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David Downs

In his ‘day job’, David Downs is a General Manager at New Zealand Trade and Enterprise (NZTE), working with the Technology sector to help fast growing tech companies grow internationally, and leading a cross-government project for the Agritech sector. David has held various roles at NZTE, in the Services, Customer and Corporate Services teams.

David spent 13 years at Microsoft, in New Zealand and as regional director for South East Asia, and he has set up and run successful businesses of his own. David is a published author on New Zealand Innovation, with two highly successful books – No.8 Re-wired, and No.8 Recharged.

He’s an ex-comedian, TV and Radio actor, semi-finalist for New Zealander of the Year, and a genetically modified organism who documented his battle with cancer in the book A Mild Touch of the Cancer. David regularly presents and gives talks on his cancer journey and on the power of positive thinking and optimism.

At the beginning of the Covid-19 lockdown, David co-founded sosbusiness.nz a not-for-profit initiative to help bars, cafes and other small businesses sell vouchers. It quickly became a huge hit and to date has sold over $1.5 million in vouchers for over 2500 small businesses. All the money goes to the businesses.

Featured Keynotes

Matt Eastwood

Senior Vice President

IDC

USA

Matt Eastwood is Senior Vice President of IDC’s enterprise infrastructure, infrastructure software, infrastructure services, cloud, developer and alliances research groups. His responsibilities include managing a team of analysts researching people, process and technology trends affecting enterprise computing, storage, networking, systems infrastructure software, infrastructure services, cloud, edge infrastructure, datacenter, developers, channels and alliances. Mr. Eastwood also leads IDC's BuyerView syndicated primary research focused on emerging trends in cloud, developers, service providers, AI and Security. 

Holly Ransom

Founder and CEO

Emergent

Australia

A specialist in disruptive strategy, a private company director and advocate for social and economic inclusion, Holly Ransom is recognized globally for her super-human ability to synthesize and simplify complex issues, and create engaging, thought-provoking conversation.

An in-demand keynote speaker, Holly breaks open obscure technical language and ambiguous challenges to ignite inclusive debate and drive pragmatic responses. Having presented over 500 sessions across six continents in the past three years to corporate, public and not-for-profit audiences, Holly brings high energy and a strong new voice to the topics of leadership, culture and innovation.

As founder and CEO of renowned consulting firm Emergent, Holly has partnered with clients such as P&G, Microsoft, Virgin, Cisco and across all levels of government to catalyse new strategic thinking, build innovative workplace cultures and to help leaders prepare for the employment, consumer and community challenges created by the rapid evolution of both technology and society. A 2019 Fulbright Scholar and Harvard Kennedy School Class of ‘21 fellow, Holly is currently undertaking a Master of Public Policy with a focus on how we drive better decision-making when it comes to technology’s impact on humanity.

Named one of Australia’s 100 Most Influential Women by the Australian Financial Review, Holly has delivered a Peace Charter to the Dalai Lama, interviewed Barack Obama on stage and was Sir Richard Branson’s nominee for Wired Magazine’s ‘Smart List’ of Future Game Changers to watch in 2017. In 2019 she was awarded the US Embassy’s Eleanor Roosevelt Award for Leadership Excellence.

Identified early as a dynamic leader by the Australian Prime Minister, Holly was asked to Chair the G20 Youth Summit in 2014, the United Nations Coalition of Young Women Entrepreneurs in 2016, and is the youngest Director to have been appointed to an Australian Football Club Board. Holly attributes her intense curiosity and bias for pragmatism to a childhood in which answers always warranted further questions!

Miao Song

Global CIO

Mars Pet Food

Belgium

Miao joined MARS in Jan 2018 as Global Chief Information Officer of global Petcare. Prior to MARS, she worked at Johnson & Johnson as VP/CIO. She has over 23 years of global experience in the IT industry, with broad exposure to the Oil/Energy/Natural Resources as well as Consumer Goods and Health Care business, having worked for Royal Dutch Shell for 14 years, Nestle for 5 years and more recently Golden-Agri Resources for two years. She has extensive IT Management experience, having headed all IT disciplines in both global and regional capacities.

Dr Angus Hervey

Political Economist

Future Crunch

Australia

Angus is a political economist specialising in the impact of disruptive technologies on society. He was the founding community manager of Random Hacks of Kindness, a global initiative from Google, IBM, Microsoft, NASA and the World Bank to create open-source technology solutions to social challenges. He was also the first editorial manager for Global Policy, one of the world's leading international policy journals. He holds a PhD in Government and a Masters in International Political Economy from the London School of Economics, where he was also the Ralph Miliband Scholar from 2009 to 2012.

He is a founder of Future Crunch, a group of scientists, artists, researchers and entrepreneurs that believes science and technology are creating a world that is more peaceful, connected and abundant. Their mission is to foster intelligent, optimistic thinking about the future, and to empower people to contribute to a 21st century that works for everyone.

Tane Hunter

Cancer Researcher

Future Crunch

Australia

Tané is a cancer researcher and science communicator. He is the founder of Future Crunch, a group of scientists, artists, researchers and entrepreneurs that believes science and technology are creating a world that is more peaceful, connected and abundant. Their mission is to foster intelligent, optimistic thinking about the future, and to empower people to contribute to a 21st century that works for everyone.

He has a Masters in Bioinformatics from the University of Melbourne, and has worked for the Melbourne Royal Children’s Hospital diagnosing rare genetic diseases. He is currently completing his PhD at the Victorian Cancer Care Centre, using molecular biomarkers in DNA and analysing them with artificial intelligence to improve treatments for people suffering from cancer. He's also a former United States mountain biking champion and an avid sailor.

Kitty Fok

Managing Director

IDC

China

As the managing director of IDC China, Kitty Fok manages over 80 specialised analysts and leads all research for the China region. Kitty's expertise includes an in-depth understanding of the IT market, with a focus on emerging technologies, the impact of the Chinese government's policies, and digital transformation, as well as the fundamentals of forecasting, business development, and strategic planning/analysis. 
 
She is often invited to be a guest speaker in the industry's leading events and is regularly interviewed by the mainstream media, including the BBC, CNN, Bloomberg, CCTV, USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, South China Morning Post, and China Daily. 
 
In addition, she is a senior advisor to the Guangzhou Municipal Government Internet Industry Committee, an expert judge at the GSMA's Global Mobile Awards and the Global Mobile Applications Development competitions, and an advisor for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. 
 
She joined IDC in 1996 with a master's degree in Management (Operations Research) from Lancaster University.

Dr Eng Lim Goh

Senior Vice President & Chief Technology Officer - AI

Hewlett Packard Enterprise

Singapore

Dr. Eng Lim Goh is senior vice president and chief technology officer for artificial intelligence at Hewlett Packard Enterprise. Prior to this, he was CTO for majority of his 27 years at Silicon Graphics, now an HPE company. His research interests include humanity’s differentiation as we progress from analytics to inductive machine learning, deductive reasoning, and artificial specific to general intelligence. He continues his studies in human perception for virtual and augmented reality.

Fletcher Previn

Chief Information Officer

IBM

USA

As IBM's Chief Information Officer, Fletcher Previn leads a global team of 12,000 whose mission is to prioritize the user experience and provide secure, global IT at scale for ~350,000 IBM employees worldwide. Fletcher defines the IT strategy, tools, devices, and infrastructure that create a productive internal environment. Under his leadership, IBM has pioneered new ways of delivering IT by establishing an agile culture and operationalizing design to better enable IBM's transformation to a cognitive enterprise.

Michael Chetner

Head of Australia and Asia Pacific

Zoom

Michael leads Zoom’s team across Asia Pacific, including Australia, New Zealand, and South East Asia. Starting as the region’s first employee in 2017, he oversees the company's growth strategy across all customer segments, from SMB, to mid-market, to enterprise customers.

Michael has successfully been building teams in high growth environments with various market leaders in technology, and delivering happiness is his #1 priority for Zoom’s users across the region.

Michael is passionate about helping local customers with increasing their productivity with SaaS business models, to enhance their success and competitiveness on the global stage.

Michael leads Zoom’s team across Asia Pacific, including Australia, New Zealand, and South East Asia. Starting as the region’s first employee in 2017, he oversees the company's growth strategy across all customer segments, from SMB, to mid-market, to enterprise customers.

Michael has successfully been building teams in high growth environments with various market leaders in technology, and delivering happiness is his #1 priority for Zoom’s users across the region.

Michael is passionate about helping local customers with increasing their productivity with SaaS business models, to enhance their success and competitiveness on the global stage.

Hugh Ujhazy

Vice President of IoT and Telecommunications

IDC

Australia

Hugh Ujhazy leads both the Internet of Things (IoT) and Telecommunications practices for IDC Asia/Pacific.

The Telecommunications research involves leading the analysis of fixed and mobile network services across APeJ. It also includes evaluation of service provider and equipment vendor strategies in meeting these user requirements in the increasingly competitive Asia/Pacific market, assessing the impact of market liberalization, and the evaluation of new services offerings.

Hugh drives IDC’s IoT research and thought leadership related to the family of IoT use cases. Hugh’s insights help vendors, enterprises, and governments understand and navigate the evolving IoT ecosystem, identify potential solution vendors and partnership opportunities, develop go-to-market strategies and messaging, define and evaluate emerging IoT-enabled business models, and assess the financial and operational impact IoT will have on their organizations.

For the past 15 years, Hugh has specialized in driving the adoption of infrastructure and communications solutions in North America and Asia while working for leading telecoms and technology firms, including Ericsson, Hitachi Data Systems, and Oracle.

Hugh holds a Bachelor of Economics in Accounting and Computer Science from Sydney University.
 

Local Experts

Angela Nash MInstD

Chief Technology Officer

NZ Rugby

Angela is a career IT Professional with experience in a broad range of industries including Telco, Professional Services, High Speed Networking and Sports Technology.  She has a particular interest in people management, future technologies and people driven change management. Alongside her day job Angela is an accredited Business Mentor and Director working with 3D printing technology for cancer survivors, technical startups, high-tech medical software and sports & recreational opportunities for disabled athletes.

Terri Carajannis

Chief Digital Officer

Harrison Grierson

Terri is the Chief Digital Officer at Harrison Grierson (HG), a leading engineering and design consultancy in New Zealand. Terri’s a digital transformation specialist, with a unique blend of experience which spans digital marketing, IT and digital strategy. Her role as CDO involves developing and leading HG’s digital and data strategies to support growth across the eight offices across New Zealand. She also heads up the HG Digital Group.

Terri’s expertise includes leading organisations through the evolving digital landscape, unlocking value by enabling emerging technologies to improve customer experiences and business productivity and efficiency. Her happy place is working in the grey and empowering her people to get comfortable with change to pave the way for the future.

She has a Bachelor of Mass Communication majoring in marketing and organisational communication from the University of Southern Queensland and is an ICAgile Certified Professional

Erica Lloyd

Director Public Sector Strategy

Soul Machines

Erica Lloyd has a background in business, broadcasting and banking. She ran her own technology services company in the film and television industry throughout the 1990's, worked as an on-air journalist and news and current affairs producer at TVNZ and TV3 before moving into global Public Relations. From there to the BNZ followed by executive roles with Datacom and Callaghan Innovation. Erica is currently heading up the public sector practise globally for world leading AGI company, Soul Machines.   

Dr. Figen Ulgen

Head of Data, Analytics & Insights

Woolworths NZ

Figen has worn a variety of hats across her 20+ years in high tech in USA and Japan – common threads across her career are data, analytics and innovative system design. After completing her PhD on Neural Network Training Algorithms, she has worked on intelligent user interfaces for smart phones in Silicon Valley, dabbled in data driven insight creation as a management consultant for McKinsey & Company, helped ship products and manage Data Science as well as competitive analytics teams at Microsoft. Most recently she was the General Manager for High Performance Computing & a founder of OpenHPC open source community and General Manager of Rack Scale Design at Intel Corporation – all of these efforts were aimed to provide scalable platforms for demanding computing environments.

Her Kiwi husband’s longing for his home country has brought Figen to New Zealand with a role in Woolworths NZ where she is loving the variety of retail analytics and data mining in a very fast paced environment.

Roxanne Salton

Chief Digital Officer

Southern Cross Health Society

Roxanne is well-known for bringing her business expertise into the technology sector. She is an influential and inspirational leader who has specialised in Digital Transformation across large enterprise, Strategy Development, Product Innovation, Disruptive Technologies and Emerging Markets.

Currently Chief Digital Officer at Southern Cross Health Society, Roxanne has previously held digital leadership roles in the energy, banking and telecommunications sectors including at Mercury, ASB and Spark. Her expertise in transformation, innovation and disruption has been influenced by the changing economies of these varied industries.

Roxanne enjoys translating the ever-changing face of technology (ICT) to other parts of the wider business and her anchor point has always been a fervent advocacy of the customer experience. Roxanne is an experienced public speaker and known as a high energy, talented communicator and motivator. She is also a passionate supporter of women in sectors where they are underrepresented.

Mitchell Pham

Chair

Digital Council of Aotearoa New Zealand

Mitchell is a Vietnamese-Kiwi business & social entrepreneur. He is the co-founder, Director and head of Sales & Marketing of the Augen Software Group in New Zealand, as well as Chairman & Director of their operation in Vietnam. Among other roles, Mitchell also serves as chair of the NZ Technology Industry Association (NZTech), the NZ Financial Innovation & Technology Association (FinTechNZ) and is Trustee of the Auckland Refugee Family Trust (ARFT).

Dominic Sutton

Co-Founder

StockTrim

Dominic Sutton is the co-founder of StockTrim, a SaaS start-up with global scale ambitions. Dom is also the founder of a number of adverting and e-commerce business, a board member of the NZ Chapter of the Entrepreneurs Organisation and lives on the North Shore of Auckland.

Jesse Dombowsky

Founder and CEO

Ascend Reality

Jesse is the founder of Ascend Reality Limited, a company formed in 2017 to enable disruptive visionary development in Augmented Reality (AR) and Mixed Reality (MR). The flagship product is a dynamic AR communication tool for real estate.

Jesse is a specialist Architectural Technologist; he has spent more than 10 years honing architectural 3D modelling, rendering, and Construction Documentation skills. Most notable projects include Britomart City Rail Link, Otahuhu Bus and Train Interchange, The International, and nearly a dozen apartment buildings which now house hundreds of New Zealanders.

In 2018 Ascend Reality was awarded a Callaghan R&D Project grant for research with the HoloLens regarding walkable real estate. In 2019 he delivered an iOS AR and a HoloLens MR real estate experience for the launch of Ockham’s The Greenhouse apartments. In 2020 we will see the soft launch of the flagship product and further development with global aspirations.