Speaker profiles

With this inspiring line-up of speakers, Elevate 2017 promises to be an exceptional day!


Josie Pagani 


Josie Pagani took over the Director role at Council for International Development (CID) in June 2016. She is a regular media commentator on current affairs on TVNZ’s Q&A politics programme, Newstalk ZB, Radio Live and Radio New Zealand, and has been involved in progressive policy think tanks in the UK. Josie has worked as a political adviser to governments, Prime Ministers and ministers. She has high-level experience in the aid and development sector, including at the OECD DAC in Paris, and as the first communications manager at NZAID. After returning to Wellington from Paris in 2007, Josie managed a public affairs consultancy with a number of clients both in New Zealand and abroad.


Iva Koroisamanunu

Iva Koroisamanunu is the WASH Project Manager for Live & Learn Environmental Education, Vanuatu. She is currently managing the Western Pacific Sanitation Marketing & Innovation Program (WPSMIP), a DFAT CSO WASH funded project implemented in Fiji, PNG, Solomon Island and Vanuatu. Iva started in this role in August 2016 but has been working in the WASH Sector for the last 10 years.


Matt King

Matt’s involvement with EWB started at the 2015 Conference where he presented on ECT - Emergency Compost Toilets. As the founder of ECT, Matt spends a lot of time talking about toilets and is often referred to as “the Pee and Poo Man”! Matt has a background in social science and community development as well as being a qualified builder. Previously, Matt has worked with SurfAid International in Indonesia on shelter reconstruction and appropriate technology programs.


Lionel Taito

  Lionel Taito-Matamua is a New Zealand born Samoan from Wellington. At 25 years of age, he is an aspiring social entrepreneur and Lionel aims to create the best future for him and his daughter which she can be proud of. Despite graduating from Victoria University of Wellington's School of Design majoring in Industrial design, Lionel applies his craft in the education space. Lionel enjoys his rugby league, a good steak and can't go a day with out a few coffees.


Andrew Drain 

Andrew Drain is a lecturer and PhD candidate in product design engineering at the School of Engineering & Advanced Technology, Massey University. Mr Drain’s experience includes work as a development engineer at Fisher & Paykel Healthcare as well as work as a design educator in New Zealand, Australia and Cambodia. His current research focuses on enhancing participatory design techniques for use with rural communities in Cambodia. This research involves the design of assistive farming technologies with people with disabilities and aims to develop a more effective way of collaborating with communities with minimal creative confidence.


Paula Feehan

  Paula is a life-long supporter of campaigns for social, political and economic justice. Her recent professional roles have included working for ActionAid UK, an organisation that focuses on a holistic approach to making change happen and she has undertaken field work in Vanuatu after the devastation of Cyclone Pam. She has always wholeheartedly supported justice movements and for five years Paula was Vice-Chair of Republic UK, an organisation aiming to promote democratic ideals. She sees climate change as the biggest justice issue of our times and climate change is a key campaign focus of Oxfam New Zealand where Paula is the Director of  Advocacy and Campaigns.


With more to come!