21 June 2024 at 11:42 am

NAFSA CEO to deliver opening plenary at NZIEC KI TUA 2024

CEO and Executive Director of NAFSA Association of International Educators, Fanta Aw, will deliver opening plenary.

NZIEC KI TUA 2024 is set to welcome rich, global, and indigenous perspectives on international education with the announcement of its opening plenary and keynote speakers over two days of the conference. 

NAFSA CEO and Executive Director of NAFSA Association of International Educations, Dr Fanta Aw, will deliver the opening plenary at NZIEC KI TUA 2024 inTe Whanganui-a-Tara, Wellington from 6 – 8 August.

NAFSA Association of International Educators (NAFSA) CEO and Executive Director, Dr Fanta Aw will deliver the opening plenary. Experienced leader in business, community development, governance and technology, Elle Archer (Ngāti Tamaterā, Ngāti Maru – Hauraki Whānui katoa, Ngāti Raukawa, Ngāti Porou, Ngāpuhi, Ngāi Tūhoe) will deliver a keynote address on day two of the conference.  

Dr Aw will speak about the role international education can play in a time of global challenge and the global dimensions of our international education sector. Since 1996, Dr Aw has been a dedicated member and leader at NAFSA, which is the largest association serving international educators worldwide.  

From 2013 to 2016, she served as NAFSA’s President and Board Chair. Dr. Aw is a recognised and highly respected figure in the fields of international education and higher education administration. Originally from Mali, West Africa, Dr. Aw has resided in both East and West Africa, as well as the United States, fostering a broad and diverse cultural perspective. Her passion for global experiences has led her to explore nearly 60 countries. Dr. Aw is a frequent keynote speaker, sharing her expertise on various topics including international educational exchanges, diversity and inclusion in higher education, and U.S. immigration.  

Keynote speaker Elle Archer’s address will draw on her experiences from a number of global initiatives across engagement, cultivating curiosity, intergenerational fairness, and learning futures. Her address will take the audience on a journey from our own backyard to global kaupapa and focus on activating our connection to the world. This also fits into a portfolio of mahi that she has been involved in: Futures Now - Activating Societal Shift, Embracing Kotahitanga. 

Elle Archer will be a keynote speaker at NZIEC KI TUA 2024

Archer is an experienced speaker, facilitator, innovator and strategist, empowering people to achieve outcomes for the betterment of purpose. She holds roles as Heamana Whakahaere Executive Chair, Chair, Managing Director, Board Trustee and Kaiarahi for a wide range of organisations nationally and globally. She has been involved in iwi, business, industry, government, and community development for 27 years, with a background in science, geospatial technology, education, infrastructure, economic development, and emergency management. She won the ‘High-Tech Inspiring individual for 2024’ award at the NZ Hi-Tech awards.

Register now  

Registrations are open for the 31st New Zealand International Education Conference KI TUA (NZIEC KI TUA), which is being held in Te Whanganui-a-Tara, Wellington from 6 – 8 August 2024 at Tākina Wellington Convention & Exhibition Centre. This year’s conference theme is NZIEC KI TUA – Te Ara ki te Ao* 

You can register now at NZIEC KI TUA 2024. For an updated programme visit our website.  

A spotlight on NZIEC KI TUA 2024 Partners 

We are delighted to bring you the NZIEC KI TUA Experience Garden, which will give you the chance to engage and connect with a few of our conference partners in a number of exciting ways!

  • This year, we start both conference days with a Networking Breakfast; join TOEFL, at the International Education 101 session on our first day and Host Families on Thursday morning for an informative session with Celia Coombes from Immigration New Zealand. 
  • Immerse yourself in the world of Flywire live illustrators’, who will breathe life into our core conference themes and explore how collaboration will shape the future of international education. 
  • Visit and connect with idpconnect and IELTS in their own partner lounge.  
  • Need to make a powerful first impression? Visit the Pearson Photo Booth for a professional LinkedIn profile photo taken by Wellington-based professional photographer Rebecca McMillan 
  • Edified is partnering with piti’s Otaraua Nurseries to help NZIEC KI TUA in our commitment to sustainability; for every delegate registration, we will plant a native tree, fostering a greener future for generations to come. 
  • Prepare to embark on an extraordinary journey through the NZIEC KI TUA 2024 Experience Garden and unlock a world of activations and inspiration.   

We hope to see you there!  

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