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Susan Freeman-Greene

Resilient, adaptable and curious

“It’s technology married with liberal arts, married with the humanities, that yields us the result that makes our heart sing” (Steve Jobs).

My Forum Pitch

Imagine a world where engineering and the arts are inextricably mingled, unleashing our imaginations and igniting innovation.  What would Wellington look like if we fired up our creative capital with a spectacular mash up of engineering, science and the arts?  Let’s turn the coolest little capital into an experience that inspires, breaks down barriers, and puts people at its centre. Let’s make our cool little capital even cooler –  one that celebrates the very collision between the artistic and the technical - one that makes our hearts sing.

Susan has been Chief Executive of Engineering New Zealand (formerly IPENZ) since February 2015.  She is, with her fantastic team and a strong board, leading a transformation agenda to meet the challenges of supporting and promoting the profession ‘engineer better lives for NZers’ in this world of rapid change – with the changes supporting a modern, inclusive and external facing organisation and profession.  Susan was formerly Chief Executive  of the Broadcasting Standards Authority and before that was a senior leader and Chief Mediator with the Human Rights Commission.  She’s practiced as a lawyer and as a mediator in the public and private sector.   Her broad experience in many sectors, combined with the analytical skills of a lawyer and the influencing skills of a mediator, have given her a wide perspective and set of skills.  She is also an Independent Director of TeamTalk and has just been appointed to the Board of the New Zealand Festival.

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Impossible Dreams for Wellington: city and the region.

‘Impossible Dreams’ follows the highly successful Rotary Forum 2017: Achieving the Impossible Dream for Wellington: the city and the region.




Presented by the Rotary Club of Wellington in partnership 
with Victoria University of Wellington - Centre for Lifelong Learning.


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