Are Humans Parasites? A panel debate

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Waikato Innovation Park Conference Centre

Core Gallagher Facilities Building

Melody Lane, Ruakura

Hamilton, Waikato 3216

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Enjoy some great kai and join us for a win-win creative discussion as part of Conservation Week.

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The idea that humans are not here to be the masters, but as stewards of the planet goes back to the ancient Sumerians ... so how are we tracking?

We will hear from a local technology leaders Rob Scovell and Rachel Kelly plus the captivating Michelle St Jane, who will each bring their perspective to the table.

Tickets are limited (due to the venue) so get in quick.

Rachel Kelly

Human-Technology Partnerships | AI Forum NZ Executive Council Waikato

Rachel is an ex-scientist, strategist, business developer, and marketing professional who has spent the last 19 years in the science and technology sector. After spending 9 years in California working within high-tech manufacturing, she returned to New Zealand in 2014 and has been heavily involved with stimulating the regional and national technology ecosystem. She is co-founder of the Waikato technology cluster, former Deputy Chair of NZTech, and is a Law, Ethics and Society working group member within the AI Forum. As part of Rachel’s mission to reimagine digital trust and tackle AI corruption, she recently founded digital ethics powerhouse, Ethical AI and accepted a role with Nyriad, a NZ technology start-up forging trails in GPU-accelerated data storage and real-time computation.

Rob Scovell

IT Consultant at Company-X Waikato, New Zealand

Rob grew up next to the sea on the south coast of England. He graduated with degrees in Astrophysics and Systematic Theology from the University of Edinburgh, and extended his training in mathematical modelling through the UK's Open University. He has been interested in the mathematical modelling of non-linear processes and tail phenomena (outliers) since reading James Gleick's 'Chaos' when he was 17. His day job is as a freelance software engineer and IT consultant. For fun he loves going for long walks and has just completed the Camino de Santiago de Compostela with his children. Outside of work, Rob is busy applying the tail phenomena analyses developed by Nicholas Nassim Taleb (of 'Black Swans' fame) to the issue of climate change, because he believes that neither catastrophising nor denial are sensible responses to the accumulated raw data.

Michelle St Jane

Mentor, Author, Leadership Speaker on Legacy & Stewardship Waikato

Michelle’s inner compass’s true north is set to leaning into her legacy of stewardship with crystal clear clarity and focus on leadership. She does this through the lens of her unique combination of deep and diverse knowledge, experience and expertise based on her extensive professional background. Michelle has a passion for collecting fractals of leadership that she collaborates with to be the change that they wish to see in the world.

For this panel Michelle will speak from her privileged positions of: playing (childhood) and living near a NASA tracking station (motherhood), working on the fringes of the aerospace industry during her (career), with added insights on the philanthropic projects historically and currently in play.

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Waikato Innovation Park Conference Centre

Core Gallagher Facilities Building

Melody Lane, Ruakura

Hamilton, Waikato 3216

New Zealand

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