Leadership Team


Licensee / Speaker Coach / Producer

Yes, it’s just a D and a K.

Advisor / Speaker / Producer with an interest in innovation, wisdom, hugs, smiles & ‽’s.


Hannah Wignall

Head of Delegate Experience

New on the scene, working at PHARMAC and The Smokefree Coalition. I keep busy by managing a female rapper and playing soccer. So pleased to be involved in TEDxWellington!


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).


Interaction Team

Erica Brooks

Interactions Designer

Creative Consultant, with a background in art & design, media production, and startups. Currently managing Special Events, Brand and Marketing at The Roxy Cinema.


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.


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.


Community Team

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.