Expanding Wellington’s Advocate Network

12th April 2023

Wellington‘s ambassador program is broadening its reach with five new members advocating for New Zealand’s capital city.

Joining a group of other academics across various sectors, the new ambassadors represent key disciplines from health to earth science and design.

Dr Jessica Mills – President Psychosocial Oncology New Zealand; Dr Nadia Pantidi – Lecturer in Interaction Design at the School of Design Innovation, Te Herenga Waka – Victoria University (VUW); Mark Lawrence – Senior Geologist GNS Science; Dr Lee Davidson – Associate Professor, Museum & Heritage Studies, VUW; and Paul Atkins, CEO of the Royal Society Te Apārangi will help attract International conferences to the city.

The work has already began with VUW’s Dr Nadia Pantidi, who was instrumental in bidding for OzCHI 2023, the International Annual Conference on Computer Human Interaction, and Dr Lee Davidson who bid for and won the Conference of the Association of Critical Heritage Studies (ACHS) in 2026. 

“The internationally recognised expertise of these thought leaders and their organisations play a major role in attracting international conferences to Wellington and showcasing our research and innovation on the world stage,” says Business Events Wellington Manager Irette Ferreira.

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