Kineo's operations in the Pacific region began in 2011 with the opening of an office in Wellington. 2012 saw our first Australian office open, and we're now have one of the biggest elearning teams in Asia Pacific.
Meet some of the team below:
Nolen Smith - Managing Director
Nolen is the Managing Director of Kineo Pacific where he is responsible for commercial development and establishing relationships with new clients in the Pacific region. Nolen has spent the last 10 years consulting on e-learning strategies and LMS selection and implementation support to clients in New Zealand and Australia.
Nolen caught the learning technologies' bug when he first began creating university projects with Apple's Hypercard; it then became an obsession when he was introduced to the Internet in the early '90s. Moving from the US to New Zealand in 1997, Nolen has since been a senior consultant at KPMG Consulting and BearingPoint, a former director at another New Zealand learning solutions company where he helped establish and grow its e-learning services team and an independent consultant to several of New Zealand's largest public and private sector organizations.
"I really enjoy having conversations with our clients and learning about their challenges, then working with them and our team to design and deliver the best solution."
Tina Griffin - Learning Solutions Manager
Tina is the Learning Solutions Manager, part of the Kineo Pacific management team supporting the day to day operations and project teams. As a senior designer, Tina also works closely with clients managing elearning projects from initial scoping, through design, and with help from her team, to a finished programme.
Specialising in elearning in 1998, Tina has extensive experience in designing, developing and implementing award-winning elearning solutions across NZ, Australia, the US and the UK. Starting life as a Chartered Accountant, Tina spent 12 years in Sydney and London designing and managing a range of blended learning solutions for PricewaterhouseCoopers and Reuters. Returning to NZ, Tina was the Learning & Development Team Leader with Housing New Zealand before joining Kineo Pacific.
"I'm really passionate about elearning - I think it's a fantastically rich and flexible medium in which to learn. I love the creativity of my role, being able to craft great learning experiences from a very diverse range of subject matter. The market is pretty exciting right now and I love looking for new ways of working, trying new technologies and looking to see how we can innovate what we do.
Paul Lawrence - Learning Consulting Manager
Paul is the Learning Consulting Manager at Kineo Pacific, supporting large scale strategic development and change management projects throughout the Asia Pacific region. He is able to bring a well-structured and pragmatic oversight to any project.
Paul’s background is in strategic learning consulting within banking, manufacturing and public sector organisations. He has created learning curricula for wholesale banking businesses, provided consulting services on people capability to senior leaders, and managed significant regulatory learning projects that have had organisational impact.
He started his career in learning as facilitator and instructional designer on cross cultural business skills in Japan, then moved into a generalist learning and development role on his return to NZ. From there, he moved into the banking industry and took opportunities to develop leadership and risk-based learning, and provide support to business leaders on developing people capability.
Paul brings a strong business focus to his project leadership role, understanding the value and impact this has for clients.