NEXT:  Thriving in the Decade of Disruption.  Matt Church

The next 10 years are expected to be some of the most challenging we have experienced across every industry and sector. From robots to outsourcing and disruptive business models our world is changing rapidly: how schools are run, money is made and teams of people work together is all up for grabs. Massive technological and social shifts are demanding that we all turn up as the best version of ourselves. This session explores the imperative for all of us to be more human in a world technology is turning upside down.  Matt’s presentations are high energy, interactive and top-rated.

Matt, leadership expert, founder of Thought Leaders and author of ten leadership books so far.  He communicates with deep focus, commercial clarity and a razor sharp wit on three things: removing fear and replacing it with confidence, removing confusion and replacing with certainty and mobilising people in pursuit of a better future.  His presentation will be smart, funny and thought provoking.

In 2014 he was inducted into the professional speaker Hall of Fame having received the service, education and excellence awards from the professional speaker’s association. Globally the International Federation of Professional Speakers recognised him as one the top 21 most influential people in the industry on the planet. E-Speakers, the largest industry marketplace puts him as one of the Top10 motivational speakers globally.


Update on the Economy.  Kevin Stirrat

What you need to know…

Kevin  joined Forsyth Barr in 2005. He has over 35 years of experience in the areas of money market research, trading and sales, liability management, fixed income distribution, balance sheet management and asset management.

Kevin is the Director/Strategy, Wealth Management Research for Forsyth Barr. He provides dedicated research on global macro themes for New Zealand based investors including key asset allocation implications. He has specific responsibilities for firm wide tactical asset allocation and currency hedging decisions. He also leads the investment strategy discussion within the Forsyth Barr Investment Committee. 

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How Science, Engineering and the Community can work together to deliver on climate change.  Professor Juliet Gerrard

NZ, through its science community has invested heavily in understanding climate change causes and potential responses.  Especially in combination with our international links, it provides a tremendous resource of expertise and knowledge.

The infrastructure engineering sector is also heavily involved in devising and delivering climate change strategies, responses and physical work.  This is particularly on behalf of Local and Central government.  In this regard, this is where significant amounts of funding are made available.  So this sector provides real-life full scale projects that incorporate the science, and brings considerable expertise and funding to implement them.

There is an increasingly developing body of people expert in stakeholder engagement and communications.  These people help us connect to our community. The community is the reason why we do anything, so we must listen, understand and educate.

Professor Juliet Gerrard trained at Oxford University, where she completed a First Class Honours degree in Chemistry and a DPhil in Biological Chemistry.  In 1993, she moved to Aotearoa New Zealand, as a research scientist at Crop & Food Research. She was appointed as a Lecturer in Biochemistry at the University of Canterbury in 1998, where she became Professor and Co-Director of the Biomolecular Interaction Centre. 

In 2014, she moved to the University of Auckland as a Professor in the School of Biological Sciences and the School of Chemical Sciences and later the Associate Dean for Research in the Faculty of Science. Juliet’s research covers a broad base and is interdisciplinary, cutting across biochemistry, chemistry, health, agricultural and food science and biomaterial design. It also incorporates a full spectrum of fundamental and applied research.  She has held an Industry and Outreach Fellowship with Callaghan Innovation and founded a start-up company. 

Juliet has over 150 publications, as well as three books. She won a National Teaching Award for Sustained Excellence in Tertiary Teaching in 2004 and played an increasingly governance role in the research sector, including as Chair of the Marsden Council and a Director for Plant & Food Research, prior to her appointment in 2018 as the Prime Minister’s Chief Science Advisor.