Bestselling author and speaker, Abbas Nazari, fled the Taliban in Afghanistan as a child, and was resettled in New Zealand after his family were rescued by the Tampa container ship in 2001.
In 2019, Abbas was awarded a Fulbright scholarship to the United States, where he graduated with a Masters in Security Studies from Georgetown University, Washington DC. His memoir, After the Tampa: From Afghanistan to New Zealand (Allen & Unwin, 2021), is a #1 bestseller. Abbas is a sought-after speaker and media commentator, a prominent advocate for refugees, and has recently been named a semi-finalist for the 2022 University of Canterbury Young New Zealander of the Year.
Hayden Paddon is New Zealand’s most successful rally driver both nationally and internationally, winning 1 WRC rally, 8 WRC podiums, and more than 40 WRC stage victories. He was the 2011 Production World Rally Champion, becoming the first person in the Southern Hemisphere to ever win a world rally championship. He’s also a 5-time New Zealand Rally Champion.
Mike Allsop is Airline pilot, Everest mountaineer, adventurer and extreme marathon competitor. This self proclaimed “ordinary family” proves that anybody can accomplish extraordinary things. He is one of only a very small group of human beings to successfully complete the infamous TRIPLE SEVEN Marathon event which is 7 Marathons, in 7 Days, in 7 Continents. He survived an “unsurvivable” plane crash, ran the world’s highest marathon and wrote the best selling book ‘high altitude’.
Rebekah Campbell is serial entrepreneur, thinker and author.
She founded three companies, raised over 17 million in funding and wrote 138 Dates; a book about searching for love at the same time as launching a global technology business. Rebekah is a former New York Times columnist, a sought after speaker, and wife and Mum.
Jamie Fitzgerald is a modern-day adventurer and expert in strategy, leadership and change management. He has walked unaided to the South Pole, holds the world record for rowing across the Atlantic Ocean, is a double New Zealand representative , and as CEO of a performance consultancy business has helped thousands of people and hundreds of companies around the world achieve more.
Melissa Clark-Reynolds has 25 years experience as a technology entrepreneur and CEO. She is a business leader and company director helping guide organisations in Media, Agriculture, Technology, Software, Government departments and not for profits.She is a passionate bee keeper and was named Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit (ONZM) in recognition for her services to technology.
Dr Farah Palmer captained the Black Ferns to three Rugby World Cup wins, has a PHD in sociology and was the first woman to be appointed to the NZ Rugby board.
She is an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit, has been inducted into the World Rugby Hall of Fame and The
New Zealand Women's Provincial Championship was renamed the Farah Palmer Cup in her Honour. She currently works as an Associate Dean at Massey university where her research revolves around race, gender and leadership issues in sport.
Cam Calkoen was born with Cerebral Palsy and was told that his biggest challenges would be the way he walks and the way he talks.He has gone on to become an athlete and professional speaker. He is living proof of what is possible when we choose to challenge the world around us and leave our comfort zone.
The awesome host - Matty Lovell is living proof of what mindset, a plan and discipline can achieve. From a wheelchair he conquered depression, travelled the world, started a business and ran a marathon. Along the way he discovered things that became the framework for a life less ordinary.