ILANZ, In-House Lawyers Association of New Zealand


Jehan Casinader - Keynote

Common Ground

Our world seems more polarised than ever. Black or white. Urban or rural. Old or young. Vaccinated or unvaccinated. In or out. 

Many of us are struggling to bridge these divides with our colleagues, our clients – and even our friends and family.

As an award-winning journalist, Jehan Casinader knows how to quickly build rapport and trust with complete strangers, and help them to open up.

In 2021, Jehan closed the ILANZ Conference with a moving presentation about the power of storytelling, and how he overcame severe depression.

This year, he’s back to teach us how to forge deep relationships with people who don’t look, sound, think or behave like us.


This session is sponsored by our Valued Partner, MAS:

"MAS is proud to be sponsoring Jehan Casinader at the ILANZ 2023 conference. His ability to inspire and empower his audience is second to none, and we know delegates are going to get real benefit from his presentation ‘Common Ground’. It’s a privilege for MAS to be able to support ILANZ with such an engaging speaker."


About Jehan

Jehan Casinader is a journalist, keynote speaker and mental health advocate.

He was named “Broadcast Reporter of the Year” at the Voyager Media Awards in 2020, and “Reporter of the Year” at the New Zealand Television Awards in 2018.

In the aftermath of natural disasters, terror attacks, sporting triumphs and everything in between, Jehan has helped hundreds of Kiwis to share their vulnerable, deeply personal stories with the rest of the country.

A survivor of depression and suicidality, he is the author of This Is Not How It Ends: How rewriting your story can save your life (HarperCollins).

Now, Jehan helps individuals and organisations to unleash the power of storytelling. He is a respected voice in the areas of wellbeing, leadership and diversity.