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We are now pleased to announce the full speaker lineup for the third session on 12 August: “Seven Directions – Bold Steps for Transformation.”

1. Gerry Te Kapa Coates is a professional engineer and Managing Director of his own consultancy firm, Wise Analysis Ltd. With expertise in sustainability and renewable energy, he is Chair of the New Zealand Wind Energy Association and a board member of the NZ Centre for Advanced Engineering, as well as being a past President of the Institute of Professional Engineers New Zealand. Gerry also has significant experience in the fields of feasibility, policy and strategic planning, Maori stakeholder issues, and is a published poet and fiction writer.

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2. Dr Andy Shenk is the Senior Vice President – Venture Investments with Fonterra and Director of Business Development with Burrill and Company, a leading life sciences venture capital fund manager and merchant bank, based in San Francisco. Andy has formerly worked in senior management for Genesis Research and Development, a New Zealand biotechnology company and advised various groups on topics including science and technology strategy, policy, and business development. He has also held academic research posts in American universities, including Yale and the University of California.

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3. Helen Kelly is the president of the Council of Trade Unions and has a long history in the union movement, primarily in the education sector. Trained as a teacher and holding an LLB from Victoria University, Helen’s CTU responsibilities include economic development, employment law, climate change, social partnership, ACC and pay and employment equity. She is also a member of the Climate Change Leadership Forum and co-chairs the Workplace Health and Safety Council.

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4. Nick Gerritsen is one of our foremost business start-up experts and knowledge brokers. Through his consultancy, Crispstart, Nick works internationally to commercialise ground-breaking New Zealand technology propositions by connecting them to investors overseas. This has seen his involvement in cutting-edge ventures across sectors as diverse as renewable energy, software, healthcare and nanotechnology to draw together multi-million dollar investments with capital market networks offshore.

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5. Chris Pickrill is a trustee of the Sustainable Initiatives Fund Trust, which aims to support projects that will contribute to establishing, managing and stimulating the sustainable development of Canterbury businesses, with a focus on waste minimization and diversion. Chris was also the CEO of the Canterbury Development Corporation for twelve years and has been heavily involved in a number of economic development and innovation initiatives at both a regional and national level.

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6. Professor Peter Gluckman is the Founding Director of the Liggins Institute, and one of the prominent scientists in New Zealand. Selected as the Herald’s New Zealander of the Year in 2004 and recipient of the Rutherford medal in 2001, Peter’s research focuses on what gives us a healthy start to life: understanding how a baby’s environment between conception and birth develops its childhood development and lifelong health. He has also made significant advances in the understanding of brain injury caused by traumatic birth, stroke or accidents and is passionate about communicating a better understanding of science among the general community.

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7. John Allen is the Chief Executive of New Zealand Post, a business with revenues in excess of $1 billion and more than 17,000 staff working across the length and breadth of New Zealand and beyond. John was responsible for developing and implementing the strategies which took the Company into a deregulated postal market, and has since led a successful diversification of the business which has seen the establishment of Kiwibank, Express Couriers and Datamail. He also serves on the Board of Te Papa and is Co-Chair of the Australia New Zealand Leadership Forum.

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8. To host the 2008 series: Rod Oram, an international financial journalist with over 30 years experience. He is an economics and business correspondent for the Sunday Star Times, Radio New Zealand and other media; public speaker, moderator, forecaster, adjunct professor and contributor to sev of Re-Inventing Paradise about building our sustainable economy.

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Speakers for the remaining two sessions on 18 and 26 August will be announced shortly. Join our mailing list to receive updates.

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