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Business leaders gather at Project NZ to create a big shift

Business leaders gather at Project NZ to create a big shift

The opportunity to take part in master classes with world-leading experts in business transformation is one of the highlights of the Sustainable Business Network’s national conference, Project NZ: #theBIGshift.

SBN today announced its line-up of speakers for the two-day conference, which will take place at AUT Business School in Auckland from 17-18 September.

The keynote speaker is Stephanie Draper, the architect of #theBIGshift, which is a new approach to business innovation that is being used by global brands such as Nike, Unilever and Marks & Spencer.

Deputy CEO of Forum for the Future, the UK based organisation that created #theBIGshift approach, Stephanie is coming to the conference to launch the campaign here in New Zealand.

“Stephanie Draper is the perfect person to be launching theBIGshift at the conference in September. She leads Forum for the Future’s change work and is very used to focusing on system-wide projects and in bringing together diverse groups of players to address those really challenging issues,” says Rachel Brown, CEO of the Sustainable Business Network.

“We’ve carefully timed this event so that it fits in with the work we are doing with our members. Stephanie has a number of roles to play through the conference, to progress this work,” she says.

There will be opportunities to ask Stephanie and the other speakers’ questions in Hot Spot Conversations, and as part of the master classes.

The conference speakers include seasoned New Zealand experts as well as up-and-coming entrepreneurs and innovators. The line-up includes:

• Derek Handley, who was Founding CEO and now Entrepreneur in Residence at the B Team;

• Bernard Hickey (conference moderator), independent economic and financial commentator;

• Jacqueline Ireland, CEO, Colmar Brunton;

• Mike Bennetts, CEO, Z Energy;

• Nick Astwick, Chief Operating Officer, Kiwibank;

• Barbara Nebel, Managing Director, PE International;

• Rob Donzé, Managing Director, Inzide Commercial;

• Alex Hannant, Chief Executive, Akina Foundation;

• Vivien Maidaborn, co-Founder, Loomio;

• Rachel Taulelei, Founder and Managing Director, Yellow Brick Road;

• Sudhvir Singh, Direction Setter, Generation Zero;

and many more.

Project NZ will include entertainment, master classes, TEDx style talks, panel discussions, workshops and hot spot conversations; amidst a range of choices, giving you the opportunity to tailor your conference experience.

Explore the progress of Sustainable Business Network’s four work streams, identified as being critical to New Zealand business, where we are adopting #theBIGshift approach: smart transport, embedding social value into business models, the circular economy, and restoring New Zealand’s food systems.

Click here to read the full programme.

Further information about Project NZ: #theBIGshift is available by clicking here.

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