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Minnie Baragwanath

CEO and Founder, Be. Accessible

Minnie Baragwanath is the CEO and founder of Be. Accessible – a social change agency shifting Aotearoa from disability to possibility.

Minnie believes New Zealand can become a thought-leader, a visionary, and a global powerhouse in access innovation. She envisions a thriving nation whose leaders, thinkers , designers and makers are embracing the opportunities accessibility presents.

In 2013 Minnie was a recipient of the Sir Peter Blake Leadership Award and in 2014 became a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit.

In 2017 Minnie received the Women of Influence Diversity Award and in that same year was placed as a top 10 finalist for the Kiwibank New Zealander of the Year Award.

She has a BA in English Literature, a Bachelor of Communications Studies, and a graduate diploma in Economic Development and is a Leadership New Zealand Alumni.

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Ludo Campbell-Reid

Sought out by Mayors, Cities and Governments, Ludo Campbell-Reid is a globally renowned urban design thought-leader, city planning expert and keynote speaker with over 24 years' public/private sector experience on large-scale city transformation projects. He is a globally respected commentator on cities and appears regularly in the media and trade press. 

Ludo is currently the Design Champion for Auckland, a role he has held since 2006. Prior coming to Auckland, he was Founding CEO of Urban Design London, a pan London organisation established to lift urban design quality in London.

Described as "the lightning rod for transformation" by The Property Council of New Zealand 2016 Auckland Property People Awards, Ludo is credited with transforming Auckland's City Centre and lifting urban design to new heights.

In 2015 he was described by the influential Metro Magazine as one of the Top 50 most influential Aucklanders. 

A recent Paperboy article described him as the "Design Champion with an unshakeable faith in Auckland."

You can follow Ludo on Twitter (@AklDesignChamp) and on LinkedIn.

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Elise Copeland

Principal Specialist Universal Access and Design, Auckland Design Office (ADO)

Elise Copeland is a registered Occupational Therapist who completed her Masters at the Auckland University of Technology focussing on universal design in the built environment. Elise, as Principal Specialist Universal Access and Design in the Auckland Design Office is part of Auckland Council Project's Design Review Panel, advising on projects such as the City Rail Link and major streetscape upgrades. Elise collaborates with a wide range of disability organisations to support better practice in universal design. Additionally, she is the Deputy Lead Officer for Auckland Council's Disability Advisory Panel. Elise develops and curates content for the Universal Design Hub of the Auckland Design Manual. This online manual features New Zealand and international resources for architects, designers and property developers to enable universal design thinking in their next project. 

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Darren Davis

Transport & Land Use Integration Manager, Auckland Design Office (ADO)

Darren works in the tricky nexus between land use, placemaking and movement. Put simply, there's no point having place without movement to get there and no point having movement with no place to go. He has 25 years' experience in transport and land use, including being a lobbyist, planner, strategist, communicator and consultant. He has been involved in projects ranging from high level strategic policy advice; successfully influencing regional and central government agencies; to on-the-ground involvement in major transport infrastructure and land-use projects; doing public transport service design; carrying out high-level policy and strategy work as well as being a key team member on transit oriented development projects. He is currently Auckland Council's Transport and Land Use Integration Manager as well as being a lead instructor in Simon Fraser University's on-line Next Generation Transportation Certificate programme. 

Darren is a subject area expert in transport, in New Zealand and around the world, and has presented Auckland transport innovations to many cities in New Zealand, Austria, Australia, the United States and Canada.

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Phil Wihongi

Māori Design Leader

Phil Wihongi is a roof tiler/landscape architect/planner, currently employed as Māori Design Leader within Auckland Council's Auckland Design Office. 

Phil's role includes working with Auckland Council, council-controlled organisation colleagues, mana whenua and Māori design industry professionals to incorporate Māori design into the heart of the organisation and the fabric of Auckland.

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