On June 29th one of our catalysts, Toby Jordan, had the opportunity to sit in on a panel at the sixth United States New Zealand Partnership Forum in Auckland. The Forum’s aim was to bring together current and emerging leaders from the United States and New Zealand Governments, discussing how to deepen and broaden the Pacific Partnership between the two countries. Many reputable speakers participated in the conference including CSIS’ Sumitro Chair, Ernest Z. Bower who discussed the critical importance of the United States- New Zealand alliance, as well as Hon Tim Groser, minister of Trade and Climate Change Issues and Professor Peter Petri—in addition to several senior members of the US Administration, Congress, and business representatives.
He also got the chance to share his story as one of the panelists at the Asia NZ Social Entrepreneurship Hui earlier in the week. The conference highlighted topics on social innovation with a lineup of great speakers including CEO of OneBeep, Vinny Lohan. Discussing social entrepreneurship in India, Lohan stressed that “you can achieve more when you don’t care who gets the credit.” What an inspiring week!