Meet the 2017 volunteer team putting together this unique Wellington experience:

Leadership Team


Licensee / Speaker Coach / Producer

Yes, just a D and a K. Advisor / Speaker / Producer with an interest in creativity, wisdom, hugs & ‽’s.


Hannah Wignall

Head of Delegate Experience

Contractor in both the creative and health sector. The human element of events excited me the most. I play football and ride bikes for some endorphins. Talk to me about: empathy.


Helen Kirlew Smith

Partnership / Sponsorship Liason

As freelance Producer, Event Manager and Facilitator, for Helen, it is all about sharing stories, and connecting people. She is currently working with Urban Dream Brokerage to present temporary public art projects in vacant spaces across Wellington.


MarComms Team

Matthew Dyson


A lover of all things caffeinated, carbonated, and cheesy. Public sector communicator by day, side hustling by night. Appreciates a good oxford comma and those who do as well.


Maren Scheibe-Beinersdorf


Maren holds 12 years experience working in the advertising industry, moved to Wellington 3 years ago and has fallen in love with NZ (listens to at least 3 TED talks a day).



Alex Beeden


Editor and freelance proofreader of illustrated non-fiction books and digital content, with too many books, too few plane tickets, and just the right level of caffeine addiction for Wellington.

Kristina Keogh

Kristina Keogh


A proud Wellingtonian, Kristina is passionate about telling stories about people and places. She works in communications at Victoria University, is an avid social media user who’s fluent in hashtags and emojis, and a nail polish fanatic.


Rachel Berry

Rachel Berry

Writer, editor and failed skydiver. My superpower is an in-depth knowledge of The West Wing. What’s next?


Interaction Team

Erica Brooks

Interactions Designer

Creative Consultant, with a background in art & design, media production, film & lit, and startups. Head of Experience Design, Brand & Marketing at The Roxy Cinema.


alex matthews

Alex Matthews

Interactions Designer

Alex is a digital producer and entrepreneur, having had an active life in business since a young age and founding Xequals, a cutting-edge web and graphic design company in 2011.


Matthew Berry

Matthew Berry

Interactions Designer

Techie man, football fan and accredited tea maker for @rachelfberry.


ian loveridge

Ian Loveridge

Interactions Designer

Digital designer, maker, dreamer, life-long learner, and Building Scientist. I seek new experiences and ideas with which to build my creative tool set to both solve the world’s problems, and make fun and unusual things.


Operations Team

Alina Manko


Work at Wellington City Council and play at TEDxWellington. Feeling so lucky to call this little wonder of a city my home for the last year. Find inspiration in creativity and kindness.


Rachael Thacker

Rachael Thacker


Engagement Manager for the Victoria Business School at Victoria University, no two days are ever the same which is just the way I like it. I’m a fan of travel, innovation, delicious food and bringing people together to experience quality events.


Community Team


Grace Ashman

Community Engagement

Having enjoyed a few years of some serious wanderlust I ended up in Wellington; battling the winds while making the most of all this vibrant city has to offer! Currently on a mission to celebrate diversity and ensure TEDxWellington is accessible for all.


Sasja Mazurkiewicz

Community Engagement

Current public programmer and life enthusiast with a focus on human-centered design, play and technology. With a background in UX and design thinking I love running workshops and events, anything that involves people and crafting experiences.


Herbert Bartley

Community Engagement

An arts producer, social catalyst and events curator. Pasifika Advisor for CoCA, Massey Univeristy & Co-founder of Kava Club.

Speaker / Performer Curation Team


Sarb Johal

Master of Ceremonies

TEDevangelist. I’m a clinician, researcher, policy advisor to anyone who’ll talk with me, and public speaker. Absolutely blown away to be MC’ing this years’ event and will be honoured to introduce the fantastic speakers plus help create a magnificent day to remember.


Chris Ortiz

Chris Ortiz

Speaker Liaison

L&D Advisor with a background in coaching and motivating individuals to achieve success. I’m passionate about using game mechanics and design principles to craft dynamic learning programmes.


Erica Brooks

Speaker Curation

Having worked for seven years with an international non-profit, I came to love speaking, and facilitating multiple speaker conference events. Creating a memorable journey arc for our delegates through exposing them to outstanding local ‘ideas worth spreading’, is a gift.


emma hart

Emma Hart

Speaker Curation

A reporter since I was 19, and the biggest buzz still? Interviewing and interacting with peoples amazing stories that now more than ever, need to be heard. From One News to media coaching European CEO’s, it’s a privilege to help speakers engage emotionally and elegantly puncture the passion and/or action point in audiences.