SDW Leaders Series – Role of Superdiverse Women in the future of Work

Date: Thursday, July 25, 2019
Time: 5 pm to 7 pm
Venue: Tech Futures Lab, 22 McColl St, Newmarket, Auckland
Fee: $15 pp + GST

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The future of work is one of the hottest topics of the past few years, that is dramatically altering our perception, prediction and expectation of the future.

The world of work is being transformed by two powerful forces: the growing adoption of artificial intelligence in the workplace and the rapidly changing workforce – a growing Superdiverse talent pool.

Join us in this SDW Leaders Series, led by SDW Advisory Board member, Priti Ambani, Director of Innovation at Tech Futures Lab as we explore the role of “Superdiverse women in the future of work,” as disruptors driving the Future of Work who will provide their insights into how to embrace this changing technology and diversity.

Insights from leading superdiverse women leaders

From L to R

Kaye-Maree Dunn

Kaye-Maree is a tech entrepreneur  from Te Rarawa, Ngā Puhi, Ngāi Te Rangikoianaake, Ngāti Mahanga me Ngāi Tāmanuhiri and resides in Wainuiomata Wellington.  She is fascinated with family, community and technology and has been working in the realm of Maori and Community development for over 17 years.

Kaye-Maree’s career has spanned Child Youth and Family, The Dept of Labour, The Māori Land Court, NZ Maori Tourism and Community Housing and has recently been involved in Social Enterprise Development, Governance Training and Whānau Ora Facilitation and Planning – particularly with hard to reach families.

Kaye-Maree is a Contracted Special Projects Manager with Maori Womens Development Inc and Managing Director of Making Everything Achievable Indigital Blockchain Limited and digital identity platform Āhau.

She is on the Board of Te Paepae Arahi, a kaupapa Māori mental health provider in Lower Hutt, Para Kore Charitable Trust,  the North Hokianga Development Trust and a Sir Edmond Hillary Fellow.  Kaye-Maree was previously one of the Wellington Representatives on the New-Zealand Māori Council for three years.

Quality Governance, Enterprise and Data Sovereignty is a passion for Kaye-Maree where she wants to ensure individuals have the right tools and support to govern their organisations with confidence and competence and have full access to data and information that belongs to individuals.    She has been working with a range of Rangatahi and Iwi groups with Te Whare Hukahuka for over the past 4 years in the Ka Eke Poutama  Rangatahi into Governance programme and loves being involved building the transformative capability of Whanau,hapu and iwi led entities to actively contribute to the growth of NZ’s economic potential in particular the growth of independent, flourishing digital enterprises.

Priti Ambani

Priti Ambani is an engineer, researcher, entrepreneur, and educator. Her career began in civil – environmental engineering and design. Over the last 10 years, as part of global teams and startup ventures in Asia, North America and Europe, Priti has led initiatives that leverage the dynamics of digital collaboration and emerging disruptive technologies to create shared value and thriving societies. She is a thought leader on networked business models and the future of work.

Priti is the Director of Innovation at Tech Futures Lab, where she works with businesses, teams and boards, educating them on contemporary business strategies, platform business models and workforce capability building to drive innovation and business results. As part of the Business Innovation Faculty, on the Master of Technological Futures programme she teaches candidates about hi-tech entrepreneurship, networked business models, crowds and markets while advising 20+ Masters candidates on their business and startup projects.

Priti has been instrumental in the deployment and activation of Upsouth, a human empowerment platform enabling Auckland Council activate meaningful relationships with their communities in South Auckland. She co-founded The Next Billion, an impact-driven enterprise that pools collective resources to invest in female-led businesses. Priti was born and raised in Mumbai, India and lived in the United States for 13 years before moving to New Zealand in 2015. She holds a Bachelor of Engineering (University of Mumbai) and a Master of Science (University of Maryland, College Park, USA). Priti is a registered Professional Engineer (USA).

She sits on the boards of Auckland Chamber of Commerce and Super Diverse Women.

Dr Sangeeta Karmokar

Sangeeta’s career began with the completion of an MBA from India and moving to Auckland. Since then, she has been an integral part of the educational and community environment. Her practice-based research interest lies at the intersection of the entrepreneurship and design discipline with a special interest in social and women entrepreneurship.

Sangeeta has regularly contributed to her local community through various activities and working on community based projects. She is founder and chair of Women Entrepreneurship Centre (, not-for-profit organisation based in Auckland, New Zealand working towards empowerment of women through inspiring, educating and entrepreneurial leadership. The focus is to build courage and passion to be different by developing entrepreneurial capabilities among every woman, irrespective of their age, academic, social and economic background.

Alisa Herrera-Hayman 

Alisa is a Chilean-American (and almost Kiwi) who is passionate about the environment, D&I, and tech for good. She is a Salesforce specialist and JavaScript developer at Deloitte where she is active in their Rainbow, D&I, Sustainability, and Social Club committees. She is the Salesforce Women in Tech group leader and hosts monthly events in Auckland CBD. She loves hearing from inspiring people, learning new languages, vegan food, hiking NZ Great Walks, minimising waste, and finding ways to do things thoughtfully and a bit unconventionally.

Shirley Tricker

Shirley is currently a scrum master at while pursuing her Masters at the Tech Futures Lab. A coach at Elementum, Shirley is a career coach and mentor for people in IT and presents at tech conferences on modern career development.

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