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The TEDxTauranga 2016 Team

A wonderful team of people have volunteered their time to help plan TEDxTauranga 2016.

Sharon Sutherland-Hansen
Finance, Leadership Committee

Phil Green
Operations Team Leader, Leadership Committee

Charlotte Yates
Speakers Team Leader, Leadership Committee

Krystle Findlay
Marketing Team Leader, Leadership Committee

Hannah Bougen
Sponsorship Team Leader, Leadership Committee

Tamizan Nanji
Ticketing Team Leader, Leadership Committee

Denese and Lee Konowe
Functions Team, Leadership Committee

Raewyn Jones
Operations and Speakers Team Deputy, Leadership Committee

Sophia Meichtry
Sponsors Team Deputy, Leadership Committee

Alyx Wheeler
Marketing Team Deputy, Leadership Committee

Sheldon Nesdale
TEDxTauranga Licence Holder

Marcus Wilkins

Brian Oxley
Speakers and Sponsorship Teams

Diane Hume-Green
Operations and Speakers Teams

Fiona Lysaght
Catering, Health and Safety and Waste Management

Frances Palmer
Speakers and Marketing Teams

Glenys Parton
Speakers Team

Heather Logie
Marketing Team

Jyoti Rani
Speakers and Operations Teams

Leanne Brown
Marketing Team

Mary Norris

Melanie Cottingham
Sponsors and Speakers Teams

Paul Whitaker
Operations Team

Prathima Rao
Speakers and Marketing Teams

Saraniyaa “San” Sukumaar
Marketing and Ticketing Teams

Find out more about what’s involved and volunteer to help.

About TEDx, x = independently organized event

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized. (Subject to certain rules and regulations.)

About TED

TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California 26 years ago, TED has grown to support those world-changing ideas with multiple initiatives. At TED, the world’s leading thinkers and doers are asked to give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes. Talks are then made available, free, at TED.com. TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Benoit Mandelbrot, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Isabel Allende and former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown. Two major TED events are held each year: The TED Conference takes place every spring in Long Beach, California (along with a parallel conference, TEDActive, in Palm Springs), and TEDGlobal is held each summer in Edinburgh, Scotland.

TED’s media initiatives include TED.com, where new TEDTalks are posted daily; the new TED Conversations, enabling broad conversations among TED fans; and the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as the ability for any TEDTalk to be translated by volunteers worldwide.

TED has established the annual TED Prize, where exceptional individuals with a wish to change the world are given the opportunity to put their wishes into action; TEDx, which offers individuals or groups a way to host local, self-organized events around the world; and the TED Fellows program, helping world-changing innovators from around the globe to become part of the TED community and, with its help, amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.

For information about TED’s upcoming conferences, visit www.ted.com/registration

Follow TED on Twitter at www.twitter.com/TEDTalks, or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TED

The TEDxTauranga 2015 Team

  1. Sheldon Nesdale / TEDxTauranga Licensee
  2. Tamizan Nanji / Lead of Ticketing Team / LinkedIn
  3. Saraniyaa “San” Sukumaar / LinkedIn
  4. Sharon Sutherland-Hansen / LinkedIn
  5. Ana Vieira / LinkedIn
  6. Phil Green / LinkedIn
  7. Ciska Vogelzang / LinkedIn
  8. Roberta Budvietas / LinkedIn
  9. Glenys Parton
  10. Diane Hume-Green
  11. Kathlene Cook
  12. Rick Peers / LinkedIn
  13. Raewyn Jones / LinkedIn
  14. Charlotte Hardy / LinkedIn
  15. Krystle Robinson / LinkedIn
  16. Jacinta FitzGerald / LinkedIn
  17. Fiona Lysaght / LinkedIn
  18. Charlotte Yates / LinkedIn
  19. Shannon Gray / LinkedIn
  20. Brenna Roband / LinkedIn
  21. Laura Kuggelejin
  22. Mary Reidy-Bartissol
  23. Claire Piper


The TEDxTauranga 2014 Team

  1. Sheldon Nesdale /
  2. TEDxTauranga Licensee
  3. Sharon Sutherland / LinkedIn
  4. Kimberley Cleland / LinkedIn
  5. Krystle Robinson / LinkedIn
  6. Marcus Wilkins / LinkedIn
  7. Sachiko Kawakami / LinkedIn
  8. Saraniyaa “San” Sukumaar / LinkedIn
  9. Michelle Herrick / LinkedIn
  10. Amber Kedian / LinkedIn
  11. Phil Green / LinkedIn
  12. Diane Hume-Green
  13. Tamizan Nanji / LinkedIn
  14. Grant Sowter / LinkedIn
  15. Dayna Comeskey / LinkedIn
  16. Charlotte Yates / LinkedIn
  17. Ellyn Brunskill / LinkedIn
  18. Ana Vieira / LinkedIn
  19. Elyse Wyatt / LinkedIn
  20. Ricky Hann
  21. Raewyn Jones
  22. Shannon Gray
  23. Brian Oxley
  24. Ciska Vogelzang

The TEDxTauranga 2013 Team

  1. Sheldon Nesdale /
  2. TEDxTauranga Licensee
  3. Tina Jennen / LinkedIn
  4. Sharon Sutherland / LinkedIn
  5. Steve Worsley / LinkedIn
  6. Stacey Jones
  7. Dan Necklen / LinkedIn
  8. Chris Brown / LinkedIn
  9. Marcus Wilkins / LinkedIn
  10. Kimberley Cleland / LinkedIn
  11. Krystle Robinson
  12. Michelle Herrick
  13. Paramjeet Kaur
  14. Sachiko Kawakami / LinkedIn
  15. Saraniyaa Sukumaar / LinkedIn
  16. Janette Hamilton-Pearce
  17. Lyn Parlane