Enspiral Member and Foundation Director
Billy Matheson is a designer by training and an educator by profession. For the last decade he has been active in growing the social innovation ecosystem in Aotearoa New Zealand. In 2007 he left his academic career to create ReGeneration, a leadership network for young changemakers, which he did in partnership with the Enviroschools Foundation and the Tindall Foundation. Billy then spent 3 years working as a strategic advisor at Auckland Council supporting the development of social enterprise in the Auckland region. For the past 3 years he has been working with the Enspiral network - a global group of entrepreneurs and changemakers based in Wellington. Billy is the director of several businesses, works as a freelance consultant and advisor, and convenes regular retreats and workshops.
DR Ocean Mercier
Victoria university of wellington, Pukenga Matua/Senior Lecturer, Te Kawa a Māui
Dr Ocean Mercier (Ngāti Porou) is a senior lecturer at Victoria University of Wellington. Her teaching and research interests are varied, but her key focus is how mātauranga Māori and science connect and relate, particularly in educational contexts. She explores technologies, such as digital mapping, in advancing Indigenous and Māori interests, and is joint editor of MAI Journal. Ocean is co-leading a National Science Challenge study on Māori perceptions of biotechnological controls of pest wasps. She is the presenter of Māori Television's Project Mātauranga, a science series that celebrates Māori innovation. In 2017 she won the Lucy Cranwell medal for science communication.
Sam is the Co-Founder and CEO of the multi-award-winning Sustainable Coastlines, a charity addressing environmental issues. In 2013, he was named Young New Zealander of the year for this work that has delivered educational programs to over 177,000 people. For five years, Sam wrote a weekly column for the New Zealand Herald website as their sole contributor on the environment, bringing environmental issues and solutions to the forefront of hundreds of thousands of people. His charities operations have been recognised by the International Olympic Committee and Maritime New Zealand in addition to his contributions to the 5th International Marine Debris Conference and the United Nations Environment Program Global Conference on Land-Ocean Connections in Jamaica. Currently, Sam is involved in two landmark projects; to certify the Flagship Education Centre in the Wynyard Quarter as the most sustainable building in New Zealand - a global finalist in the ‘youth’ category for The Energy Globe Awards, and to produce 1,600,000 trees in prison nurseries and harness over 500,000 hours of labour from offenders to remove weeds and plant trees. Following on from work in Papua New Guinea and Hawaii, Sam has demand to create chapters of Sustainable Coastlines in Indonesia, Thailand, Tahiti, Italy, Singapore, Canada, Peru and Chile.