SPEAKERS

Here are just some of the stellar speakers on our lineup...






Sharon Zollner, Chief Economist, ANZ

Sharon joined the ANZ's Economics team in 2010 and is now one of the country's leading economic commentators. Sharon started her career as a macroeconomist at the Reserve Bank of New Zealand in 1998, and has also worked at the Central Bank of Norway. Sharon created the Truckometer in 2012, a set of two economic indicators derived using traffic volume data from around the country.

Sharon will discuss New Zealand's current and predicted economic situation, how we're tracking with the rest of the world, and what implications this might have on the sector. Find out more about Sharon including, how she describes "economics" in three words or less, what she enjoys most about being a mum, and her career regret in the short clip "This is not a job interview".







Hon David Clark, Minister for Commerce and Consumer Affairs

David Clark was sworn in as the Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister following the 2020 Election. In addition to this appointment, the Labour MP for Dunedin also has the portfolios of Minister of Digital Economy and Communications, Earthquake Commission, State Owned Enterprises, and Statistics. Minister Clark was first elected as the Labour Member of Parliament for Dunedin North in 2011, having previously worked as a Presbyterian Minister, and Treasury analyst.





MC: Grant Walker, Radio New Zealand National Broadcaster

Grant started his broadcasting career in 1978 and since then has been in a variety of roles both in radio as a breakfast host and newsreader, through to Television where he was the voice and host of numerous shows and was an actor in Facelift playing many parts including the Late Paul Holmes.

He has tutored at the NZ Radio Training School as well as iwi radio stations, has owned and managed his own radio station and is currently is the National Radio Voice Trainer for Radio New Zealand. He also is a regular contributor to NBR, works with Business NZ and continues to train in both voice and presentation for private clients.





Dr Michelle Dickinson, Nanogirl Founder

Dr Michelle Dickinson is an award-winning nanotechnologist, author, television presenter, researcher and passionate teacher who has made it her life's mission to make STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) accessible and fun for anyone. Michelle has spent the last two decades contributing to cutting-edge technologies - including the the iPhone - and is a founder of Nanogirl, the social enterprise that exists to inspire, educate and empower through STEM. A member of the New Zealand Order of Merit, Michelle also spends her time helping companies with board advisory around science and technology.

Michelle will join the FSF Conference to discuss "curiosity", how we lost it and why it's so important, and the top lessons she has collected for how to innovate (the key is that innovation isn't about ideas - it's about making ideas happen.) See Michele's 2012 TED X Talk here.






Christopher Liang, Director of AI and Data Science, Qrious

Dr. Christopher Laing is the Director of AI and Data Science at Qrious, one of New Zealand's largest specialist data firms, and sits on the Executive Council of the New Zealand AI Forum. He has previously worked in AI at software companies Xero and Blue Yonder, as well as in senior management at global insurance giant Allianz. He holds a PhD in Applied Mathematics as well as undergraduate degrees in Mathematics and Law from the University of Otago. Christopher is an expert on AI and its wider software and hardware ecosystem, and has a keen interest in the potential of technology to transform New Zealand's productivity and usher in a new era of economic self-determination, security, and prosperity.






Diane Tate, CEO of the Australian Finance Industry Association (AFIA)

Joining us once again for the conference (only this time, in person!) is Diane Tate, CEO of the AFIA, the Australian equivalent of the Financial Services Federation.

Prior to joining AFIA in 2019, Diane held various senior executive roles at the Australian Banking Association, including Deputy CEO, where she led the industry through the Royal Commission into Misconduct in the Banking, Superannuation and Financial Services Industry. Diane has also worked in the Federal Government, AUSTRAC, ASIC and the Financial Services Institute of Australasia (FINSIA).






Helen Tua, Community Liaison Manager, Mercury NZ

Helen will tell the story of Mercury's conduct and culture journey, the poignant moment that sparked the company to rethink its culture and conduct, and ways it innovated to empower this new way of thinking.






Andrew Dentice, Partner, Hudson Gavin Martin

Specialising in tech, data and commercial law, Andrew works with all sizes of clients at the cutting-edge of innovation. He'll be joining us for a fireside chat with FinTech NZ General Manager James Brown about navigating the world of fintech for finance and leasing providers operating in NZ.

With tech developing faster than traditional legal frameworks, clients turn to Andrew for his specialist expertise in areas like fintech, data and platform business models. Andrew relishes situations where complex regulation meets new tech and works with clients to navigate a way through those challenges.

Andrew spent time in the UK on the client side with Barclays Bank. He's a member of the Executive Council for FinTech NZ (the industry body for financial tech in New Zealand) and is regularly asked to present on tech, data and commercial law matters both in New Zealand and overseas. Andrew is recognised as a 'Next Generation Lawyer' by The Legal 500, where he is praised as having "stacks of common sense and instinctive good judgement".




James Brown, General Manager, FinTech NZ

James is an industry leader focused on driving new innovation to deliver better customer outcomes. He will be joining us for a fireside chat with Andrew Dentice about navigating the world of fintech for finance and leasing providers operating in NZ.

As a business connector focused on helping Fintech companies build innovative technology products and solutions to export to a global market he is an expert in change and transformation. Through this international work he has seen the effects of long hours on start-ups and tech companies and has solutions around this.

James is passionate about the way we work, balance our life goals, family and giving back to the community.





And more to come!


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