About Us

The TEDxTauranga 2017 Team

A wonderful team of people have volunteered their time to help plan TEDxTauranga 2017.

Phil Green
Lead Organiser

Raewyn Jones
Operations Lead & Executive Producer

Sheldon Nesdale
Marketing Lead

Charlotte Yates
Speakers Lead & Speaker Curator

Hannah Bougen
Sponsor & Partnership

Sharon Sutherland-Hansen

Prathima Rao

Claire Hahnhaussen

Diane Hume-Green

Glenys Parton

Jyoti Rani

Ingrid Booysen

Emlyn Hatch

Lori Luke
Speakers & Production

Tamizan Nanji
Production & Ticketing

Paul Whitaker

Fiona Lysaght
Catering, Health and Safety and Waste Management

Benjamin Parkinson
Marketing – Design

Amit Kamble
Marketing – Web

Christine Sadlier

Kelly Watson

Andrew Taylor

Melaine Mills

Leo Murray

Wayne Edwards

Yolanda King

Min Kim


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 2016 Team

  1. Phil Green
  2. Sharon Sutherland-Hansen
  3. Charlotte Yates
  4. Krystle Findlay
  5. Hannah Bougen
  6. Tamizan Nanji
  7. Denese and Lee Konowe
  8. Raewyn Jones
  9. Sophia Meichtry
  10. Alyx Wheeler
  11. Sheldon Nesdale
  12. Marcus Wilkins
  13. Brian Oxley
  14. Diane Hume-Green
  15. Fiona Lysaght
  16. Frances Palmer
  17. Glenys Parton
  18. Heather Logie
  19. Jyoti Rani
  20. Leanne Brown
  21. Mary Norris
  22. Melanie Cottingham
  23. Paul Whitaker
  24. Prathima Rao

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