Kerridge & Partners Leadership Conference 2018

Event Description

Culture, Diversity and Innovation – How can New Zealand thrive on the global stage?

What role does culture and diversity play in driving innovation?

As a country, we are often known for our creative ideas and innovation, or our “No.8 Wire mentality”, but to what extent are NZ leaders and organisations able to scale and commercialise our innovative ideas? How well do we appreciate cultural differences and the importance of diversity in creating an innovative culture?  Which are the global and NZ organisations we can learn from?

Genuinely innovative companies have also learned to engage the broader ecosystem, e.g. external stakeholders, customers, the community, as part of their innovation process. 

Join us for this exciting conference and hear from a distinguished group of global thought-leaders and leaders from the private, public and not-for-profit sectors.

To discuss and debate this, we are very excited to bring together this year a truly illustrious and international group of leaders from global businesses, academia, and not-for-profit organisations, including our own captains of industries.

  • Dr. Fons Trompenaars - Founder THT (Trompenaars Hampden-Turner) (via live video conference) 
  • Bill Fischer, Professor of Innovation Management - IMD (via live video conference) 
  • Ian Williamson - Pro Vice Chancellor and Dean of Victoria University Business School
  • Adrian Orr, Governor - Reserve Bank of New Zealand
  • Sacha McMeeking, Head of Aotahi, the School of Māori and Indigenous Studies - University of Canterbury
  • Ainsleigh Cribb-Sua, CEO - VOYCE Whakarongo Mai
  • Rob Campbell, Professional Director
  • Fiona Smith, GM Customer Operations - TrustPower
  • Cheewei Kwan, Themeweaver for the Leadership Conference Partner, Kerridge & Partners

Event Details

Date: 9 November 2018

Time: 7.30am registration

Conference: 8.00am - 5.00pm

Drinks & Canapes: 5.00pm onwards

Location: Pullman Hotel Auckland

Tickets:  Early bird price until 31 August, $1650 + GST  and $1850 + GST after 31 August

Space is strictly limited, please email us on [email protected] to book a seat or to enquire about group bookings.

We have set up a special discounted rate at the Pullman Hotel for anyone traveling to Auckland for the conference, please book via this link: using the code: "MICENZ" under Additional Criteria.


Speaker Bios

Dr. Fons Trompenaars, Founder, THT (Trompenaars Hampden-Turner)

Dr. Fons Trompenaars is recognised around the world for his work as a consultant, trainer, motivational speaker and author of various books on all subjects of culture and business. He has spent over 30 years helping Fortune 500 leaders solve their business and cultural dilemmas to increase global effectiveness and performance, particularly in the areas of globalisation, mergers and acquisition, HR and leadership development.  Listed regularly as one of the world’s most influential management thinkers, he was inducted into the Thinkers50 Hall of Fame in 2017 which salutes distinguished individuals who have made a lasting and vital impact on how organizations are led and managed.

Bill Fischer, Professor of Innovation Management at IMD

Prof Bill Fischer co-founded and co-directs the IMD program on Driving Strategic Innovation, in cooperation with the Sloan School of Management at MIT and also authors a regular column for entitled “The Ideas Business,” ( An engineer by training, American by citizenship, Bill has lived much of his life in Asia and Europe. Bill first moved to China in 1980, and later became the President of the China Europe International Business School (CEIBS) in Shanghai. He was awarded the Silver Magnolia award, Shanghai’s highest award for foreigners contributing to the city’s development in 1999.  One of his most recent books is Reinventing Giants: How Chinese Global Competitor Haier has Changed the Way that Big Companies Transform, which address issues of innovation and talent development in a variety of organizational settings. 

Ian Williamson, Pro-Vice Chancellor and Dean of Victoria University Business School

Prof. Williamson’s research focuses on how the development of effective “talent pipelines” can enhance organizational and community outcomes. Ian has worked with executives in over 20 countries across six continents helping organizations understand how human and social capital influences a firm’s operational and financial outcomes, talent management in the context of new ventures and growth-oriented firms, diversity management, the role of human resource practices in driving firm innovation and the impact of social issues on firm outcomes.  Originally from the US, Ian has worked and consulted organisations across 25 countries.

Adrian Orr, Governor at Reserve Bank of New Zealand 

Adrian Orr was appointed Governor of the Reserve Bank of New Zealand in March 2018.  Previously, Adrian was Chief Executive Officer at the New Zealand Superannuation Fund. During his time there he won many awards including the Deloitte IPANZ Improving Performance through Leadership Excellence award in 2016, and Asian Investor’s Individual Contribution to Institutional Investment Award in 2017.  Prior to that he was Deputy Governor and Head of Financial Stability for the Reserve Bank. Adrian has also held the positions of Chief Economist at Westpac Banking Corporation, Chief Manager of the Economics Department at the Reserve Bank and Chief Economist at The National Bank of New Zealand. He has also worked at the New Zealand Treasury; and the OECD, based in Paris.  Adrian graduated from the University of Waikato in 1983 with a Bachelor of Social Sciences, majoring in Economics and Geography. He also has a Master of Development Economics from the University of Leicester, England, graduating with distinction in 1985.

Sacha McMeeking, Head of Aotahi, the School of Māori and Indigenous Studies - University of Canterbury

Sacha McMeeking is the Head of Aotahi, the School of Māori and Indigenous Studies and co-founder of Tū Māia a kaupapa Māori business than designs leadership and entrepreneurship programmes.  She has had a varied career which started with UN advocacy on behalf of Iwi Māori, spanned public policy, negotiations and political advice as the General Manager Strategy and Influence with Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu, before moving into innovation and social entrepreneurship.  Her driving cause throughout her career has been to contribute to the regeneration of Iwi Māori self determination, which she currently does through research, capability development and leadership programmes.  At the University of Canterbury she established the Māui Lab which creates opportunities for students to work on real life projects from within the Māori community and launched two new Masters programmes: the Master of Māori and Indigenous Leadership (MMIL) and the Master of Te Reo (MTREO).  The MMIL is a professional programme that aims to strengthen the capability of mid-career Māori to accelerate and grow the practice and potential of self determination within their communities, while the MTREO focusses on the production of diverse contemporary works in te reo Māori.  Her research aims to develop emerging theories of how to practice self determination, as well as exploring the impact of macro trends on Indigenous communities, which contributed to appearing on the prime time What Next TVNZ programme hosted by Nigel Latta and John Campbell.  She is of Ngāi Tahu descent, holds a Master of Law (Hons) and was the inaugural Fulbright Harkness Fellow in 2010.

Ainsleigh Cribb-Sua, CEO -  VOYCE Whakarongo Mai

A doctoral graduate of The University of Auckland, Dr. Ainsleigh Cribb-Su’a (Ngāti Maniapoto, Ngāti Kauwhata, Ngāti Tamaterā) is a Senior Clinical Psychologist with over 10 years experience working clinically in Child and Adolescent Mental Health (CAMH) in Counties Manukau. Dr Cribb-Su’a, born and bred in South Auckland, has worked predominantly with Māori whānau in her clinical work and was one of the founding members of He Kākano, the kaupapa Māori clinical team within Whirinaki. Dr Cribb-Su’a went on to become the Clinical Lead and then consequently a Clinical Manager within the Whirinaki service.  She is an Executive Leadership and Management Program (ELMP) graduate and has lectured on both The University of Auckland Clinical Psychology program and the Counseling Psychology PG Program at AUT. She also lectures on Māori learning styles for Te Wānanga o Raukawa.  Dr Cribb-Su’a currently leads the team at VOYCE Whakarongo Mai as chief executive and has a passion for and commitment to the wellbeing and flourishing of children and youth, specifically Māori and Pasifika taiohi, of which she is the mother of four.  Dr Cribb-Su'a also serves in governance roles for Te Wānanga o Aotearoa and the Graeme Dingle Foundation.

Rob Campbell, Professional Director

Rob Campbell is Chair of SKYCITY Entertainment Group Ltd, Summerset, Tourism Holdings and WEL Networks and a director of Precinct Properties. Rob has over 30 years experience in capital markets and is a director and advisor to a range of investment fund and private equity groups in New Zealand, Australia, Hong Kong and the United States of America.  In 2017, Rob was given the Beacon Award by the New Zealand Shareholders Association for his outstanding contributions and leadership in corporate governance, and in particular, for his willingness to speak out on issues without fear or favour.

Fiona Smith, GM Customer Operations - Trustpower

Fiona joined Trustpower in 1995 as an administrator, customer service representative and telephone-based account manager. Fiona is more than aware of the ever-changing environment that the multi-utility has to stay up to speed with.  With Trustpower, she has led and motivated large, multi-functional teams through significant change and challenges and ensures they continue to thrive in a dynamic and competitive landscape. She also lends her time to mentoring women in the industry and driving the improved treatment of the sector’s most vulnerable customers.  Fiona is sought after for her expertise in customer engagement via digital channels and is a regular speaker at industry conferences.

Cheewei Kwan, Themeweaver for the Leadership Conference Partner, Kerridge & Partners

Cheewei Kwan leads the Leadership Solutions Practice and has been the curator and themeweaver for the past two Kerridge Leadership Conferences. Over the past 30+ years, Cheewei has had a career spanning executive roles in the government and private sectors, including more than 10 years leading global consulting organisations across Asia. Prior to his relocation to Auckland 7 years ago, he was the founding CEO of the Singapore Human Capital Leadership Institute.


Pullman Hotel Auckland

Dr. Fons Trompenaars
Dr. Fons Trompenaars
Founder, THT (Trompenaars Hampden-Turner)
Bill Fischer
Bill Fischer
Professor of Innovation Management, IMD
Ian Williamson
Ian Williamson
Pro-Vice Chancellor and Dean of Victoria University Business School
Adrian Orr
Adrian Orr
Governor, Reserve Bank of New Zealand
Sacha McMeeking
Sacha McMeeking
Head of Aotahi, the School of Māori and Indigenous Studies - University of Canterbury
Ainsleigh Cribb-Sua
Ainsleigh Cribb-Sua
CEO -  VOYCE Whakarongo Mai
Rob Campbell
Rob Campbell
Professional Director
Fiona Smith
Fiona Smith
GM Customer Operations - TrustPower
Cheewei Kwan
Cheewei Kwan
Themeweaver for the Leadership Conference Partner, Kerridge & Partners

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