Andrew Sharp | CEO | Bobux Shoes 
Bobux and the shoe industry marks the eighth different industry Andrew has worked in. He’s found that the more different the industry and product, the more similarities still exist in scaling and running the business.
Andrew believes all things can and should be innovated upon, and that all businesses have the power to dramatically enhance the lives of their customers and staff - and in fact have an obligation to do so.
At Bobux they believe that creativity, imagination and a sense of adventure make the world a better place.  They infuse these elements with the needs of our community and lead the world in understanding the science and application of healthy, natural foot development. We want to look after the little feet that will go on to carry them through their lives so we make the best shoes in the world for growing feet.  
Over the last 27 years, Bobux has expanded internationally and now sells into 40 countries, with exports making up around 90 percent of the business. 
The company has had significant growth over the past three years and looks forward to continuing its growth path and making a difference for kids and parents around the world.
   Amanda Santos | CEO | Tekron
Amanda Santos is a high-growth CEO, sales expert and sought-after business advisor, providing governance and strategic support to over 100 enterprises within New Zealand.
Currently the Chief Executive of Tekron, a global market-leader in high-precision atomic and GPS precision timing hardware for power, telecommunications and enterprise industries, Amanda is unafraid to break the traditional CEO stereotype. Using her desire and drive, Amanda aims to fundamentally change the way New Zealanders do business. Accelerating business creation, growth and achievement, Amanda actively guides others on how to influence the whole business ecosystem. Amanda has proven skills leading both government and private organisations, and large and small enterprises.  She has led change resulting in high growth, clarity of strategy and resolving of significant historic issues regarding culture and staff.
   David Downs | General Manager | NZTE (MC)
David is NZTE’s General Manager working with the technology sector. In this role he works with fast growing technology companies growing internationally, helping them break into overseas markets. In previous roles at NZTE David led the corporates services team, and before that spent 15 years at Microsoft, including leading the professional services business for South East Asia. David is a regular speaker, commentator and writer about NZ Innovation and business.
   Josh Comrie | Ambit
Josh is an Entrepreneur, Investor and Company Director. He’s a founder and the CEO of Ambit: a New Zealand-owned Artificial Intelligence Platform company. He’s invested in over 20 NZ hi-tech start-ups, and is behind some of NZ’s most successful technology exports. He acts as a director and adviser to several and Chair of one. Through his role as CEO, Josh advises organisations and individuals on how to extract the value from Artificial Intelligence along with avoiding the pitfalls of new to market offerings. His perspective of AI is unique as he blends the human element, a business level view of technology and the future of work. Sitting at the global forefront of technology, Ambit has created a proprietary Smartbot platform. In what is a rapidly expanding and evolving market, Ambit has established a local leadership position and is moving into the global market.



  Malcolm Johns | Chief Executive | Christchurch International Airport (MC)
Malcolm has been the Chief Executive of Christchurch International Airport since January 2014 and has held a number of senior governance roles within New Zealand’s transport and tourism sectors. 
Christchurch Airport is playing a role in supporting Christchurch to become the ‘City of Opportunity’ as we re-imagine what our City and our Airport can be to its community, customers and the travelling public. A key part of this journey is having an open mind to new technology and disruption as we balance people’s social, sustainable and economic aspirations for the future. The Airport is committed to Championing the South Island as the best place to live, work and play and has been proactive in partnering with the likes of Alibaba Group and HMI Technologies to bring big data and autonomous vehicles to Christchurch and the South Island.
 
  Dr Peter Stevens | Chief Executive | GS1 New Zealand
Peter has been Chief Executive of GS1 New Zealand since 2004 and sits on the GS1 Global Advisory Council. Peter has expanded GS1’s role to serve many sectors of the New Zealand economy, including fast moving consumer goods, DIY/hardware, healthcare, agribusiness, government and cross-border trade. 
Before joining GS1, Peter worked in senior private sector roles at KPMG Consulting, Standards New Zealand and Apple Computer NZ. He has served as a Senior Lecturer in IT marketing at Victoria University of Wellington, an Adjunct Professor in Information Systems & Computing at Unitec and is Chair of the Victoria University Business School Advisory Board.
GS1 New Zealand is just one of a global family of 113 not-for-profit, locally-owned organisations. They  provide solutions and standards to help people trade and exchange information. 
They are most well known as a provider of barcodes, the government’s legal entity identifier (the NZ Business Number), but also offer a number of service lines to our 8000 members. These services include the national product recall portal (ProductRecallNZ), National Product Catalogue and digital asset management (MediaLibrary) and more.

 
  Richard Wyeth | Chief Executive Officer | Miraka Limited 
Māori-owned Miraka is well established in the New Zealand dairy-processing industry with strong values founded on the cultural beliefs of our owners.  The vision of “nurturing our world” reflects a global outlook, and is founded on a strong set of values that will ensure sustained prosperity for present and future generations.  Miraka is the first Geothermal Powered Dairy factory in the world.
Richard Wyeth has led the Miraka team from the initial beginnings as a greenfields development to its current position as an established and dynamic industry exporter. Richard has a long history within the agricultural and dairy industry, having held executive positions with Open Country Dairy and Open Country Cheese. Richard has also had management positions with Coca Cola Amatil and DB Breweries. 
Having overseen the transition from a development project to a fully functioning and highly successful commodity-focused operation Richard leads an executive team that is driven by the company values of Kaitiakitanga, Integrity, Excellence, Tikanga and Innovation. He maintains his obvious enthusiasm with new development planning, a value-growth strategy and an expanding focus on consumer products, dairy foods development and closer links to the retail chain. In 2013 Richard was the recipient of a Prime Minister’s scholarship which enabled him to study at the prestigious INSEAD Business School in Singapore and Abu Dhabi.


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