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Chris Jackson - Director

For the last 16 years Chris has worked across industrial, service and strategic design in the UK and New Zealand.

In 2012 he brought the first MIT Fab Lab to Australasia at Massey University and hosted the International Fab Lab conference, with speakers from NASA, DARPA, ARUP and WETA Digital.

Chris went on to launch the first Internet of Things (IoT) MeetUp in New Zealand in 2014. The aim of the MeetUp was to connect the technology, creative and business communities in Wellington and explore the emerging IoT landscape.

IN 2017 he introduced Workchops, a three-day immersive learning experience for innovators, strategists and designers. The first facilitators being the head of the UK Policy Lab, Andrea Siodmok and co-design luminary, Liz Sanders, from the United States.

Chris was Service Innovation Director at leading New Zealand customer experience agency, DNA, where he specialised in strategic innovation for clients including Z Energy, Kiwibank and The Ministry for Primary Industries.

He has trained in the Cynefin framework and Anthrocomplexity with Dave Snowden, Co-Design with Liz Sanders, International Fieldwork Studies with Jan Chipchase and as a Strategic Foresight Practitioner with Institute of the Future (IFTF) in Palo Alto, California.

Chris has won 22 individual and team awards across a variety of design and research projects.



Meena Kadri, Associate - Innovation + Inclusion

Meena explores the intersection of collaboration, innovation and social change.

She spent my seven years working with internationally acclaimed innovation powerhouse and pioneer of design thinking: IDEO, where she served a series of global, digital start-ups.

With an undergraduate degree in Anthropology and a Masters in Design she seek to cross-pollinate dialogue – fed by a constant curiosity which spans disciplines

Her decade as a graphic designer/creative director overlaps with another as an academic in design – in diverse global locations such as New Zealand, India and China. Over the years her professional pursuits have taken her from slums to museums, classrooms to boardrooms.

These days she is most often drawn to projects activating creative leadership, human centred design research, online community engagement, digital content curation + storytelling.

Meena continues to lecture and consult globally when possible. Wherever she finds herself, she endeavours to navigate complexity and champion diversity.

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