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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.

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