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  Alexa Forbes

Alexa Forbes works for the Centre for Sustainable Practice as a Sustainability Advisor and also serves as a Councillor on the Queenstown Lakes District Council. Previously she had a successful career in journalism, broadcasting and public relations. She completed her Graduate Diploma in Sustainable Practice in 2012.

A member of the Institute of Directors, Alexa works to drive future focused change through community organisations and governance structures. She brings communication skills and a broad understanding of organisational development to the programme.

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  Kelli Te Maiharoa
Kaihautu Te Kahui Whetu

Kelli is of Waitaha, Ngāti Rārua Ātiawa, and Kāti Māmoe descent and is affiliated with Te Niho marae. Kelli holds a Master of Arts from the University of Otago, a Certificate of Professional Studies, a Postgraduate Certificate in Child Advocacy, Bachelor of Education and Diploma Primary Teaching. She is currently a PhD candidate.

At Otago Polytechnic Kelli works with undergraduate and postgraduate Capable NZ students and supports research by Maori staff. She is a member of the Research and Postgraduate Committee at Otago Polytechnic, and of Capable NZ's Postgraduate Committee. Kelli's research interests are: Indigenous peace traditions, Decolonising methodologies, Kaupapa Māori, Second language acquisition, Māori education, and Peace and social justice.

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  Phil Osborne
Principal Lecturer

This description is unashamedly stolen from (, you should have a look...
"I'm always on the lookout for wisdom. I collect it. My hope is that a little rubs off on me. The great thing is, there's more wisdom than I can ever find, so it's a pretty secure job. As I get older, I may be able to contribute as well as collect. Mashup a little of what I've collected into something new. Add it to the commons. Expand wealth

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  Samuel Mann

Professor Samuel Mann teaches for Capable NZ - Otago Polytechnic's school specialising in professional practice and work-based learning. Sam was responsible for the development of Education for Sustainability at Otago Polytechnic where they are committed to every graduate thinking and acting as a sustainable practitioner. Sam's 2011 book "The Green Graduate", subtitled "Educating Every Student as a Sustainable Practitioner", sets out a framework for integrating sustainability into every course of study. His subsequent book "Sustainable Lens: a visual guide" explores the visual narrative of sustainability. This book proposes a "sustainable lens": to act sustainably we need to first "see" sustainably. Sam has a weekly radio show and podcast where he and a colleague have conversations with people from many different fields who are applying their skills to a sustainable future. In these conversations they try to find out what motivates their guest and what it means to see the world through a sustainable perspective. This research archive now has more than 300 interviews. Recent work focusses on the development of a Transformation Mindset.
Sam gained his PhD from the University of Otago in 1998 titled "Spatial Process Modelling for Regional Environmental Decision Making". Previously he had completed an MSc and a BSc (Hons) in Geography. He has also completed a postgraduate certificate in Tertiary Learning and Teaching.

Sam previously taught software engineering, interaction design, project management and innovation. For five years he was Head of the former School of Information Technology. Sam is active nationally within CITRENZ, and internationally within sustainable computing (ICT4S and HCI4S).

At Capable Sam is a mentor and facilitator, focussing on post-graduate programmes, and undergraduate computing and sustainability. Sam is the Programme Director for the SIGNAL ICT Grad School's postgraduate programmes. He led the development of the Doctor of Professional Practice and Bachelor of Leadership for Change programmes.

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  Steve Henry
Principal Lecturer

Steve Henry is a specialist educator with over 20 years' experience. As a Senior Advisor with The Natural Step, he has been working to embed sustainable practices into businesses and local government over the last 10 years.

Steve's approach focuses on enabling people and organisations to reconcile their true purpose with delivery in a sustainable future, and creating practical pathways ‘from here to there'. Steve has developed a number of practical and applied training approaches for sustainable practice, and over the past 10 years has enjoyed working with hundreds of people in many organisations to deliver and refine the method. Steve is currently the programme director at the Centre for Sustainable Practice and is based in Turangi.

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