Hon Dr Megan Woods

Keynote speaker

Minister of Research, Science and Innovation, Hon Dr Megan Woods

Megan Woods is a Christchurch local, and has been the Member of Parliament for Wigram since 2011. Following the 2017 election, Megan was sworn in as a Minister of the Crown with portfolio responsibilities including the Greater Christchurch Regeneration, Energy and Resources, Research, Science and Innovation, Government Digital Services, and responsibility for the Earthquake Commission.

In her role as a local MP, Megan has worked alongside Cantabrians on important issues, in particular as many move on from the devastating earthquakes that struck the city in 2010 and 2011. With her ministerial focus on Christchurch, she wants closure for all Cantabrians.

  • At Crazy & Ambitious 2, Megan is the opening keynote for Tuesday, 21 May, just before the tiaki (protect) session: Achieving a predator free New Zealand. Are we dreaming?

In Opposition, Megan held various portfolios – including Climate Change and Canterbury Issues – helping her to gain an understanding of a wide range of issues and build important relationships, especially in Christchurch.

Prior to becoming a Member of Parliament, Megan worked as a Business Manager at Plant & Food Research.

She holds a PhD in New Zealand History from the University of Canterbury.

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