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SEWF 2017 has, from the earliest moment, had a focus on growing the size and connectivity of the emerging social enterprise community in New Zealand, and internationally.

The Forum’s Pitch Olympics

During Social Enterprise World Forum 2017, we’ll be holding a Pitch Olympics, an exciting pitch competition between social entrepreneurs from across the world.

n. a party at our place

Join us at the official social function of SEWF 2017. Enjoy a night filled with delicious wine, food, and music, showcasing the best of New Zealand hospitality.

We partnered with the wonderful Twice Podcast and local Christchurch access radio station, Plains FM, to bring audio interviews with SEWF 2017 delegates and speakers. Have a listen to get a deeper understanding of what happened at the 3-day Forum.

Join us for 8 days of social enterprise experiences with the Transitional City Stream

We’re excited to announce the programme of the Transitional City Stream, made possible thanks to the continuous support of the Christchurch City Council. The 8-day programme of social enterprise tours and activities, from September 23rd to September 30th, will enable you to experience NZ social entrepreneurship first-hand by getting to know local practitioners and the wider communities, from the city to the peninsula and rural areas. The programme includes: 

Watch the videos captured at the event from our friends at Digital Storytellers and Upstream Daily. Plus, check out the recordings of each Plenary and Mini-Plenary session. 


Thanks to the kind support from our partners, we have been able to grant 300 amazing recipients with tickets and financial assistance for the forum. We received an overwhelming volume of applications, and the standard of entry was very high with the passion of both aspiring and practicing social entrepreneurs of all ages shining through. 

Below is the media coverage from the Social Enterprise World Forum:


We’re pleased to announce seven new partners signed up in support of SEWF 2017.

As we’ve been keeping ourselves busy putting together the final details of the SEWF programme in the past few weeks, we have also formalised a number of exciting new partnerships and we want to take this opportunity to announce them all. 

The following people made the Social Enterprise World Forum Possible:


Organising Team

Core SEWF Programme

Hélène Malandain Director

Jason Pemberton Experience, Logistics, MC Coordinator

Hélène Tholoniat Programme Coordinator

Simon Cooke Programme Coordinator

Hanna Alder Speakers Coordinator

Katy McLean Logistics


Satellite Events, Bursary Funds and Online Platform

Louise Aitken

Alex Hannant

Chris O'Neill

David Allison

Corey Jarrett

Jody Connor

The rest of the Ākina Foundation team


Open Stream

Oliviah Theyers-Collins Open Stream Lead


Transitional City Stream

Huia Lambie Transitional City Team Lead

Rosaria Ferguson Catering and Marketplace Coordinator

Erin Jackson Narrative Campaigns

Sophie Smith Narrative Campaigns

Rob Henderson Narrative Campaigns

Correna Davie Site Coordinator

Kim McDonald Tours Coordinator

Louis Murphy-Harris Tours Support

Stephanie Wild Volunteer Coordinator

Sam Clough and Kenny Ying Tour Volunteer Coordinators


Logistics - Conference Innovators Team

Terri Lowsley Event Manager

Anna Mills Programme manager

Alice Mills Speaker Prep

Charlotte Sloane Venue Manager, Isaac Theatre Royal

Megan Crum Venue Manager, Isaac Theatre Royal

Rachel Cook Venue Manager, The Piano

Kate Howden Venue Manager, Vodafone Innov8

Carolyne Rosewarne Venue Manager, Art Gallery

Charlotte O'Brien Venue Manager, Biz Dojo

Ady Shannon Venue Manager, Christchurch City Council


Marketing and Comms - Five + Dime Team

Shadoe Stone Marketing, Comms and Media Team Lead

Alice Cresswell Social Media Lead

Warren Drahota Video Lead


Content Contributors


Erin Jackson Narrative Campaigns

Sophie Smith Narrative Campaigns

Rob Henderson Narrative Campaigns

Mikey Leung Digital Storytellers

Peter Lowson Digital Storytellers

Julia Loersch Digital Storytellers

Alex McCall Upstream Daily

Fraser McConnell Upstream Daily

Julie Pybus Pioneers Post

David Binstead Twice Podcast

Jonny Knopp Photographer

Erica Austin Photographer

Gus Wood Photographer

Benjamin Knight Videographer


Youth Media Interns


Breen Cowie Social Media Coordinator

Donne Threadwell Social Media Coordinator

Patience Ngara Snapchat Storyteller

Rata Ingram Journalist


Volunteers Team


Stephanie Wild Volunteer Coordinator


Introducing, the full programme for the 2017 Social Enterprise World Forum. 

With over 40 speakers already confirmed, the event is shaping up to be the biggest Social Enterprise World Forum yet. 

Become Charlie at a Sustainable Chocolate Factory

As the countdown towards Social Enterprise World Forum 2017 continues we’re excited to let you know about the plethora of excellent activities to engage in before the Forum. 

To give you a better understanding of the Christchurch social enterprise sector, we offer you the opportunity to join us for tours of local social enterprises to experience their work first-hand, in the two days preceding the forum (September 25th and 26th). Click here to read more about the local tours.