Who We Are

Dr Cheryl Doig

Cheryl is a leadership futurist who sees exponential technologies as an opportunity to amplify our human characteristics. She loves challenging organisations to think differently in order to adapt to a rapidly changing and complex world. This world must consider equity, ethics and social impact as our preferred future.

In 2017 Cheryl was a finalist in the Westpac Women of Influence Awards, in the Innovation and Science category. She sees this recognition as an opportunity to continue influencing young women to grow as leaders and entrepreneurs.

Cheryl has been an award winning principal and is involved in a number of strategic roles and foresight projects. She is currently a Board Chair of the NZ Brain Research Institute,  Establishment Board Chair of Haeata Community Campus and  serves as a trustee for Limitless and Food for Thought Trusts. Cheryl is a member of the NZ  Institute of Directors,  Association of Professional Futurists and the World Future Society. She is also a sponsor of Rata Teachers’ Support.

Cheryl plays a strategic role in a Grow Waitaha, a Ministry of Education initiative to support educational change in Christchurch. She is a co-organiser of the Future of Learning. All these events focus on working with networks, collaboration and alliancing for social good.

David Duffy 

David Duffy brings wisdom and depth to Think Beyond.  He maintains the systems for the organisation, and is to ‘go to’ person for any questions, bookings and account queries.


Daniel Coats

Daniel Coats is currently an undergraduate student at the University of Auckland, where he is studying towards a Bachelor of Science majoring in Computer Science. As a member of the Think Beyond team, Daniel’s role includes developing websites, editing video, conducting research, and bringing a young person’s perspective to team discussions.

Away from work and study, Daniel’s favourite pastimes include debating, running, and writing. You can read Daniel’s short stories, and anecdotes on technology, science and education, on his website: http://danielcoats.nz