Our sincere thanks go to our panel of esteemed and hardworking Awards judges.
Kiwi Landing Pad
John Holt is an experienced entrepreneur, company director and advisor with over 25 years experience across a wide variety of industries and ventures.
He is the founder of Technology and Innovations New Zealand (TAINZ) and co-founder of internet business start-ups Sonar6 (sold to US company Cornerstone in 2012), Putti and Homes.co.nz.
Prior to shifting focus to the early stage technology and startup sector John was a global technology executive with various global and Australasian companies including Hewlett Packard, IBM and ANZ Bank.
In 2011 John co-founded the not for profit organisation Kiwi Landing Pad with Sam Morgan which has evolved into a global community of over 6000 entrepreneurs and innovators commercialising Kiwi technology and exporting it globally.
John has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Military History and a Postgraduate Diploma in Business Administration in addition to a lifelong interest in aviation and is a flying member of the Wellington Aero Club and Canterbury Aero Club.
General Manager Retail and Digital
Kevin is a member of the Mercury Executive team and he has overall responsibility for the strategic direction, leadership and management of the mass market retail business, along with enterprise-wide responsibility for Digital & Technology, and Portfolio Delivery capability at Mercury. Kevin is an insightful business leader who understands the potential for technology solutions to drive business outcomes and he has a real passion for enabling business strategy through people and technology.
With a passion for coaching, mentoring and inspiring greatness in others, Kevin has completed studies with world leading Mt Eliza Business School in the area of leadership. Kevin is a graduate of the University of Auckland, having completed a Post Graduate Diploma in Business (Information Systems Management), and a Master of Business Administration, and in 2019 he joined the global Alumni who have completed the Singularity University Executive Program.
Kevin was the 2014 NZ CIO of the Year, and is an International Coaching Federation accredited Workplace Coach.
Country Manager New Zealand and Research Director ANZ
Louise Francis is the New Zealand Country Manager and the Research Director for IDC Australia and New Zealand (A/NZ). Louise is responsible for leading and managing IDC New Zealand’s local team and she is the head of the A/NZ research programme. Reporting to the IDC Australia and New Zealand Managing Director Louise is responsible for:
managing the business performance, research, and strategic direction of New Zealand in collaboration with the global IDC leadership team;
providing customers with strategic advisory services to make more effective technology decisions by providing accurate, timely, and insightful fact-based research leveraging IDC's deep portfolio of expertise;
acting as an interpreter and facilitator for change to IDC customers positioning themselves as digital leaders on the global stage;
leading the NZ InTEP group to lift the level of engagement with NZ CIOs, digital decision makers, and business leaders;
collaborating with the wider IDC research community on customised projects and developing innovative research solutions for customers; and
representing IDC A/NZ through presenting keynotes at key events, facilitating panels, and leading roundtable discussions.
Joining IDC in 2008, Louise has over 30 years of experience in the ICT sector within both vendor and end-user organisations. She holds a Bachelor of Business Studies with First Class Honours from Massey University, graduating with a double major of Marketing and Communications. She also holds a Bachelor of Science (Biology) from the University of Auckland.
Rangitane Tamaki Nui a Rua
Regardless of sector, the innovation and technology factor has become significant.
From shearing shed hand to corporate strategist and company director, Mavis has received widespread recognition for her services to the agricultural industry.
Her recent achievements include:
- 2018 Women Entrepreneurs Business Hall of Fame
- 2018 Inductee NZ Business Hall of Fame,
- 2017 Outstanding Maori Business Leader – Auckland University,
- 2017 Massey University Distinguished Alumni Award,
- 2016 Westpac Rural Woman of Influence,
- 2015 Maori Business Woman Leader Auckland University.
In 2002 she became a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit (MNZM) for services to the wool industry.
She is Patron of AWDT, facilitating rural women in their personal leadership development; and Chair of the Atihau Whanganui Incorporation farming 200,000 su in the Waimarino.
Mavis was a founding trustee of Te Huarahi Tika Trust and board member of Hautaki Ltd, NZ investors in the 2 degreesmobile, and a founding board member of T3W. We are a tech venturing network - one that connects and drives Māori involvement in the tech industry, and is united by the desire to improve Māori prosperity.
Mavis currently holds several directorships including StockX Ltd, UNICEF, HBRU, Nga Whenua Rahui and a NZ Advisor for Finistere Ventures.
Past directorships include Landcorp Farming, Massey University and 2 degrees mobile.
Professor of Information Systems
University of Auckland Business School
Michael D. Myers is Professor of Information Systems at the University of Auckland Business School. He teaches and conducts research on digital transformation and the relationship between IT and people in an organizational context. In 2019 Michael was a winner of the LEO Award, named for the world's first business application of computing. Granted by the Association for Information Systems, the premier professional association for individuals and organizations who lead the research, teaching, practice, and study of information systems worldwide, the LEO Award is for outstanding scholars who have made a global impact on the field of information systems.
Rachel Kelly is a University of Waikato Alumni, who graduated with a Master of Science (First Class Honours) in 2005. In 2006, she moved to California to work for Fortune 150 high-tech manufacturing company where she led, managed and grew multi-million-dollar business units within the USA, South East Asia, Central Asia, Middle East, and Africa. Returning to NZ in 2014, Rachel spent 3 years working as a technology and business contractor across telco, energy, food & beverage, high-tech manufacturing, aerospace, ICT, law, public health, consumer technology products, and education. In 2016, she co-founded CultivateIT, the Waikato Technology Industry Cluster. In 2017, Rachel was a founding member of the award-winning Waikato technology start up coHired, working to develop an artificial intelligence to match people to jobs they love. She is the former Deputy Chair of NZ Technology Industry Association (NZTech) and currently on the NZ AI Forum Executive Council and a Member on the forum's Law, Ethics and Society Working Group. Rachel is often invited to guest lecture on leadership, human-technology partnerships, AI ethics, innovation, and commercialization. She has, and continues to guide government policy on modernized education and digital equality; judged various MBA Dragon’s Dens, the NZ CIO Awards and local business competitions; mentored business events such as the Lion Foundation Young Enterprise Scheme (YES), Innes48, Double Time Conference and was featured on TVNZ technology documentary What Next? As part of Rachel’s mission to reimagine digital trust and tackle AI corruption, she founded digital ethics powerhouse, Ethical AI to help bring technology conversations around the dinner table, ensuring New Zealander's of all ages are the word's most informed, engaged and personally empowered digital citizens through her "dinner table conversation starters" on Facebook. In addition to this, Rachel has been working to guide strategy and international partnerships at Nyriad, a NZ technology start-up forging trails in GPU-accelerated data storage, IT infrastructure, and real-time advanced encryption.
Richard is NZTE’s Chief Digital Officer. In this role he leads our IT development and support functions, but also provides strategic direction for the organisation, and how it will meet the digital needs of NZTE’s customers.
Richard grew up in Dunedin, spent a number of years in Christchurch before moving to Wellington. He has delivered and owned some of the largest ICT projects in New Zealand during the last decade, including the build of New Zealand’s third largest telecommunications network.
His professional roles have included Global IT Director and Solutions roles for PGG Wrightson, senior technical and consulting roles at Spark (previously Gen-i), senior strategic advisory roles for a number of organisations, and Shared Services Manager for Transpower.
Richard has been with NZTE since late 2015. Apart from a BA Hons. with the University of Otago, he has completed an Executive Leadership Program with the Stanford University Graduate School of Business. He also lectures from time to time at the Auckland University, as part of the CIO education programme.
Thanks to his work with NZTE, Richard was judged the 2017 New Zealand CIO of the Year.
Wendy Bussen has over 20 years’ experience in executive leadership roles. These include IS Manager at UNITEC, Director Information Services at the AUT University and General Manager Corporate Services at the Auckland Regional Council. In the last 9 years Wendy has been running her own international consultancy business leading transformation programmes at ASB, Commonwealth Bank, Fletcher Building, Fonterra and in the Health Sector . She is known for driving change through the use of new technologies and creating new ways of working. She is experienced in establishing shared services, contact centres and building centres of excellence.