Keynote Speakers & Panellists
Indigenous Knowledge and Wisdom
Wednesday 16th December
Dr Rhys Jones (Ngāti Kahungunu) is a Public Health Physician and Senior Lecturer in Māori Health at the University of Auckland. His research addresses Indigenous health and health equity with a particular focus on environmental influences on Māori health and wellbeing. He is a passionate advocate for action on the social determinants of health, equity and Indigenous rights. Rhys was the founding Co-Convenor of OraTaiao: The New Zealand Climate and Health Council, a health professional organisation focusing on the health challenges of climate change and the health opportunities of climate action.
Daniel J. Glenn, AIA, AICAE, NCARB, is the principal of 7 Directions Architects/Planners in Seattle, Washington, USA and a nationally recognized Native American architect specializing in culturally responsive architecture and sustainable design that reflect his tribal heritage.
Daniel is a member of the Ties the Bundle Clan and child of the Greasy Mouth Clan of the Apsáalooke (Crow) Nation of Montana. He was the Design Architect for the University of Montana Payne Family Native American Center, a LEED Platinum project, the Puyallup Tribe’s Place of Hidden Waters – the LEED for Homes Project of the Year in 2012 – and the Little Big Horn College Campus Plan and Buildings in his family’s hometown of Crow Agency on the Crow Reservation in Montana. He is a contributing author to Our Voices: Indigeneity & Architecture (2018) and Co-editor and contributing author to the Handbook of Contemporary Indigenous Architecture (2018).
Daniel is a regularly invited speaker at national and international conferences and his work was exhibited in Unceded: Voices of the Land, an exhibition of First Nations and Native American architects in the representing Canada at the 2018 Venice Biennale. The exhibit is currently on display at the Canadian Museum of History in Ottawa, Canada.
Dr Danièle Hromek
Dr Danièle Hromek is a Budawang (beach plover) woman of the Yuin (black duck) nation, her Ancestors were Dhurga speakers, a language Danièle is working to relearn. Danièle has kin connections in the coastal areas of New South Wales including in Sydney. Danièle also has French and Czech heritage and through these diversely divergent heritages has all her life needed to be able to walk in two worlds.
Danièle’s research in the spatial disciplines considers Aboriginal relationships to space and Country. Her research investigates how to Indigenise the built environment by creating spaces to embed Indigenous rights and culture. It contributes an understanding of the Aboriginal experience and comprehension of space, and investigates how Aboriginal people occupy, use, narrate, sense, dream and contest their spaces. Danièle’s research rethinks the values that inform Aboriginal understandings of space through Indigenous spatial knowledge and cultural practice, in doing so considering the sustainability of culture from a spatial perspective.
Danièle’s practice works in the intersection of architecture, interiors, urban design, performance design and fine arts. Her work often considers the urban Aboriginal condition, the Indigenous experience of Country and contemporary Indigenous identities. Danièle’s objective is to design flourishing futures for First Peoples and for culture.
Dr. Davianna Pōmaikaʻi McGregor
Dr. Davianna Pōmaikaʻi McGregor is a Professor and founding member of the Department of Ethnic Studies at the University of Hawai’i, Manoa and Director of the department’s Center for Oral History. Her ongoing research endeavors focus on the persistence of traditional Hawaiian cultural customs, beliefs, and practices in rural Hawaiian communities on the main Hawaiian islands. This work is featured in her award-winning 2007 UH Press book, Kuaaina: Living Hawaiian Culture. She lives in Kaiwiula on the island of O’ahu and Hoʻolehua, Molokaʻi.
As a member of the Protect Kaho’olawe ‘Ohana she helps provide stewardship of the island of Kanaloa Kaho’olawe. She helped develop the I Ola Kanaloa strategic plan for the island of Kanaloa Kahoʻolawe (http://www.protectkahoolaweohana.org/download-i-ola-kanaloa-final-plan.html) and a Land Management Plan for the Mokio Preserve on the island of Molokaʻi.
SDGs and Post-Pandemic Cities and Landscapes
Thursday 17th December
Bernhard Barth is Human Settlements Officer at UN-Habitat’s Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific, based in Fukuoka Japan where he oversees the country programmes in the Philippines, Lao PDR, and in six Pacific Island Countries. He also oversees UN-Habitat’s Cities and Climate Change Initiative across the Asia and Pacific Region. On an interim basis he oversees UN-Habitat’s global Programme on Climate Action and Urban Environment. Prior to joining the Regional Office he worked for six years in UN-Habitat’s headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya in different functions: supporting local government training initiatives and training tool development, supporting the global Cities and Climate Change Initiative and coordinating UN-Habitat’s Partner University Initiative.
Prior to joining UN-Habitat, Bernhard worked for UN ESCAP and for various NGOs in the UK, Papua New Guinea, Madagascar and Germany on a broad range of governance, rights and development issues. Bernhard holds Master’s degrees in Economics and in Environmental Policy.
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.