MORGO 2015 SPEAKERS

JASON BERNS

Jason is the Director of Open Innovation at Under Armour Inc.  He received his BS in Industrial Design from University of Cincinnati. He worked for Salomon, Arc’teryx Equipment and Fisher Price before joining Under Armour in 2008. Jason has worked on sports oriented and performance motion gear for his whole career, from infant carriers to mountaineering products.  Jason has applied job experience in Europe, Canada, and Asia taking concepts from drawings, to prototypes, to factory production and has been involved in all aspects of the product creation process from technology acquisition through commercialization He has spent time on factory floors in Asia to qualify him as line stitcher. Jason is presently directing the Open Innovation and Apparel advanced design and development teams at Under Armour Inc. His OI team is engaged in discovering, acquiring, applying and protecting great technologies. Many new Under Armour technologies come from outside the sports industry; finding opportunities with unexpected people or groups and in unexpected industries is what provides the performance edge that drives new product concepts, new business opportunities, sustains innovation and ensures continued strong growth.

MARTIN BROWN

Martin Brown is the founder and CEO of wine-searcher, which transformed the commercial landscape for wine by providing global retail price transparency. The site consists of a simple Google-like format for locating and pricing combined with wine news and encyclopaedic back ground content. The website is the most popular wine related website globally, with over 5 million visits/month, dwarfing individual retailers and other wine informational sites. The businesses is run from an Auckland office of 40 people.

Steve Outrim

STEVE OUTTRIM

Steve Outtrim is a technology entrepreneur from Wellington who now lives in San Francisco. He has founded two technology companies which have gone public, Sausage Software (1996) and Urbanise (2014). He sold his nutraceutical company Aussie Bodies to Kiwi firm Healtheries. He is an early stage investor in a number of technologycompanies including Connect.com and Grid-Net. Steve is passionate about environmental conservation and habitat preservation. He sits on the board of Silicon Valley charity Reallocate.org, and is writing a book about the secret history of technology.

Dr Jana Matthews

DR JANA MATTHEWS

Dr. Jana Matthews is an international expert on entrepreneurial leadership and business growth. As the ANZ Chair of Business Growth, Professor, and Director of the Centre for Business Growth at the University of South Australia, she is researching the inhibitors and accelerants to growth and teaching CEOs and their teams how to grow and go global. In 2001 she founded The Jana Matthews Group, a consulting firm that helps companies unlock growth potential, with offices in Boulder, CO and Adelaide, AU. In 2014 she and a co-founder launched JMGrow to enable CEOs anywhere, anytime to have the resources needed to grow great companies. Dr. Matthews has a doctorate from Harvard, was on the founding team of the Kauffman Foundation’s Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership, was a Global Thought Leader for SAP, and is the co-author of 60 articles and 8 books on entrepreneurial leadership and business growth. She has consulted with hundreds of entrepreneurial CEOs and corporate executives, and helped them unlock the growth potential of their companies.

Andrew Te Whaiti

ANDREW TE WHAITI

Andrew Te Whaiti is the Managing Director of the Department of Discovery, specialists in bringing brand stories to life. The company’s internationally renowned projects include Experience Comvita, Yavapai Indian Nation, Tourism NZ and the Royal Hawaiian Centre.  After playing professional rugby football in New Zealand and 3 seasons in Italy, then graduating with an MBA from Massey University, Andrew embarked on his career in tourism, prior to founding The Department of Discovery Limited. As the former CEO of Te Puia, Rotorua, he led a $20 million redevelopment programme which resulted in the creation of one of New Zealand’s leading tourist destinations, which attracts 500,000 visitors annually. Then, for 3 years Andrew was based in Hawaii, undertaking tourism research, destination design and feasibility for private investment on some of the most sacred lands in Hawaiian culture.  That exposure also resulted in tourism feasibility projects on mainland USA. Andrew leads the Department of Discovery management team and he is member of the Board of the Department of Discovery, North America LLC.

Dr Ruopeng Liu

DR RUOPENG LIU

Dr Ruopeng Liu is the Founder of Kuang-Chi Science, a Hong Kong exchange listed company engaged in the novel space services and other innovative technology with disruptive innovations and technologies.  Ruopeng is an authority in metamaterials and developed the ‘invisible cloak’ as a graduate with other Kuang-Chi founders in early 2010.  They established Kuang-Chi in Shenzhen in July 2010.  Kuang-Chi’s products and solutions include New Meta-RF Satellite Communication Products, Super Wi-Fi Wireless Internet Solutions, Intelligent Photonic Technology and Novel Electromagnetic Metamaterials.  Ruopeng has a Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Duke University in the US.

Dan Radcliffe

DAN RADCLIFFE

Dan Radcliffe founded IVHQ (International Volunteer HQ) in 2007 after volunteering abroad and identifying a need to provide affordable, safe and responsible volunteer programs for international volunteers. Dan oversees the operations of IVHQ, managing all aspects of the company and traveling regularly to visit programs and local teams. Dan also loves getting outdoors and into SCUBA diving, paddle boarding, fishing and any other sports he can try his hand at. Not surprisingly, he is also an avid traveller with his favourite countries being Kenya, Mexico and Sri Lanka. In 2014, Dan was named EY New Zealand Entrepreneur of the Year, recognising the impact International Volunteer HQ has made globally.

Helen Jarman

HELEN JARMAN

Helen Jarman is the founder and Managing Director of Infoactiv – a leading independent provider of supply chain and sustainability solutions across the Asia Pacific region. Infoactiv delivers value-added solutions to OEMs, brands, retailers, corporations, institutions and government authorities that deliver significant financial, brand and environmental benefits. Established in 1999, Infoactiv has achieved great success and is known as an industry in supply chain and product stewardship. Helen’s work is also recognized through being named as Telstra Business Woman’s Awards winner 2004 and Pam Keating Environmental Award winner 2014. Her company is driven by customer need and providing support and flexibility to better manage internal and external management challenges. Infoactiv works with a wide range of customers and sectors on diverse supply chain initiatives and challenges. The primary focus is on reverse logistics, or all activity once product is released into market i.e. ‘post-sale’ product lifecycle management. This extends to customers’ product stewardship obligations and managing their environmental outcomes across all waste streams.

SIR WILLIAM GALLAGHER

Sir William Gallagher is the Chairman and CEO of Gallagher Group Ltd and employs over 1000 people worldwide, 600 mainly in the Waikato region and a further 400 off shore. The seed for the organisation was sown back in the thirties when Joe the horse would scratch its rear end on the family Essex.   Sir William’s father attached a magneto to a wound-up rubber band triggering a device which would electrify the car each time it rocked – in two days the problem was solved. Sir William joined the family company in 1962 and the company turnover doubled every year between 1972 and 1976.     Putting money into research and development and consumer education made the difference – in the US alone there were at one time, 140 other manufacturers.   Still very involved in the daily operation, he maintains regular contact with customers in the 130 countries in which Gallagher products are sold spending up to 150 days a year on the road representing the company and its philosophies, communicating across language and social barriers, while also emphasising the ethics and integrity of his professional and personal dealings. The NZ companies has now reached a turnover of $M200 and continues to grow its exports despite a very challenging environment.

Joel Foster

JOEL FOSTER

Joel Foster is Co-Founder, Director and Chief Executive of Foster Moore, a global company, specialising in implementing electronic registry solutions. Joel leads the company, guides the product development, and sets the strategy. Joel’s professional experience has been in the architecture, design and development of large business applications. His vision for Foster Moore has seen the creation of Catalyst The Registry Manager and other wonderful innovations. Joel is active in the world of registry development and is a keen supporter of the various international associations that nurture registry best practice. Prior to joining Foster Moore, Joel gained significant experience in leading, designing and developing custom- built application solutions as a consultant for the clients of Oracle and Cintra. Subsequently, he worked as a sole contractor for clients including Telecom, Air New Zealand, Telstra, Vodafone, Bookrite and Fletchers.

Peter Coker

PETER COKER

Pete Coker is the CEO of Martin Aircraft Company. A former senior officer in the Royal Air Force, he has amassed over 5,000 flying hours and was a qualified flying and weapons instructor with substantial policy and procurement experience. He commanded both a squadron and station. More recently, Peter was General Manager of Lockheed Martin (NZ) and Business Development Director for Asia Pacific for a Lockheed Martin Business Unit. Peter has served as a Director on Boards and is a member of the Institute of Directors. He is also a Fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Management, Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society and The Honourable Company of Air Pilots.

Scott Houston

SCOTT HOUSTON

Scott Houston is a world-class software entrepreneur.  In 2006 he founded high performance cloud computer company GreenButton, which became the global leader in PaaS (Platform as a Service) enabling businesses to securely run software applications in the cloud with access to unlimited computing power.  GreenButton was acquired in 2014 by Microsoft Corporation.  Prior to GreenButton Scott was the CTO of Weta Digital, and helped establish the super computer platform for Weta Studio’s used in the production of Lord of the Rings.  At the end of the production he developed the idea for GreenButton as a way to use the spare processing power.  His software platform enabled this capacity to be leased, on-demand.  Today Scott sits on the board of several software companies including ARANZ Geo.

Marcel Van den Assum

MARCEL VAN DEN ASSUM

Marcel van den Assum is the Former Chairman at GreenButton which was acquired by Microsoft in 2014.  He is the Chairman of the Angel Association of New Zealand and serves on the boards of a number of companies including Flick Electric Co, MerlotAero, CropX  and Voco.  He is also founding investor in LightningLab accelerator, an advisor to the Inland Revenue transformation and on the GlobalDay1 investment committee. Prior to his governance career, Marcel was an information services professional for over 25 years, both in New Zealand and overseas. His most senior leadership positions have included Managing Principal in Unisys Corporation and CIO for Fonterra.

Weizi Huangi

WEIZI HUANG

Weizi Huang is a member of the founding team at Kuang-Chi Science, a Hong Kong exchange listed company.  Kuang-Chi is dedicated to making innovations that change the world and has earned the nickname “Alien Tech”.

Weizi is an expert in Intelligent Photonic Technology and light signatures. She has a M.S. from Duke University in the USA. The spirit of “innovation and dream” propels Kuang-Chi’s constant progress.

Rod Macfarlane

ROD MACFARLANE

Rod Macfarlane is CEO and co-founder of creative agency & product lab, MEA. Based in NZ, Sydney and Connecticut, USA, MEA creates change and communicates using traditional and digital media. MEA is passionate about mobile and has achieved nine #1 hit apps. Previously, Rod worked in London during the late 90s dot com boom, and at Navman where he established the working relationship between Navman’s Taiwanese parent MiTAC and Google.  Rod is a past NZ Law Society solicitor and has extensive intellectual property management and commercialisation experience including contentious licensing and management of a portfolio of more than 70 granted patents. He is the graduate of a Bachelors of Science, Bachelors of Laws and an MBA and is the co-inventor of several granted USA and international patents.

MARK MCCAUGHAN

Mark McCaughan is the Founding Director and CEO of Merlot.aero – airline operations management software airlines love to use. He has more than 25 years of experience in aviation IT solutions, and under his leadership merlot.aero has grown from startup to a sound business, bringing unique and highly innovative airline operational solutions that are continuing to be a game changer in the industry and to its global network of clients.

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