More of our speakers for the 2021 Conference to be announced.

Brook Barrington

Chief Executive and Secretary, Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet

Te Tumu Whakarae mō Te Tari o te Pirīmia me te Komiti Matua

Brook Barrington was appointed Chief Executive of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (DPMC) in February 2019.

Prior to this role he was Chief Executive and Secretary of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Brook joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) in 1990 and held a variety of roles both within New Zealand and offshore. The first part of Brook’s career in MFAT was spent advancing New Zealand’s trade policy interests. He worked across government and the private sector and had postings to Canberra and Brussels. The later part of that time in MFAT was more focused on political and security issues, including as Foreign Policy Advisor in DPMC and as Ambassador to Thailand for three years.

He left MFAT in 2009 to join the Ministry of Defence. He was Deputy Secretary, Policy and Planning, where he led the development of the 2010 Defence White Paper.

Brook moved to the Ministry of Justice in 2012 and held two Deputy Chief Executive roles. One had a particular focus on improving alignment and governance across the justice sector, and the other DCE role was responsible for day to day operations of the Ministry and ensuring it had the strategy, governance engagement and capability to deliver its core services effectively and efficiently.

Brook returned to MFAT in March 2015 when he was appointed the Chief Executive and Secretary of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

He holds a PhD in history from the University of Auckland.

Melanie Mark-Shadbolt

Ngāti Kahungunu ki Wairarapa, Ngāti Porou, Te Arawa, Ngāti Raukawa, Ngāti Tuwharetoa, and Te Atiawa

Melanie is an indigenous environmental advocate and is currently the Deputy Secretary Māori Rights & Interests at the Ministry for the Environment, and a co-founder and the Acting CEO of Te Tira Whakamātaki.

She is a specialist in traditional knowledge issues as they relate specifically to biosecurity, biodiversity and sustainable natural resource management. Her work has covered research in stakeholder values, attitudes and behaviours, social acceptability of management practices and risk communication and the wider human dimensions of environmental health.

She has recently left NZ’s Biological Heritage National Science Challenge where she served for the past three years as the Kaihautū Ngātahi, co-Director Māori, and the Māori Manager for the previous five years. She has served on a number of Governance and national advisory bodies including the; board of Project Crimson, B3 Collaboration Council, PMCSA’s Plastics Panel, Myrtle Rust Governance Group, Strategic Science Advisory Group for Kauri Dieback, Rauika Mangai and the advisory boards of a number of research programmes including a Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga climate change programme, and a Lincoln Agritech programme on N-fixing grasses.

Andrew "Andy" Roberts

Andy Roberts currently works for the Institute for Defense Analyses (IDA) in the Intelligence Analyses Division located just outside of Washington, D.C.  He worked briefly for the RAND Corporation after retiring from the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) in 2019 where he served for 35 years in the nation’s principal military intelligence research and analysis organization.  Andy was responsible for leading DIA as well as Intelligence Community and Defense Intelligence Enterprise (DIE) endeavors for Open Source Intelligence (OSINT).  He previously served in several positions as a senior intelligence advisor for threat finance, counter narcotics, and long-range futures.  In this role, he oversaw research, analysis, and production, shaped training and tradecraft for personnel, and provided direction and counsel on numerous projects primarily focused on providing intelligence support and recommendations to senior defense policymakers, planners, and field commanders.  Previously, Andy also served as the Deputy National Intelligence Officer for Military Issues with focus on national intelligence estimates on Iraq.  Earlier, he was the Deputy Defense Intelligence Officer for Global Trends and Projects organizing research and analysis of the future security environment supporting strategy customers in the Pentagon. He also served briefly as an action officer for the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Defense for Africa managing policy issues and activities.  Andy began his career at DIA in 1984 as an imagery analyst.  He holds a BS in Geology from West Virginia University, MA in International Affairs from The Catholic University of America, and MS in National Resource Strategy from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces.  He resides outside of Baltimore, Maryland {kind of like Wellington!} with his wife.  His three grown daughters did not go into intelligence going off on completely different career paths.

Mubin Shaikh

Mubin Shaikh is a former supporter of the global “Jihadist” culture who became a human source for the Canadian Security Intelligence Service and a Police Agent with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), Integrated National Security Enforcement Team (INSET). Shaikh worked multiple CLASSIFIED infiltration operations, online and on the ground. The last investigation became public when the RCMP in the “Toronto 18″ terrorism case of 2006, arrested 18 individuals. In total, 11 aspiring violent extremists were convicted after 5 legal hearings over 4 years in which Shaikh was the main Fact Witness.

Mr. Shaikh was subsequently involved with the ISIS social media boom having infiltrated their networks online and deals with the Foreign Fighter file including Returnees and rehabilitation at the international level. He has a Master of Policing, Intelligence and Counter Terrorism (MPICT, Macquarie), is an external SME (Subject Matter Expert) to international diplomatic and expert institutions, and trains police, intelligence and special operations forces on a range of topics.

Mr. Shaikh is currently a Professor in the School of Public Safety at Seneca College, and a Counter Extremism Specialist for the NGO, Parents for Peace. Shaikh is also co-author of the acclaimed book, Undercover Jihadiand is featured in a permanent exhibit at the new International Spy Museum in Washington, D.C. under, “Preventing Terror.”

Dr Kathie Irwin

Ngāti Porou, Rakaipaaka, Ngāti Kahungunu

Dr Irwin is a third generation Māori educationist. Public service and social justice are deeply embedded in her bloodlines. Her passion inspires her to contribute to nation building, in innovative and creative ways, that are framed by Sir Apirana Ngata’s whakatauāki (proverb) “E tipu, e rea”. This proverb speaks to the possibilities of Treaty based models of change that create authentic transformation.

As a Māori, feminist, academic, Dr Irwin specialized in Māori education, research and development, for nearly thirty years. Her second career has been in senior management and governance, across the NGO, Iwi and public sectors. She has served in governance roles as Ministerial Nominations from the 1980’s, until recently, when she served as Minister of Education nomination on Te Mana Whakahaere (Council) of Te Wānanga o Aotearoa.

Tania Te Whenua

Tania Te Whenua (Tūhoe, Whakatōhea) BA LLB AGNZ is principal of Te Whenua Law and Consulting, developing organisational cultural competency and responsiveness to Māori communities through a commitment to Te Tiriti o Waitangi.

Tania is the Senior Associate Te Herenga Waka University (Victoria University of Wellington) delivering cultural competency professional development programmes across the private and public sector. She is a Chartered Associate Member of Governance New Zealand, an Executive Committee Member – Governance New Zealand Women on Boards, a Board Member Te Taumata – the Māori International Trade Advisory Board to the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade, a member of the APEC Working Group for a Multilateral Indigenous Peoples Economic and Trade Cooperation Arrangement, an Executive Committee Member of Lawyers for Climate Change Action NZ, an Iwi representative on the Bay of Plenty Regional Council Rivers Advisory Committee, and a Local Government Development Contributions Commissioner.

Caleb Johnstone

Ngāti Tūwharetoa, Raukawa ki te Tonga, Ngāti Kahungunu

Caleb Johnstone leads the Strategy and Policy function for Te Arawhiti.

Across a 20 year career in the public service he has worked in predominantly in policy roles within education, economic development, procurement and more recently housing and urban development.  As part of this Caleb has been involved in the development of strategies that sit at the interface between Māori and government and working closely with Māori in the development of policy initiatives.

Caleb recently joined Te Arawhiti and heads a function which provides policy advice across both Treaty settlements and Māori Crown relations.  The team advises Ministers on how the Crown can better give effect to Treaty partnership, supports government to navigate contemporary Treaty challenges and helps other agencies consider Treaty issues within major system reforms.

Outside of work Caleb has a young family and essentially spends his time trying to keep up with two growing boys.

Marika Hughes

Marika Hughes is the Director of the National Security Systems Directorate in the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet. Prior to her arrival in New Zealand in 2003, Marika’s career spanned key analytical and liaison roles within the US intelligence and defence communities, including secondments to the FBI to support counter-terrorism investigations in 2007-2008 and domestic and offshore assignments in support of major event security. Marika has held a number of appointments within New Zealand Government, including senior roles in the New Zealand Customs Service and the Department of Internal Affairs and until recently, was the Chair of the National Security System National Exercise Programme.  Before taking up a role in DPMC in September 2015, Marika spent more than five years in Parliament as the Private Secretary to the Minister of Civil Defence, with additional roles supporting the Minister of Internal Affairs and the Minister for Racing.