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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.

  • Ian Taylor

    Founder, Animation Research Ltd

    Ian Taylor

    Founder, Animation Research Ltd

    Ian's story mirrors New Zealand's growth from its days as an agriculture-based economy. He laboured in the freezing works during the school holidays. Through the swinging 60s and 70s he was a singer in a rock and roll band, before being called up in the army. By 1980, he had completed a law degree and started an entirely new career in television, where he was part of an industry that went from black-and-white film to colour video and on into the digital age.

    Ian holds an LLB from the University of Otago, and was inducted into the New Zealand Hi-Tech Hall of Fame in 2009. In 2010 he was named North & South magazine’s New Zealander of the Year. In the same year he was awarded an Honorary Fellowship of the New Zealand Computer Society, the top honour of the ICT sector in New Zealand.

    He was named a Companion of the NZ Order of Merit in the 2012 New Year Honours for services to television and business and won the Creative sector of the World Class New Zealander Awards in the same year.

    In 2013 Ian was also named Outstanding Maori Business Leader of the Year.

    Ian founded Animation Research Ltd (ARL) in 1990 on nothing more than a handshake with the Vice Chancellor of the University of Otago. They bought their first hard drive to make their first TV commercial in 1991. It cost $15,000 and had 1 GB of memory. The computer they used for the America’s Cup in 1992 was the size of a small fridge and cost $500,000. Everything they did on that computer they can now do a mobile phone.

    Today, working from their base in Dunedin, ARL covers sports events all over the world. They also have a joint venture with Airways New Zealand, who market the Air Traffic Control Simulator they built for them. They had never built one before. They continue to service the F1 Race Car simulator they built for one of the world’s leading F1 Race Teams. They had never built one before. They built an online Risk Assessment platform for one of the world’s largest mining companies. They had never built one before. They built an online application to demonstrate the power of the IBM cloud-based analytics engine, which they presented to a conference of 22,000 delegates. They built it in three weeks. They had never built one of those before, either.

    It may come as a surprise then that Ian claims to have no skills whatsoever – is at a loss to understand why anyone would want to hear his story and believes that the reason he has received the accolades he has is because he lives at the bottom of the world where no one has been able to check him out. That – and the fact that he has had the amazing good fortune to have worked alongside some of the cleverest people in the world.

  • The Hon. Ruth Richardson

    Chairman, Kula Fund, Kiwinet, Syft Ltd, New Zealand Merino Ltd

    The Hon. Ruth Richardson

    Chairman, Kula Fund, Kiwinet, Syft Ltd, New Zealand Merino Ltd

    The Honourable Ruth Richardson was New Zealand's Finance Minister from 1990 to 1993. She made her name by driving New Zealand's reform agenda forward and laying the basis for the ubsequent turnaround of New Zealand's growth and employment performance. Ruth was first elected to Parliament in 1981. During the party's opposition years she held the position of Shadow Minister of Education from 1984 to 1987 during which time she designed the National Government's education policy. In 1987 Ruth was promoted to the position of Shadow Minister of Finance and developed the economic policy that National took into government to secure the economic recovery. When National won Government in 1990, she earned a reputation for clear thinking, forthright speaking and resolute reform. When Ruth was appointed Minister of Finance she inherited an economy in deep recession, a budget forecast to blow out massively and a credit downgrade from an international credit rating agency. Within weeks of taking office Ruth took decisive corrective action with an economic package involving:

    • a major fiscal correction
    • deregulation of the labour market
    • a recommitment to price stability and the 0 - 2% contract with the Central Bank [Reserve Bank]
    • early initiatives in redesigning social policy

    By July 1993 New Zealand had recorded eight quarters of positive growth and was heading for a fiscal surplus in the 1993/1994 year along with the first credit upgrade in 10 years. On the back of those reforms the economy grew by 20% and New Zealand recorded the highest rate of job growth in the OECD.

    Since leaving Parliament after 14 years in 1994, she has been in demand as a policy consultant to governments around the world on lifting standards of governance, privatisation and comprehensive macro, micro, labour market, public sector and social policy reforms. Ruth mentors public and private figures extensively.

    Ruth is currently the Chairman of the Kula Fund, Kiwinet, Syft Ltd, New Zealand Merino Ltd and a director of Synlait Milk Ltd, and Bank of China [NZ] Ltd.

    Her previous directorships have included: director of the Reserve Bank of New Zealand [New Zealand's Central Bank], a director of Wrightson Ltd, a director of the Centre for Independent Studies, Chairman of the British Telecom Health Advisory Board, a director of LECG Corporation [a NASDAQ listed company], a director of Oyster Bay Marlborough Vineyards Ltd, and Chairman of Jade Software Corporation.

    Lincoln University conferred the Lincoln Medal on Ruth in 2008 for services to the Kellogg Rural Leadership Programme.