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 break-out 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.

8.00 am Registration opens

9.00 am Welcome and opening remarks

9.20 am 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).  

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10.10 am Morning tea

Emma Herd10.35 am Emma Herd, Chief Executive Officer, Investor Group on Climate Change (IGCC). 
An investor’s view on sustainability    

How are social and environmental megatrends influencing investor behaviour? Just how transformational will climate change be for investment and how we think about financial risk? What are investors doing and how are they integrating carbon considerations into their everyday practices? Emma will provide an overview of the major factors influencing global investors and provide further insights into how they are responding by pricing climate change risks and actively pursuing climate change related investment opportunities. 

Dr Toby Heap11.15 am 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. 

12.00 pm Lunch

1.00 pm - 2.30 pm BREAK-OUT SESSIONS
Note: the break-out sessions will repeat on day two, so delegates can attend two.

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. 

The upside and downside of digital in a disrupted world
Digital leadership is critical in a disruptive world. With technology remaining a top topic in the boardroom, our panel will discuss the upside and downside of digital and why it must remain a focus for directors to ensure organisations perform in today’s increasing challenging environment.
Sponsored by: Aura Information Security

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

Boardroom dilemmas
Discuss and debate governance issues and dilemmas directors face in their roles. This session allows for highly interactive group discussion facilitated by a group of experienced IoD facilitators. (Chatham House Rule applies).

Authentic leadership in governance
When managing the inherent tension between ‘fitting in’ and ‘standing out,’ directors face the same challenge as leaders on other teams. Are you bringing your full voice to the board table?  How to be yourself as an authentic leader with Harold Hillman

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2.30 pm Afternoon tea

John Kay2.55 pm John 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.

Speaker sponsored by:  ASB

Jeff Gramm3.50 pm In 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, facilitated by Geof Shirtcliffe.

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4.40 pm 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

7.00 am – 8.30 am   Air New Zealand Power Breakfasts
These Q+A breakfast sessions are your opportunity to hear first-hand from some of New Zealand’s leading chairs and directors. Come prepared to listen and ask questions on the greatest challenges they’ve faced as a director.


9.00 am Live from the USA via video link
Dan PallottaDan Pallotta
Uncharitable – how restraints on nonprofits undermine their potential
Dan Pallotta invented the multi-day charitable event industry with the creation of the AIDS Rides and Breast Cancer 3 Days which raised over half a billion dollars in nine years; this model now employed by dozens of charities raising in excess of $1.5 billion more. 

10.00 am Julie Chapman, CEO and Founder, Kidscan
Future challenges for charities - a New Zealand perspective
Co-founded by Julie in her Auckland garage in 2005, Julie will share the KidsCan story and how providing kiwi kids with the basics can make a difference. She'll talk about the challenges charities face and strategies for a sustainable future.

10.30 am Morning tea

10.50 am - 12.10 pm BREAK-OUT SESSIONS
The break-out sessions from day one are repeated.

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12.10 pm Lunch

1.00 pm Shaping New Zealand’s future
Plenary speaker and panel

Roger Dennis
Innovation, strategy and foresight
The world is becoming much more complex, with volatility and ambiguity increasing in many areas. Understanding the nature of some of these changes is important for organisations to adapt successfully.  Roger will show how organisations can get blindsided by change, discuss macro-scale changes, and showcase examples of some of the fastest changing technology areas.

Panel discussion
Ross Buckley, Alison Barrass, Dr Anna Campbell and Simon Mackenzie
Future trends and the impact on New Zealand
A dynamic and interactive panel session focusing on the key themes from the conference including innovation and how it’s shaping New Zealand’s future.

2.20 pm Closing address
Liz Coutts, IoD Vice President

2.30 pm Conference conclusion

* programme details and timings are subject to change.

Principal sponsors

Air New Zealand      ASB      aura       Chapman Tripp