July 3 & 5 2017 – Global vs. Local

Global vs. Local

We now live in a highly connected world, with an increasingly accessible global population.  With a world where marketplaces are now seen as “globally local” to be successful, companies need to understand the effect  of “localizing” their business operations to suit.   Which begs the question – Can you succeed in servicing your market from afar? Or should you position yourself within growing business hubs?


Hear from business leaders with their insights into entering global markets, as well as securing local market share.


Keynote Speaker: 

Nick Mowbray – Co-Founder and Co-CEO, ZURU


ZURU is officially the fastest growing toy company in the world in 2016. Nick Founded the company with his Brother and Sister 12 years ago, and has grown the company into one of the most innovative and fast moving toy companies in the world. ZURU now has over 3000 employees, and will reach over 500 Million NZD revenue in 2017.  Nicks roll focus on Global Strategy, Product and idea acquisition, Licensing,  sales, marketing and distribution.


Rebecca Smith – Director, New Zealand Story

Rebecca is an optimistic, energetic and experienced marketer leading the Government’s New Zealand Story Group.


The New Zealand Story is an initiative that defines the distinctly Kiwi attributes that make New Zealand unique and provides a framework to help us better communicate our value to the world.


Rebecca has a unique view of how consumers and buyers offshore see New Zealand and can share insights into what we need to do, say and show to shift perceptions and trigger better outcomes – whether it be attracting people to visit, study, live, do business with or invest in New Zealand.


Rebecca is passionate about driving the success and prosperity of New Zealand and New Zealand businesses and is on a mission to make New Zealand famous for more good things.

Jo Pennycuick – Founder, Redesign Group NZ

Jo has grown the company into an Internationally renowned design practice. With a passion for design, management and travel Jo has developed the company into a niche area of food and beverage and retail airport design work that has extended the opportunities of growth of the company into many areas of the globe.


Jo develops strong relationships with clients to ensure that all projects are delivered to the highest level of design and service. Jo has office locations in Christchurch, Ho Chi Minh City and Delhi India and employs 16 design and support staff.


Career highlights include the completion of the food and beverage tenancies for the Delhi International T3 complex, Mumbai International Airport, Vietnam, Dublin and many other airports around the globe. Jo has attended several NZ lead business delegations to India and the Middle East and is an advisor to Export NZ.

Dr David Prentice – Chief Executive and Managing Director, Opus


David has been Managing Director and Chief Executive of Opus since October 2010. He holds a PhD in Engineering from Edinburgh University, and came to New Zealand as a Civil Engineer for Opus in 1997.

Under David’s leadership Opus has grown to 3,000 experts across the globe who work with more than 12,000 clients across Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United States and the United Kingdom. In New Zealand, Opus operates from a network of 40 offices and employs over 1,700 staff.

Dominic Quin – Director Digital Transformation, Fonterra


Dominic Quin started his career in the UK but has worked in Australia and New Zealand over the last 20 years. He has been working at Fonterra for 7 years. Previously the Director of Global Marketing Service, his responsibilities included Data and Intelligence, Strategic Planning and Insights, Shopper Marketing and Digital Marketing. Dominic was recently appointed as Head of Digital Transformation.

Think tracking your milk from shelf to cow, connecting farmers through apps and the latest technology, and innovating using a consumer approach to ideation – Fonterra is all about ‘globally local’ business!

MAY 10,11 & 12 2017 – INNOVATION

PwC Herald Talks hits the road. PwC Herald Talks: Innovation will be taking place in Auckland on May 10th, in Wellington on May 11th & Christchurch on May 12th.

Innovate or be left behind. Innovation can be a catalyst for the growth and success of your business, and help you to adapt and grow in the marketplace. It’s not just invention, innovation can mean changing your business model and adapting to changes in your environment to deliver better products or services.

This PwC Herald Talks event brings you the latest case studies in innovation and provides insights to help you apply innovation within your business to make sure you stay ahead of the curve and get outside of the box.

Don’t miss this chance to join our keynote speaker and expert panel to unlock the key to successful business.

Final speakers below! 



Tobias Grant – Commercial Director, Pop-up Globe

Tobias is an entrepreneur with specialist experience in management and communications of creative businesses. He brings over 15 years’ experience with leading advertising agencies, brand strategists, clients and brands. Between 2010 and 2014 he built an agency which from a standing start grew to delivering high profile projects including Band Together Concert for Canterbury, will.i.am for Hallenstein Brothers, launched Telecom’s association with Spofity, and the Starship Christmas Albums.


Savannah Peterson – Founder, Savvy Millenial


Savannah Peterson is a 2016 Forbes 30 Under 30 in Consumer Technology and known voice in the startup space. Savannah is the Founder of Savvy Millennial where she helps the people, products and brands she loves grow.

Kevin Hart – Country Leader, GE New Zealand


Kevin is an industry veteran with more than thirty years’ experience in the energy sector.  In his role as Country Leader for GE New Zealand, his focus is on growing GE’s business offerings including Power, Renewables, Transportation, Aviation and Healthcare, while helping to transform its entire business to be the world’s largest digital industrial company.

Grant Straker – CEO, Straker Translations


Award winning entrepreneur, engineer, paratrooper, ironman, volunteer fire fighter, musician and dad – Grant wears many hats and has had an incredibly varied set of experiences over the past 30 years. As one of the founders of Straker Translations, Grant’s wide-ranging experiences and skills place him in an ideal position to drive the growth of the company as it continues to expand its global presence.

Andy Symons – Innovation Partner, PwC New Zealand


Andy Symons, Innovation Partner at PwC New Zealand, is also the firm’s Financial Services Sector Leader. Andy is focused on innovation strategy, digital strategy, customer and the development of technology. Andy has a background in innovation, technology development, loyalty marketing, credit scoring and has recently led a major New Zealand bank’s retail banking division. He has also advised CEOs and boards on developing the cultural and structural environment required to increase organisational innovation.

Linda Jenkinson – Co- Founder – John Paul Group and Director


Linda Jenkinson is a serial entrepreneur and innovator who has built three multi-million dollar companies, is now engaged in developing a global approach to relationship based concierge and social ventures. Linda is the Chairman and Owner of LesConcierges and currently serves as a Director for Air New Zealand and The Grid.

Malcolm Johns – CEO Christchurch International Airport


Malcolm has been the Chief Executive of Christchurch International Airport since January 2014. He is part of the Tourism Industry Senior Leaders Group and attracted to leadership roles which offer the opportunity to lead beyond pure profit and took up the CE role at Christchurch Airport three years after the 2011 earthquakes. With a desire to build leadership, confidence and ambition back into post-earthquake Christchurch, Malcolm has focused on the role the airport team can play in recovering the social, economic and innovative contribution to New Zealand of Christchurch Airport, Christchurch City and the South Island.

April 5 2017 – Leadership

Leadership acts as the catalyst that makes all other elements work together; without leadership, all other business resources lie dormant. Leaders are invaluable when it comes to formulating and communicating new strategic directions, as well as communicating with and motivating employees to increase dedication to organizational goals.

The benefits of an effective leader are indisputable, an expert in leadership Warren Bennis said, “A business short on capital can borrow money and one with poor location can move but a business short on leadership has little chance of survival”

Effective leaders exhibit different styles of leadership, and these styles of leadership can bring out the best in different businesses and workforces. Join our keynote speaker and expert panel to hear about leadership necessities in your business, what worked- what didn’t work in their leadership roles. Take away key lessons to apply in your businesses and careers – to help you be the best leader in any situation.

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Daniel Flynn – Co-founder & Managing Director, Thankyou

Daniel Flynn is Co-founder and Managing Director of Thankyou – a social enterprise that  exists to empower people to play a part in ending global poverty through simple everyday purchases.  What began with bottled water to fund water projects and tackle the World Water Crisis, now includes 55 consumer products across water, food and body care that funds safe water access, hygiene and sanitation programs and food aid.


Traci Houpapa MNZM JP – Professional Director

Traci is an award winning company director and a recognised industry leader. She specialises in strategic and economic development advice to Maori, public and private sector clients throughout New Zealand. Traci is known for her strong and inclusive leadership and her clear focus on building the wealth and prosperity of Aotearoa New Zealand.

Mark Averill – Chief Executive Officer, PwC New Zealand

As CEO of PwC New Zealand, Mark leads a team of more than 120 partners and over 1,300 staff, who are focused on building trust and helping New Zealand businesses solve their most important problems. With significant people leadership experience, Mark grows and develops leaders who are relevant for the future – creating leaders who catch the wave of change first and connect New Zealand to the world stage.

Ranjna Patel – Director, Nirvana Health Group

Nirvana Health Group director Ranjna founded the company in 1977 in Otara with her GP husband, Dr Kantilal Patel.Today, there are 36 Medical Clinics and 30 Pharmacies with 1080 employees. Ranjna has an extensive involvement in charitable and community groups for which she received a QSM in 2009 and ONZM in 2017. She has won Visionary Leader awards, Indian Business Awards’ Businesswoman of the Year award, the Walk the Talk Award, and has been inducted into the Co of Women NZ Hall of Fame.


Fran O’Sullivan – Editorial Director of Business, NZME

Fran O’Sullivan is Editorial Director of Business for NZME and a high profile business columnist for the New Zealand Herald. She has a strong interest in New Zealand’s business success and is a frequent TV commentator and public speaker. Fran is a member of both the NZ US Council and NZ China Council’s Advisory Boards and a committee member of the Pacific Economic Cooperation Council (NZ). She is also a regular participant in NZ’s partnership forums with the United States, Australia and China. Fran is a former editor of National Business Review and has an award-winning track record in business journalism.