Meet the KSPW team
Natalia Albert - FOUNDER/PRODUCER
Natalia is the powerhouse and visionary behind Kate Sheppard Place Women. She is a Mexican born – Kiwi citizen with a reputation for getting it done. Natalia is a passionate advocate for all things women, diversity and equity. As the driving force behind New Zealand’s first TEDxWomen’s event back in 2013, Natalia believes in women being at the forefront of leading and shaping our world from a kind and tolerant perspective. Natalia is an experienced IT project manager driving transformational initiatives, and recharges her batteries by shredding it up on Wellington’s many beautiful mountain and road bike tracks. She lives with her partner Mike and their puppies Mexi and Margarita, and calls Wellington home.
KATE GENDALL - PRoJECT MANAGER
Kate is our project manager, and general doer-of-things-that-need-doing. She has a background in genetics and statistics, and is currently employed as a kind of integrated data evangelist. Kate's experience with a chronic illness left her passionate about intersectionality and making sure everyone's voices can be heard. Kate is a self-professed geek, and also enjoys crafts, Japanese culture, and learning all the things. KSPW gives her a chance to indulge two of her passions: awesome women and colour-coded spreadsheets.
Arzoo SyeddaH - Event manager
Arzoo is a Pakistani-Swiss who heeded her soul’s calling and moved to New Zealand recently. She is the perfect example of a third culture person who has lived in four countries and considers Geneva her home. She has extensive experience on the United Nations platform looking at synergies between women in trade, gender diversity and sustainability. Most importantly she is passionate about the issue closest to her heart - empowering women to be fearless leaders. She is a firm believer in the idea that the future is female!
She has an inquisitive heart that she nourishes by traveling the world, outdoor running, and teaching. She moonlights as a writer in her spare time and hopes to publish her work one day.
Bio to come
Kirthika (Kiki) Prasad
Kirthika -- or Kiki, to those who prefer fewer syllables! -- grew up in the bustling metropolis of Mumbai, India. She pursued a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism and ended up being the only 'media' professional in her family of bankers and engineers. Since 2011, she worked in the publishing industry as a photo editor for brands like Hello! and Lonely Planet magazine India, where she also got a chance to indulge her passion for travel photography.
In her new home Wellington, Kiki is gearing up to work in not-for-profit organisations in pursuit of meaningful work that can inspire and empower underrepresented communities. In her free time, she enjoys exploring the city with her camera.
Júlia Cerqueira Melo
Júlia is a Brazilian who is passionate about social justice, handicraft, football and Carnaval! Her background includes a Law degree as well as a bachelor in Science of the State for which she studied communities and popular participation. She is a CODA (child of deaf adult). She has been involved with the deaf community since she was born. Working for a non-profit in the community and as an interpreter of Brazilian Sign Language shaped her into a person who wants to help others. Júlia believes that social justice is the key to a better world and empowering women is a major step in that endeavour.
Christy Law - CHARITABLE STATE ADVISOR
Christy is our self-professed queen of cunning plans, bringing the triple-threat of grammar, numbers, and cool-as-a-cucumber calm. A born and bred Kiwi, she’s focused on moving us past the ‘she’ll be right’ gender conversation and into evidenced-based discussion and action. Christy is a senior change management professional found at her most work-happy when kept on her toes, channeling her inner CJ Cregg at the office. She’s also an avid believer in no regrets, explaining why she’s absolutely not a surfer… despite best efforts.