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Our thoughts are with our members and their organisations impacted by Cyclone Gabrielle. Boards have a key role to play in the wake of any crisis. See guidance for chairs and directors


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Technology and governance: Lessons learned from NASA JPL

Join us at this breakfast to hear Glen Willoughby share his lessons learned from digital innovation in the space exploration sector, and discuss the foresight that boards and company officers should be mindful of, regarding technology and innovation.

Glen Willoughby
7:00am — 9:00am, 9 March 2023
The Northern Club
19 Princes Street, Auckland
Price members
$75.00 incl GST
Price non-members
$129.00 incl GST


When organisations stumble adopting new technology, it harms culture, performance and erodes confidence to embark on future projects.  But transformative technology and change programmes can offer new opportunities and unlock exciting futures for stakeholders, staff and the wider organisation.

From AI to robotics to bio tech to automation – the opportunity to achieve ‘mighty things’ is exponential in their promise of disruptive change and impact. A track record of successful innovation enabling positive change can dramatically catapult organisational results and staff/stakeholder satisfaction…but it can be paradoxical:

  • How can digital technology innovation seem so attractive, but the likelihood of success be so uncertain?
  • If organisations can not stay stagnant, how do they approach digital innovation effectively, especially if it is not a core competency of the organisation already?
  • How do seemingly sound digital adoption business cases eventuate in overrun or even failure?

These are some of the questions NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (NASA JPL) considered in 2015 as it embarked on an ambitious digital innovation programme. Glen will describe the approach NASA JPL adopted to leverage digital innovation to ultimately strengthen their Deep Space and Earth observations programmes, discussing the approach, learnings, lessons and innovation model NASA JPL have refined over the past seven years. 

Glen Willoughby

Glen is a global technology executive having held roles in a range of sectors, Manufacturing, Hospital and Health, Civil Engineering and Services, Space Exploration and Technology Innovation sectors.

Glen currently leads a waste repurposing technology company Nilo (Auckland NZ), is the Chief Information Officer at Singularity University/Group (Silicon Valley CA) and Digital Innovation Advisor at NASA JPL (Pasadena CA). 

In addition, he has founded Frontline Diagnostics Ltd. developing Artificial Intelligence tools to combat breast cancer - in collaboration with Amazon Web Services, Health New Zealand, Victoria University and The Radiology Group (TRG).

He holds an MBA from Waikato University and is an Adj. Research Fellow at Victoria University, Faculty of Health. 

In 2021 Glen established, in cooperation with NASA JPL and NZ Space Agency, a scholarship for New Zealand Post Graduate technology and physics students to intern at NASA JPL – The Alex J Willoughby NASA JPL Fellowship. 

Additional information

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Additional requirements

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Auckland Branch Manager

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    9 Mar 2023

    Members — $75.00

    Non-members — $129.00

    Please ph 04 499 0076 to be placed on the waitlist