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  • Gilbert Enoka

    All Blacks mental skills coach, NZ Rugby

    Gilbert Enoka

    All Blacks mental skills coach, NZ Rugby

    "My set of values is simple – my word is my honour and I seal things with a handshake."

    Gilbert Enoka has a long history of success as a mental skills coach with New Zealand’s corporate and sporting elite. He is internationally renowned for his 16-year history with the All Blacks, first as their mental skills coach and now as manager. He has been with the All Blacks for over 200 tests and during that time the team has won back-to-back Rugby World Cups, one Laureus Award (for the best team in the world), 13 Bledisloe Cups, three Grand Slams, seven Tri Nations and four Rugby Championships.

    Gilbert’s reputation has also seen him work with the Black Caps, Silver Ferns, Crusaders and most recently with WRC Champion Haydon Paddon. However, his expertise is not limited to the sports field but was also integral to his 12 years as general manager for New Zealand’s largest real estate firm, Harcourts International.

    Gilbert is a sought after speaker, giving insight into the psychology behind individual and team success in world-level sport and how this can be applied to any walk of life. He has been invited to be keynote speaker throughout the world at over 100 events, talking about leadership, performing under pressure, mental management, strategic planning, effective business management and building thriving cultures.

  • Kaila Colbin

    Ambassador, Singularity University

    Kaila Colbin

    Ambassador, Singularity University

    Kaila Colbin is the New Zealand Ambassador for Singularity University. She is also a co-founder and Chair of the non-profit Ministry of Awesome, Curator of TEDxChristchurch, Chair of the New York-based Natural Gourmet Institute for Health and Culinary Arts, Deputy Chair of CORE Education Ltd, a board member of Canterbury Development Corporation Holdings Ltd and a Certified ExO Consultant with ExO Works. 

    A native New Yorker, Kaila speaks English, Spanish, French and Italian, holds a degree in Hotel and Restaurant Administration from Cornell University and has been a serial entrepreneur since the age of 22. Her purpose in life is to be an uplifting presence.

    Kaila’s presentation will focus on “Riding the exponential wave of change”.

    What do nanotechnology, bioinformatics, artificial intelligence, and robotics have in common, and, more importantly, what do they have to do with you as a leader?

  • Frances Valintine

    Founder, The Mind Lab

    Frances Valintine

    Founder, The Mind Lab

    Frances Valintine has been an educator for over 20 years, committed to shifting education practice and policy within the technology-driven global environment.  She founded The Mind Lab by Unitec, developed to empower students, teachers and principals with skills for today's world. In 2016 she launched Tech Futures Lab to navigate the new world of technology enabled businesses. In the past three years her organisations have taught over 100,000 school students, 2,200 teachers and worked with 250 New Zealand organisations.

    In 2016 Frances was named one of the top 50 EdTech Educators in the World by EdTech International, UK. She was also awarded a Sir Peter Blake Award. In 2015 Frances was awarded the Westpac New Zealand Woman of Influence and the Next New Zealand Woman of the Year.

    Frances sits on the boards of Callaghan Innovation and KEA and holds a Master of Education Management from the University of Melbourne.