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.
  Catherine Beard | Executive Director | ExportNZ
Catherine Beard is Executive Director of Export NZ and ManufacturingNZ, divisions of Business NZ, New Zealand’s largest business advocacy group, representing thousands of businesses of all sizes. The Business NZ group includes four large regional business associations, the Major Companies Group, Export NZ, more than 70 affiliated industry associations and Buy NZ Made. The group’s goal is New Zealand’s prosperity through successful business.
Catherine works with government and other key decision makers on issues of concern to exporters and manufacturers. Catherine has spent the last 20 years as a lobbyist and advocate for a wide range of industries on a wide range of issues, including on climate change issues for the energy intensive sector, all aspects of the fire and general insurance sector and the agricultural sector (dairy focus).  Catherine has participated in Prime Minister led trade missions to Indonesia and China and represents BusinessNZ at annual Global Federation of Competitiveness Council meetings.

Catherine was also a co-founder of a start-up business designing and manufacturing children’s nursery furniture, for which two products won national design awards.

 
  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.
  Grahame Morton | Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade
Grahame has had a long time professional focus on New Zealand relations with Asia, including living and working in China, India and Japan, and working with important partners the United States and Australia.

Grahame’s official positions have had him work closely with New Zealand business.  He worked in China during our negotiation of the China-New Zealand FTA, spent five years as Director of China and North Asia during which New Zealand concluded trade talks with both Hong Kong and Taiwan, and concluded in 2017 three years as High Commissioner to India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Nepal.

Over the last year Grahame has served as MFAT’s principal adviser on Americas and Asia, as the lead New Zealand official for the Asia Europe meeting, and has just returned from a temporary assignment as Deputy Chief of Mission at the New Zealand Embassy in Washington. For most of 2017 he was Acting Deputy Secretary for the Americas and Asia region.  He has also served on the boards of Asia New Zealand Foundation, India New Zealand Business Council and the New Zealand China Council. 
  Hayden Johnston | Founding Director | Tuku Māori Winemakers Collective and Hui Māori Collective
Hayden is a winegrower in Central Otago and a Chartered Accountant. His Tarras Vineyards and KURU KURU wine brands have been exported for the past 10 years and are currently served on Air New Zealand Business Premier.  
Above the vineyard he is about to open a 500 person events venue called The Canyon at Tarras Vineyards. The buildings are noted for a remarkable relocation journey and stunning Central Otago vista.
Born in Dunedin of Ngāi Tahu and Scottish descent. He was based in London for around a decade, first as a project accountant, then launching wine import and distribution companies in both London and Dublin.
  John Holt | Chairman | Kiwi Landing Pad
John is a serial entrepreneur passionate about Technology, Innovation and New Zealand. Based in Wellington New Zealand, John has worked as a senior executive in multinational corporations Xerox, HP, IBM and ANZ Banking Group and now focuses on internet based technologies and commercialisation opportunities.
In 2006 he co founded Sonar6 an HR Technology company which he was CEO and Director of until 2012 when the company was acquired by NASDAQ listed company Cornerstone on Demand.
John acts an advisor and part time executive for a number of tech companies in New Zealand and San Francisco and is a Director of Generator, Kiwi Landing Pad and Technology and Innovations New Zealand.

  John Stokes | Co-Founder and Export Director | The Produce Company & Eat the Kiwi
After 10 years of Policing, some property developing and selling fireworks on the side “occasionally out of the back of the cop car” and a BBS degree by correspondence it was time to take business seriously. Buying the Produce Company with good friend Rob McPhee in 2001 with 7 staff and under $1 million in turnover, John and Rob have grown the business to over employing over 200 employees with over $45 million turnover. John heads up the International side of the business with offices in Asia and the Pacific.

In 2015 John and Rob set up Eat the Kiwi (ETK) with the view to exporting NZ premium products to Asia. In collaboration with some of NZ largest food companies Fonterra, Alliance, Brinks, Sanford’s, Greenmount Foods and Turner and Growers. ETK started with a team of 2 in 2016 in HK, now boasting a distribution warehouse on the 29th floor, staff of 8 and a revenue growing by over 100% per annum. ETK has a strategy of growing to 10 offices within 5 years.

  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.

 
  Robert Blache | Future Insights Manager – Advanced Manufacturing, Callaghan Innovation
As part of the Future Insights team at Callaghan Innovation, Robert helps New Zealand businesses to understand the opportunities and challenges arising from global innovation trends and other market dynamics. He has a particular focus on Advanced Manufacturing, where digital technologies, Industry 4.0 and 3d printing keep changing what is possible at a fast pace. 
Over the last 15 years he has been heavily involved in a variety of manufacturing related technology and product development projects, from printed electronics at Siemens in Germany to working with companies across the High-Value Manufacturing Sector in New Zealand, from Agritech to Aerospace. 
 

The Honourable Ruth Richardson
As New Zealand's Minister of Finance from 1990 to 1993 Ruth Richardson was the principal architect of New Zealand's second wave of reform. In the years since Ruth left Parliament in 1994, she has had an extensive international practice as a public policy consultant. She has advised widely on strategies designed to achieve the practice of good governance and the development of high quality policy frameworks. 
Her client base has spanned:
- Sovereign Governments, International Agencies, Ministers of Finance and their Ministries
- Private sector business agencies and 'Think Tanks' who have an interest in promoting the twin virtues of good governance and good policy
Geographically her work has taken her to nearly every corner of the globe, including Europe, Latin America, the Middle East, Africa, Asia and the Pacific.
In parallel with her work as a public policy consultant, Ruth has developed a substantial private sector practice in corporate governance. 



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