Speakers

This year we’re back at the Hilton Queenstown. Morgo starts with a networking dinner on the 4th Sept and officially ends at 4pm on the 6th. We have a mix of offshore and NZ speakers, case studies and interesting speakers.

  Mark Breier is a 10-year veteran Silicon Valley investor, including as the Managing Partner of Fast Angels Ventures (US), seed funding for technology entrepreneurs.  He is also the author of popular business book, The 10-Second Internet Manager, and of a new book coming this Fall called Life is a Game, Group Games for Kids, Teens, and Adults. He is a former Fortune 500 executive (Kraft, General Mills)  and technology veteran (Amazon, Beyond.com, Plantronics).  He is a popular media spokesperson on technology and business.
  Alex MacDonald is a research faculty member at Carnegie Mellon University where he studies the economics of spaceflight. He has worked at NASA as a program executive advising the agency on the development of private-sector spaceflight capabilities. He was a Clarendon Scholar at the University of Oxford for his doctorate on the economic history of early American space exploration, and was an inaugural TED Senior Fellow.
  Ian Wright has over 20 years of experience as an entrepreneur and an operating executive. He founded Wrightspeed in 2005, building the X1–to date the world’s fastest street-legal electric car.  The X1 is a concept car and a test platform based on  a modified Ariel Atom. The X1 proves that electric drive can deliver extreme performance without compromising its intrinsic efficiency.  0-60 mph in 2.9 seconds. Wrightspeed builds Range-Extended Electric Vehicle drivesystems for high fuel consumption vehicles.  Ian was also a co-founder of Tesla. A native New Zealander, Ian is an alumnus of AUT and the University of Technology in Sydney. He lives in California with his wife and two children.
  Bernard Dooling and a colleague established 20.20, one of Europe’s leading multi-disciplinary design and strategy consultancies specialising in retail and leisure in 1998. During his 30 + years as a director, Bernard has been responsible for the overall creative direction of numerous 20.20 projects including many of the biggest names in the retail and sporting market. His European client base included, amongst others: Liberty, Next, Sainsbury’s, Virgin, Bass, Oasis, Bhs, Mothercare, Homebase, National Gallery, Boots, Marks & Spencer, Arsenal FC and The Body Shop. In May this year, Bernard moved to NZ.
  Sir Ken Stevens is Chairman of Glidepath, the company he started 40 years ago and still owns. From 1972 when Ken founded Glidepath he opened offices and facilities in New Zealand, Australia, China, India, UAE, Canada, USA, Mexico, Peru and Chile concentrating on baggage handling equipment and projects. Ken’s expertise was initially in product design and then in Glidepath’s market development where he has built strong relationships in a great many North American, Asian and Pacific countries. His role today is to lead the internationalisation of the company to spearhead the next era of growth.  Ken is a Board Member and Trustee of the Asia-New Zealand Foundation and Chairman of Export New Zealand.
  Dr Shaun Ryan Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of SLI Systems. Shaun has over 10 years’ experience in search technologies. As a co-founder of the Company, he was one of the developers of the company’s unique “Learning Search” site search technology. Shaun was also an original founder of GlobalBrain (in 1998), the search technology company which was bought by NBCi, in 2000. Shaun and his fellow founders formed SLI Systems, Inc and bought back the GlobalBrain technology. Prior to GlobalBrain, he worked as a contract software developer for a number of organisations, including the international health technology company Invacare. Shaun has a PhD in Artificial Intelligence from the University of Canterbury.
  Siobhan Bulfin is the founder and CEO of Social Code, one of Entrepreneur Magazine’s 100 Brilliant Companies of 2013.  A social entrepreneur, Siobhan has over 15 years’ experience in marketing andbusiness development, running her own companies, social media and game design. Social Code’s mission is to help people be the best they can be, through mobile health solutions that are portable, personalised and participatory.
Craig Richardson is Wynyard Group’s Managing Director, he was previously Chief Financial Officer of Coca-Cola Amatil’s (ASX:CCL) pacific operations and Vice President Finance for BlueScope Steel (ASX:BSL) for the region. Craig has also held senior executive roles in finance, strategy and planning with Vodafone in Sweden and Australia. Craig is a certified practising accountant and fellow of CPA Australia. He is currently a board member of Crown entity Callaghan Innovation. Craig has previously held directorships with virtual community start up SmallWorlds, Enable Networks and anti-human trafficking not-for-profit SISHA.
Shaun Maloney is the Chief Executive of ARANZ Geo. Since 2010 he has lead the company through period of very high growth.  Revenue has roughly doubled each year in that period from $2M in 2010 to close to $12M in 2013. Christchurch born Shaun comes from an international banking background, having previously worked in the UK providing strategic direction to NZ technology businesses.  He was formerly ARANZ Geo’s Global Sales Channel Manager.
Jonny Hendriksen is the CEO of Shuttlerock.  The company traces its origins back to the late 1990s, when a young entrepreneur Jonny got his first taste of the internet in Japan. Jonny, along with partner Tim Williams were true pioneers of internet marketing, and took on the challenges of the Japanese market head-on. They created Value Click and Value Commerce, and took those companies public on the Japanese stock exchange. Jonny created Shuttlerock in 2011, basing early operations near Christchurch and quickly expanding into the USA as well as Canada, the UK, Japan, and Australia.
Scott Bradley is the Chief Executive and Founder of VMob.  Scott brings his extensive experience in the digital space to the team. While working overseas Scott co-founded Utilyx, which is now one of the UK’s largest retail energy brokers, trading around 30TWh of energy.
  Brett Hewlett is the Chief Executive Officer of Comvita Limited. He is a current member of the New Zealand Trade and Enterprise Better by Design Advisory Board and an Independent Director of the US-based specialty medical device and pharmaceutical company Derma Sciences Inc. He previously served 15 years of a 20-year career internationally with world-leading food packaging company, Tetra Pak. Brett has a Bachelor of Food Technology degree from Massey University and a Masters of Business Administration from IMD in Switzerland.
  Deborah Lee Marlow is an internationally recognized, award winning serial entrepreneur. She has been building global companies for over 35-years. As a teenage single-mother her first entrepreneurial foray helped launch a tree-planting & forest-fire fighting business in the Pacific Northwest of America. The ‘Hoedads Cooperative’ eventually grew into a 200 person operation and was in profitable operation for over 22 years. Her entrepreneurial passion took hold when she built Award Software International Inc., from a Silicon Valley start-up into the world’s 3rd largest B.I.O.S. systems software house with over $26 million in sales revenue and double-digit profitability. Over 300million computers use the Award BIOS today.
  Rebekah Campbell is the Founder of Posse.com a social search engine that helps people to find the favourite places of their social network. Users can create an ultimate ‘street’ filed with their favourite restaurants, bars, hotels, spas & shops.  Posse launched in late 2012 and already lists more than 35,000 stores from around the world.  Posse is backed by high profile Angel investors including industry leaders from Google, Facebook, Twitter, E-Bay, MTV, Wotif & NineMSN as well as EMI Music and Superannuation Fund MLC. 

Prior to Posse.com, Rebekah founded Scorpio Music, one of Australia’s most successful artist management companies.  She has independently signed and developed from scratch artists including Evermore, george, Lisa Mitchell, Matt Corby, Operator Please & Amy Meredith.
Cilla Hegarty is the founder and CEO of NZ Tax Refunds, New Zealand’s leading tax refund company.  In 2012 Cilla was the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year service category award winner. In 2013 she was awarded a Prime Minister’s Business Scholarship.  Since it’s foundation in 2008 NZ Tax Refunds has picked up numerous awards.  In 2011 the company ranked 30th on the Asia Pacific Technology Fast 500 with 1401% growth; it also ranked on the 2012 list with 539% growth.