The Conference is extremely pleased to feature two keynote addresses during the event from prominent thought leaders in the academic and practitioner sectors: Professor Paula Jarzabkowski and Daphne Te Rito Luke.

Professor Paula Jarzabkowski

Disaster Insurance Reimagined: Transforming financial systems for climate adaption’

The world is increasingly ravaged by disasters such as floods, earthquakes, cyclones, and bushfires that cause inevitable losses. Beyond the toll on human lives, homes and livelihoods are destroyed. Having funds available after a disaster to finance reconstruction is crucial, preventing the escalation of human misery through poverty and displacement. Insurance is an important source of these funds. Yet, as disasters increase in the face of climate change and growing urbanisation, the insurance system is in crisis becoming unaffordable or unavailable to many. This retreat of one of our key financial systems – a system that underpins mortgage lending, home ownership, and more, is a fundamental threat to our societies. Yet crisis is also an opportunity to reimagine financial systems, transforming them into partners in our efforts to adapt to climate change. In this keynote, I will discuss the implications of our longitudinal research into 17 cross sector collaborations that aim to address the insurance crisis in 49 countries around the world. What works, for whom, and why? And how can we use this knowledge to help reimagine vital financial systems, such as disaster insurance?

Paula Jarzabkowski is Professor of Strategic Management at University of Queensland and City, University of London, and Co-Editor of Strategic Organization. Paula’s research focuses on the practice of strategy and markets in complex, pluralistic, and paradoxical contexts. She publishes this research in leading journals, including Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Management Studies, Organization Science, Organization Studies, and Strategic Management Journal. She is co-author and co-editor of several books including, Strategy as Practice: An Activity-Based Approach (Sage), Making a Market for Acts of God (Oxford University Press), and the Oxford Handbook of Organizational Paradox. Her forthcoming book, Disaster Insurance Reimagined: Protection in a Time of Increasing Risk, co authored with Konstantinos Chalkias, Eugenia Cacciatori, and Rebecca Bednarek, is being released by Oxford University Press in July 2023.

Daphne Te Rito Luke MNZM, MMMgt, MInstD

Unlocking Sustainable Success – 25 years of Māori business in Te Upoko o Te Ika a Māui

This keynote session offers a deep exploration of Māori business, a subject unique to Aotearoa, and offering practical insights globally. In this presentation, Daphne will explore the fusion of kaupapa Māori values, modern management principles, and sustainable practices.

Drawing from over 25 years of firsthand experiences founding, supporting and working with Māori businesses and communities in Aotearoa, New Zealand, Daphne will shed light on how these enterprises incorporate Māori values into contemporary business operations. She will investigate their holistic approach, emphasizing not only financial returns but the enduring survival of Māori as a people.

Designed for an audience interested in indigenous entrepreneurship, sustainability, and cultural preservation, this keynote promises a thought-provoking exploration of how Māori business concepts can inform and inspire innovative approaches to modern management, leading us toward a more sustainable future. Join us for an academic discussion that offers both theoretical insights and practical lessons.


Daphne’s career in Māori economic development spans 25 years. She founded the Kāpiti and Horowhenua Māori economic development agency, the local Māori business network and represents Māori interests at regional and national levels. She developed and managed Te Aho, a five-year Māori development strategy with five iwi in the lower North Island. Her research focuses on Māori economic development and entrepreneurship drawing on traditional Māori knowledge. Her He Hapori Māori model underpins the strategies of many Māori businesses, community groups and multiple iwi around the Country.  She co-authored a collection of papers prepared by Prof. Winiata over his 40 years working towards the survival of Māori as a People. Daphne is engaged across Māori health, education, economic development, Treaty claims, business and telecommunications. She holds governance positions with at Te Wānanga o Raukawa, is the Chair of Te Matarau a Māui Wellington region’s economic forum, is a Director of Wellington NZ, the Deputy Chair for Hora Te Pai Māori Health Service and chair of Te Rōpū Pakihi Inc, the Kapiti and Horowhenua Māori business network.