Keynote Speakers & Panellists
SDGs and Post-Pandemic Cities and Landscapes
Thursday 17th December
Chris has 35 year’s Property Industry experience as a both private sector developer and, since 2011, working with Government agencies. Chris has recently retired as CEO of Government-owned Kāinga Ora subsidiary (HLC) that masterplanned and delivered large scale integrated urban communities and housing projects at an industry-leading pace. This started with the transformation of the Hobsonville ex-air base into a town of 3,500 homes. He grew this into an organisation delivering over 50,000 social, affordable and market homes in 8 large scale regeneration and greenfield projects.
Chris now chairs Kāinga Ora’s Construction Programme Assurance Panel that governs the large scale regeneration and greenfield projects. He is a Director of Metlifecare Retirement Villages; an Auckland City Urban Design Panelist, sits on residential development advisory groups, represented Kāinga Ora as a member of the Australian Government Land Organisations from 2012 to 2019 and is a founding signatory of the NZ Urban Design Protocols.
Sean Audain is the City Innovation Lead at Wellington City Council. His career has focussed on Innovation, Smart Cities and the strategic transformation of Local Government. Sean has lead leads the development of Wellington’s smart city, exploring how Open Data, the Internet of Things, Artificial Intelligence, Data Visualisation, GIS and Virtual Reality can help Council understand the city, better talk with citizens and make better decisions.
Sean has an Urban Planning Degree from the University of Auckland and serves on a number of Partnership Bodies including the Open Government Partnership Expert Advisory Panel, Digital Twin Taskforce, the World Economic Forum’s G20 Smart Cities Advisory Group and the Global Futures Council. Sean’s work has seen Wellington recognised as New Zealand’s leading smart city and has been recognised by a number of National and International Awards.
Hon Julie Anne Genter
Julie Anne is the Minister for Women, Associate Minister for Transport and Associate Minister for Health. Julie Anne grew up in Los Angeles where she witnessed women’s and civil rights movements making huge strides for people. In the famously car-dependent city she also saw the profound impact that transport and urban design have on our quality of life.
She graduated from UC Berkeley with a BA and studied Politics at the prestigious Sciences Po Paris, before moving to New Zealand as a scholar at the University of Auckland. In Auckland she gained a Masters of Planning Practice with First Class Honours. She went on to work as a transport consultant at some of New Zealand’s leading firms, working in transport economics and urban design.
Dr Andreas Wesener is a Senior Lecturer in Urban Design at Lincoln University, New Zealand. He studied architecture in Bochum, Germany and the Bartlett School of Graduate Studies, University College London, and was awarded his doctorate from the Bauhaus-University in Weimar, Germany.
Andreas’ research focusses on the interplay between social, political and economic processes, human experiences and the physical built environment. He investigates processes, structures and meanings that characterise urban environments undergoing significant change. By analysing the manifold issues connected to transformative urban landscapes, he has explored and assessed innovative approaches for more sustainable and resilient cities.