IEEE WIE ILS Auckland 11-12 December 2023 Detailed Program

Day 1: 11th December 2023

8:30 am - 8:45 am

Mihi Whakatau (Traditional Māori welcome)

8:45 am - 9:15 am


by Provost Prof. Valerie Linton, The Univeristy of Auckland

9:15 am - 10:00 am

Plenary Speaker 1:

Nita Patel
Sr. Director, Engineering at Otis Elevator Co., USA
President IEEE Computer Society

Finding Your Voice

10:00 am - 10:30 am

Plenary Speaker 2:

Lynne Morton

General Manager Engineering, Kiwirail, New Zealand

Embracing Diversity and Inclusion in KiwiRail Infrastructure Engineering

10:30 am - 11:00 am

Morning tea

11:00 am - 11:30 am

Plenary Speaker 3:

Bryony James
Provost, Victoria University, New Zealand

Engineering the next generation of women leaders - University education in challenging times

11:30 am - 12:00 pm

Plenary Speaker 4:

Tracey Ryan
Managing Director, Aurecon, New Zealand

Women in Leadership

12:00 pm - 12:30 pm

Plenary Speaker 5:

Rachel Froggatt
Sport Business Growth & Social Impact Specialist,

New Zealand

Evolution of women in sport movement and the need for diversity and inclusion

12:30 pm - 1:30 pm


1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Parallel Workshop 1: Mahsa McCauley

Senior Lecturer, Auckland Uni. of Tech., New Zealand

"I Am Remarkable"

Parallel Workshop 2: Ying Yang & Sneh Patel
STEM & WeSTEM Project Managers at Te Hononga Akoranga COMET

"Strengthening pathways for students through successful STEM engagement"

2:30 pm - 3:00 pm

Plenary Speaker 6:

Takako Hashimoto
VP and Prof. at Chiba Uni. of Commerce, Japan and IEEE R10 Director-Elect (2023-24)

How Can We Attract Female Students to STEM Fields?

3:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Afternoon tea

3:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Plenary Speaker 7:

Catherine Watson
Assoc. Dean of Equity and Diversity, Fac. of Eng., Uni. of Auckland, New Zealand

Equity and Diversity in Engineering

4:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Plenary Speaker 8:

Celia Shahnaz
Chair IEEE WIE and Professor Bangladesh Uni. of Eng. and Tech

Designing impactful WIE programs to promote diversity and inclusion

4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Panel Discussion: Morgan Bailey (Rocket Lab), Jeewika Ranaweera (IEEE Future Directions), Stephany Berrio Perez (Uni of Sydney), Karen Frew (Powerco), Megan Coututre (Beca)

Auto confidence and women in leadership positions

6.00 pm – 6.30 pm

Bus transportation to conference reception

6.30 pm – 10.00 pm

Conference Reception at Wynyard Pavillion

Day 2: 12th December 2023

8:30 am - 8:40 am

Introduction to IEEE & WIE

8:40 am - 8:50 am

STEM workshop welcome by Renee Mateparae, Spark NZ

8:50 am - 9:00 am

STEM workshop welcome by Kelly Smith, Babcock

9:00 am - 9:45 am

Plenary Speaker 9:

Dame Juliet Gerrard
Prime Minister’s Chief Science Advisor, New Zealand

Science Advice in a Crisis – Some Reflections

9:45 am - 10:30 am

Plenary Speaker 10:

Alison Andrew
Chief Executive Officer, Transpower, New Zealand

Diversity: What is Happening with Electrification in NZ and How Do We Build Out the Workforce

10:30 am - 11:00 am

Morning tea

11:00 am - 11:30 am

Plenary Speaker 11:

Kerry Emm

Regional Vice President, ENTRUST Solutions Group, USA

Embracing a Vulnerable Approach to Leadership

11:30 am - 12:00 pm

Plenary Speaker 12:

Stephany Berrio Perez

Lecturer, The Australian Centre for Field Robotics, Uni. of Sydney, Australia

Driving Change: How Diversity and Innovation Shape the Future of Robotics

12:00 pm - 12:30 pm

Plenary Speaker 13:

Cecilia Tuala

Corporate Social Outcomes Programme Manager - Downer, New Zealand & Board Member, Auckland Maori Pacific Trades Initiative

Disrupting inequities: Creating meaningful pathways and the positive ripple effects on productivity and culture

12:30 pm - 1:30 pm


1:30 pm - 2:00 pm

Plenary Speaker 14:

Jeewika Ranaweera

Vice Chair, IEEE Future Directions, USA

Bridging the Digital Divide: Digital Equity and Inclusion for ALL!

2:00 pm - 2:15 pm

Geetika Tandon

Managing director for Deloitte Consulting LLP

IEEE Industry Partnership Program

2:15 pm - 2:45 pm

Plenary Speaker 15:

Josie Fitzgerald

Diversity Agenda & NZ Land and Water Leader at Aurecon, New Zealand 

Engineering and Architecture for Everyone

2:45 pm - 3:15 pm

Plenary Speaker 16:

Jo Ellen Scott

Senior Technical Leader, ENTRUST Solutions Group, USA

From Different to Brilliant: Thriving in a Mismatched World

3:15 pm - 3:45 pm

Afternoon tea

3:45 pm - 4:45 pm

Panel Discussion 2:

Nita Patel (Otis Elevator Co.), Jo-Ellen Scott (ENTRUST Solutions Group), Catherine Watson (Uni of Auckland), Josie Fitzgerald (Aurecon), Craig Sutherland (Uni of Auckland)

Moderator: Sandeeka Maannakkara

Transforming the culture of engineering and role of male engineers

4:45 pm – 5:00 pm

Conference Conclusion & Thanks

Dulsha Kularatna-Abeywardana

IEEE WIE ILS Auckland Summit Chair & Chair IEEE WIE NZ North Section