About

The Fast Track Inclusion (FTI) Trust carries out social innovation applied research to accelerate social inclusion for marginalised people. These ideas are described via this blog [tinyurl.com/fast-track-inclusion]Contact us on: fast.track.inclusion.trust@gmail.com or via the contact form on the sidebar.

The FTI Trust is supported by the expertise of its Trustees and Advisory Board below:

Stephen Cox, Chairperson is the Founder of Innovation Associates Ltd, a company coaching research providers and companies with their research funding and innovation projects. Stephen Cox is always active in making things happen, and developing research cultures that match both the organisation's goals and those of the researchers involved. Working with some of New Zealand's top researchers over a 25 year period, Stephen has gained a unique insight into the issues involved with technology transfer in New Zealand and how to ensure that business can receive added value from research-based commercialisation projects. He was awarded a M. Phil and a Dip Bus Admin from Massey University.


Trustees

Robert Akscyn has served for several years as a New Zealand Technology Fellow, funded by the Foundation for Research in Science and Technology, to help high tech companies in New Zealand with their R&D strategy. He co-funded a number of startups and received a W. Larimer Mellon Fellowship and an IBM Fellowship from Carnegie Mellon University. Passionate about youth development, Robert mentors students to improve their academic performance and extend their professional networks. He graduated from Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Southern California and is a PhD Candidate at the University of Waikato.


 
Dr. Robin Itzigsohn has an eclectic background in Science and Education. He taught biotechnology at the University of Waikato and consulted to a number of technology startups. Robin developed a range of methodologies to collect tacit knowledge from experts in wide ranging disciplines in secondary education and tertiary research institutions. He recently left academe to develop the family farm on the West coast testing the development of novel local and international markets for table grapes. Robin was awarded a PhD in Microbiology and a post-graduate degree in Education from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.


Dr. Annick Janson, Associate, Centre for Applied Cross-cultural Research, Victoria University of Wellington received a Gallup Positive Psychology Award for her research in Leadership Formative Experiences. Annick has been facilitating Leadership Development and research in the disability sector for the past decade. She represented NZ at the Global Leadership Summit, Washington D.C. and at the European Commission EASPD service providers for the disability sector. Annick is an experienced Director in the private and public sector and an editor for refereed journals. She was Microsoft New Zealand Partners in  Learning Research Director, and Inaugural Research Director with the New Zealand Leadership Institute, University of Auckland Business School. She was awarded a Ph.D. in Management Systems by the University of Waikato, in New Zealand.

Special projects advisors

Rachel Dekel is a co-founder of DigiPoll, one of New Zealand’s leading survey and market research companies. The business also provides fieldwork services to a wide range of clients, nationally and internationally. DigiPoll team of researchers are experts in qualitative and quantitative data collection and analysis. Rachel heads the team with expertise from over 25 years experience in strategic planning, development and management in the private and public sector, in both Canada and New Zealand mostly in the Health and Disability sector. She was awarded a Masters degree in Health Development and Policy by the University of Waikato.

Ally Tiang was educated in Hamilton and currently is a WINTEC Computer student. He is a member of AIESEC International Student organisation and was Media Intern for the Virtual Peer-Learning Project led by Annick Janson in 2010-12 and assisted with successive social media campaigns run on the Facebook page for the projects ran by Fast Track Inclusion trustees and associates. See www.facebook.com/StoryBehindEveryNZ.YOUth for more information about the media events. Ally is passionate about new media storytelling and enjoys exploring creative solutions to develop community. Ally has successfully overcome past risk and is keen to share his experience to help his peers achieve their dreams.

Dr. Koke Saavedra joined the ICAMHS (Infant, Child & Adolescent Mental Health Services) team in Hamilton and Thames in 2012. Before immigrating to New Zealand, he was Staff Psychologist at the Children's Hospital Oakland Research Institute and at the Children's Hospital & Research Center Oakland. He was also Faculty at the Wright Institute and Clinical & Training Director at the Berkeley CBT Clinic of the Wright Institute. Koke started his professional career as an Consultant, Economics & Financing of Education at the World Bank for over 4 years, before focusing on his passion to develop at-risk youth with novel interventions. Koke was awarded a PhD in Psychology from The Wright Institute.


Dr. Galia Schechter, Clinical Psychologist with Adult Mental Health at Waikato DHB, specialises in compassionate, culturally safe and effective psychotherapy and counselling services towards healing and growth in the areas of trauma (acute and chronic); depression; anxiety; specific phobias; work and life related stress; grief and bereavement; major life changes and adjustments, and relational/interpersonal challenges. Galia is passionate about addressing the issues of at-risk families with humanistic psychology, as inspired by eastern philosophies and mindfulness. Galia was awarded a PhD in Psychology from The Wright Institute and subsequently focused on individual therapy.

Anna Pye is a Waikato artist actively involved in community projects for the past 2 decades in Australia and New Zealand.  She has contributed to steering committees and advisory groups in the areas of youth development, strategy and policy, working with individuals and groups interested in self transformation. Anna is a qualified hypnotherapist, past life regression practitioner, counsellor and trainer and authored the Dragonfly Dreaming – A Spiritual Journey book.. “I hope that my own life experience becomes the inspiration to assist others to move beyond limitations.”  

Our Philosophy
The Fast Track Inclusion Trust principal mission is to establish a learning organisation and learning community to assist in public and formal education regarding a sustainable future for New Zealand communities.

The collective experiences of our Trust Members includes the collection, analysis and dissemination of peer-knowledge in the form of media resources. Outcomes from our research will form the foundations of learning (such as peer-learning) programmes to establish and coordinate programmes to promote the value of a sustainable future for New Zealand.

One way to strengthen New Zealand communities is to facilitate the study of the success factors behind social entreprises and their benefits to their members.

Hence, our research will study ways to promote and encourage sound social, cultural and economic policies in New Zealand through the application of social innovation. Our topics of study will include the protection and conservation of our social and natural environments and promote the development and widespread dissemination of knowledge and ideas in these domains.

Our work will be done in respect with our multicultural society such as Maori and Pacific cultural perspectives. For instance, we will encourage emerging leader to share knowledge, collective wisdom, ideas and experience with their communities, in particular via engagement with marginalised New Zealanders.

We are listed as a community organisation on webpages such as Webhealth the website dedicated to distributing information about wellness throughout communities (screenshot below)



More about the FTI Trust here.