Further speakers announced nearer to the event
SPEAKERS AND PANELISTS
Dr. Anita Abbott, Director, Global Partnership and Development Ltd
Dr. Anita Abbott is the Research Director and Chief Consultant of Global Partnership and Development Ltd. She was a research fellow at NATO Defence College. She regularly contributes to publications and is invited nationally and internationally for research projects and speaking engagements. Her research areas include strategic partnership and negotiation, political alliance, alliance behaviour, strategic diplomatic deterrence, and geopolitics and alliance identity. Her first book develops education sovereignty model in international negotiation. In her second book, published by Palgrave MacMillan, she uses Indonesia and several countries as examples of how negotiation works for maintaining sovereignty in education.
Lieutenant General Chris Whitecross, CMM, MSM, CD
Lieutenant General Whitecross enrolled in the Canadian Forces in 1982, joining the Canadian Military Engineers. Successive postings have taken her from Germany to almost every province in Canada, notably to undertake a range of staff duties such as those of A4 Airfield Engineering Operations at 1 Canadian Air Division, Winnipeg; Executive Assistant to the Chief of the Air Staff at National Defence Headquarters, Ottawa; Director of Infrastructure and Environment Corporate Services for the Assistant Deputy Minister (Infrastructure and Environment); Joint Engineer, Canada Command; and Chief of Staff for Assistant Deputy Minister (Infrastructure and Environment).
Lieutenant General Whitecross has also performed the duties of G1/G4 for the Force Engineers at United Nations Protection Force (Yugoslavia); Wing Construction Engineering Officer, Greenwood; Commanding Officer, 1 Construction Engineering Unit, Moncton; Commander, Joint Task Force (North), Yellowknife; Deputy Commander, Canadian Operational Support Command, Ottawa; Deputy Chief Of Staff Communications, ISAF HQ, Kabul, Afghanistan; and Canadian Armed Forces Chief Military Engineer at National Defence Headquarters, Ottawa.
Lieutenant General Whitecross has a Bachelor in Chemical Engineering from Queen's University and a Masters in Defence Studies from the Royal Military College of Canada. She is also a graduate of the Advanced Military Studies Course and the Command and Staff Course, both conducted at the Canadian Forces College. A Commander of the Order of Military Merit (CMM), she was awarded the United States Defense Meritorious Service Medal for her service at ISAF HQ, and the Canadian Meritorious Service Medal for her service as the International Military Sports Council (CISM) Secretary General.
Lieutenant General Whitecross was named one of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful
Women of 2011, and then again in 2016. Lieutenant General Whitecross was promoted to her current rank on 26 May 2015. In February of that year, she was appointed Commander of the Canadian Forces Strategic Response Team on Sexual Misconduct. In June 2015, she was appointed Commander, Military Personnel Command.
Lieutenant General Whitecross assumed her current duties, as Commandant of the NATO DefenseCollege in Rome, Italy, in November 2016.
Luke Bencie, Managing Director, Security Management International
Luke Bencie is the Managing Director of Security Management International, LLC. In this capacity, he has been a consultant to the US Department of State, US Department of Defense, Fortune 500 companies, as well as foreign governments. He specializes in conducting strategic and security management assessments, performing counterintelligence and due-diligence investigations, and also provides specialized intelligence advisory services. He is the author of Among Enemies: Counter-Espionage for the Business Traveler, Global Security Consulting: How to Build a Thriving International Practice and The Clandestine Consultant: Kings, Sheiks, Warlords and Dictators.
Mr Bencie has worked in more than 100 countries and has trained thousands of domestic and international students from police, military, and intelligence services on such topics as economic and industrial espionage, border security, intellectual property protection, counterfeiting-and-piracy, and recognizing and discouraging terrorist travel movement. Prior to establishing SMI, Mr Bencie was a senior security consultant for Raytheon Company’s Intelligence and Information Systems Division, assigned to the emerging markets of Brazil, India, and Lebanon.
Mr. Bencie previously served on the US Department of State’s Foreign Emergency Support Team. In this capacity, he was responsible for responding to terrorist attacks carried out against US targets overseas. As a result, he performed numerous trips to Iraq, Afghanistan, and other hot spots throughout the world.
Mr. Bencie holds graduate degrees in National Security Studies from The George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs and The American Military University, as well as an MBA from the University of Sarasota. He received his BA from Michigan State University and completed further course work from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s National Training Academy, and the United Nations Institute for Training and Research.
Paul Galea, Australian Army
Paul Galea is a senior officer in the Australian Army and is currently appointed as the Army’s Chief Knowledge Officer. He has served on operations in Kuwait with the US Army, Haiti with the United Nations and in Australia as a member of the Australian Defence Force’s domestic counter terrorism force. He is speaking at the Summit in a personal capacity.
Mr Galea's almost 40-year career is characterized by a broad range of leadership and technically oriented appointments, both in Australia and internationally, in which he has worked throughout the United States, Asia, Europe and the Middle East. He has delivered a variety of lectures and presentations in New Zealand, South Korea and the United States on subjects as diverse as military leadership, knowledge management, complex change management, and the use of simulation systems to deliver individual and collective training. He was honoured to be the sole male panel member for the Victorian Government’s 2017 Women in Leadership Conference held in Melbourne, Australia.
Mr Galea holds masters degrees in both defence studies from the University of Canberra and business administration from the University of Southern Queensland. He also holds a Graduate Diploma of Engineering (Telecommunications System Management) from the Swinburne Institute of Technology and a bachelors degree from the University of New England. He is married, has two adult sons, and his leisure interests include high-performance cars, gardening, and travelling.
Brig General Insub Shin, Korean Army (Retired), Associate Professor, George Mason University Korea
Brigadier General Insub Shin (Korea Army, retired) is the director of cybersecurity architectures research at the C4I & Cyber Center at George Mason University. General Shin joined GMU in 2016 as a research scholar at the Department of Electric and Computer Engineering after a 30-year military career with significant experience in C4I and Cyber.
Immediately before his retirement, General Shin served as secretary for cyber security to the President of Korea. He also served as secretary for military science and technology to Korea’s minister of national defence and as director of the R&D Centre at the Korea Cyber Command.
Dr. Shin received his BS degree in mechanical engineering from the Korea Military Academy (1985), his MS in telecommunications system management from the US Naval Postgraduate School (1990), and his PhD in information technology, with an area of specialization in system architecting, from George Mason University (2001).
For the past 15 years he has worked in the full spectrum of the cyber security domain, from practice to strategy. His current research interest is a cyber security architecture framework for a conceptual legacy firm, especially applicable for human engaged cyber-physical systems. It may include modelling cyber threats, formalising cyber IPB and BDA processes, organisational strategy, and systemic implementation in order to secure an organisation’s cyberspace with a system of systems.
GPCAPT Verachon Pensri, Professional Instructor Pilot, Flying Training School, Royal Thai Air Force
GPCAPT Verachon Pensri is a scholar and military professional in the fields of air power, strategy and international security, and direct command. His specific area is currently strategy analysis for Thailand's security issues and social development. He has taught in many military educational institutions, including the RTAF Air Command and Staff College, the Royal Thai Air Force Academy, and the Sumaa Language and Culture Institute, focusing on such topics as air power in theory and practice, fundamentals of strategy and international security, strategic culture and strategic analysis of military ethics, revolution in military affairs, military operations other than war, war history, military planning and analysis, the arts of war, international diplomacy and politics, and leadership.
Major General Gert-Johannes Hagemann, HQ NATO Force Structure
Major General Gert-Johannes Hagemann is the Deputy Commander of Headquarters Rapid Reaction Corps (HQ RRC-FR) in Lille, France. Created in 2005, HQ RRC-FR is a French NATO certified headquarters able to command a national or multinational force of between 15,000 and 60,000 personnel.
With around 450 military coming from fifteen different nations, HQ RRC-FR is stationed within a 17th-century citadel also known as the Queen of the Citadels, designed by the famous French Field Marshal Vauban. Reactive, flexible and ‘open to the world’, HQ RRC-FR is a purpose-built organization, designed to handle the complexity of military operations of the early twenty-first century.
Prior to his appointment as Deputy Commander of NATO’s HQ RRC-FR, Major General Gert-Johannes Hagemann was Commander of the Infantry School and the Infantry Training Center in Hammelburg, Germany and the General of the German Infantry. From 2011 to 2013 he was the twelfth Commander of the German-French Brigade in Müllheim, after having served as Regional Commander of NATO’s Training Mission Afghanistan.
Tantowi Yahya, Ambassador to New Zealand and Samoa, Ambassador- Designate to the Kingdom of Tonga
The President of Indonesia has assigned Tantowi Yahya to be the extraordinary and plenipotentiary ambassador for New Zealand, Republic of Samoa and Kingdom of Tonga. He presented his credentials to the Governor-General of New Zealand on April 19, 2017 and to the King of Tonga the following week, on April 26, 2017. He is the first Indonesia Ambassador from the creative industry in President Joko Widodo’s administration.
Ambassador Yahya is a two-term member of parliament, popular artist and NGO activist in the field of culture and literacy. In 2009, Ambassador Yahya was elected to the Indonesia House of Representative with 4th national biggest vote number representing his hometown –South Sumatera. During his tenure in the Parliament, Ambassador Yahya was selected to oversee foreign affairs, defence, military, intelligence, media and informatics. As an elected official, he focused on conflict resolution, human rights violation, foreign diplomacy and media empowerment. He also manages to chair several NGOs in creative sector, mainly in music, and television. Graduated from hospitality school, Ambassador Yahya is passionate with tourism and culture as a way to strengthen friendship and diplomacy.
Ambassador Yahya is a member of Golkar party, the oldest and biggest political party in Indonesia. He was the national spokesperson and chairman of art and culture department in the party. He was the chairman of Indonesia Singer, Composer and Musician Association, Indonesia Music Awards Foundation, and president of Country Music Club of Indonesia. He served as Reading Ambassador assigned by The National Library of Indonesia for 4 years. Ambassador Yahya is a fellow of Eisenhower Fellowship and alumni of IDEA-MIT Sloan Program.
Ambassador Yahya is married to Dewi Yahya. They have two boys: Adjani –a soccer player and music enthusiast and Alano – an aspired astronaut.
Hon Todd McClay
Hon Todd McClay is the Member of Parliament for Rotorua. He was first elected to Parliament in 2008 after winning the Rotorua seat from the Labour Government. Since then he has been re-elected in 2011, 2014 and 2017, where he increased his vote and majority each time.
Mr McClay has held the portfolios of Minister of Trade, of State Owned Enterprises, and of Revenue. He has also been the Associate Minister of Health, of Tourism, of Trade, and of Foreign Affairs.
Mr McClay is currently the Spokesperson for Foreign Affairs and Trade, and Tourism in the National Opposition.
Dr. Chandra Pandey, Department of Development Studies, School of Arts, Kathmandu University, Nepal
Dr. Chandra Pandey has more than 15 years experience working in qualitative research focusing on non-traditional security issues, including disaster management, environmental affairs, climate adaptation, cyber security, and developmental issues, largely focused in Nepal and South Asia. He has extensive experience in qualitative, action, and traditional research methods, designs, and analysis, participatory planning, project management, and partnership development with government institutions, think-tank organisations, and NGOs. He has worked on several projects that have focused on the interwoven themes of contemporary security issues, disasters, climate change, community development, and post-disaster rehabilitation. His current research projects address ‘Nepal Earthquake 2015: From Rescue to Reconstruction’ and ‘Climate Adaptive Water Management Plans for Cities in South Asia’. His core current research interests centre on public policy and emerging security challenges in the domains of community, environment, and disaster risk.
Dr. Mamadou D. Bah
Dr. Bah is currently serving as Global Partnership and Development’s political and security risk analyst. He is also a research associate at the University of Waikato Islamic Studies Group and a reviewer for the journal Armed Forces & Society (USA). He has worked as a teaching assistant in international relations and security studies at the University of Waikato, teaching courses in ‘International Relations: The Security Agenda’ and ‘Political Systems Around the World’.
He holds a PhD in political science from the University of Waikato, a MPhil in peace and conflict transformation from University of Tromso, Norway, a MSc in development studies from Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Norway, an MA in strategy and diplomacy from National University of Malaysia (UKM), an MA in Islamic thought, and a double BA in political science and Islamic revealed knowledge and heritage from International Islamic University Malaysia.
His research interests include regional security, civil-military relations in transitional societies, contemporary Islamic political thought and civilization, Islam in West Africa, mineral resource policy, identity politics, resilient peace, and conflict transformation.
Dr Bah’s recent publications on related issues have appeared in the Australasian Review of African Studies (2012), Review of African Political Economy (2014), Armed Forces & Society (2015) and African Identities (2016). He has contributed chapters in Forging Military Identity in Culturally Plural Societies: Quasi-ethnicity, edited by Daniel Zirker (Lexington Press Book, 2015); and African Frontiers: Insurgency, Governance and Peacebuilding in Post-Colonial States, edited by Tanya Lyons and John Idriss Lahai (The Ashgate Plus Series in International Relations and Politics, 2015).
Barnaby Pace is a trained human factors psychologist and cognitive scientist who holds Masters degrees from the University of Waikato and Massey University. He has 15 years experience in risk management and behavioural analysis, having worked in both the public and private sectors. He is an experienced researcher with more than 40 publications and has been an invited speaker at many international conferences. Most recently Mr Pace presented a workshop at the Australian Enterprise Risk Management of Government Conference on the use of design thinking for risk management framework development.
Dr Simon Gray
Dr. Gray holds a PhD, MA (Hons) and PGDip specialising in International Relations and Security Studies (IRSS) and a BA Double Major in Political Science and Religious Studies from the University of Waikato and is a Co-Founder of and Research Member with the University of Waikato Islamic Studies Group. With foci on the Middle East, Sub-Saharan Africa, and Southeast Asia, his doctoral thesis addressed the contested nature of contemporary diversity in political Islam and took a critical, multi case-study approach, introducing an analytical model to holistically view and understand the range of actors and how and why they manifest; contributing a new paradigm of understanding with implications for broader political and security affairs. Wider research areas and interests include counter-radicalisation, counter-terrorism and great power strategic rivialry in the ‘Indo-Asia-Pacific’.
His worked as a research assistant (Summer Research Scholarship) with the University of Waikato’s Studies in Religion Programme; University of Waikato IRSS Tutor; served as guest presenter and Guest Lecturer for the University of Waikato's IRSS and Studies in Religion Programmes respectively. He has presented at academic conferences and seminars in New Zealand, including guest talks to the New Zealand Institute of International Affairs (Waikato Branch), as well as in Singapore at the International Centre for Political Violence & Terrorism Research, Nanyang Technological University.
His work has appeared in the New Zealand International Review, Waikato Islamic Studies Review and African Security and is currently contributing to a paper and book chapter on political Islamic radicalisation and extremism in Sub-Saharan Africa respectively, as well as developing his PhD thesis into a monograph. He is also engaged in peer-reviewing for academic journals, including on the board of International Peer-Reviewers for Otoritas: Jurnal Ilmu Pemerintahan (Authority: Journal of Government Science), Muhammadiyah University of Makassar, Indonesia.
Additionally, Dr Gray is a Pacific Forum Young Leader and a member of the Asia New Zealand Foundation’s Leadership Network (ANZLN), representing those organisations as an observer at the Council for Security Cooperation in the Asia Pacific’s 11th General Conference and Track-II dialogues in Asia respectively, as well as an ANZLN delegate at the 2018 Manila Hui in the Philippines. He was a postgraduate observer at an international counter-terrorism summit in the Middle East; selected by the Republic of Turkey’s Ministry of Culture and Tourism and Ministry of Foreign Affairs as a New Zealand postgraduate representative on an international study delegation to Turkey; 2015 Claude McCarthy Fellow; and served as Secretary of the Waikato Branch of the New Zealand Institute of International Affairs (2013-2018).
Kendra Leah Roddis, Centre for Defence & Security Studies | Massey University
Kendra Roddis was New Zealand's 2017 Freyberg Defence Scholar, completing her postgraduate research with the Centre for Defence and Security, Massey University. She has a defence background in the New Zealand Defence Force, having served within the Royal New Zealand Navy as a Navigation and Warfare Officer.
Her most recent research investigated civil-military coordination within Pacific disaster relief and stemmed from her deployment to Haiti in 2010, where she gained experience in humanitarian assistance and disaster relief, following the country’s 7.0 earthquake. Following her military service Kendra has worked in the humanitarian field, both within Eastern Europe and the Asia-Pacific. Her current research interests include: civil-military relations, contemporary security issues in the Asia-Pacific and resilience within disaster relief.
Dr Joe Burton
Dr Burton is a Senior Lecturer in the Political Science and Public Policy Programme and the New Zealand Institute for Security and Crime Science, University of Waikato, New Zealand. He has worked at the highest levels of professional politics, as a ministerial advisor in New Zealand and the UK, national campaign coordinator, legislative assistant, researcher, and political organiser. Joe has a Doctorate in International Relations and a Master of International Studies degree from the University of Otago and an undergraduate degree in International Relations from the University of Wales, Aberystwyth. Joe teaches course on Cyber Security and Cyber Warfare, International Security, Strategy and Technology, Alliances, International Relations, and American Foreign Policy. His research focuses on regional responses to global security challenges, the evolving role of NATO and its partners, US foreign and security policy, cyber security, and the impact of science and technology on international security.
Craig Valentine, MBA, an award-winning speaker and trainer, has traveled the world helping people get remarkable results through leadership, communications, and change. Known as the Champion of Change, he is a professional speaker and has spoken in the United States, Taiwan, Canada, Jamaica, Qatar (Doha), England, Bahamas, Hong Kong, China, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Australia, India, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, South Africa, Japan, and Ireland giving as many as 160 presentations per year.
Craig is the author of the Amazon.com #1 Bestseller, World Class Speaking In Action.
He is also the 1999 World Champion of Public Speaking for Toastmasters International, winning out of more than 25,000 contestants in 14 countries.
He has used his success formulas to:
win Salesperson of the Year (3 times) for Glencoe/McGraw-Hill’s Mid-Atlantic Division
become an award-winning management trainer for one of the most prestigious and largest seminar companies in the United States (averaging an industry-leading 5.85 on a 6.0 rating scale)
produce sales years of 233%, 157%, and 152% of goal for Glencoe/McGraw-Hill
sell more than $8 million in educational resources in a single year
win the Rising Star salesperson award as a rookie with Glencoe/McGraw-Hill
direct a highly-successful employment academy for homeless men in Baltimore City and achieved a 100% job placement rate for the program’s graduates
win Events Manager of the Year for the National Small Business Council
win a Congressional Achievement Award from the United States Congress for excellence in communications
earn the Distinguished Alumni Award from Johns Hopkins University
receive hundreds of speaking awards from Toronto to Taipei
help the United Way of Central Maryland exceed its $45 million fundraising goal in the year 2000 by training their Loaned Executives to present with influence
Craig is the President of The Communication Factory, LLC, which is an award-winning company that helps people present with impact. A partial list of Craig’s clients include:
Social Security Administration
Principal Financial Group
Johns Hopkins University
CareFirst Blue Cross/BlueShield
HSBC (Hong Kong)
National Sales Network
Rodan & Fields
Colorado School of Mines
The Williams Companies, Inc.
TIBCO – Spotfire
University of Phoenix (in Columbus, Cleveland and Minnesota, Raleigh)
Educational Systems FederalCredit Union
Massachusetts Police Institute
Texas A&M University
And many more
Craig Valentine is the author of the groundbreaking book, The Nuts and Bolts of Public Speaking, Co-Author of the book, World Class Speaking, and contributing author for the books Guerrilla Marketing on the Front Lines,Success Secrets of the Social Media Marketing Superstars, The Speaker’s Edge, and Guerrilla Marketing Remix. He has an MBA from Johns Hopkins University and he is certified as a Co-Active Coach and a Guerrilla Marketing Coach.
Craig is also the Founder and Co-Founder of three successful small businesses that are each highly profitable even in this economy.
Most recently, Craig became the co-author of the Amazon.com #1 bestseller, World Class Speaking In Action.
Prof. Dwi Andreas Santosa
Professor Santosa is the Head of M.Sc. Program on Soil and Environmental Biotechnology at Bogor Agricultural University (IPB). He is also the Chairman Governing Board Indonesian Center for Biodiversity and Biotechnology, National Chairman Indonesian Farmer Technology and Seed Bank Association, and Associated Scholar Center of Reform on Economics (CORE) Indonesia and Thamrin School. He holds a PhD in Life Sciences from Braunschweig University of Technology. He was awarded fellowships and postdoctoral fellowships from Yonsei University in South Korea, German Research Center for Biotechnology, German Federal Research Center for Nutrition and Food, and School of Pharmacy at Oregon State University. He has written numerous articles in food security, system and policy, bio politics, and the politics of global food security. He is also the holder of international patent (US Patent 9, 977, and 375; European Patent EP 1 791 823 AO) and national patent.
Daniel Retief is a Design Engineer at Aero Design Limited. His main role is research and development in the field of aircraft design, specifically electronics, avionics, and composites. Daniel has attained a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and a Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering at the University of Waikato. Daniel has been involved as one of the main design engineers for large projects such as a new glass cockpit for a top dressing aircraft and the development of a carbon composite hopper outlet valve for a top dressing aircraft. Daniel has been recently researching in the field of low cost decentralised inter aircraft traffic avoidance systems.
Dr Andrew Dowse
Dr Dowse joined Edith Cowan University after a 37 year career with the Royal Australian Air Force. He joined the RAAF as an engineer cadet in 1981 and, after completing a degree in Communications and Electronics Engineering at RMIT, graduated as an electronics officer.
His career included working in air defence and communications, as well as managing command and control systems and information technology. He has also had key leadership roles in electronic and information warfare, and broader capability planning.
Between 2008 and 2012, Andrew worked to develop future capabilities for the Australian Defence Force, the efforts of which were recognised with his appointment as a Member of the Order of Australia. Subsequently he was in charge of Air Force strategy and planning, then was the Head of Defence’s Information and Communications Technology operations, and in recognition of his performance in these roles he was promoted to an Officer in the Order of Australia.
In addition to his bachelor degree, he has a Graduate Diploma in Legal Studies, Masters of Science and Doctor of Philosophy. He is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and is a Fellow Chartered Professional Engineer.
Dr Ashok Sharma
Dr. Ashok Sharma is an Adjunct Faculty/Visiting Fellow at the UNSW Canberra at Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA) and an Adjunct Associate Professor at the Institute for Governance and Policy Analysis at UC. Ashok is also the Deputy Chair of the New Zealand Institute of International Affairs (NZIIA), Auckland.
Prior to joining the UNSW Canberra at ADFA in November 2016, Dr. Sharma was a Fellow of Australia-India Institute at the University of Melbourne, a Lecturer in Politics and International Relations at the University Auckland, a Fellow at the New Zealand-India Research Institute, Victoria University of Wellington, a Visiting Academic at the University of Waikato, and an Endeavour Post-Doctoral Fellow at Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies (RSPAS), The Australian National University in 2008.
Dr. Sharma, extensively published, is one of the leading experts on India’s global positioning and India-US geopolitics. He is the author of the book Indian Lobbying and its Influence in US Decision Making: Post-Cold War (Sage Publications 2017). His forthcoming book is India’s Pursuit of Energy Security: Domestic Measures, Foreign policy and Geopolitics (Sage Publication, June 2019). He is currently working on his book tentatively titled India-US relations in the 21st century.
Associate Professor Amit Gupta
Amit Gupta is an Associate Professor in the Department of International Security Studies at the USAF Air War College. HIs research focuses on globalization and international security issues. His writings have focused on arms transfer, weapons proliferation, globalization, diasporas, and popular culture and politics. His most recent book is a co-edited one on Naval Powers in the Indian Ocean and Western Pacific (Routledge 2018). He is currently working on a book on Chinese soft power in an age of globalization.
Professor Welby Ings, Auckland University of Technology
Welby Ings is a Professor in Design at Auckland University of Technology. He is an elected Fellow of the British Royal Society of Arts and has been a consultant to many organizations on issues of creativity, leadership and learning.
He is also an internationally acclaimed author, designer and film maker. Since the launch of Welby's widely acclaimed book Disobedient Teaching he has been heavily involved in education reform initiatives internationally and he is currently part of the Government's 'Guardians Group' overseeing the reconceptualizing of learning and teaching in New Zealand. In 2001 Welby was awarded the Prime Minister’s inaugural, Supreme Award for Tertiary Teaching Excellence and in 2014 he was awarded the AUT University medal for his contributions to research, pedagogy and creativity.
Don previously worked for World Vision in New Zealand and Mongolia. Don has been involved in research on Trafficking in Cambodia and has worked in Mongolia on the formulation of an anti-trafficking project to be spearheaded by local project staff. He has also had extensive involvement in developing tools to work with trafficked women and children in Cambodia, National Child Protection standards and systems in Mongolia, and global Children in Crisis initiatives. Don established Hagar NZ in 2009.
Francis Pauwels is an experienced leader with the demonstrated ability to build teams, think strategically and focus on pragmatically achieving results. He is a senior executive and company director with experience in manufacturing, exporting, tourism, horticulture and local government sectors. Formal qualifications include a BSc in Biochemistry and MBA from Canterbury University. Francis has broad networks at global levels as well as being connected with the Maori Economy, Government Agencies and Investment entities.