2017 Speakers

Rodger Baker

VP - Strategic Analysis, Stratfor (USA)

Rodger Baker is a leading expert on geopolitics and international affairs. A Stratfor analyst since 1997, he has played a pivotal role in developing and refining the company’s analytical process, internal training process and geopolitical framework. Mr. Baker develops custom reports for clients and frequently delivers executive briefings to investors, businesses and universities across the globe, from the National Defense University in Beijing to financial institutions in New York. He is regularly invited to participate in dialogues and panel discussions in China, Japan, Thailand, Mongolia and South Korea.

Thomas Kramer

Recently retired tech CFO

Thomas Kramer was the co-founder and CFO of the cloud enterprise software company Cvent, which went public on the NYSE and sold to Vista Equity for USD $1.6B. Most recently Thomas took the utility software company Opower public at USD $1B valuation, pricing at the top of the range even during a market correction. He later sold Opower to Oracle for $600M, at a 50% premium to where the stock was trading before receiving the offer. Thomas holds a Msc in Economics from the Norwegian school of Economics, and an MBA from Harvard. He know devotes his time to investing and educational not for profits.

Lindsay Render

Chief Financial Officer, Trilogy International Limited

Lindsay was appointed Chief Financial Officer in 2015 and is responsible for leading all financial aspects of the business, with a focus on growing the business in a commercially sound way. Prior to joining TIL, she was Head of Finance in the Home Mobile Business team at Spark, leading a large team of management accountants and Finance Managers. She previously spent circa nine years at Vodafone in similar commercial roles, after foundational years in financial accounting roles. Lindsay has a Bachelor of Business Studies and is a qualified Chartered Accountant.

Scott Taylor

Partner - Advisory Services, EY

Richard Dellabarca

CEO, NZ Venture Investment Fund

Richard is NZVIF's Chief Executive. He has held a variety of leadership roles in venture capital and private equity backed opportunities, capital markets and financial technology in Europe, Asia and North America. He has extensive investment banking experience, working in Australian and New Zealand in mergers and acquisitions and equity capital markets. He also serves on the boards of Kea NZ, the NZ Rugby Union, and NZ Post. He has an MBA from Cambridge University and is qualified as a barrister and solicitor, and chartered accountant.

Marie Johnson

Managing Director & Chief Digital Officer, Centre for Digital Business

Marie Johnson is the Managing Director and Chief Digital Officer of the Centre for Digital Business. Marie has extensive senior executive experience in the public and private sectors in Australia and internationally in technology and innovation. As a Federal government agency Chief Information Officer, Chief Technology Architect and services transformation strategist, Marie has delivered significant technology, innovation and digital services transformation programs across taxation, business, social services, payments and immigration operations in the Australian Government.

Candace Kinser

Independent Director

Candace Kinser is a Corporate Advisor and Board Director and has held a number of senior executive roles in the tech sector. From 2011 to 2014, Candace was the chief executive of the New Zealand Technology Industry Association, the national association representing organisations involved in the technology sector, including multinational corporations, universities, government agencies, high growth domestic companies and emerging entrepreneurs.

Sonya Crosby

Chief Innovation Officer, SKYCITY Entertainment Group

Sonya is the Chief Innovation Officer for the SKYCITY Entertainment Group. Her role focuses on developing key strategic opportunities to grow new shareholder value through reimagining and accelerating the future of entertainment. Sonya is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing and has a strong background in digital innovation, most recently driving a number of global initiatives at Fonterra. Her earlier career includes a focus on data driven and customer oriented businesses, holding executive roles with Datamine and Affinity ID and, earlier again, in senior management roles with a range of organisations in New Zealand and abroad including McCann Global and Saatchi & Saatchi.

Peter Gahan

Director, Centre for Workplace Leadership & Professor, The University of Melbourne

Peter Gahan is the founding Director of the Centre for Workplace Leadership and Professor of Management at the University of Melbourne. Peter has a Bachelor of Commerce (Hons) (UNSW) and PhD (Melb) in Economics and Industrial Relations. He has previously held academic positions at University of Southern California, Monash, UNSW and The European University Institute, Florence. He has published widely on the areas of management and leadership, high performance work systems, workplace innovation, employment relations, HR and organisational performance, and the economic and social consequences of labour market regulation.

Kirsten Patterson

New Zealand Country Head, Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand

Kirsten Patterson, also known as KP, has been New Zealand Country Head at Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand since January 01, 2015. Ms. Patterson joined the New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants (NZICA) as Chief Operating Officer in September 2012 before taking on the role of Acting Chief Executive on December 1, 2013.

Tā Mark Solomon

Ngāi Tahu

Tā Mark Solomon is committed to the betterment of his iwi, kotahitanga for Māori and the wider well-being of people and the environment. He is a strong advocate for the Māori economy and was instrumental in setting up the Iwi Chairs Forum (2005). He is the elected Kaiwhakahaere (Chair) of Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu, a position he has held since 1998 to December 2016 and has represented his local Papatipu Rūnanga, Te Rūnanga o Kaikōura since 1995.

Of Ngāi Tahu and Ngāti Kurī descent, Tā Mark’s contribution to his community has been diverse and significant, ranging from roles as a school board trustee, to a past board member of the Museum of New Zealand (Te Papa Tongarewa). Tā Mark’s current directorships include Te Ohu Kaimoana, National Science Challenge Governance Boards for the Deep South and Sustainable Seas, Te Tapuae o Rehua and a trustee of Pure Advantage. He was an original member of the Minister for Māori Affairs Māori Economic Taskforce, established in 2009.

Tā Mark believes a true rangatira is a servant of the people, a fact underpinned by his core philosophy of ‘strength with humility’. Whilst the commercial success of Ngāi Tahu is acknowledged, Tā Mark is especially proud of the tribe’s achievements in education and the development of the Iwi’s savings scheme Whai Rawa. Tā Mark is a committed advocate for the sanctity of whānau and takes a strong stance against whānau violence. He is passionate about his people and is determined to facilitate both iwi and wider Māori success by unlocking the potential of the Māori economy for the good of all.

Philip Turner

Director Global Stakeholder Affairs, Fonterra

Philip Turner brings over 16 years of dairy industry experience, combined with an earlier career in government, to the role of Director Global Stakeholder Affairs. Philip leads the development and execution of Fonterra’s strategies for sustaining strong relationships with its key stakeholders around the world including Governments, regulators, industry associations and representatives from the many communities who have a stake in Fonterra’s success. Previously, Philip was a diplomat with the New Zealand Government in Tokyo and Brussels. He has a Master of Arts, first class, in history from the University of Auckland, speaks fluent Japanese and French and some Mandarin.


Rodger Baker
VP - Strategic Analysis
Stratfor (USA)




Thomas Kramer
Recently retired tech CFO





Lindsay Render
Chief Financial Officer
Trilogy International Limited




Richard Dellabarca
CEO
NZ Venture Investment Fund




Marie Johnson
Managing Director & Chief Digital Officer
Centre for Digital Business




Candace Kinser
Independent Director






Sonya Crosby
Chief Innovation Officer
SKYCITY Entertainment Group




Peter Gahan
Director
Centre for Workplace Leadership




Kirsten Patterson
New Zealand Country Head
Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand




Tā Mark Solomon

Ngāi Tahu





Philip Turner
Director Global Stakeholder Affairs
Fonterra