Conference speakers

Introducing our conference speakers

  • Seth Goldman

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    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; from 2016 in Europe. In 2016, Seth became TeaEO Emeritus and Innovation Catalyst for Coca-Cola’s Venturing & Emerging Brands, and Executive Chairman of Beyond Meat, where he’s been a board member since 2012.  Beyond Meat provides plant-based protein foods - without sacrificing the taste, chew or satisfaction of animal meat. Honest Tea was the first company to launch an organic bottled tea (1999) and a Fair Trade Certified bottled tea (2003).  In 2015 Seth was named #1 Disruptor by Beverage World, and Beverage Executive of the Year; inducted into the Washington DC Business Hall of Fame and recognised with a REAL Food Innovator Award for helping change the food landscape.

  • Jeff Gramm

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    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 praised as "a terrific read" by Andrew Ross Sorkin in the New York Times, "a revelation" by the Financial Times, "a grand story" by The Wall Street Journal, and “an engaging and informative book” by The New Yorker. Charles Schwab wrote about Dear Chairman, “It should be required reading for anyone who wants to participate in our great ownership system, as investor or manager.”

  • Emma Herd

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    Emma is Chief Executive Officer at the Investor Group on Climate Change (IGCC), a collaboration of Australian and New Zealand investors focusing on the impact that climate change has on the financial value of investments. 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. 

  • Dan Pallotta

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    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. In the last five years alone, Dan has given over 250 talks on philanthropy and innovation in 34 states and eight countries. His iconic 2013 TED Talk has been viewed more than 3.9 million times and is one of the 100 most-viewed TED Talks of all time. He is the author of  Uncharitable: How Restraints on Nonprofits Undermine Their Potential, the best-selling title in the history of Tufts University Press. His newest book is, Charity Case: How the Nonprofit Community Can Stand Up for Itself and Really Change the World.  Dan is the Chief Humanity Officer for Advertising for Humanity and  the founder and President of the Charity Defense Council.

  • Julie Chapman MInstD

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    Julie is the CEO and Founder of the KidsCan Charitable Trust. Julie started the charity from her home garage in 2005 after becoming aware that thousands of Kiwi kids were missing out on the basics she took for granted as a child. Julie leads a dedicated KidsCan team and is responsible for the day to day management and strategic direction of the organisation in line with its objective of ensuring the basic needs of children living in poverty are met, so they can get to school in a position to learn. Julie’s dedication and compassion has seen her recognised as a Blake Leader by the Sir Peter Blake Trust in 2008 and named Next magazine’s 2013 Woman of the Year. Julie was also named as a finalist for Kiwibank New Zealander in 2015. 

  • Dr Toby Heap

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    Dr Toby Heap is a Founding Partner of H2 Ventures, a venture capital investment firm and fintech accelerator. He is a non-executive director of fintech hub Stone & Chalk, equity crowd funding platform Equitise, the Cancer Council NSW and is the non-executive chair of contemporary dance company Shaun Parker and Company. Prior to this Toby had significant experience founding, leading and investing in high growth startup companies. Toby has a Masters in Commerce (finance major), a PhD in thermal physiology and artificial neural networks, and a Bachelor of Applied Science, all from the University of Sydney.

  • John Kay

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    John Kay is one of Britain’s leading economists, with a career spanning academic work and think tanks, business schools, company directorships, consultancies and investment companies. John has been a Fellow of St John’s College, Oxford since 1970, and has held chairs at London Business School, the University of Oxford, and the London School of Economics. John is a director of several public and private companies. He is the author of many book and articles, and has contributed regularly to the Financial Times for over 20 years. He became Commander of the British Empire in the Queen’s New Year Honours List of 2014, was awarded honorary degrees by Heriot Watt University, and his alma mater the University of Edinburgh.   

  • Guyon Espiner - MC

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    Guyon Espiner has been a leading journalist in print, television and radio for more than 20 years. He has an intimate knowledge of politics, having spent 15 years covering Parliament, mostly for Television New Zealand, where he was Political Editor. Moving to Auckland in 2012 Espiner worked for TV3, firstly as an investigative reporter for 60 Minutes and then launched two current affairs programmes, which he also co-presented: Third Degree and The Vote. In 2014 he switched to radio becoming co-host of Radio New Zealand's Morning Report. Espiner has a strong interest in business, economics and governance and in 2017 completed the IoD's Company Directors' Course. Espiner is an established MC for business, leadership and public policy events and continues to write profiles on leading figures in business and politics for the Listener magazine. 

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