Ben Scott | The Lucy Foundation
Ben is the co-founder of The Lucy Foundation - a social enterprise aimed at increasing the social and economic inclusion of disabled people through environmentally, economically and socially sustainable trade.
Ben is passionate about bringing community development and business innovation together to end poverty and inequality. He works in the social development sector as an advisor, growing collaborative, sustainable, community-centred initiatives that address the social needs across Hamilton. Ben also has a background in business development and youth work.
The Lucy Foundation's first project is all about coffee! They are helping to create education and employment opportunities for people with disabilities in the coffee industry here in Aotearoa and in Mexico (where the coffee grows!). The goal is to create an entirely inclusive (and environmentally/economically sustainable) supply chain of specialty coffee - from seed to cup.
Moira Lawler | Lifewise
Moira has a background in community education, community development and local economic development. She has worked in a range of governance and leadership roles in the NGO and government sectors in West Auckland and Porirua.
Lifewise is an Auckland-based community social development organisation, who develop new ways to solve challenging social issues, and work with families, older people, people with disabilities, and people at risk of homelessness to turn people’s lives around.
Focusing on the principle of interdependence rather than independence or dependence, Lifewise is recognised for their work providing sustainable solutions to social issues, rather than focusing on simply meeting immediate needs, in an attempt to address the root causes of social isolation and disadvantage. Lifewise offer services and support for individuals and families to imagine a better future and build their capacity to achieve that vision.
Justin Sung | Foster our Future
Justin Sung is a senior medical student and certified tertiary teacher. Using his teaching experience alongside the evidence-focus of medicine, he strives to turn idealism into norm.
Foster our Future is an evidence-based and collaborative non-profit company that seeks to enhance learner outcomes and develop leaders in the communities that need them most. Our focus on learning psychology and theory, combined with our strong iterative and evidence-centric model of operation is what makes Foster Our Future unique.
Steven Zohrab and Daniel Keat | AIESEC
Steven Zohrab and Daniel Keat are currently the National President and VP Partnership Development (respectively) for AIESEC in New Zealand, which provides cross cultural leadership exchanges targeting the SDG’s.
Working with AIESEC over the past three years has seen Steven and Daniel lead local committees at their universities and has taken them to places such as Vietnam, India and Poland to attend international youth conferences focusing on
AIESEC’s partnership with the UN and creating impact through exchange.
In their experience, Steven and Daniel have seen hundreds of people create quality education internationally through AIESEC’s exchange programs and believe strongly in the impact one individual can have.
Marayke Bouma | The Spirit of Adventure
Marayke will be respresenting the Spirit of Adventure as one of their cadets. She is an environmental science student.
Spirit of Adventure Trust is an organisation dedicated to the development of youth. The objective from the start has been to provide the youth of New Zealand access to a character development programme through sail training. It comprises a team of individuals on the ship and in the support office who are passionate, proud and embody the essence of the Spirit of Adventure Trust in every light. They take pride in our New Zealand roots and are deeply connected to the history, culture and heritage of New Zealand.
The Spirit of Adventure really values the importance of having clean coastlines and are big advocates for keeping New Zealand clean and green.
Alex Whitcombe | World Merit / Pacific Adaptation to Climate Change
"Kia ora koutou, ko Alex Whitcombe toku ingoa, no Aotearoa ahau. I am Alex, passionate social innovator from New Zealand. I am drawn to contributing towards social complex problems to improve the livelihood and environment of others."
The Pacific Adaption to Climate Change (PACC) project has the assessed the vulnerability of 14 small countries in the Pacific Ocean. The goal is to build resilience to climate change by responding to their needs with adaptation techniques. The focus is on - coastal zone management, food security and food production, and water resources management. They have identified the key interactions with water and responded with low-cost solutions - example 1: Plumbing and guttering that captures leaves and plant matter and rain water is filtered into storage containers for drinking and recreational use. The PACC team has embedded these adaptation techniques into policy making at a local and national level to influence decision making.
Jenny Sahng | The Learning Collaborative
The Learning Collaborative builds a web of services that enables every young person to realise this definition of success. Their belief is that students should graduate high school excited about where they are headed, aware of the pathways they can take to get there, and confident and capable of going after their pathway of choice.
They provide services around the areas of education in New Zealand such as crash-courses before exams and academic coaching. This organisation was founded by one of our alumni Jade Leung who is currently starting her PHD at Oxford University.