2023 Speakers + Convenors

Master of Ceremonies (MC)

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Korrin Barrett

Life Unlimited

Introducing Korrin Barrett, Master of Ceremonies for the Disability Inclusive Pathways Conference 2023. Following on from her outstanding presentation at the 2022 DIPC Conference, we are thrilled to welcome Korrin back this year as conference MC.


International Speakers

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Mel Francis

Director of Neurodiveristy at Work - Do-IT Solutions Ltd

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Kate Nash OBE

Founding CEO - Purple Space


Speakers

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Ed Collett

Air New Zealand

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Sonja Eriksen

Principal Disability Advisor, MSD

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Rachel Moon

Air New Zealand

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Red Nicholson

Executive Director - The D*List

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Olivia Shivas

Editor - The D*List

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Jonathan Tautari

Senior Advisor, Disability Lead - Te Tāhū Hauora Health Quality & Safety Commission

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Paula Tesoriero MNZM

Chief Executive - Whaikaha, Ministry of Disabled People

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Phil Turner

Chief Executive - NZDEN

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Natasha Cloete

Manager - Children and Youth, Deaf Aotearoa


Lived Experience Storytellers

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Sean Prenter


Panel Convenors

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Sandra Budd

Senior Relationship Manager - NZDEN

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Selwyn Cook

Selwyn Cook - Disability Employment

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Dr Sharon Crooks

Lecturer in Psychology, Massey University

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Julie Woods

That Blind Woman


Panellists

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Kartini Clarke

Young Neurodiversity Champion

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Angela Desmarais

Research and Development Advisor, Disabled Persons Assembly (DPA)

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Vaughan Dodd

Senior Advisor, Whaikaha - Ministry of Disabled People

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Barry de Geest

Taikura Trust

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Christina Gera

Young Neurodiversity Champion

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Jas McIntosh

Young Neurodiversity Champion

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Phil O'Reilly ONZM

Chief Executive - Iron Duke

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Kirsten Patterson (KP)

Chief Executive - Institute of Directors

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Jasper Poole

Young Neurodiversity Champion

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Loren Savage

Senior Advisor to the Chief Executive - Whaikaha, Ministry of Disabled People

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Joanie Sims

Organisational Development & Capability Interim Lead - Te Whatu Ora - Health NZ

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Mike Styles

Consultant, Researcher, Trainer

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Geoff Trappett OAM

Disability Inclusion Lead, Woolworths Australia