Filipo Levi

Filipo Levi is a former International Rugby Captain for Manu Samoa and standby All Black.

Filipo H.A.K.A speech

Filipo Levi ticks all the boxes when it comes to being a professional keynote speaker.

He is imposing in stature, as most rugby Flankers/Locks are, 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in). Weight, 118 kg (260 lb). A lean inspiring figure he has the credibility that comes with having achieved at the top of his profession

Since 2001 Filipo has spoken publicly as a Captain and Speaker in Corporate functions from England, Australia, New Zealand, Hawaii, Samoa, and Fiji. Filipo is experienced communicator and his creative, Pacific style is motivating, inspired, fun and engaging.  

His keynote focuses on Tackling Challenges using the HAKA (Habit, Adaptability, Knowledge, and Attitude) as a metaphor for facing challenges in business and personal goals. His presentation is highly interactive as the audience is involved in participating in perhaps their first Haka.

His workshop articulates the metaphor of the Rugby TACKLE (Timing, Attitude, Skills, Kindness, Leadership, Education) in from where you are to where you want to be. The Future of Work is transforming and the impact of AI, automation and disruptive technologies is creating opportunities to transition into the evolution of work and self-employment.

Filipo played professional Rugby from 2000-2012 for Otago, Highlanders, Ricoh in Tokyo Japan, Welsh team the Ospreys, English teams Newcastle Falcons and Nottingham, and Tasman Makos.

Filipo was selected for the inaugural 2004 and 2008 Pacific Islanders Rugby team consisting of players from Fiji, Tonga, Samoa, and the Cook Islands. Test Matches against Australia, South Africa, All Blacks, England, France, and Italy. Filipo was the International rugby Captain for Manu Samoa in 2008 and again in 2011.

In 2017 when Sir John Kirwan was selecting his coaches for the highly regarded TV series, The School of Hard Knocks, which was filmed for SKY TV sports. Maori TV and TVNZ Duke Channel he chose Filipo. The series is still available on TVNZ on demand. Filipo's ability to communicate and his authenticity come to the fore in this programme. This programme changes vulnerable youth through educational pathways, qualifications, rugby values of discipline.

Since his retirement from Rugby Filipo has worked in Private Training Education Providers as a Course Director, Programme Coach and Online E-Learning Coach and pivotal role as a Community manager for Start-up Charter Schools in West Auckland and South Auckland since 2014-2018.

Filipo attained his Bachelors and Masters Degrees from the University of Otago while playing professionally. In 2011 he was given the Tulafale speaking chief title of Mulitalo from the village of Lano in Savai'i Samoa.


1 "Thoroughly enjoyed Filipo who came to facilitate a Personal Development Session for the Northland Taniwha Rugby team. Filipo session was based on 'Tackling Change' with life after rugby. 

He was able to personally relate and emphasise with the players from being a ex-professional Rugby player  and being paid well for the game he loved and then realizing that there is life after rugby and the need to be ready for this, and bring awareness around the numerous factors that influence how long a Rugby career can last. 

The session was fun and the players were genuinely interested and engaging". 

2 "We had the pleasure of having Filipo as a guest speaker in our AUT Certificate of Sport and Recreation lecture.

His unique and engaging approach left a lasting impression on our students. Many of the students found it easy to relate to his stories and experiences.

An excellent and inspirational hour that will last a lifetime".

3.  "... a very powerful Keynote that can save and change many people's lives.  

I think your message can reach a very large audience. It's not just professional athletes who struggle with mental illness and feelings of loss when its all over, it can be people who fail to get a promotion, people who get fired from a job."

4. "I met Filipo Levi and he is the former International Rugby captain of Manu Samoa, and played extensively within the top levels of NZ rugby. 

During the weekend he delivered a keynote he has developed on the importance of overcoming challenges, and it was awesome."