Speakers
Stephanie Woollard
 
Stephanie Woollard began Seven Women at age 22 after meeting seven disabled women working in a tin shed in Kathmandu. These seven women were struggling to make a living in the face of harsh discrimination. With her last $200, Steph paid for a trainer to teach the women how to produce products for sale locally and abroad - and Seven Women was born. 12 years after her meeting in a tin shed that started it all, over 5,000 women have been educated, trained and employed by Seven Women. Seven Women is empowering Nepali women, transforming their lives and their communities.
 
In 2016, Stephanie was made a Rotary International Peace Fellow and was a recipient of the Rotary International Responsible Business Award presented at the United Nations in NY. She was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for her philanthropy and humanitarian work in Nepal.
 
 
 
 
 
Meng Foon
Meng Foon has taken up the appointment of Race Relations Commissioner, after 24 years at the Gisborne District Council. Mr Foon was elected as a councillor in 1995 and in 2001 he was elected Mayor, a role he held for 18 years. He is one of a handful of people of Chinese descent to have become a mayor in New Zealand. He is fluent in English, Siyip and Te Reo Māori. As of 2019, he is still the only mayor in New Zealand who is fluent in Te Reo. He is a member of a number of community organisations including the Ngā Taonga a nā Tama Toa Trust, the New Zealand Chinese Association, Aotearoa Social Enterprise Trust. He has released a musical number, Tu Mai, he has been chair of Gisborne/Tarawhiti Rugby League since 1989, and was a member of the New Zealand Rugby League Board. 
 
Mr Foon is responsible for leading the work of the Human Rights Commission in promoting positive harmonious race relationships.

Justice Minister Andrew Little said the following of Mr Foon’s appointment -
 
“He has an outstanding record as a relationship builder and walks comfortably in the pākehā world, the Māori world, the Chinese community and other communities making up New Zealand.

Race relations is a priority area for the Human Rights Commission. We need to continue to break down barriers to racial and ethnic equality in New Zealand society.

This is an exciting appointment to a role that presents enormous challenges but tremendous possibilities.”
 
 
Peter Kyle
 
Peter was educated at Hutt Valley High School and Victoria University of Wellington where he gained degrees in law and economics. After serving as a Judges Clerk to the Chief Justice of New Zealand he was awarded a Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholarship to pursue post-graduate studies in law at the University of Virginia.  Upon his return to New Zealand he joined Watts & Patterson, now known as Minter Ellison Rudd Watts. In 1992 he was invited to take up a position with the World Bank in Washington, DC as a senior international attorney.  He retired from this position in 2009.
 
He was inducted into the Rotary Club of Wellington North in 1976 and has since served the organization in many capacities including as Governor of District 7620 (Washington, DC and Central Maryland). He has been particularly involved in alumni/Rotary Peace Fellow activities and has chaired both the Alumni Relations and Rotary Peace Centers Committees as well as several Peace Symposia. He has also served as an International Assembly Trainer, COL Delegate, RI President’s Representative and WASRAG Board member. He currently serves as the Dean of the Rotary Representative Network and will be the RI Director for 2020-22 in Zones 33 & 34.
 
Peter has received the Global Alumni Service to Humanity Award together with the Service above Self Award and the Citation for Meritorious Service. He and his wife, Margaret, live on the West River in Maryland, USA, in a home designed by Margaret and close to their two children and one grandson.
 
 
 
Kamal Sanghvi
Director 2019-21
Rotary Club of Dhanbad, India
 
A graduate of Kasturba Medical College in Manipal, India, with a degree in pharmaceutical sciences, Kamal Sanghvi is managing director of a family-owned banking, financing, and construction conglomerate.
 
Sanghvi joined Rotary in 1991 and has served RI as training leader, Chair-Rotary Institute, RI committee member, president’s representative, and in numerous other capacities. He helped establish 28 vocational training centers for women and coordinated 11 polio corrective surgery camps that treated thousands of patients. Sanghvi says one of his proudest achievements was leading a Rotary initiative that helped 200 Pakistani children get heart surgeries in India.
 
Sanghvi has received the Service Above Self Award and The Rotary Foundation’s Citation for Meritorious Service and Distinguished Service Award. He and his wife, Sonal, who is also a Rotarian, are Major Donors and Bequest Society Members.
 
 
Eva Hartshorn-Sanders
 
Eva Hartshorn-Sanders is the Director of Hartsheba Limited, which partners with organisations to achieve social, economic and environmental change.  Eva's professional background is predominantly in law reform, policy, negotiation and strategy.  She has worked in and with the international community, governments, NGOs and in politics to achieve substantial changes to improve gender equality, labour rights, education, social and criminal justice reform.  This includes working for the Leader of the Opposition in the UK House of Lords as a senior legislative and political adviser, speaking about welfare and employment issues for women at the United Nations on behalf of New Zealand NGOs, being part of the International Trade Union Confederation delegation at CSW60 at the UN in New York, writing submissions and successfully leading collective bargaining and public policy reforms as the General Counsel and National Women's Officer for the PPTA in New Zealand.
 
Eva has recently completed a contract as the Principal Adviser leading counter-terrorism policy and law reform projects at the Ministry of Justice in response to Christchurch Mosque Attacks.  Last year she also worked for a group of children's charities as the Project Lead for the Child Rich Communities Network (led by Inspiring Communities, UNICEF NZ, Barnardos, and Plunket NZ) with a focus on building a national network of organisations interested in children's wellbeing.  This year she has been approached to take a lead role with a UN climate change project in the Asia-Pacific.
 
Eva has a Masters in Advanced Global Studies from the Paris School of International Affairs at Sciences Po University in France, and an LLB / BA (first class, Honours in Political Science and Criminology) from Victoria University of Wellington.  Masters study in Paris was partly funded by Rotary's Global Grant scholarship (thank you!).  While in Paris, Eva spoke at the Leaders pour la Paix (Global Leaders’ Peace Debate) at Quai D'Orsay (the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs).   Eva won the community contribution award from the Inhouse Lawyers Association in 2017, and re-joined as a trustee for New Horizons for Women Trust and volunteer for the National Council of Women (including designing and organising the programme for the 2018 NCWNZ national annual conference) on returning to New Zealand.