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Chris Whelan
Independent Chair

Chris Whelan is a futurist and entrepreneur who has owned and operated several businesses over the past 30 years. He has worked globally on programs and projects spanning multiple industries across five continents

Since 2012 he has held two chief executive positions, both in regional economic development, and served on boards focussed on city and regional growth and differentiation whilst speaking internationally on related matters. This includes engaging leaders at the 2014 Brisbane Global Café and 2013 World Economic Forum (Africa), where he facilitated discussion on creating 120 million jobs on the continent.

Chris is currently based in Wellington City and works across New Zealand in the areas of organisational change and transformation. Chris is a certified business and executive coach and works with leaders to articulate their vision and to execute strategies to deliver their ambitions. Chris has an MPhil Cum Laude (Futures Studies).