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Media Release: Call for registrations for the World Indigenous Business Forum

Hello WIBF friends! future delegates, speakers and sponsors!  Here are some of the WIBF 2018 Conference topics:

  • Imagining Indigenous Economic Futures – Apopo
  • Indigenous Global Women in Business – Mana Wahine
  • Indigenous Business Feeding the World – Whangai Te Ao
  • Technology in the Indigenous World – Hangarau
  • Indigenous Entrepreneurship – Nga Uri a Maui
  • Indigenous Business Collaborating Globally – Whanaungatanga
  • Youth Panel – Rangatahi
  • Indigenous Business Responsibility and the Environment – Kaitiaki Taiao
  • Building Indigenous Communities through Business – Hapai te Hapori

WIBF 2018 New Zealand Planning Committee

local host:  Te Ohu Whai Ao Charitable Trust


Richard Jefferies (Ngāti Raukawa and Ngāti Tukorehe)
Graeme Everton (Ngāti Raukawa and Ngāti Tuwharetoa)
Ngapera Riley (Te Arawa)
Rachel Petero (Waikato-Tainui)
Kiri Dell (Ngāti Porou)

View the WIBF 2018 Ambassadors!

WIBF 2018 Featuring: Diego Ancalao Gavilán

Diego Ancalao Gavilán, current President of the Foundation of Indigenous Leadership and Development, legacy of the ILDI for Chile after WIBF 2017. Member of the Planning Committee of WIBF 2017 Santiago de Chile, and member of the World Indigenous Business Network. Having a wide background in politics, in 2014 became the first Mapuche leading a...

WIBF 2018 Featuring: Benedicto Melin

Indigenous Entrepreneur – Businessman, Chile

WIBF 2018 Featuring: Félix Queupul

He is an agricultural engineer with a certification on energy and sustainable development; he has studies on Indigenous Policies and he is Master in Clean Development Mechanism and Energy Efficiency. Félix is also a founding member of RUKA ANTU Renewable Energies. He thoroughly knows the High Andean plateau of the northern territories from Chile,...

WIBF 2018 Featuring: Robert Louie

Robert Louie, LL.B, OC, Hon. Dr. LL.B is the former Chief (24 years) of the Westbank First Nation (which is Self Governing), and has served on numerous Boards, Companies and Special Appointments with Government and private industry for over 30 years. He has extensive experience in real estate development and has focussed primarily on working for...

WIBF 2018 Featuring: Chrisch Siririka

Chief Executive Officer - Indigenous Peoples’ Business Forum The IPBF aims to be a unified and fully representative organization that contributes to a vibrant, transforming and growing economy in Namibia. Mr. Siririka brings to the position over a decade of experience in Business Management Consulting and SMMEs Management Consulting.

WIBF 2018 Featuring: Sheena Graham

Executive Officer - Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) Sheena Graham is a Nadgu women from Western Australia and is passionate about international indigenous issues.  Sheena is an Assistant Director at the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) where she currently manages international development policy...

let’s start talking about your trip to WIBF 2018 Rotorua, Aotearoa, New Zealand

Getting here is easy

Auckland International Airport is the largest and busiest airport in New Zealand with its modern facilities making it a seamless way for your delegates to arrive before making a leisurely transfer to Rotorua.

  • Domestic Connections to Rotorua from Auckland Airport
  • 28 flights a week from Auckland to Rotorua.
  • 40 minute flight.
  • 2 hour 30 minute drive.
  • 3 hour bus transfer.
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WIBF 2017 Keynote Speaker: Navi Radjou

Author, Speaker and Strategist How to do better with less Navi Radjou is an independent scholar and an innovation and leadership advisor based in Silicon Valley. A Fellow at Cambridge University’s Judge Business School, he serves on the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on Innovation & Entrepreneurship.  He won the Thinkers50...

WIBF 2017 Featuring: Wilfredo Cruz Gonzalez, Ada Zuleta Zuleta, Patricia Lorena Pérez González

Wilfredo Cruz Gonzalez “My dream is for this product to be sustainable over time and for our people to once again live off of farming. And that many more of us work for our people and that families come back to live here." Wilfredo Cruz Gonzalez is one of 20 wine producers from Toconao that have been commercially working their vineyards under the...

WIBF 2017 Featuring: Octavio Sotomayor E.

National Director of INDAP Born in Santiado de Chile, December 5th, 1957. Agronomical Ingenieer from Universidad de Chile, especialized in Agricultural Economy. MA in Economical Sciences at AgroParisTech, France. Before taking over the National Direction of INDAP in 2014, was an official of CEPAL, and worked as consultant of national and...

WIBF 2016 Saskatoon, Saskatchewan Photos Now Available

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BY: The Delegation of the World Indigenous Business Forum 2016

Saskatoon, Saskatchewan- At the seventh annual World Indigenous Business Forum in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada, a delegation of Indigenous business leaders from across the globe resolved to define Indigenous Development in their own terms. Following an impassioned keynote by Dr. Ernesto Sirolli in which he highlighted the lackluster entry in Wikipedia for “Indigenous Development”, a delegation of individuals from Indigenous communities across the globe rallied to write a description that would accurately reflect what they do. Facilitated by the Sirolli himself, a pioneer in sustainability, the group produced the following resolution statement, in English and Spanish, that was accepted unanimously by the entire forum:


In consideration of the cosmology of indigenous populations as exemplified by the common knowledge of its people, and the application to every aspect of life from politics to economics to science, spirituality, morality and philosophy, our definition of Indigenous Development is:

Indigenous development is the organized effort by Indigenous Peoples to honor, enhance, and restore their well-being while retaining a distinctiveness that is consistent with their ancestral values, aspirations, ways of working, and priorities on behalf of all Future Generations. Their efforts also strive to share a holistic model of livelihood that respects the Creator, the Earth and promotes sustainability now and for the generations to come.”

Though this may seem like a small step to some, building consensus among Indigenous communities and empowering them to seize control of their own Nations is a focus of many organizations across the world. To have a definition of what it is Indigenous People would like for themselves allows these groups to narrow their focus and provide services that respond directly to the needs of the populations they’re serving.

Press Release WIBF 2016 Resolution
Wikipedia Resolution Statements in English and Spanish

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