passion to use her skills to help the NGO sector. Earlier on in her career, she spent 18 years in the IT industry firstly in sales-related roles, then finishing up at Head of Operations for Unisys New Zealand.
Michael is an experienced strategist and coach focused on high-growth start-ups, social enterprises and technology commercialisation. He has more than 20 years of practical experience in ICT, and has worked in Asia, New Zealand, Europe and USA. Michael is currently the Venture Manager at the Akina Foundation, which is growing the emerging social enterprise sector in New Zealand. He also sits on the board of Loomio, an open-source software app for collaborative decision-making started in Wellington.