This year the programme includes another stunning line-up of thought leaders, strategists and business leaders from New Zealand and internationally. Our speakers will provoke thought, discuss and debate issues critical to today’s changing environment.

Tuesday 2 May

The conference starts on Tuesday morning with plenary and workshop sessions throughout the day and ends with dinner. Day two includes power breakfast sessions, plenary and break-out sessions. The conference will finish at 2.30 pm on Wednesday afternoon.

9.00 am Welcome and opening remarks

Morning sessions - day one

Keynote speaker

Seth GoldmanSeth Goldman, TeaEO Emeritus and Innovation Catalyst for Coca-Cola’s Venturing & Emerging Brands
Building a sustainable business empire

Seth Goldman co-founded Honest® Tea in 1998 with Professor Barry Nalebuff of the Yale School of Management. Acquired by The Coca Cola Company in 2011, Honest® Tea is the US’s top selling ready-to-drink organic bottled tea and Honest Kids® is the top-selling organic children/youth beverage, available in over 100,000 outlets in the US. In 2016, Seth became TeaEO Emeritus and Innovation Catalyst for Coca-Cola’s Venturing & Emerging Brands.  Honest Tea was the first company to launch an organic bottled tea (1999) and a Fair Trade Certified bottled tea (2003).  

Emma HerdEmma Herd, Chief Executive Officer, Investor Group on Climate Change (IGCC). 
An investor’s view on sustainability    

Prior to IGCC, Emma spent 15 years at Westpac Banking Corporation where she had a range of roles across carbon finance and emissions trading, ESG Risk assessment, public policy and sustainability strategy development. Emma has participated in a number of key public forums, government and industry bodies relating to climate change and the environment. Emma is a Non-Executive Director of the Carbon Market Institute and a member of the Cornerstone Capital Global Advisory Council. 

Dr Toby Heap, Founding Partner, H2 Ventures.
What can established organisations learn from startups? 

What is the role of innovation in corporate governance? How and why is innovation culture different in a startup versus a large organisation? How can established organisations work with startups and should they? Toby will answer these questions and more by talking about his experiences as an investor and leader in the fintech community in Sydney and around the world. 

Afternoon sessions - day one

Note: the break-out sessions will repeat on day two, so delegates can attend two.

Global risks in an uncertain world
Following a year of economic, social and political turmoil there have substantial shifts in global risk. Increasing board level involvement in new conversations is part of the task facing New Zealand organisations today.  
Sponsored by: Marsh

Māori footprint in a global world
Embedding the cultural footprint for future generations, the difference between iwi governance and Māori governance, critical elements for successful Māori governance, diversity vs Māori, and taking Māori offshore. Led by Mavis Mullins with panel.

The upside and downside of digital in a disrupted world
Led by Scott Bartlett, CEO, Kordia with panel.
Sponsored by: Aura Information Security

Governance University
Facilitated by Richard Westlake, bring your questions to a panel of seasoned governance advisors – to discuss and debate governance issues and boardroom dilemmas. (Chatham House Rule applies).

Authentic leadership
Fitting in and standing out on boards in New Zealand. How to be yourself as an authentic leader with Harold Hillman

John KayJohn Kay, Economist
The global outlook

John Kay is one of Britain’s leading economists. His interests focus on the relationships between economics and business. His career has spanned academic work and think tanks, business schools, company directorships, consultancies and investment companies.

Jeff GrammIn conversation with… Jeff Gramm, Bandera Partners
Shareholder activism from an international and New Zealand perspective

Jeff Gramm manages Bandera Partners, a value-oriented hedge fund, and teaches value investing at Columbia Business School. His recently published book, Dear Chairman: Boardroom Battles and the Rise of Shareholder Activism, has been widely praised. Jeff will give us an overview of the history of shareholder activism, followed by a conversation with IoD Vice President Liz Coutts on the topic from both an international and New Zealand perspective.

Food for thought
In this 15 minute session, Seth Goldman who is also Executive Chairman of Beyond Meat will give us a glimpse into the future of food. Beyond Meat provides plant-based protein foods - without sacrificing the taste, chew or satisfaction of animal meat.

5.00 pm End of day one conference sessions.

6.30 pm Cocktails and canapés

7.00 pm Dinner

Wednesday 3 May

7.15 am – 8.30 am   Air New Zealand Power Breakfasts
New to the programme this year are Power Breakfasts. Hear war stories from some of New Zealand’s leading chairs and directors about their governance challenges, how they faced them and what the outcome was.
Sponsored by Air New Zealand


Live from the USA via video link
Dan PallottaDan Pallotta
Uncharitable – how restraints on nonprofits undermine their potential

Julie Chapman, CEO and Founder, Kidscan


The break-out sessions from day one are repeated.

 Speakers to be confirmed

Closing address

2.30 pm Conference conclusion

* programme details and timings are subject to change.

Principal sponsors

Air New Zealand      ASB      aura       Chapman Tripp