Local Elective Speakers

Hana is a Salvation Army officer, a member of the Māori Ministry leadership team and the proud mum of two adult sons. A social worker by trade, with a passion for education, social justice and public health leadership, she has had the privilege of working in several different communities over the past two decades. In between singing and storytelling, Hana is often found facilitating conversations around Treaty-based leadership for faith communities and social services across Aotearoa New Zealand. 
As a child with a moderate coordination disability (Cerebral Palsy), Immanuel (Manny) Koks grew up in Aotearoa (New Zealand) with a strong sense of hope in God. In the final year of university, Manny experienced his first bout of depression as he began to encounter the first signs of declining function related to aging with Cerebral Palsy. Manny’s views of God were transformed as he studied theology at the Bible College of New Zealand (Now Laidlaw College) in 2005-7 and then an MA (Theological Studies) from Regent College Vancouver, Canada. Today, Manny teaches The Theology of Suffering and Hope at Laidlaw College part-time.

International Keynote Speakers

René August is a veteran of the anti-apartheid movement and an Anglican priest. Early on, she discovered God’s love for cities and is now a reconciliation trainer with The Warehouse – a worshipping community organisation in Cape Town, South Africa that helps churches respond to the issues of poverty, injustice and division.
Joel is a writer, coach, Bible teacher and international inspirational speaker covering issues of social justice, leadership, faith and society. He is also consulting widely with churches on issues of racial justice. In 2019 he was awarded a Doctorate in Theology and Ministry (DThM), St John’s College, Durham where he is also visiting fellow. He is also on the team of the International Institute of Religious Freedom (IIRF)
Rev. Eugene Cho’s many passions involve leadership, justice, the whole Gospel, and the pursuit of God’s Kingdom here on this earth. He travels throughout the world to encourage churches, non-profits, pastors, leaders, missionaries, and justice workers – whether this happens in churches, arenas, conferences, universities, or as a guest in underground churches or refugee camps. 
Katharine Hayhoe is an atmospheric scientist who studies climate change, one of the most pressing issues facing humanity today. But Katharine may be best-known to many people because of how she’s bridging the broad, deep gap between scientists and Christians— work she does in part because she’s a Christian herself. She’s been named by Christianity Today as one of their 50 Women to Watch, she serves as the World Evangelical Alliance’s Climate Ambassador and as the science advisor to the A Rocha USA, and several other notable organisations. 
Dr Kandiah is a social entrepreneur with a vision to help solve some of society’s seemingly intractable problems through building partnerships across civil society, faith communities, government and philanthropy. As the chair of the Adoption and Special Guardianship Leadership Board Dr Kandiah advises the government and brings strategic leadership to the finding of permanent loving families for children in the care system.
Ray is a descendant of the Kabi Kabi nation and the Gurang Gurang nation of South-East Queensland. Ray is also a descendant of the South Sea Islander people with deep and abiding connections to the people of Ambrym Island. Pastor Ray has a BA in Theology from Murdoch University in Western Australia. At Murdoch, Ray helped establish the Aboriginal Education Unit where he assisted in the founding of a graduate degree program in Aboriginal Studies. 
Roy Njuabe is the Head of Refugees Opportunity and Development (ROAD), a programme of Branches of Hope that serves over 600 refugees in Hong Kong. Roy has an enormous passion for refugee rights and has been working with refugees for more than 13 years. Roy graduated with his bachelor’s degree in Theology and Master Degree in International Human Affairs with emphasis on international humanitarian principles and Law which has provided him the core value to care for the marginalised people. 
Lisa is the founder and president of Freedom Road, a groundbreaking consulting group that crafts experiences that bring common understanding and common commitments that lead to common action toward a more just world. Lisa is a public theologian whose writing, speaking, activism and training has sparked and fed the fires of re-formation in the church from Ferguson and Charlottesville to South Africa and further. The Huffington Post identified Lisa as one of 50 Women Religious Leaders to Celebrate on International Women’s Day.
Danielle’s aggressive compassion has served people firsthand in countries all over the world. From establishing justice departments and church plants, to launching global anti-trafficking initiatives, to creating new initiatives to mobilise people towards transformational spiritual life. Danielle trains, advocates, and inspires people to live differently through initiatives like Amplify Peace, Brave Global, Infinitum, and Women Speaker’s Collective.
Micah Bournes is a poet and musician from Long Beach, California. His work often touches on themes of culture, justice, and faith. Micah is the co-editor of the Fight Evil With Poetry Anthology, the author of "Here Comes This Dreamer" and has released 5 music albums in various genres. Lucee is a singer-songwriter from Los Angeles.  Her inspiration began with a group of young girls who she noticed had seeds of self-doubt and insecurity. In 2020, Micah and Lucee co-wrote and released "Songs With Lucee", a project with 8 original acoustic songs.
Myrto Theocharous was born and raised in Nicosia, Cyprus. Her theological interests took her to the Greek Bible College where she did her undergraduate studies in Bible and Theology, followed by graduate studies at Wheaton College, Illinois in the area of Biblical Exegesis and then continued on for doctoral studies at the University of Cambridge in the area of the Old Testament. She is an author and public speaker and her current research interests include the book of Deuteronomy and the relationship between the Old Testament and Christian ethics. Myrto has been active in anti-trafficking street work for many years and she is currently the President of New Life Ministries for victims of prostitution and sex-trafficking