Jehan Casinader

Jehan Casinader
After Dinner Speaker, Broadcaster, Business Speaker, Debater, Facilitator, Host, Keynote Speaker, MC, Panelist, Political Commentator, Speaker, TV Presenter, Writer
Adventure, Business, Celebrity, Culture and the Arts, Economy and Finance, Entertaining, Environmental, Food and Wine, Health and Lifestyle, Inspirational, Leadership, Motivational, Politics, Social Media, Travel

Jehan Casinader is obsessed with great Kiwi stories. In 2016, he became the youngest-ever correspondent for TVNZ’s flagship current affairs programme, SUNDAY. He is a familiar face on Seven Sharp, where he was one of the original reporters.

With a particular interest in social issues, education, innovation and culture, Jehan has travelled the length and breadth of the country. Over the past eight years, he has interviewed Kiwis from all walks of life, including politicians, convicted killers, cancer battlers, survivors of near death experiences, and everyone in between. Jehan’s reporting has given him a unique insight into the shape of our country: what fires us up, what makes us proud, what excites us, and what makes us unique.

Journalism is in Jehan’s blood. He filed his first piece for TVNZ’s Holmes programme at the age of 13. Throughout his teens, he wrote for student media, before freelancing for newspapers and magazines. By 20, he had been a finalist twice at the Qantas Media Awards, and travelled the world filing stories for New Zealand media. He covered child abuse in Fiji and tsunami relief in the Solomons. He interviewed red carpet stars in New York and found Kiwi success stories in Egypt.

Jehan was born in Wellington but is now based in Auckland. He is passionate about creativity, and loves conversations about fresh ideas. Jehan says many of the best stories he has ever discovered are the ones that never made it to air.

Jehan was a superb MC for the day on Friday. In preparing for the day, I appreciated his professionalism and willingness to work with our plans, yet make useful suggestions for getting the best out of the day for participants. He went above and beyond to get a really good overview of our day and what we wanted to achieve. I have had nothing but positive feedback from a number of participants, who commented particularly positively about Jehan's ability to ask informed questions of speakers and maximise the opportunity for our teachers to hear key messages.
Kaylene Macnee
In 2013 a group of Wellington Primary Principals came together to organise a national New Zealand Principals’ Conference in 2015 for Principals’ of varying school contexts across the country. I was the Conference convenor. We decided to use a new and emerging journalist who could bring a different range of skills to the traditional MC role. Jehan was selected to be the MC for the conference. Jehan quickly grasped what we were looking for in terms of his role at the Conference. The level of research and preparation he brought to the role of MC was impressive. Jehan opened the New Zealand Principals’ Conference with energy coupled with charm and gentle wit. He effortlessly segued stories and anecdotes brilliantly and had the conference attendees in the palm of his hand. He was a fascinating storyteller who had timing and pace - his intelligence and ability to connect with an audience was exceptional. Participant feedback at the end of the Conference was higher for Jehan than for many local, national and international speakers. I received requests, via local Principal associations, for Jehan to present and to engage as a conference facilitator. In conclusion the conference attendees and the organising committee of the 2015 New Zealand Principals’ Conference felt they had experienced working with someone quite outstanding. We have no hesitation in recommending Jehan Casinader to any position he applies for in national or international media, presenting, communication, MC roles or in facilitation.
Liz Millar
Jehan was excellent. He ran the session professionally, and was flexible with our agenda. He offered his own personal and industry insights that were both relevant and impactful. We were thrilled Jehan could support us in #HeforShe
Gina -ANZ
Jehan was great. Our lunch event had speakers to juggle and Jehan was professional, clear, engaging and funny too. I would certainly recommend him as an MC or as a presenter
Guy - ANZ
It is with pleasure to recommend Jehan as a fantastic and informative communicator. Jehan was one of our main guest speakers at The National Young Leaders Days (NYLD) for four years. Each year Jehan would deliver a captivating and inspiring message to the young secondary age students present. The thing I most admired about Jehan is that he had the ability to challenge the students each year about their role as leaders or what they were doing to make a difference. NYLD is all about inspiring and empowering a generation of leaders to lead themselves and others well, and Jehan was a great role model for this. Jehan was always efficient and reliable in his communication and this made our job so much easier.
Annette Fale Founder of NYLD, New Zealand
Jehan Casinader moderated a pre-election political debate for the Wellington Young Professionals in 2014. He had an acute awareness of current events and the then-present political landscape. Combined with a thorough understanding of a relatively broad brief, Jehan was engaging with a sharp wit and humour that kept the audience thoroughly entertained.
Jonathon Griffith Senior Solicitor/ RAINEY COLLINS
I write in happy and open support of Jehan Casinader’s speaking and presentation abilities. We approached Jehan midway through 2014 about the possibility of him acting as the Moderator and Master of Ceremonies for our candidate debate, The Great Candidate Debate, which was held August 20, 2014. In having to moderate and be responsible for guiding the event for the evening, we had to place our trust in someone who would deliver a high quality performance on the night –Jehan did not disappoint. Jehan took the time to ask all the right questions in preparation for the evening, and his prior research allowed him to moderate the debate and generate discussion between the candidates with all information at hand. Before the actual event itself, Jehan was nothing but a pleasure to deal with. He took what we had asked for and really made it his own, with exceptional delivery. Having to work with one politician is hard enough, but six was never going to be an easy task. In spite of this, Jehan rose to the challenge and showed exceptional control over the debate, especially in dealing with one or two more ‘intense’ personalities. Members of the audience from the night remarked in emails sent after or during breaks that his delivery and manner were easy on the ears, engaging and – where appropriate – light-hearted. We were really impressed with Jehan’s work, and I cannot recommend him highly enough.
Jayden Èvett Director, Voice
The Conference Planning Committee would like to sincerely thank you for the wonderful contribution you made to the success of the 2016 WRPP Conference. We have received very positive feedback about the conference and your slick management in your role as MC certainly contributed to that. Your professional approach and the media skills you were able to bring added great value to the programme. It was obvious that you had prepared for the event and we thank you for that.
Just want to say thanks for Jehan’s help at our conference on Wednesday 6 July. He did a great job and the feedback on the day was very positive. Jehan’s knowledge of our sector was invaluable, and allowed him to connect with the conference attendees. Jehan really came into his own when hosting our two panel discussions. We have already booked Jehan for our team’s next event.
Nick Arnott - ATEED

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