Video | Agriculture | Confidence | Economy | Energy | Employment | Finance | Media | Property | RBNZ | Science | SOEs | Tax | Technology | Telecoms | Tourism | Transport | Search


Global media and innovation experts join line up

Global media and innovation experts join Aspiring Conversations line up

We have a change to our programmed line up of internationally renowned thinkers, speakers and writers.

Global telecom, media and technology specialist, Dr. Jacques Bughin from the Brussels office of McKinsey & Company and New Zealand innovation leader, Dr. Mary Quin join James Manyika to debate the impacts of information technology in ‘How to run the world’. They replace Parag Khanna who has had to withdraw from the session that takes place on Saturday 11 October at the Lake Wanaka Centre.

Like James Manyika, Dr. Bughin is a member of the McKinsey Global Institute Council and is also a fellow of the Aspen Institute. A frequent speaker at worldwide conferences, he also co-leads the Digital Economy Initiative, a recently launched McKinsey knowledge program. Recent work has included assisting public broadcasters worldwide to redesign their strategic mission and operations. He is a fellow of ECORE, a think tank on economic policy in Belgium.

Dr. Mary Quin is a leading executive and innovation expert. She is the inaugural Chief Executive of Callaghan Innovation, the New Zealand-based advanced technology institute named after one of the country’s most eminent contemporary scientists, the late Sir Paul Callaghan.

Before returning to New Zealand, Dr. Quin spent 20 years working overseas in senior executive roles in NASDAQ-listed companies such as Eastman Kodak and Xerox. A science graduate of the University of Canterbury and Northwestern University in Illinois, Dr. Quin also received an MBA with High Distinction from Harvard Business School, graduating as a Baker Scholar.

Dr Quin may be remembered as a member of a group of Western tourists that were taken hostage in 1998 by Yemeni militants. The operation ended with the deaths of four of the captives, and Dr Quin was subsequently a key witness in the prosecution of London based imam Abu Hamza as-Masri in New York.

“We are extremely fortunate to have speakers of Mary and Jacques’ calibre. The knowledge and insights they bring will spark a lively debate” said Festival Director Philip Tremewan.

Dr Mary Quin and Jacques Bughin join James Manyika at 10am on Saturday 11 October at the Lake Wanaka Centre. Tickets $15 - book tickets now.

© Scoop Media

Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines


Conservation Win: Mice Eradicated From Antipodes Island

In a world-leading conservation effort, mice have been successfully eradicated from Antipodes Island in the New Zealand Subantarctic, Conservation Minister Eugenie Sage announced today... More>>


Transport Tech: Roadmap To Harness $1.5 Bn Sector

A new Future Technology Leadership Group will help New Zealand harness some of the $1.5 billion a year estimated value to the economy from Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) as well as the social benefits they create... More>>


Economy: GDP Rises On Strength In Services

The economy, as measured by gross domestic product (GDP), grew 0.6 percent in the December 2017 quarter, Stats NZ said today. Growth was driven by increases in the service industries but was tempered by falls in the primary sector. More>>


Dolphins In Danger: More measures to protect

Fisheries Minister Stuart Nash and Conservation Minister Eugenie Sage are accelerating work to improve protection of the nationally endangered Hector’s dolphin, after five were accidentally killed in a fishing net off Banks Peninsula. More>>


Innovative Partnerships:Govt Launches R&D Programme

Research, Science and Innovation Minister Megan Woods has today formally launched the Innovative Partnership programme which aims to attract future-focused international innovators and firms to undertake R&D and develop their products in New Zealand.... More>>


Planes And Oil: Current Account Deficit Widens To $2.0 Billion

New Zealand's seasonally adjusted current account deficit widened to $2.0 billion in the December 2017 quarter, Stats NZ said today. The $407 million increase in the deficit was mainly driven by New Zealand importing aircraft and other transport equipment, and crude oil. More>>


RMTU: Lyttelton Port Strike

Sticking points now include LPC’s insistence on docking the pay of workers who didn’t take part in strike action last week – because they withdrew the strike notice. “In our view this amounts to an illegal lockout.” More>>


"Licensed To Krill": Greenpeace Report On Antarctic Fishing

A new Greenpeace investigation has exposed the environmental risks of the fast-growing krill industry in one of the most pristine parts of the Antarctic Ocean. More>>