NYLD 2021 Speakers

Cam Calkoen – Inspirational speaker (Speaking at all events)

Ever since Cam Calkoen was a child he dreamed of a world where he could travel, entertain and connect. The only thing is that in been born with Cerebral Palsy he was told that his biggest challenges would be the way he walks and talks…that he’d forever be dependent on others.

Cam heard the challenges but was inspired by an opportunity-centric mindset and has gone on to represent New Zealand in sport, become a social innovator, a charitable fundraiser and a full-time, professional, inspirational speaker.

Cam has spoken throughout the world, appeared on ’The Learning Channel’ during lockdown, speaks with over 20 schools every year and for the past 8 years has been an Ambassador for Toyota New Zealand – inspiring everyday people to BELIEVE.


Shay Wright – Social Entrepreneur, Innovator, Futurist and Speaker (Speaking at all events)

Shay’s passions lie in the combination of social innovation and education with indigenous knowledge and c

ontemporary business thinking.  Shay is an indigenous social entrepreneur, who has spoken on stages across the world, set up several enterprises, won numerous national and international awards, and held multiple Government and indigenous enterprises advisory roles. In 2016 Shay was named in the Forbes Asia ‘30 Under 30’ list of top Social Entrepreneurs. Shay was a finalist in 2019 for Young New Zealander of the Year.

He is a co-founder of Te Whare Hukahuka, a social enterprise aiming to improve the lives of 10 million indigenous people. Te Whare Hukahuka has developed and runs training programmes that empower indigenous leaders in their ability to grow community enterprises, create local impact and revolutionise our system.



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