Introduction & Welcome Speeches and Guest Speaker

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Introduction & Welcome Speeches


8:30 - 8:50 am


Linda Clark, MC

Linda Clark

Formerly one of New Zealand's leading political journalists, Linda is Special Counsel in the Kensington Swan public law and litigation team.  She has a unique combination of legal and communications skills, together with an in-depth understanding of the New Zealand political environment.  Linda manages complex legal, political, and regulatory relationships, bringing together legal, government relations, and strategic communications skills to deliver practical solutions to public law and regulatory issues. Linda is an experienced public speaker and MC. 



Annabel Shaw, LOC Chair

Annabel Shaw is a private mediator and adjunct lecturer at Victoria University of Wellington's Faculty of Law. She has over a decade's experience in both the theory and practice of dispute resolution (DR). She has practiced across a wide range of processes as a provider and lawyer, including mediation, restorative justice, conciliation, arbitration and litigation. Annabel has researched and taught a broad range of DR topics including DR theory and skills, conflict management, and mediation advocacy. She has also held roles in DR policy, management and governance. Annabel was recently appointed as the Resolution Institute New Zealand Ambassador.


Guest Speaker

17:00 - 17:30 pm


Christopher Luxon, Chief Executive Officer, Air New Zealand

Christopher Luxon has been the Chief Executive Officer at Air New Zealand since January 2013 having previously held the role of Group General Manager International Airline for almost two years. Prior to joining Air New Zealand, Christopher was President and Chief Executive Officer at Unilever Canada. This was one of several senior leadership roles he held during an 18-year career at the multi-national that saw him work in roles in Europe, North America and Asia/Pacific. Christopher has a Master of Commerce in Business Administration from the University of Canterbury.



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