Thank you to our ANZEA 2021 Online Conference keynotes!

Dr Seini Taufa
Atawhai Tibble
Dr Andy Rowe
Dr Glenda Eoyang
Dr Robin Lin Miller

Seini Taufa

PhD

Dr Seini Taufa is the Research and Evaluation Lead for Moana Research, and the Senior Pacific Advisor for Growing Up in New Zealand.  Dr Taufa was previously based at the University of Auckland where she taught for over ten years within the departments of Social and Community Health and Pacific Health, School of Population Health.

She also worked part-time as the research lead for TAHA Well Pacific Mother and Infant Service and as the Pacific analyst for the Growing Up in New Zealand Study. Her extensive research expertise has enabled her to gain skills as a research fellow for the NZ Child and Youth Epidemiology Services, acquiring further skillsets as both a qualitative and quantitative researcher.  Dr Taufa continues to be passionate about working on health-related issues relating to ethnic minorities.

Atawhai Tibble

Of Ngāti Porou, Te Whānau a Apanui, Tuwharetoa, Whanganui, and Raukawa ki te Tonga descent, Atawhai is Wellington-based strategic policy advisor, with interests spanning the economics of Māori well-being, the valuation of Māori language and culture, the measurement of cultural capital, the behavioural drivers of Māori outcomes, and Māori economic and social policy more generally.

Atawhai is both fluent in te reo Māori and has expertise in tikanga Māori. He led the development of the first ever survey of indigenous wellbeing undertaken by a national statistics agency – Te Kupenga. He then led the Māori Living Standards Framework project at the NZ Treasury. Atawhai currently works 3 days a week at the Social Investment Agency as the Chief Māori Advisor. The other two days a week he devotes to Māori research and policy projects.

A trained lawyer, Atawhai has extensive experience in the public service and has worked as a Manager and a Senior Advisor at a range of agencies including Te Taura Whiri I te Reo, Te Puni Kōkiri, and the Ministry of Education. He has also has experience in the Beehive where he was an advisor to the the Minister’s of Education and Māori Affairs.

Andy Rowe

PhD

Fellow and former President of Canadian Evaluation Society and recipient of the Society’s award for Contribution to Evaluation in Canada and over thirty-five years conducting evaluations in a wide range of natural resource and human settings now focusing on sustainability and climate.

Dr. Rowe has developed and published a new approach for evaluating impacts (Rapid Impact Evaluation), on the conceptual foundations for evaluating sustainability, on undertaking use-seeking science, and on specific evaluation techniques.

He has led the effort in the Canadian Evaluation Society to develop a sustainability-ready capacity for evaluation in Canada, provides training in evaluating sustainability, is a member of the Technical Evaluation Reference Group of the Adaptation Fund and is contributing to several ongoing evaluations of climate and sustainability.

He holds a PhD from the London School of Economics.

Glenda H. Eoyang

PhD

Glenda Eoyang thrives at the edges: Between theory and practice, between order and chaos, between past and future. Since 1986 she has drawn lessons from complexity science to help people thrive in turbulent and uncertain environments. Today, more than ever, her work offers insight, options for action, and well-being for people around the world.

As the founding executive director of the Human Systems Dynamics Institute, Glenda leads a global community of over 800 scholar practitioners. They work across sectors to build adaptive capacity for individuals, teams, institutions, and communities.

For more information about Glenda and her work with HSD, visit: www.hsdinstute.org.

Robin Lin Miller

PhD

Professor of Psychology at Michigan State University, where she directs the doctoral training program in ecological-community psychology and co-directs the master’s degree and certificate in program evaluation. 

Her evaluation career reflects a 33-year commitment to the health and well-being of LGBTQ+ populations and others at high-risk of HIV infection. 

She began her career as the lead evaluation specialist for the Gay Men’s Health Crisis (GMHC) in the earliest years of the HIV epidemic. She has evaluated diverse community-designed and led programs in the US, Africa, and Caribbean for adolescents, Black gay and bisexual men and other at-risk populations (e.g., ex-offenders, bisexual girls, male sex workers), primarily focusing on structural and human rights interventions to promote access to HIV prevention and care and reduce structural stigma. 

She has performed policy-related work on conversion therapy, serving as the lead evaluation scientist on the American Psychological Association’s Task Force on Therapeutic Approaches to Sexual Orientation Distress. 

The latter report is heavily cited in passed and pending legislation banning conversion therapy practices on minors in multiple U. S. states.