Who is Behind the 2014 GFN Challenge?
A team of passionate business people and entrepreneurs who share a desire to make a difference in the world.
Both Sarah and Danielle participated in the 2013 Challenge, and have taken over the organising from the original founders. Both are passionate about web, passionate about helping people and look forward making the 2014 challenge a great success.
Danielle loves trying new ideas and the challenge of making them work.
She currently works in a project team redeveloping a public sector web channel and volunteers in the communications team for Youthline. Over the past year Danielle has attended Good for Nothing Challenge 2013, the social enterprise start-up weekend and the UX Lean for Good jam. The things she loves best about the Good for Nothing challenge are working in cross-functional teams, meeting amazing people and solving a problem for an NGO in need.
Sarah St John
Passionate about all things web, Sarah loves getting involved in all aspects of web management, development, content strategy, user experience, information architecture. She has cut her teeth working in a number of public sector web teams over the last decade. Organiser of the Wellington Web Content meetup, she is constantly on the look out for new and interesting web projects. A participant in the Good for Nothing Challenge 2013. Her drive and interest is in how the projects will affect some real social good for the NGOs in Cambodia.
GFN Challenge Cambodia Founders
A special thanks to our founders and mentors for the 2014 Challenge.
Sam Ng, Social Entrepreneur, New Zealand & Cambodia
Sam Ng was the co-founder of Optimal Usability (NZ design consultancy), Optimal Experience (Australian design consultancy) and Optimal Workshop (global software tools provider). Having gained experience in these high growth businesses, Sam is now pursuing his passion for combining business with poverty alleviation and social justice issues.
"Doing some good and having the experience change you for the better is the most rewarding thing you can do as an entrepreneur. There's an addictive buzz as a tech entrepreneur when you release products, get more customers and watch your company grow. There's an even greater buzz when you realise those same skills can also improve health, bring hope and even save lives. Having lived in Cambodia for over a year, I am humbled by how incredibly privileged I am compared to those around me. I'm now driven by a strong desire to create and support lasting change by offering my skills, resources and time - including via the Good for Nothing Challenge. I'm looking forward to meeting like-minded peers and together making a meaningful difference over a few good laughs."
Stefan Korn, Director WebFund, Wellington – New Zealand
Stefan Korn is the founder of private incubator WebFund which he established in 2007 to help web-based Kiwi startups conquer the world. Over the last 5 years WebFund has established itself as one of the leading incubators in NZ with a portfolio of successful start-ups which operate in Australia, the US and Europe. Stefan is also a founding investor for NZ’s first accelerator programme “Lightning Lab” which kicks off in 2013. Stefan has a PhD in Artificial Intelligence and an MBA in international business. During his corporate career Stefan ran large scale e-commerce platforms and managed complex business intelligence implementations for companies like HP, Oracle and InterContinental Hotels Group.
Joshua Vial, Founder, Enspiral, Wellington – New Zealand
Joshua Vial is a social entrepreneur and software developer who founded the Enspiral network in 2010.
"I am really curious about how best to use my skills to help others and I am keen to see how much value we can add in just a week. I hope to learn and teach, work and play, meet amazing people but most of all I would like to make a difference and help an organisation doing work on the front lines."
Alanna Krause, General Manager, Enspiral, Wellington - New Zealand
Alanna Krause supports people and projects to thrive in the Enspiral network of social enterprises, using her skills in communication, administration facilitation, technology, and leading teams. She has a varied background as a Japanese translator, yoga teacher, civil servant, private sector IT worker, and volunteer coordinator. Alanna is involved in a wide range of service projects such as Yoga Stops Traffick, Off the Mat Into the World, The New Zealand Network Against People Trafficking, and Wellington Rape Crisis. She is excited about the Good for Nothing Challenge because she believes in the real power of dynamic collaboration with a diverse mix of skills in the room.
Gregory Pellechi, Project Manager, Good For Nothing Challenge - Cambodia
Gregory Pellechi is a freelance journalist with a background in humanitarian aid and development who currently resides in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Over the past few years, Greg has worked for and volunteered with a number of local and international organizations, mainly in the capacity of a communications specialist and a researcher. As a journalist, he also worked at the business desk of the Phnom Penh Post, and has also contributed to other local publications. Greg's specific interests include rugby, skiing, travel, books and discussing the merits & foibles of foreign aid. Greg is excited about setting up Good For Nothing in Phnom Penh, and looks forward to a fruitful and exciting workshop.