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January 30, 2020

Inspiring Business Brilliance

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Emmanuel ‘Manny’ Maceda is the Worldwide Managing Partner and Chairman of the Board of Bain & Company.

He is responsible for all aspects of the firm's strategy, team and operations across Bain's global network of 50+ offices in 37 countries. Manny leads the firm in its mission to deliver the best client results in the management consulting industry.

Bain & Company’s clients include more than 60% of the Global 500, private equity funds representing 75% of global equity capital, leading nonprofits and innovative startups. Although Bain & Company does not publish its numbers, it reportedly has a gross global revenue of more than $4 billion and around 10,000 employees.

Bain has been placed No. 1 on Glassdoor's Best Places to Work in 2019, and four times since the ranking was launched in 2009.

Manny’s past roles include Chairman of the Asia-Pacific region and Global Leader at various times of Bain’s Full Potential Transformation Group, Performance Improvement practice, Reengineering practice and Global Recruiting Team. He has served on the firm’s Management Committee, Nominating Committee and Global Operating Committee.

Manny holds an MS in Management from the MIT Sloan School of Management and a BS in Chemical Engineering (magna cum laude) from the Illinois Institute of Technology. Prior to joining Bain, he worked with E.I. Du Pont de Nemours in the Engineering Plastics Group and with Unocal Corporation in Refinery Process Engineering.

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Dan Brodksy-Chenfeld is a world-record event organizer, business owner, father, husband, author, speaker, coach, and seven-time world champion skydiver.

A national skydiving competitor since 1983, Dan is one of the most influential people in the history of skydiving.

As a competitor Dan has led teams to sixteen National Championship Gold Medal victories and seven World Championships. He has also coached multiple teams to victory, including the winners of the 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2008 Women’s World Champion teams.

In 1992, Dan survived a plane crash that killed 16 of the 22 people on board, many of them close friends. Left critically injured, he woke up from a six-week long coma with a broken neck, broken skull, severe head trauma, a collapsed lung, and other serious injuries.

Despite the deaths of several of his skydiving crew and against all odds, Dan would go on to lead skydiving team Arizona Airspeed to victory at the 1995 world skydiving championships, just three years later.

In 2014, Dan was inducted into the Skydiving Museum and Hall of Fame.


Dan currently runs Skydive Perris in California, one of the largest skydiving centres in the world. To learn more about Dan, check out his website here, and order his 5-star rated book 'Above All Else' on Amazon here.


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Alicia Tillman is the global Chief Marketing Officer at SAP, responsible for ‘curating and accelerating the company’s worldwide marketing strategy and elevating its brand recognition.’

Among the largest enterprise software companies in the world, SAP has more than 480,000 customers across 180 countries, employs roughly 100,000 people and recorded revenue of nearly $30 billion in 2018.

Prior to her role as global CMO, Alicia was the Chief Marketing Officer of SAP Ariba, the world’s largest business to business commerce network. She was accountable for the development of the marketing strategy across the globe and rebuilt the company’s 18-year-old brand within her first seven months in the role. During her tenure, the business achieved double-digit revenue growth for eight consecutive quarters.

She also spent 11 years at one of the world’s most recognizable marketing brands, American Express, building brand functions to enhance brand awareness and improve customer experience. While at American Express, Alicia served as the head of Marketing and Business Services after leading Public Affairs, Corporate Communications and Media Relations for the Global Business Travel division.

In 2019, Alicia was named the 14th most influential CMO in the world by Forbes, amongst numerous other accomplishments.

Most recently, Alicia graduated from the prestigious Chief Marketing Officer program at The Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University in June 2017. Alicia is a graduate of Lycoming College and holds a BA in Mass Communications with an emphasis in International Marketing, Public Relations and Advertising.

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Ariel Kaye is the Founder and CEO of Parachute.

Founded in 2013, Parachute is a ‘luxury brand for bedding basics,’ disrupting the modern bedding industry. They create high-end products designed in LA, manufactured in Italy, at accessible prices.

Parachute has raised $47 million in capital over six rounds, from investors including Upfront Ventures and H.I.G. Growth Partners.

The brand has been called one of the “25 Hot Los Angeles Startups to Watch” by Business Insider, and has been featured in notable publications including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Architectural Digest and ELLE DECOR.

Prior to launching Parachute, Ariel spent ten years working in brand development and advertising in New York.

Ariel earned a Master's Degree in Media Studies from the New School, a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the Gallatin School at NYU.

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Drew McElroy is the Co-Founder and CEO of Transfix.

Founded in 2013, Transfix is the ‘leading freight marketplace connecting shippers to a national network of reliable carriers.’ A disruptor of the $700 billion trucking industry, Transfix counts numerous Fortune 500 companies in beverage, CPG and retail as clients, and was named one of Forbes’ “Next Billion-Dollar Companies” in 2018.

Transfix today has a revenue run rate of more than $100 million and has raised over $78.5 million in funding from investors including NEA, Canvas Ventures and Lerer Hippeau.

Prior to founding Transfix in 2013, Drew was the President of Priority Distribution Inc. (PDI), a mid-market transportation management and third-party logistics provider (3PL). He officially joined the company as Vice President of Business Development in May 2004 but had been working with his parents at PDI over the summer since he was twelve.

Drew has a Bachelor of Science in Management and International Business from the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University.

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Janice Bryant Howryod is the Founder and CEO of the ActOne Group, and the first African American woman to build and own a billion-dollar company.

Originally from Torrance, North Carolina, Janice grew up as one of 11 siblings. In 1976, Janice left her hometown for Los Angeles and two years later, armed with just $1,500, including a $900 loan from her mother, a fax machine and a phone, started what was to become the ActOne Group.

Today, the ActOne Group, a provider of workforce solutions, is the largest minority-owned workforce management company founded in the US with more than 17,000 clients and 2,600 employees across 19 countries. According to Forbes, ActOne’s 2020 revenue is expected to exceed $3 billion.

The success of the ActOne Group has also made Janice the first African American woman to build and own a billion-dollar company.

Janice was selected by former President Barack Obama to serve as a White House appointee, and continues to serve under the current administration, as an Ambassador of Energy. She was appointed to Harvard’s Women Leadership board and the board of USC’s Marshall School of Business.

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Jeff Klein is a renowned hotelier and restaurateur, and the man behind Sunset Tower and the San Vicente Bungalows in West Hollywood, Los Angeles.

A native of New York, Jeff started his career in hospitality as a bellman at The Franklin Hotel, quickly rising to the role of General Manager of The Mansfield Hotel.

In 2004, Jeff purchased the then dilapidated Sunset Tower for $18 million, restoring it to its former glory and soon establishing it and its Tower Bar restaurant as ‘essential landmarks of the new Hollywood,’ a favored watering hole for film moguls, literary agents, fashion designers, A-list movie stars.

More recently he opened the San Vicente Bungalows, which has quickly gained a reputation as among the most exclusive of membership clubs in Los Angeles, and perhaps all of America. Rumoured members include Steven Spielberg, Bob Iger, Taylor Swift, Johnny Depp and more of Hollywood’s elite.

Jeff is also a partner in the world renowned Monkey Bar, a classic New York City bar & eatery with a famed past that dates back to 1936.

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Joe McCollum is the outgoing Group Human Resources Director at Spark and a globally renowned HR executive.

A veteran executive with over 40 years of experience in the world of HR, Joe has a proven track record of steering companies through transformational change.

Throughout his career, Joe has served as Group HR Director in numerous industries, from healthcare to music to technology to consumer products, at companies such as Lion Nathan, Pepsi-Cola, EMI Music and the Daily Mail Global Trust.

More recently, Joe played a pivotal role in leading the transformation of Spark New Zealand to Agile as one of the few legacy companies in the world to achieve this successfully, with a total reset of the HR function. He was also involved in the rebranding of TelecomNZ to Spark, among the most successful corporate rebranding exercises in New Zealand.

During his seven-year tenure at Spark, the company has gone from the bottom 25% of telecommunications companies globally to the top 10%, with market capitalization increasing more than 50% to NZ $8.3 billion.

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Joel Flory is the Co-Founder and CEO of VSCO, a ‘community for creators, by creators,’ centred around the VSCO photo editing app.

VSCO is today one of the fastest growing subscription businesses in the world, and surpassed two million paid users within two years of launching their subscription service. Today they have more than 20 million weekly active users in 160+ countries.

VSCO has raised $90 million in funding from investors Accel, Glynn Capital Management and Obvious Ventures.

Prior to founding VSCO, Joel was a successful commercial and wedding photographer.

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Tomer Tagrin is the co-founder and CEO of Yotpo, the ‘leading customer content marketing platform for commerce brands.’

Thousands of businesses use Yotpo to collect and leverage every type of user-generated content to increase trust, social proof and sales. Yotpo has 400+ employees across offices in New York, London, Tel Aviv and Boston, and has raised $101 million in venture backing over seven rounds.

A native of Israel, Tomer has a Bachelor of Software Engineering from Tel Aviv University.

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Heidi Zak is the Co-Founder and Co-CEO of ThirdLove.

Founded in 2012 by Heidi and her husband David, ThirdLove is one of the fastest-growing and most disruptive bra and underwear companies in America. Founded on a mission to allow every woman to have a ‘great-fitting, beautiful and comfortable bra,’ ThirdLove today sells 24 bras in 74 sizes, double the industry standard.

The company has grown rapidly, with sales growing from $1.5 million in 2015 to more than $100 million in early 2019.

ThirdLove has raised $68 million in capital from a Tier 1 investor group including L. Catterton, Allen & Company and Andreessen Horowitz, and was reportedly valued at more than $750 million at their last round in February 2019.

Heidi has been recognized as Fortune's 40 Under 40, EY Entrepreneur of the Year, National Retail Federation's Disruptors, Fast Company’s Most Creative People and Goldman Sachs' 100 Most Intriguing Entrepreneurs.

She graduated from Duke University and holds an MBA from MIT Sloan. Prior to launching ThirdLove, Zak worked at Google, Aeropostale, McKinsey and Bank of America.

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Entrepreneur, investor and philanthropist, Joe Lonsdale is a General Partner at 8VC, Founder & Chairman of Addepar and Founder of Palantir Technologies.

An early institutional investor in numerous companies including Wish, Oculus, Oscar, Guardant Health and Blend, Joe was the youngest-ever member of the ‘Midas List’ when he debuted in 2016.

In 2004 he co-founded multi-billion dollar big data analytics startup Palantir, where he initially served as co-head of product. Palantir’s software is focused on analyzing, integrating and visualizing data, specifically in the intelligence and financial services sectors. In 2015, Palantir was valued at roughly $20 billion.

In 2009, he co-founded wealth management technology platform Addepar, which now manages over $1 trillion of wealth, and in 2012 founded OpenGov, which modernizes various processes for over 2,000 municipalities and state agencies.

In 2015, he co-founded VC firm 8VC, the successor to a previous fund, Formation 8 - which was one of the top performing funds in Silicon Valley. 8VC today manages more than $2.7 billion in assets.

Prior to this, Joe was an early executive at Peter Thiel’s Clarium Capital, which he helped grow into a large global macro hedge fund.

Joe received a BS in Computer Science from Stanford in 2003.

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Alexander Rinke is the 29-year-old Co-Founder, Co-CEO and Chief Product Owner of unicorn startup Celonis.

Founded in 2011 in Munich, Germany, Celonis is the market leader in ‘process mining software,’ a new discipline that involves optimizing IT-driven processes in large enterprises.

Celonis clients include numerous Fortune 500 companies, including General Motors, Exxon-Mobil, BMW, Vodafone, Uber and more. In 2015, Celonis was named the fastest growing tech company in Germany with revenue growth of 4,000%.

As an actively involved early stage technology investor, Alexander helped to found other enterprise software companies, such as Testbirds and Talentry.

Alexander was named in Forbes’ 30 Under 30 Europe in 2016.

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Whitney Bouck is the Chief Operating Officer of HelloSign, and a deeply experienced enterprise software executive, with over 30 years of experience in leadership, strategy, sales, marketing and business operations.

Founded in 2010, HelloSign is a ‘digital workflow platform’ that helps over 80,000 customers and millions of people do business faster. Whitney joined HelloSign as COO in early 2016 and has since led the Sales, Marketing, Customer Operations and Business Development teams.

In January 2019, HelloSign was acquired by Dropbox for $230 million.

Some of her former roles include VP & GM of Documentum, Chief Marketing Officer of the Information Intelligence Group at EMC, and SVP of Global Marketing & GM of Enterprise at cloud storage startup Box, where she ran the global marketing organization and build Box’s enterprise business from the ground up.

Whitney has a Bachelor’s degree from Claremont McKenna College in Philosophy, Politics and Economics.

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Paul English is a serial entrepreneur, dedicated philanthropist and the Co-Founder and CTO of Lola.com.

Widely regarded as one of the top entrepreneurs in Boston, Paul is best known for co-founding travel metasearch engine Kayak, which was acquired by Priceline for $1.8 billion in 2013.

At Lola, he oversees product strategy, definition, design, and development, working closely with customers to make sure that Lola’s newest features are well received by users, and that they become “must haves” not “nice to have”.

A programmer-turned-entrepreneur, Paul build and sold several startups early on in his career, including Boston Light Software, which was bought by Intuit for $33.5 million within seven months of its founding, and another startup that made anti-spam software that sold for $25 million.

Paul is also deeply involved in philanthropy, with some of his current work including giving more than a million dollars a year for education in Haiti; giving to homelessness in Boston and supporting a collaborative effort to create a memorial to Martin Luther King Jr. in Boston among many others.

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Serial entrepreneur Nick Molnar is the Co-Founder, Executive Director and Global Chief Revenue Officer of Afterpay Touch Group.

Founded in February 2014 in Sydney, Australia by Nick and his Co-Founder Anthony Eisen, Afterpay facilitates commerce between retail merchants and their end-customers - offering a ‘buy now, take now, pay later’ service that does not require end-customers to enter into a traditional loan or pay any upfront fees or interest to Afterpay.

Just two years after its founding, Afterpay listed on the ASX in May 2016 at a $1.6 billion valuation.

Today Afterpay is valued at nearly AU $6 billion and has more than 4.3 million active customers and serves more than 30,000 retail merchants. In Australia, they process more than 10% of all e-commerce transactions.

In May 2018, Afterpay expanded into the U.S. and have already amassed more than 1.5 million US customers and 3,300 active merchants, including Ray-Ban, Levi’s and Urban Outfitters.

Prior to establishing Afterpay, Nick launched the leading American online jeweller, Ice.com, into Australia under the local brand Iceonline.com.au. Nick successfully grew Ice in Australia to become the largest online-only jewellery and watch retailer.

Earlier in his career, Nick worked as an Investment Analyst at venture capital fund M. H. Carnegie & Co., where he was primarily responsible for growth stage investments.

Nicholas holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Sydney University.

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Jeff Russakow is a deeply experienced executive and leader, and the current CEO of Boosted, a “leading provider of lightweight, portable, high-performance electric vehicles.”

A doctor in Mechanical Engineering, Jeff is a deeply experienced executive and leader with over 20 years of diverse operating and management experience across numerous industries, including consumer tech, software, internet & digital media, tech-enabled services and hardware.

Some of his former roles include Vice President of Strategy and Field Operations at enterprise software giant SAP America; Vice President of Worldwide Sales at multimedia software provider Adobe Systems and Executive Vice President and Chief Customer Officer at Yahoo!.

More recently, he was CEO of three high-growth companies, before taking on the role of CEO of Boosted in June 2017.

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Daniel Yanisse is the Co-Founder and CEO of Checkr, one of the fastest-growing B2B products in Silicon Valley.

Founded in 2014 by Daniel and Jonathan Perichon, Checkr ‘provides modern and compliant background checks for global enterprises and startups.’ Today they run more than 1.5 million background checks a month for customers including Uber, Lyft, Doordash, Warby Parker and Postmates.

Checkr has attracted $150 million in capital, with investors including T.Rowe Price, GV, Y Combinator and Accel Partners.

Prior to Checkr, Daniel worked on prototypes for Mars rovers at NASA and held engineering roles at startups in the transportation and mobile industries.

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Anjney Midha is the CEO and co-founder of Ubiquity6, a ‘massively multiplayer augmented reality platform focused on bringing people together in physical spaces.’

Founded in 2017, Ubiquity6 has raised over $37 million from investors including Benchmark Capital, Index Ventures and First Round Capital and in 2018 participated in the Disney Accelerator Program.

Prior to founding Ubiquity6, Anjney was an investing partner at Kleiner Perkins, where he founded the firm's dedicated seed fund KPCB Edge and worked with AR and VR companies including Magic Leap and TheWaveVR.

Anjney pursued his undergraduate and graduate degrees at Stanford University, and lives in San Francisco.

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Henrique Dubugras is the 23-year-old Co-Founder and Co-CEO of Brex.

Billed as the ‘smartest corporate card in the room,’ Brex is ‘transforming B2B payments by creating financial technology customized to the industry-specific needs of its customers - starting with the corporate card.’

Founded in March 2017 and launched in June 2018, Brex is among the fastest companies to reach unicorn status, taking just 16 months to grow from a two-person team at Y Combinator to a 50-person company valued at over $1 billion.

Brex has raised $315 million in capital from the likes of Y Combinator Continuity, Kleiner Perkins, IVP and Peter Thiel, and is today valued at $2.6 billion.

A native of Brazil, Henrique built payments company Pagar.me, the ‘Stripe of Brazil’ when he was sixteen years old. In just three years, Pagar.me grew to $1.5 billion in volume of transactions processed. In the fall of 2016, Henrique sold Pagar.me and enrolled at Stanford University.

Henrique has been recognized in the Inc. 30 Under 30, Forbes 30 Under 30, Fortune 40 Under 40 and San Francisco Business Times 40 Under 40.

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Shanna Tellerman is the Founder and CEO of Modsy, the 3D visualization startup “changing the way we imagine, design and create our homes.”

A serial entrepreneur, Shanna founded her first company Sim Ops Studios out of graduate school at Carnegie Mellon University, where she developed and commercialized a 3D simulation technology. Sim Ops Studios was later acquired by Autodesk, the $37-billion publicly-listed leader in 3D technology.

Shanna founded Modsy in May 2015 to revolutionize the interior design experience, and while the company does not disclose exact numbers, they have raised $33.8 million in venture capital and reportedly have tens of thousands of customers.

Prior to Modsy, Shanna spent two years as a Partner at Google Ventures.

In 2009, she was named one of BusinessWeek’s “Best Young Entrepreneurs,” and in 2014 was named one of Silicon Valley’s “Top 100 Women of Influence.”

Shanna has a Master’s in Entertainment Technology and a Bachelors in Fine Arts from Carnegie Mellon University.

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Gary Hirshberg is an entrepreneur, businessman, fierce environmentalist and the Chairman of Stonyfield Farm.

Stonyfield Farm is today the world’s leading organic yogurt producer. Founded in 1983 by Gary Hirshberg and Samuel Kaymen from a small, seven-cow organic farming school, Stonyfield Farm is today the world’s leading organic yogurt producer.

Gary was CEO for 28 years, leading the business from its inception to global sales of more than U.S. $360 million. During his tenure, Stonyfield Farm grew at an incredible compounded annual growth rate of over 23%.

In 2001, Gary arranged the sale of Stonyfield to French food conglomerate Groupe Danone, staying on as CEO for an additional ten years before moving into the role of Chairman and Managing Director of Stonyfield Europe. In 2017, Groupe Danone sold Stonyfield Farm to French dairy multinational Lactalis for U.S. $875 million.

Gary has served on several corporate and nonprofit boards including Applegate Farms, Honest Tea, Peak Organic Brewing, Late July, The Full Yield, Glenisk, the Danone Communities Fund and the Danone Livelihoods Fund.

He has also received twelve honorary doctorates and won numerous awards for corporate and environmental leadership, including a 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award by the US EPA. He has been named one of "America's Most Promising Social Entrepreneurs" by Business Week and one of the top ten "Most Inspiring People in Sustainable Food” by Fast Company.

In 2011, President Obama appointed Gary to serve on the Advisory Committee for Trade Policy and Negotiations.

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Zach Sims is the Co-Founder and CEO of Codecademy, the “leading online education company closing the skills gap by teaching programming.”

Founded in August 2011, Codecademy it attracted 200,000 users with no marketing on its launch weekend, and today counts more than 45 million users, including President Obama and New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg.

Codecademy has been named a TIME “Top 50 Website” and as a “World Economic Forum Technology Pioneer.” The company has raised $45.5 million in capital from top-tier investors such as KPCB, Union Square Ventures, Index Ventures, Sir Richard Branson and Yuri Milner.

Zach has received numerous accolades for his work at Codecademy, including being named by TIME Magazine as one of the “100 Most Influential People of 2013,” and in both Forbes and Inc.’s “30 Under 30” lists.

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Leela Srinivasan is the Chief Marketing Officer of SurveyMonkey, a role she took on in April 2018.

At SurveyMonkey she leads all marketing functions including brand strategy, growth marketing, product marketing, and communications. SurveyMonkey listed on the NASDAQ at a $1.5 billion valuation on September 2018.

A veteran marketing executive, some of Leela’s former roles include Director of Marketing of LinkedIn Talent Solutions, driving marketing for what was then LinkedIn’s largest and fastest growing business; VP of Restaurant and Product Marketing at dining experience startup OpenTable, and CMO of collaborative hiring platform Lever.

Leela has an MBA in General Management from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth, and an MA in History and English Literature from the University of Edinburgh in her native Scotland.

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Ryan Holmes is the Founder and CEO of unicorn startup Hootsuite, a serial entrepreneur and best-selling author.

Founded in 2008, Hootsuite is the world's most widely used social relationship platform, with more than 18 million users in over 175 countries, including more than 80% of the Fortune 1000.

A born entrepreneur, Ryan started his first business in high school and opened a string of venture, including a pizza restaurant and a paintball business and digital media agency, before starting Hootsuite in 2008.

He is the author of the Amazon bestselling guide to social media for leaders, The 4 Billion Dollar Tweet. He is a contributor to Forbes, Fast Company, and Inc., and ranks as a global influencer on LinkedIn and Facebook.

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Hill Ferguson is the Chief Executive Officer of Doctor On Demand, America’s leading virtual care provider.

Launched in 2013, Doctor on Demand allows anyone, with or without insurance, to connect with a physician using a live-streamed video feed from a mobile device. In just four years they surpassed one million video visits, and today they have hundreds of enterprise customers, including four of the Fortune 10 and over two dozen health plan partners.

Hill is a veteran executive with nearly two decades of experience in mobile technology. He has led companies at all stages of growth, from being a founder to being a senior executive at PayPal.

Before joining Doctor On Demand, Ferguson helped transform PayPal into a more customer-focused technology company, leading the global mobile team and eventually serving as the company’s Chief Product Officer.

Prior to joining PayPal in 2011, Hill was Vice President of Product and Marketing at Zong, which pioneered new technologies that enabled consumers to make payments quickly and easily using a mobile phone number. Zong built a vast network of over 250 mobile operators in over 50 countries, while building a merchant network of leading digital goods and online gaming developers such as Sony, Sulake, Bigpoint and Facebook.

He has also worked as general manager at Yodlee, where he helped develop and market personal financial management software and consumer payment products used by leading financial institutions. As a senior product manager at Yahoo!, he helped create the Yahoo! Finance website, and developed a variety of payment services. He also co-founded LoanBack, a peer-to-peer loan management service that has helped consumers manage over $1.7 billion in loans from friends and family.

Hill holds a Bachelor’s degree and an MBA from Vanderbilt University.

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Katia Beauchamp is the Co-Founder and CEO of Birchbox, the beauty destination for the “casual beauty consumer,” and the company credited with starting the rise of subscription delivery services.

Founded in 2010, Birchbox hit its five-year plan in just seven months, and within a year of launching had amassed 45,000 subscribers and $10.5 million in seed funding. By year four the company had grown to 800,000 subscribers, which equated to nearly $100 million in annual subscription revenue alone.

Today Birchbox has more than 2.5 million active customers, 500 beauty and grooming brand partners, and operations in six countries.

Katia has been honored with accolades including Advertising Age Women to Watch, CEW Achiever’s Award, Fortune 40 Under 40, Inc. 30 Under 30, WWD Digital Innovator of the Year, Marie Claire’s New Guard List and YMA Fashion’s Entrepreneur of the Year, among others.

Katia holds an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and a B.A. in International Studies & Economics from Vassar College. Prior to graduating business school, she worked in structured finance and commercial real estate.

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General Stanley McChrystal is a retired four-star general; former commander of US and International Security Assistance Forces in Afghanistan, former commander of Joint Special Operations Command and the Founder and Partner of McChrystal Group.

After 9/11 until his retirement in 2010, he spent more than 6 years deployed to combat in a variety of leadership positions. In June 2009, the President of the United States and the Secretary General of NATO appointed him to be the Commander of US Forces Afghanistan and NATO ISAF. His command included more than 150,000 troops from 45 allied countries. On August 1, 2010 he retired from the US Army.

A veteran military general, Stanley is best known for developing and implementing a comprehensive counterinsurgency strategy in Afghanistan, and for creating a cohesive counter-terrorism organization that revolutionized the interagency operating culture.

His leadership of JSOC is credited with the 2003 capture of Saddam Hussein and the 2006 location and killing of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the leader of al-Qaeda in Iraq.

In January 2011, Stanley founded the McChrystal Group to deliver innovative leadership solutions to businesses globally in order to help them transform and succeed in challenging, dynamic environments.

He is a senior fellow at Yale University’s Jackson Institute for Global Affairs, where he teaches a course on Leadership. He also sits on the boards of Navistar International Corporation, Siemens Government Technology, and JetBlue Airways.

He is the author or co-author of three best-selling books, including “Team of Teams: New Rules of Engagement for a Complex World,” “Leaders: Myth and Reality” and his memoir, “My Share of the Task.”

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Stuart Landesberg is the Co-Founder & CEO of Grove Collaborative, the leading digital-first brand & ecommerce platform for natural home and personal care.

Founded in 2012, Grove Collaborative is a Certified B Corp and makes it easy for families to choose sustainable, ethical and non-toxic products, offering a thoroughly vetted selection as well as their own carefully crafted line of products.

Named the 37th fastest growing company in the U.S in the 2018 Inc 5,000, they have reportedly grown 10 times over in the past two years, have raised more than $165 million in capital over seven rounds, and serves hundreds of thousands of households in the U.S. every month.

Stu was previously an investor at TPG Growth, where he was involved in over $400 million in consumer and technology investments.

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Keith Krach is an entrepreneur and businessman, and the nominee for Under Secretary of State for Economic Growth, Energy, and the Environment for the United States of America.

Keith’s stated mission is to strategically lead economic diplomacy to enhance economic growth, energy security and the health of the planet, in order to advance peace and prosperity for our country and for the world.

Amongst the most accomplished transformational leaders on the planet, Keith has taken three companies public; is recognized as one of the early pioneers in the field of robotics; created the categories of B2B electronic commerce, mechanical design synthesis and digital transaction management, and holds the title of youngest-ever Vice President of General Motors, reaching the role at just 26-years-old.

As Chairman of the Board of Trustees for Purdue University, he recruited Governor Mitch Daniels and initiated a new model for STEM education that drove unprecedented progress in online learning and global reach.

Keith co-founded Ariba, serving as Chairman & CEO of the fastest growing enterprise software company ever, leading the business to a $6 billion IPO just three years after its founding. Under Keith’s leadership, the company ultimately achieved a market capitalization of $40 billion and today the Ariba Network facilitates over $1.7 trillion of commerce annually, more than eBay, Amazon and Alibaba combined.

Keith recently completed ten years as DocuSign’s Chairman and CEO, where he spearheaded its transformation from a startup to the $10 billion global powerhouse it is today, with 400 million users in 188 countries. During his tenure, DocuSign became a verb, established the industry benchmark for trust in digital transactions known as the xDTM Standard and saved the planet two billion pieces of paper along the way.

Keith has twice been named Ernst & Young National Entrepreneur of the Year, was named “2018 Transformational Leader of the Year,” by Life & News, and in 2019 was named Business Leader of the Year by the Harvard Business School Association. On top of this, in 2018, Keith and his wife Metta received the 2018 Citizen Leadership Award from City Year for their transformational impact to philanthropic causes.

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Founded in 2007, Red Antler is the “leading brand company for startups who are challenging what is and creating what’s next,” and is credited with a large part of the success of numerous modern brands such as Allbirds, Casper, Brandless, Betterment and Birchbox.

Red Antler has been named one of Fast Company’s “Top Ten Most Innovative in Marketing & Advertising,” and is sought after by startups and venture capitalists alike for their unparalleled expertise in creating “category-defining experiences.”

In 2017, JB was selected as one of Women’s Wear Daily 40 Under 40 in Fashion and Retail and was also named a Forbes Consumer Catalyst as a Top Dealmaker and Influencer in the Consumer Industry. As a leader in the start-up community, JB's commentary has been featured in top industry publications including Fast Company, The Wall Street Journal, and Fortune.

JB was appointed to Bed, Bath & Beyond’s Board of Directors in April 2018.

Prior to founding Red Antler, JB opened the New York office of Consortium, a boutique creative shop based in Auckland, New Zealand. He began his career at advertising agency Saatchi & Saatchi working with global consumer brands.

He graduated Magna Cum Laude from Cornell University with a degree in Business and is active with their Entrepreneurship program and Cornell Tech.


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Maile Carnegie is the Group Executive of Digital Banking at ANZ, Australia’s second largest bank by assets.

Maile leads the strategic development and delivery of a superior digital experience for ANZ’s eight million retail, commercial and institutional customers. This includes digital projects, innovation and strategic relationships with the FinTech sector. She holds shared responsibility for the financial results of ANZ’s Australia and New Zealand divisions and also holds Group accountability for data & analytics, and marketing, including ANZ’s brand, advertising and sponsorship.

Maile joined ANZ in 2016 from Google where she was the first Managing Director Australia and New Zealand. Prior to this, Maile spent 20 years with Proctor and Gamble where she held several roles including Managing Director in Australia and New Zealand, General Manager for Asia Strategy, Marketing and Design based in Singapore and a number of senior marketing and commercial roles in the United States.

She is currently a member of the Federal Government’s Board of Innovation and Science; a member of the Federal Treasurer’s FinTech Advisory Group; Chair, Vice-Chancellor’s Advisory Board, University of Technology, Sydney; and was previously Vice-Chair of the ASIC External Advisory Panel. Maile holds a degree in Business Administration in Finance, Economics and Marketing from the University of Technology, Sydney.

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Orion Hindawi is the Co-Founder and CEO of IT security and operations firm Tanium.

Founded in 2007 by Orion and his father David Hindawi, Tanium gives the world's largest enterprises and government organizations the unique power to secure, control, and manage millions of endpoints across the enterprise within seconds.

A technology visionary and accomplished inventor, Orion has led the development of enterprise-scale endpoint security and management platforms for the past 18 years at BigFix, Inc. (acquired by IBM in 2010) and Tanium, in addition to holding multiple software patents in the areas of network communications and systems management.
As CEO, Orion leads product strategy and development of the Tanium Platform, in addition to all customer-facing technical operations and management functions.

Today valued at $6.5 billion, Tanium has raised $782.8 million in capital from investors such as Andreessen Horowitz, IVP and TPG, and count among their clients half of the Fortune 100, top retailers and financial institutions and four branches of the US Armed Forces.

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Quentin Clark is the CTO of Dropbox. A veteran enterprise software executive, Quentin started his career at Microsoft as a Software Engineer in 1994, rising through the ranks to eventually become Corporate Vice President of the Data Platform, where he oversaw the design and delivery of Microsoft’s data products. In this role he reported to current Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, at the time an Executive Vice President.

After leaving Microsoft, he spend some time as Chief Technology Officer, and later Chief Business Officer, of multinational enterprise software business SAP, with global responsibility for defining the direction of the company and reporting directly to the CEO.

In August 2017, Quentin joined Dropbox as Senior Vice President of Engineering, Product and Design, and was recently named CTO. In March 2018, Dropbox listed on the NASDAQ at a $9.2 billion valuation.

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Sara Clemens is the Chief Operating Officer of Twitch, and a deeply experienced technology executive.

Launched in June 2011, Twitch is the “leading service and community for multiplayer entertainment - unique, live, unpredictable experiences created by the shared interactions of millions of people.”

In August 2014 it was acquired by Amazon for $970 million, and today has 15 million daily average visitors. In 2018 alone, viewers watched 505 billion minutes of video, the equivalent of almost 1 million years.

Sara joined Twitch as COO in January 2018, where she now oversees the commercial, operations, go-to-market and G&A teams globally.

A deeply experienced technology executive, Sara has taken on executive roles in enterprise software, social networks, venture capital, music streaming and today live streaming. She has worked all across the world, including in Europe, North America, the Middle East, China, Russia, Latin America and AsiaPac.

Some of her former roles include Executive in Residence at Greylock Partners; Vice President of Corporate Development at LinkedIn; General Manager roles at Microsoft and Xbox and Chief Operating Officer at Pandora.

Today she is an advisor to Opendoor.com and The Relish Media Group, and a Director of Hootsuite.

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The Founder and CEO of Lewis Road Creamery, whose chocolate milk caused a frenzy in late 2014, Peter Cullinane has an extensive background in the advertising and branding industry. He is a Founding Partner of the Assignment Group, Co-Founder of Antipodes Water, and Director of NZME.

Until recently, he was also a Director of SkyCity and STW Group, and was formerly the Chairman and CEO of Saatchi & Saatchi Australasia, and former COO of Saatchi & Saatchi Worldwide.

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Diane Foreman is the Founder and Chairman of investment vehicle Emerald Group, with an estimated net worth of $190 million (NBR).

She was named the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year in 2009, and was awarded the Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2011. In 2010, she represented New Zealand at the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards in Monte Carlo, and was invited back the next year as the first Australasian woman to sit on the judging panel for the same award.

Diane's entrepreneurial career started off at an early age, when she started a babysitting circle aged just 13, and sold eggs to her mother's friends. After leaving school at age 15 with no certifications or qualifications, she worked her way up to being "somebody's secretary's secretary", later becoming Chief Executive Officer of Trigon Holdings, where she negotiated its NZD $130 million sale to US interests. More recently, she sold Emerald Groups' subsidiary Emerald Foods (which included brands such as Killinchy Gold, Movenpick and New Zealand Natural) to Hong Kong based Emerald Food Group.

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Rick Caruso is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Caruso, and a visionary developer, renowned business innovator, dedicated civic leader and actively-involved philanthropist.

As CEO of Caruso , Rick manages a portfolio of upscale retail and entertainment properties that attract over 40 million people annually and has been coined “the Walt Disney of Retail” by Forbes.

Caruso is one of the largest and most admired privately held real estate companies in the United States, and widely regarded as the industry leader in innovation with its award-winning retail developments, including The Grove, The Commons at Calabasas and The Promenade at Westlake. Caruso properties consistently outperform traditional shopping destinations based on productivity and sales per square foot, with results three times higher than the industry average.

The company also develops mixed-use retail-residential developments such as The Americana at Brand and Palisades Village, and has revolutionized the hospitality industry with the Rosewood Miramar Beach, a five-star hotel.

A lawyer by training, Rick was the youngest commissioner for the Department of Water and Power of LA in the history of the city, and has served as President of the Los Angeles Police.

Named a “retail mastermind” by The Wall Street Journal, he has been named one of L.A.’s “most influential leaders” by the Los Angeles Times, and Forbes estimates his personal wealth at $4 billion. 

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COO of Event Hospitality & Entertainment, Jane Hastings began her management career at Air New Zealand and was recently the CEO of NZME, where she led the transformation of the business.

Jane Hastings is a highly experienced media executive with experience in Asia and Australasia. Jane was previously the Chief Executive Officer of NZME, where she lead the transformation and integration of the business (which owns the NZ Herald, NewstalkZB, GrabOne, ZM, and The Hits, amongst others).

Jane Hastings began her management career at Air New Zealand and has worked in numerous senior leadership roles in Asia and Australasia, including many years in Japan. During her time in Asia, as Regional Director of Customer Relationship Management at Wunderman Cato Johnson she established the CRM practice for the region. She started in Asia as Director of Communications at ICLP (International Customer Loyalty Programmes) in Hong Kong consulting to Cathay Pacific on brand and customer management.

Jane was previously General Manager Group Sales, Marketing and International Business at SKYCITY Entertainment Group Limited and also spent over eight years in executive roles in Asia, including Managing Director at Tequila Asia - the leading Integrated Marketing agency. She also established a Tokyo office as Managing Director of Draftworldwide Japan focused on delivering brand, data and digital solutions to global clients.

More recently, Jane was Chief Executive Office of The Radio Network where she transformed the business to deliver annual double digit profit growth. She joined radio from Amalgamated Holdings Limited, where she was General Manager, Entertainment Australia/New Zealand and she spearheaded the largest exhibition business implementing several product and operations innovations to drive profit performance and share growth.

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Sir Robert ‘Bob' Jones is a property investor, author and former politician.

Born in 1939, Sir Bob grew up in a state house in the Lower Hutt suburb of Naenae. He attended Naenae College, before studying at Victoria University of Wellington. In his early years he worked numerous jobs in factories assembling cars, making biscuits at Griffin's and working at Coca-Cola.

In 1963, he bought his first commercial property, and today he is New Zealand's largest private office building owner. With roughly 900 tenancies in Wellington, Auckland, Sydney and Glasgow, his company RJH now has assets in excess of two billion dollars.

Sir Bob has been an author for much of his life and counts reading as his "principle passion." He has published 24 books, written regular newspaper and magazine columns, and is an accomplished essayist. A prolific reader, he has personal libraries totalling over 20,000 books and spends up to 12 hours a day reading.

He is a former politician and in 1983 formed the New Zealand Party, helping to deliver the government to the New Zealand Labour Party in Muldoon's snap election - often regarded as amongst the most significant election in New Zealand's modern history.

Known for his controversial and outspoken opinions, in 1985 he famously punched a TVNZ reporter for interrupting a fishing trip in Taupo.

Sir Bob was awarded a knighthood in the 1989 Queen's Birthday Honours for services to business management and the community, and in 1990 received the New Zealand Commemorative Medal.

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Joan Withers is one of New Zealand's most capable executives: she has been the CEO of several several major New Zealand companies, including Fairfax Media and The Radio Network, and has been Chair of numerous iconic corporations, including Auckland International Airport, TVNZ, The Warehouse Group, and Mercury, and board roles in Mighty River Power and ANZ (to name just a few!)

The recipient of numerous business awards, she has been awarded the NZ Shareholder Association's Beacon Award for 2014, the 2015 Supreme Woman of Influence in the New Zealand Women of Influence Awards, and the University of Auckland Bright Lights Distinguished Alumni award in 2015.

Joan was born in Manchester, England, and moved to New Zealand with her family at 5-years-old, growing up in South Auckland. She left school at 16, and while working fulltime as an advertising executive, studied for an MBA at the University of Auckland in 1989.

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Tim Norton is the Founder and CEO of 90 Seconds, an innovative cloud-based video production platform.

Tim is a serial entrepreneur and has been starting and growing businesses since he was 20 years old, and has a mix of technology, marketing, design, finance and leadership experience, and at one point in his career was $750,000 in debt.

He started 90 Seconds in 2010, and has grown the business to 1,100 clients and 74 staff across 7 countries, and in April 2016 raised $11 million U.S. in a funding round led by globally-renowned VC firm Sequoia Capital.

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Founder, Chairman and Creative Director of Icebreaker, Jeremy Moon is the entrepreneur behind the iconic clothing company with products now sold in 5,000 stores across 40 countries.

Jeremy Moon is the Founder, Chairman and Creative Director of Icebreaker, the iconic New Zealand clothing company specializing in merino active wear. Today Icebreaker has a revenue exceeding $200 million.

Jeremy is based in Wellington, New Zealand where the global headquarters for Icebreaker are located. A leading figure in the sustainable business movement, Jeremy was named a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit (MNZM) in 2008 for his services to business.

Jeremy chairs the New Zealand Government's Better by Design group, which helps companies to become competitive internationally by integrating design principals across their business. He is also a member of the Government's Growth and Innovation Advisory Board.

In 2009, Jeremy was included in Sporting Goods Business's '40 Under 40' awards program, which honours future leaders of the sporting goods industry. Jeremy attends the invitation-only TED conferences and is a leading speaker on sustainable business practices and on the role of design and innovation in business. Before launching Icebreaker, Jeremy was a project manager for CM Research.

He holds a bachelor of commerce and a master of commerce in marketing from Otago University.

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Marco Zappacosta is the Co-Founder and CEO of unicorn startup Thumback, a platform that reached a billion-dollar valuation by matching professionals like plumbers and event planners to people in need of their services, with millions of users across the United States.

Tackling a trillion dollar opportunity, Thumbtack has raised $273.2 million in funding over six rounds, with the last round in 2015 valuing the company at $1.3 billion. Famously frugal, they reportedly have 700 employees in three offices, reported revenues in excess of $100 million, and are set to be profitable in 2019.

Today, the company has over 230,000 active paying professionals on the platform, and facilitates more than $1 billion worth of jobs annually.

Recognized on Forbes’ 2015 ‘30 under 30’ list, Marco and Thumbtack have been featured in media outlets including The New York Times, Fortune, The Wall Street Journal and CNBC and were recently acknowledged as one of GlassDoor's Best Places to Work and Highest Rated CEO’s lists.

Marco co-founded Thumbtack after graduating from Columbia University, where he majored in Political Science. He and his family live in San Francisco.

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Sir Ron Carter - Live: 43 years, 3,000 employees and 1 company - The origins of Beca

Sir Ron Carter became Managing Director of Beca in 1986, and was subsequently Chairman of the Beca Group until 2002.

He was knighted for his services to engineering in 1998 and received an Honorary Doctorate of Engineering from the University of Auckland in 2001. In 2014, he became one of only 20 living New Zealanders to be made a member of the Order of New Zealand, the country's highest honour.

He has been on the boards of Air New Zealand, Rugby World Cup 2011, the Electricity Corporation of New Zealand, and Trust Power Ltd, and was the founding Chairman of the Civil Aviation Authority.

Sir Ron joined what was at the time Gray Watts & Beca in 1959 before becoming a Partner in 1965 and was largely responsible for the growth of the group throughout the '70s and '80s. Despite all of his success, he was never a high-achiever in high school, and "did not cross the platform once in [his] five years at Auckland Grammar to receive a class or a subject prize."

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John Sax is the Founder and Executive Director of the Southpark Group of companies, which consists of around 60 individual companies. Southpark Corporation is currently developing a $1.3 billion project, Market Cove, in Mangere Auckland, creating over 1,600 terraced houses and apartments to house over 5,500 people.

John is also the Founder of a non-profit organisation, For the Sake of our Children Trust, which helps strengthen communities for a brighter future for the next generation.

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David Howell started off in the small town of Havelock North, with a population in the tens of thousands. He is now the President and Founder of DHD Architecture & Design, an architecture firm he started in 1995 in central New York. Prior to starting DHD, David worked for Clodagh Design International.

David established his first solo architecture practice in Auckland in 1990, before relocating to New York in 1992.

He now employs 22 people, including 6 Kiwis, and has been living in New York for over 25 years. He believes that any Kiwi who manages to get to New York, get their visa sorted and find him, has the right attitude to succeed in his firm, and has always managed to hire these people or help them find a job.

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Jason Gunn is well known throughout New Zealand for appearing on shows such as Son Of A Gunn in the late eighties and nineties, as well as Dancing With The Stars and The Wheel Of Fortune later on. He has won multiple awards for his work as a television presenter, including the Best Presenter, Entertainment/Factual Programme, in both the Qantas Film and Television Awards and the Air New Zealand Screen Awards.

In 1998, he co-founded WhitebaitMedia with his wife, Janine Morell-Gunn. Based in Christchurch, the company produces shows such as What Now?, The Adam And Eve Show, and 2Kaha. They also create commercial videos for clients including NZ Cricket and My Tax.

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Simon Baker is the Founder of CricHQ, the world's largest cricketing platform. Since its launch in 2010, it has attracted investors such as Stephen Fleming and Brendon McCullum, raised US$10 million from a Singaporean investment fund, and secured 53 out of the world's 105 national governing bodies for cricket as clients.

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John Riccitiello is currently the CEO and Chair of Unity Technologies, developer of one of the world's most popular licensed game engines. Prior to this, he worked at Electronic Arts, first as COO from 1997 to 2004, and CEO from 2007 to 2013. During his tenure as COO, EA emerged as the world's largest maker of video games, with sales rising from roughly $650 million to more than $3 billion, and profit from $50 million to more than $500 million in fiscal year 2004.

Between his tenures at EA, John co-founded Elevation Partners, a $1.8 billion private equity capital fund along with Silver Lake Partners co-founder Roger McNamee, U2 lead singer Bono, and a number of Silicon Valley investors. John served as Managing Director.

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After attending Mount Albert Grammar School and graduating from the University of Auckland School of Law in 1996 with a B.A. and LL.B with honors, Josh Bayliss worked in several law firms before becoming the General Counsel of the Virgin Group after an interview with Sir Richard Branson in the back of a taxi.

Within 6 years and at just 38 years old, he had risen to Richard's second in charge as the CEO of the entire Virgin Group.

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The Founder of the internationally renowned fashion brand, Karen Walker started her business with just $100. Today, her designs have been worn by Rihanna, Jennifer Lopez and many others.

Karen Walker is available at retail in 38 countries, 200 cities and 1,020 stores, including Barneys New York, Liberty London and Harvey Nichols.

She has consistently ranked for the past four years in The Business of Fashion's powerhouse BoF 500, reflecting her position as a global industry figure shaping the future. In 2009 Karen was awarded a World Class New Zealand Award in the Creative category.

The brand was started with $100 out of a friend's kitchen, showing its first runway collection in 1998.

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Vaughan Rowsell is the Founder and Chief Product Officer of Vend, a cloud-based point-of-sale retail management software. Vend is used by 15,000 stores across 140 countries and employs 200+ people.

An experienced software engineer with more than 15 years experience, and a veteran of several start-ups, including Trade Me, Vaughan himself coded and publicly launched Vend in late 2010.

Vend is now used in over 15,000 stores across 140 countries, employs over 200 staff and has raised nearly $50m in funding. Vend has several high-profile investors, including Paypal Co-Founder Peter Thiel, Trade Me Founder Sam Morgan, and Co-Founder of Seek.com.au, Paul Bassat.

In 2014, Vaughan was named the EY Tech Entrepreneur of the Year.

In 2016, Vaughan was appointed Vice-Chair of the NZ High-Tech Awards.

In later 2018, Vaughan changed his name from Vaughan Rowsell to Vaughan Fergusson.

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Malcolm Rands, also known as The Eco Man, is the co-founder of ecostore, New Zealand's leading environmentally friendly household cleaning products.

Coming up with the idea whilst living in a permaculture village with his family in Northland, Malcolm's ecostore brand now achieves annual revenues of more than $40 million and is stocked in supermarkets across the world.

Malcolm was awarded the New Zealand Order of Merit for his services to business, conservation and philanthropy; using his business success to create the Fairground Foundation that gives back to the environment.

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Steve Brooks is the Founder of My Group, which consists of the companies My Refund, My Body, My Bar, My Will, and My Accountant, amongst numerous others.

A true entrepreneur, Steve dropped out of school at 16 years old, after qualifying as New Zealand's youngest real estate agent at just 14. Steve bought his first property at 16 for $89,000 and sold it for $145,000 six months later. At 18, he started his first business, Brooks Homes Ltd, and by 19 was a millionaire.

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Derek McCormack is the Vice-Chancellor of the Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand's newest and second largest university, which currently has over 28,000 students, more than 3,000 staff and a budget approaching $400 million. Derek holds a Master's degree in biochemistry and began his career as a biochemist before making the transition into educational leadership.

Derek has held numerous positions in academia, including the National President of the Association of Staff in Tertiary Education (ASTE), Associate Director Academic, Corporate Services Director, General Manager, and finally Deputy Vice-Chancellor Administration. McCormack succeeded the previous Vice-Chancellor, the Rev'd Dr John Hinchcliff in 2004, and in July 2006 his term of office was extended for another five years.

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Amongst New Zealand's most accomplished Directors, Dame Rosanne Meo was the first female President of the Employers' Federation, has chaired TVNZ, and has sat on the board of Mercury Energy, Sky TV, Ports of Auckland, Forestry Corporation, and Baycorp.

Dame Rosanne is renowned for bringing her business expertise into non-profit organisations such as the Auckland Philharmonic Orchestra Trust Board, Liggins Institute, South Auckland Health Foundation and the Kelliher Charitable Trust.

She was awarded a Dame Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2011 for services to business and community, and was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire in 1993.

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Group Managing Partner of Strategy Design & Advertising, and has been developing and managing companies for over 25 years. Formerly the Managing Director Pacific of SGS, Geoff managed 1,500 people across 8 business units in 40 branches.

Strategy Group now has 5 studios across 3 countries, and has worked with clients such as My Food Bag, Red Bull, Coca-Cola, and BMW.

Along with facilitating, managing and developing the growth of the Strategy Group of companies, Geoff sits on several boards of private companies and is also a Trustee for the Canterbury Medical Research Foundation and the World Buskers Festival Trust.

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The Founder and CEO of Medicine Mondiale, Sir Ray Avery (GNZM) has invented world-changing medical technologies that have impacted millions of people worldwide.

Sir Ray Avery grew up living under a railway bridge in London after staying in several orphanages. He moved to New Zealand in 1973 and is now one of our most incredible entrepreneurs. With a background in pharmaceutical science, he is the Founder and CEO of Medicine Mondiale, an organisation devoted to ""developing and commercialising innovative affordable products and technologies that make a significant and measurable impact on improving access to quality healthcare on a global scale.""

He is the inventor of intra-ocular lenses, which an estimated 30 million people will benefit from by 2020, and also of the Lifepod incubator, a specially designed incubator for third world countries.

Sir Ray has received numerous awards for his work, including: 2009 World Class New Zealand Award for Biotechnology, 2010 KiwiBank New Zealander of the Year, 2010 Sir Peter Blake Leadership Medal, 2011 Ernst and Young Social Entrepreneur Award, 2011 Readers Digest New Zealand's Most Trusted Person and in 2011, Sir Ray was made a Knight Grand Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit

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John Hynds is the Founding Director of Hynds Group, which he has grown over 46 years become to New Zealand and Australia’s premier supplier of products for the management of water and water-based waste.

Founded in 1973 by John and his wife Leonie Hynds, the Hynds group today employs over 700 people. Hynds Pipe Systems, the largest operating unit within the Hynds Group, has become a leader in the supply of innovative drainage solutions. Its core business is the manufacture of spun concrete pipes and the distribution of drainage-related products.

Two of the company’s most notable projects include a $6 million contract to build pipes carrying the underground electricity cables between East Tamaki and Pakuranga - at the time the longest tunnel of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere - as well as the construction of the eight support legs of Auckland's Sky Tower.

John was named EY Entrepreneur of the Year in 1999, was made an Officer of the NZ Order of Merit for services to business and philanthropy in 2015, and in 2017 was inducted into the New Zealand Business Hall of Fame alongside his partner Leonie.

Now 71, John has retired from the day-to-day running of the business and focuses on philanthropic projects. He and Leonie are significant supporters of Manurewa High School. Today his net worth is reported at NZ $160 million.

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Garth Barfoot is a Director at Barfoot & Thompson, and the longest serving member of the team, with a career spanning 57 years and counting!

The youngest son of Barfoot & Thompson's founder, Val Barfoot, Garth started off as a Junior in the accounts office after qualifying from university, and has worked his way up the ranks of the family real estate business. At the age of 30, he became a director and has since overseen the company's growth to more than 2,000 staff.

Garth is a former President of the Auckland branch of the Real Estate Institute of New Zealand (REINZ) and was made a Life Member of the REINZ in 1991.

At 80-years-old, Garth is a frequent Ironman competitor and has won age group medals at World Championships in France and USA.

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Julia Xu is the Co-Founder and Managing Director of the Oravida group of companies, a New Zealand-based group specializing in the branding and promotion of NZ's premium food products primarily for the Chinese market through direct sales distribution platforms.

As Managing Director, she is responsible for day-to-day operations in China and New Zealand, as well as leading the company's product development and overall business strategy.

Prior to establishing Oravida in New Zealand, Julia was the Chief Financial Officer of ReneSola Ltd., a New York Stock Exchange-listed renewable solar energy company headquartered in China.

Julia holds an undergraduate degree in biology and an MBA from Cornell University. After obtaining her MBA, she worked in Deutsche Bank Hong Kong, first as an equity research analyst, then as a coverage banker for corporate clients in the greater China region. She has also worked for Bankers Trust and Lehman Brothers, with experience in both New York and Tokyo.

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Sir George Fistonich is the Founder and CEO of internationally acclaimed winery Villa Maria.

Recognized as the top winery in New Zealand and the country's most awarded winery for over 30 years, Villa Maria currently exports to 60 countries and employs more than 250 people.

Villa Maria was founded by Sir George in 1961 when he was 21 years of age, with 5 acres of land in Mangere leased from his father.

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Chris Litchfield is the Managing Director of Coca-Cola Amatil, an AUD$8 billion company with the sole authorization to manufacture and distribute Coca-Cola beverage brands in New Zealand, including Coke, Sprite, L&P, Keri Juice, Powerade, and Pump water.

Chris started off stacking shelves for Coca-Cola Amatil to help pay for his university degree, and across 22 years, worked his way up the ranks to Managing Director.

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Brendan Lindsay is the Founder of Sistema Plastics, acquired by US conglomerate Newell Brands for $660 million in December 2016.

At the time of its sale, Sistema employed nearly 900 staff globally, exported to 84 countries and had recently finished construction of a new $100 million, 55,000 square meter factory factory, the largest in New Zealand in 30 years.

The origins of Sistema lie in a small business Brendan started 30 years ago from his garage in Cambridge, with the initial goal of simply feeding his family.

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Carmen Vicelich is the CEO and Founder of Data Insight NZ, which she founded in May 2012.

In 2015, Data Insight NZ won "Best Business to Business Solution" at the TVNZ NZ Marketing Awards, and their flagship product, Valocity, claimed the Nexus Supreme Prize less than two years after launch, beating out companies like Saatchi & Saatchi and ASB.

In early 2016, Data Insight won numerous awards at the New Zealand Direct Marketing Awards for Valocity, including "Nexus Supreme Winner", "Nexus Gold - Marketing Products & Services" and "Nexus Gold - Strategic Vision".

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Andrew Bagnall is the Founder of travel agency Gulliver’s Travel Group, which he started with a $4,000 loan and would grow into New Zealand’s largest outbound travel services business.

Founded in 1976, Gulliver’s Travel dual IPO’d on the NZX and ASX in 2004, before being acquired by ASX-listed S8 Group for $235 million just two years later.

Through his investment vehicle Segoura, Andrew holds a 30% stake in the publicly listed Green Cross Health (Life Pharmacy), which today is worth around $42 million. He was also involved in co-developing one of New Zealand’s first commercial retirement villages, the upmarket Remuera Gardens Retirement Village.

Andrew is widely known as an amateur race car driver who has competed in major endurance races including Le Mans, Bathurst and Daytona. He owns one of the rarest models of the McLaren F1, a 680 horsepower classic that is one of only two in the world.

Andrew holds a Commerce Degree from Otago University and an MBA from Michigan State University.

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Sam Ovens is the Founder and CEO of Consulting.com, an e-learning platform that helps people to start and grow their own consulting business.

In the five years after he started Consulting.com, and before he turned 28, Sam says he made over $18 million before moving to New York City and opening offices in Dublin and Manhattan.

Today, Consulting.com reportedly has a thriving community of over 20,000 active students, has created 52 millionaires and generated a collective $690 million in revenue for its students.

He also founded SnapInspect, a property inspection app for property management businesses which he later sold.

Originally from New Zealand, Sam describes his first year in business as a “miserable failure.” After working 12 hours a day from his parent’s garage for two years, he had two failed businesses and was $30,000 in debt.

Despite controversy around Sam’s story, Forbes estimates Sam’s net worth at US$65 million. In 2017 he was listed in the Forbes ‘30 Under 30 Asia’ list.

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Danielle Strachman is Co-Founder and General Partner of Silicon Valley-based VC firm 1517 Fund, which has invested in 36 companies to date.

Danielle is also the Co-Founder of Innovations Academy in San Diego, a K-8 charter school, and a founding team member of the Thiel Fellowship, where she joined to lead design and operations. She is the visionary behind the Thiel Summit series that has been attended by approximately 2,000 young entrepreneurs.

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Sir John Davies is the Founder and Director of Trojan Holdings, where he has invested in a wide array of property and tourism-related ventures in the South Island.

Sir John’s investments include the Remarkables, Coronet Peak and Mt Hutt ski fields, and the Hermitage Hotel in Mt Cook as well as a 40 % stake in AJ Hackett’s New Zealand bungy. He also owns Stratton House and the Station Building in Queenstown, and the Milford, Routeburn and Greenstone Tracks Guided Walks.

His current projects include the development of a $30-million dollar golf resort near Arrowtown, as well as a 25-employee software company developing new technology to prevent fraud at ski fields.

A former Mayor of Queenstown (1983-89), and former Chairman of Queenstown Airport, Sir John started out as a farmer and truck driver. He worked initially in mustering and after realising he couldn’t afford a farm of his own, he bought a 40% stake in Wakatipu Transport, growing the business into a 250 vehicle fleet and eventually acquiring the whole company.

During his time as Mayor of Queenstown he diversified into tourism. His first purchase was the Routeburn Track Guided Walk. He later purchased a 40% share in Queenstown Airport, and despite being told he would “never get a jet or international flight into Queenstown,” there are now upto 350 flights inbound from Australia each week during peak season.

In 2002, Sir John pulled together a consortium to buy NZSki, the operating company of the Remarkables, Coronet Peak and Mt Hutt ski fields, for $27 million from Air New Zealand. Over time he bought out the other partners in the group and Trojan is now the sole owner.

In 2013, he was made a Knight Companion of The New Zealand Order of Merit for services to business and tourism, and in 1995 he was awarded the Queen’s Service Order.

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Currently an Executive at Palantir Technologies, a $20 billion dollar technology startup, and Director of Fantail Ventures, Jonty Kelt is immersed in the technology startup scene. Based in New York City, he has founded, co-founded or been CEO of 5 companies across 3 continents, has invested in 20 companies and is an advisor to 5.

Jonty holds a Bachelors' Degree from Otago University, where he studied Finance, Marketing, and Philosophy. After university, he went into banking with Macquarie Bank before starting a small internet technology business.

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Co-Founder of Sonar6, the Kiwi Landing Pad and homes.co.nz, John Holt is a serial entrepreneur passionate about "Technology, Innovation and New Zealand". Prior to his entrepreneurial journey, he worked as a senior executive in multinational corporations Xerox, HP, IBM and ANZ Banking Group.

In 2006 he co-founded Sonar6, an HR Technology company which he was CEO and Director of until 2012 when the company was acquired by NASDAQ listed company Cornerstone on Demand. He is currently the CEO of homes.co.nz and Chairperson of the Kiwi Landing Pad.

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One of the best business minds in the country, Christopher Luxon is currently the Chief Executive Officer of Air New Zealand. He joined Air New Zealand as the Group General Manager International Airline in May 2015, before taking over as CEO in 2013.

Prior to Air New Zealand, Christopher worked in a number of roles for Unilever in an 18-year career, culminating in a CEO role for Unilever's $1.4 billion Canadian business, where he led 1,500 employees, was a key member of Unilever's North American leadership team and, from December 2010, also led a significant part of the company's US operation.

Christopher has a Master of Commerce in Business Administration from the University of Canterbury.

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Tim Alpe is the Founder and CEO of Jucy Rentals.

Originally founded with just 35 rental cars as Ezy Rentals by brothers Tim and Dan Alpe in 2001, Jucy (rebranded in 2007) today has more than 3,800 cars, campervans and motorhomes across Australia, New Zealand and the US, with additional operations including a JUCY Cruise boat in Milford Sound, and JUCY Snooze accommodation in Auckland and Christchurch.

Tim was the 2010 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year.

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Eliot Crowther is a Co-Founder and Director of Pushpay, which reached a market capitalization of $510 million in 2016, just 5 years after its founding in 2011.

Alongside his Co-Founder Chris Heaslip, Eliot was named New Zealand's EY Young Entrepreneur of the Year in 2015.

Prior to founding Pushpay (his first venture), Eliot was a leading sales executive at New Zealand home ventilation business HRV. Now publicly traded (after its IPO in August 2014), Pushpay is targeting $100 million in annualized committed monthly revenue (ACMR) by December 2017 and employs nearly 350 staff across Seattle and New Zealand. Under SaaS expert Jason Lemkin's formula, Pushpay experienced "hyper-growth" in 2015, growing its ACMR from $1 million to $10 million in just 10 months, well within Lemkin's five-quarter benchmark.

Eliot holds a Diploma in Applied Sciences (2006) from AUT and is based in Seattle, Washington State, in the US.

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Dame Trelise Cooper DNZM is one of the most successful designers in New Zealand, and opened her first shop in Auckland's High Street at the age of 23, with no formal education in fashion design. Her outfits have been worn by Miranda Kerr, Miley Cyrus, Reese Witherspoon, Julia Roberts, Liv Tyler, Lindsay Lohan, the Pussycat Dolls and Catherine Zeta-Jones, and her designs have featured in magazines such as Vogue, Marie Claire, Women's Wear Daily and InStyle, and have featured on the television series Sex and the City.

Dame Trelise grew up in Henderson, West Auckland, and left school at the age of 15. She married at 17 and ran a building business with her husband, but the marriage ended in divorce when Cooper was 21.

Trelise Cooper is also a patron of the Breast Cancer Research Trust and a dedicated supporter of Habitat for Humanity. She initiated an onsite house building to promote this charity at the New Zealand Fashion Week of 2009. Being concerned about the environment, she also developed a line of recyclable eco-friendly bags for Progressive Enterprises. She also became a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2004, which advanced to the Dame companion in the same order later in 2014.

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Vic Crone is currently the CEO of Callaghan Innovation, and a Director of Contact Energy.

Some of her previous roles include Managing Director of Xero (2014 - 2016), GM of Sales for Telecom and GM of Marketing and Sales for Chorus.

Vic was a Mayoral candidate for Auckland in 2016.

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Sir Robert Stewart left school at 15 to become an apprentice electrician. At 25 he took a loan from his father and bought a controlling stake in a small company that would grow to become SKOPE Industries, growing the business from 25 employees to more than 400 today. In 2012 SKOPE surpassed $100m in revenue.

He has won many export and design awards, including the Master Entrepreneur Ernst & Young award, and is a Fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Management. SKOPE was a finalist in the 2012 New Zealand Business Awards and was listed 17th in New Zealand's Top 100 high-tech business sector.

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Theo Spierings is the Chief Executive Officer of Fonterra, New Zealand's largest company by revenue. Fonterra is the world's largest dairy exporter and sends 95% of their milk products to more than 100 countries, making up 25% of New Zealand's exports.

Formerly in a senior role at Dutch dairy company, Friesland Foods, Theo once started his own mergers and acquisitions business for European SME's. In 2011, Theo moved his family from Holland to New Zealand after accepting an offer to lead Fonterra's 16,800 global staff.

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The Founder and CEO of Pure SEO, Richard Conway is originally from Hertfordshire in the UK. After moving to Auckland in 2009, he started Pure SEO with no connections and just $200 in startup capital, and built it into one of New Zealand's fastest growing companies and the nation's most awarded SEO agency.

Richard is on the board of Entrepreneurs' Organisation and lectures about SEO and SEM for the New Zealand Marketing Association. He has a Bachelor's Degree with Honours in Business Computing.

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Peter Chrisp is the Chief Executive Officer of NZTE, a role he has held since 2010. As CEO he leads 800 employees in 40 offices around the world.

Prior to NZTE, Peter spent 23 years in the Pulp and Paper industry, including roles in human resources, operations, logistics, supply chain, business improvement and general management. Peter was the General Manager of Tasman Paper in Kawerau New Zealand, prior to taking up a role as Senior Vice President for Norske Skog International at the global headquarters in Oslo, covering business in South America, Asia, Middle East, and Europe. His final role before moving back to NZ was based in Sydney as Regional President Norske Skog Australasia, manufacturing newsprint for NZ, Australia and Asia markets.

Peter has a Master of Social Sciences from Massey University and has undertaken additional study in law, marketing, strategy, accounting and finance at universities in New Zealand, Australia, the United Kingdom and Europe.

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Former All Black Keven Mealamu is New Zealand's most capped Super Rugby player, featuring on provincial fields 135 times. In 2006 he became the captain of the Auckland Blues side. He is internationally renowned as the 'gentleman' of rugby who wore the world-class black jersey in the 2011 Rugby World Cup, leading the All Blacks as captain in their test against Japan.

Now retired from rugby, Keven consults to large companies helping them to foster a stronger team culture.

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The Right Honourable John Key was the 38th Prime Minister of New Zealand and held three consecutive terms in office.

He entered Parliament after being elected MP for Helensville in 2002, and became Leader of the New Zealand National Party after only 4 short years. Another 2 years was all it took for him to achieve his childhood dream of becoming the Prime Minister of New Zealand.

Prior to his political career, John Key held the position of Head of Global Foreign Exchange at Merrill Lynch, following a long career in investment banking from the mid-1980's, involving ten years in New Zealand before stints in Singapore, London, Sydney and eventually the US with Merrill Lynch.

John has a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Canterbury and was educated at Burnside High School in Christchurch.

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Ian Wright is the Founder and CEO of Wrightspeed, and one of the four Co-Founders of Tesla alongside Elon Musk, Marc Tarpenning and Martin Eberhard.

After pitching Tesla to Elon Musk in a 2.5 hour pitching session, Ian left Tesla just one year after its founding, in 2004. Subsequently he went on to build the world's fastest street legal electric car in the world (a record which held for nearly 10 years) and is now leading Wrightspeed, a company that aims to design the "world's most efficient range-extended electric vehicle powertrains".

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Tony Carter is one of New Zealand's most experienced and respected professional directors. He has operated at the highest levels of New Zealand business over his career, having served as Chief Executive and Managing Director of Foodstuffs, and on the boards of numerous iconic New Zealand companies, including Air New Zealand, Fisher & Paykel Healthcare, ANZ Bank, Fletcher Building and Mitre 10.

He is currently the Chairman of Air New Zealand and Fisher & Paykel Healthcare, and is also a Director of Fletcher Building and ANZ Bank New Zealand.

Tony started out working for his family company, Carter Group Limited, in Christchurch until 1986 when he purchased a Mitre 10 store. He worked his way up to serve as a Director of Mitre 10 New Zealand Limited, eventually becoming Chairman of Mitre 10 New Zealand Limited in 1993.

Tony then went on to lead New Zealand's largest retail organization, Foodstuffs Group, as Managing Director for nearly a decade.

In 2014, Tony was recognized as the Chairperson of the Year at the Deloitte Top 200 awards. The judges credited him with having made the transition from chief executive to a career in governance at the highest level with consummate ease.

In July 2018, Air New Zealand announced Tony will retire from his current role as Chairman of the airline in September 2019. He remains Chairman of the NZX-listed medical device manufacturer Fisher & Paykel Healthcare.

Tony has a Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) and a Masters of Engineering from the University of Canterbury. He also holds a Masters of Philosophy from Loughborough University of Technology in the United Kingdom.

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Geoff Ross is currently the Chief Executive Officer of Moa Brewing Company, Chairman of Trilogy International Ltd., and Director at the Business Bakery (a venture capital firm based in Auckland, new Zealand).

Geoff founded and led 42 Below Vodka as CEO to its $138 million sale to Bacardi. He started the business from his garage in 1999, selling his first bottle just after a week after his first child was born. 42 Below IPO'd just four years after its founding.

Prior to 42 Below and Trilogy Geoff was Managing Partner and a Board Member of DDB Advertising for two years and was a Client Service Director and Management Team member for Saatchi & Saatchi in Wellington for eight years.

Geoff is also a Trustee of the Melanoma Foundation, Pure Advantage and The Endangered Species Foundation, and has a Bachelor of Commerce degree in Agriculture.

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Prior to becoming the CEO of Virgin Galactic and The Spaceship Company, George T. Whitesides was NASA's Chief of Staff where he was awarded the company's highest honour, the Distinguished Service Medal. He has been named one of 12 ‘People to Watch' in the space industry by Space News.

George has also served as the Executive Director of the National Space Society (NSS), co-founded Yuri's Night that hosts parties to celebrate humanity's aerospace achievements, and has sat on the board of the World Economic Forum's Global Agenda Council on Space Security.

He is now the co-Chair of the World Economic Forum's Global Future Council on Space Technologies, is a member of Caltech's Space Innovation Council, Princeton's Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department Advisory Council, and sits on the advisory board of the Rotary National Award for Space Achievement.

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Tim Williams was the first foreigner to list a company on the Japanese stock exchange, despite having gone to the country with only $2,000 NZD and a very basic knowledge of Japanese. Tim studied at Takapuna Grammar and then at the University of Canterbury, training as a molecular geneticist, before traveling to Japan with the plan to head over to Beijing. After meeting fellow Kiwi Jonathan Hendriksen, they set up the first domestic rental server company in Japan.

In late 1997 Williams and Hendriksen were introduced to US company ValueClick, essentially the world's first internet advertising company, and bought the rights to take it to Japan. Within a few years, they were running Japan's first internet ad business. They built up an ad network, raised venture capital and ended up listing on the Tokyo Stock Exchange in May 2000.

In 1999, Tim launched another company, Valuecommerce, which grew aggressively from five people to 100 people within about six months, and was profitable in a year and a half. The company now facilitates about $US3 billion in e-commerce, taking in around $NZ150 million in revenue in 2012.

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Dame Julie Christie is the Founder and former CEO of international television company Touchdown Productions, acquired by Dutch media company Eyeworks in 2006, and then later sold to Warner Bros.

Amongst New Zealand's most well-known media industry veterans, Dame Julie is the Producer behind numerous critically acclaimed reality or unscripted shows, including Rachel Hunter: Cover Girl, The is Your Life, Changing Rooms, My House My Castle, Whose House Is It Anyway, DIY Rescue, Trading Places, Treasure Island, and Game of Two Halves.

Starting off initially in journalism, Dame Julie moved into television in the late 1980's and started Touchdown Productions in 1991. Within a few years, she had grown the business into New Zealand's largest producer of entertainment TV, with a thriving business in exporting program formats.

Dame Julie has served on the Boards of New Zealand Trade & Enterprise, Rugby World Cup 2011 and Mediaworks. She is currently on the Board of Tourism West Coast, Trustee of Development West Coast, is on the Steering Group for New Zealand's participation at the World Expo 2020 in Dubai, as well as chairing the Board of the Ngāi Tahu Tourism-New Zealand rugby joint venture, The All Blacks Experience. She also now works as a business strategy, media and performance consultant.

In 2007, she was made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit, and was the inaugural New Zealand recipient of the prestigious global Veuve Clicquot Award, which celebrates female entrepreneurship. She received the Dame Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit in the Queen's Birthday Honours in 2017.

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Guy Haddleton is a serial entrepreneur, investor and director. He is the Co-Founder, former CEO and Chairman of Adaytum which he led to a $160 million dollar acquisition, and the Co-Founder and former CEO of Anaplan, which would go on to list on the NYSE in a $3 billion-dollar IPO.

An accomplished executive with more than 20 years’ experience in the enterprise planning software sector, Guy started Adaytum with his wife, Susie, and Michael Gould in 1990 in the U.K. before later moving the business to Minneapolis. Guy led Adaytum for 13 years as CEO and Chairman, until its acquisition by Cognos in 2003 for U.S. $160 million.

Later he would go on to co-found Anaplan, an iterated V2 version of Adaytum built for the age of the Internet. He served as CEO at Anaplan for the first four years. At one point in time one of the fastest growing enterprise software companies in the U.S., Anaplan listed on the New York Stock Exchange in a $3 billion-dollar IPO in October 2018.

Guy was also an early investor in Xero, serving on the board for four years, and has invested in medical cannabis startup, Helius Therapeutics, and supercomputing startup Nyriad.

Guy spent his early career in the New Zealand military as a Troop Commander of a Special Forces team. He holds an MBA from the University of Otago.

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Craig Piggott is the 24-year-old Co-Founder and CEO of Halter, a New Zealand-based agri-tech startup that’s transforming the farming industry.

Founded in 2016, Halter’s mission is to meet growing food demands in a more sustainable and productive way. The company is developing a GPS-tracked, solar powered collar for livestock. The proprietary technology ‘Hoop’ is a wearable solar-powered GPS-tracked neckband designed initially for cows. It uses sensory cues to direct cows, and enables farmers to track data about the behavior and health of their livestock as well as manage their herd remotely using Halter’s proprietary software application, ‘Helm’.

In 2018, Halter raised US$5 million in a Series A round led by Data Collective, alongside Rocket Lab’s Peter Beck and Peter Thiel-led Founders Fund.

Craig grew up working on his family’s Waikato dairy farm and has had first-hand experience with the challenges faced by farmers. He attended St Peter’s College in Cambridge and then in 2016, while completing a Mechanical Engineering degree, he took a role working for Peter Beck at Rocket Lab. Craig developed the idea for Halter after hours, as he reflected on the innovation occurring at Rocket Lab and how to apply this same disruption within another industry.

Craig was named a finalist for the New Zealand Hi-Tech Young Achiever Award and the EY Entrepreneur of the Year in 2018.

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Ric Kayne is the Founder and Co-Chairman of Kayne Anderson Capital Advisors, a Los Angeles-based manager of alternative investment strategies with U.S. $29 billion under management

One of the premier alternative asset managers, Kayne Anderson Capital Advisors is focused on niche investing in upstream oil and gas companies, energy and infrastructure, credit, speciality real estate, growth equity and marketable securities. The firm is the largest investor in energy pipelines in the United States.

Ric is also the Founder of Kayne Anderson Rudnick, a traditional investment management firm which he grew to over $10 billion in assets under management before selling it in 2001 to the Phoenix Companies.

Ric is the developer of luxury golf club Tara Iti in Mangawhai, New Zealand, ranked the 6th best golf course in the world outside the United States. He was bestowed the honor of ‘rangatira’ status by Northland’s Te Uri o Hau hapu, in recognition of his conduct and partnership with local Maori and Iwi throughout the project’s development.

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As the founder and CEO of Rocket Lab, Peter Beck has grown the company from a small start-up to a globally recognized industry leader in space and a billion-dollar company.

Peter started Rocket Lab in 2006 with the vision of launching 100 satellites a year into space, for less than $5 million each (a 91% reduction in cost compared to current methods). Just over a decade later this capability was realized with Rocket Lab’s first orbital launch of the Electron rocket, and maiden commercial launch, both successfully completed in 2018 - the fastest a private launch provider has ever transitioned from test program to commercial launches.

Peter’s leadership has played an integral part in every step of the process including overseeing the establishment of Rocket Lab’s Electron orbital launch program; the development of the world’s first and only private orbital launch range, located on New Zealand's Māhia Peninsula; and having a crucial role in establishing international treaties and legislation to enable orbital launch capability from New Zealand.

Rocket Lab has secured funding from world-class venture capital firms - including Bessemer Venture Partners and Khosla Ventures of Menlo Park, California, and has a signed partnership with NASA. In November 2018, Rocket Lab raised an additional US$140 million in a Series E funding round lead by Future Fund, putting the company well beyond a billion-dollar valuation.

Peter is also an acclaimed scientist and engineer, and has been awarded a Meritorious Medal from the Royal Aeronautical Society. He was named Innovator of the Year at the 2015 New Zealander of the Year Awards, and was recognized as the EY Entrepreneur of the Year in 2016.

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James Robinson is the Founder and Co-CEO of one of New Zealand's most successful recent startups, My Food Bag, alongside his wife Cecilia Robinson.

Since its launch just 3 years ago, My Food Bag has grown phenomenally to become one of New Zealand's foremost startup success stories, with 50,000 active customers in New Zealand and Australia, and had $80 million in revenues in just two and a half years - faster than both Xero and Trade Me - and a 2017 forecast revenue of more than $135 million.

Prior to My Food Bag, James co-founded Au Pair Link with Cecilia, and has run the Marketing, IT and Finance teams of both businesses. Au Pair LInk grew to one of New Zealand's largest home-based childcare providers, and was sold to NZX listed Evolve Education Group in late 2014.

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Joey Zwillinger is the Co-Founder and Co-CEO of Allbirds.

Founded in 2015, Allbirds makes sustainable footwear using natural materials, with its first product being dubbed by TIME magazine as “the world’s most comfortable shoes.” Allbirds sold more than a million pairs of shoes in its first two years of business, earning the recognition of “the fastest growing shoe company in the world.”

A biotech engineer and renewable materials expert, Joey was Vice President of Industrial Products at TerraVia, where he developed a durable polyurethane from microalgae. Earlier, he held advisory and investment roles at Industry Ventures, Deloitte Consulting, and Goldman Sachs. He also co-founded the Hopscotch Network, which focused on helping underprivileged kids.

Joey obtained his BS in Industrial Engineering from UC Berkeley and MBA from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

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Casey Eden is a Co-Founder and Managing Director of Neighbourly.

Prior to leading Neighbourly, he was the Sales Manager for Sella Co New Zealand, Sales Director of GrabOne (where he led the team from 0 to $100 million in sales), and subsequently the Director of Business Operations for GrabOne.

Before getting into the world of startups, Casey started off as a Key Accounts Manager for BP after graduating from the University of Canterbury.

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Jessica Iclisoy is the Founder and CEO of California Baby, the industry standard in natural skincare.

More than 20 years ago, Jessica embarked on a personal journey to create a non-toxic environment for her young family. Launching in her kitchen, Jessica began to create the beloved formulas for what is today, California Baby. She started with $2,000 in start-up capital from her mom, launching with just one product, a nontoxic shampoo body wash.

Since then, Jessica has built California Baby into a globally recognized brand. Today California Baby sells 90 products at stores including Walmart and Target with revenues in excess of $80 million, and all without taking on any outside investment or debt. Jessica owns 100% of the company today, with a net worth estimated by Forbes at $330 million.

Jessica has been featured in NBC’s Today Show, Forbes, Fortune, the New York Times, Fast Company, Inc., and Entrepreneur, among many others. She was recognized by Forbes magazine for her achievements in building California Baby, being included on the magazine’s annual Richest Self-Made Women list in 2017 and 2018.

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Greg Smale is a property investor and director of Smales Farm, and the visionary behind one of New Zealand's most ambitious large-scale and forward-thinking development projects.

He has close to 50 years’ experience in the property sector in residential, industrial and commercial property, initially as a builder and in later years, in development and investment.

Greg started his first business at the age of 11, supplying netting to florist shops. He completed a Diploma of Property Valuation from the University of Auckland, whilst working in the Town Planning and Drafting Office at Auckland City Council.

In 1972 he set up his own construction and development company which he later expanded to include related companies producing bathroom products, including the ‘ROLLAWAY’ shower screens he had earlier designed and patented.

Greg has been a director of the family-owned Smales Farm in Auckland’s North Shore for more than 20 years. The Smales Farm story began in 1879, when Henry Smale emigrated from Cornwall to New Zealand. In 1944, his son William Henry (Bill) Smale bought the land that became known as Smales Farm
The property was operated as a family-owned quarry and dairy farm until the 1990’s, when the next generation of Smales, Greg, Chris and Bill took over the running and developed the original vision for the transformation of Smales Farm as it’s known today
Seeing the demise of the traditional office park, Greg developed a new model for the commercial office sector that is now in development at Smales Farm. The forward-thinking and ambitious plan to create a ‘diverse urban community’ includes development of 160,000m² of office space, residential & hospitality zones on the site over the next 20 years with investment in future development expected to reach $1 billion.

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With over 20 years of governance experience, Bridget Coates has been on the boards of numerous international organizations since the early 1900s. Currently a Director of White Cloud Dairy Innovation, the Reserve Bank of New Zealand and BRAC USA, she was formerly Managing Director of 212 Equity Management and has been on the boards of the NZ Superannuation Fund, SKYCITY, Fisher & Paykel Appliances Holdings, BioVittoria and KEA New Zealand.

She was an inaugural director of Global Women New Zealand and inaugural chairwoman of the Icehouse business incubator from 2001 to 2003, chairwoman of the New Zealand/United States Beachhead Programme and has held governance roles with Industry New Zealand, Competitive Auckland, and Auckland Uniservices.

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Until May 2016, Glenn Renwick was the CEO of Progressive Corporation, one of the largest providers of car insurance in the United States and number 153 on the Fortune 500.

He is currently the Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors of Progressive.

Glenn started working for Progressive Corporation in 1986 as a claims representative, and rose through the ranks through various roles including Auto Product Manager for Florida, Business Technology Leader and Chief Information Officer before becoming CEO in 2000.

Originally from Dunedin, Glenn has an undergraduate degree in Mathematics and Economics from the University of Canterbury and a Master's degree in Engineering from the University of Florida.

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Michael Jones is the Co-Founder & CEO of venture capital firm and startup studio, Science Inc.

A serial entrepreneur, experienced internet executive, investor and strategic advisor, Michael started his first business in college and has personally led six businesses to successful exits in the tens of millions including Userplane, Tsavo and MySpace.

Today, Science has invested in over 70 companies and counts some of the hottest startups in the world in its portfolio, including Bird, Dollar Shave Club, Medium, MeUndies, FameBit and Zen.

One of the most active and successful angel investors in Los Angeles, Michael has had more than $2.5 billion in combined portfolio exits, including that of Dollar Shave Club to Unilever for $1 billion.

In 2017, the Los Angeles Business Journal named Michael one of the 500 most influential people in Los Angeles.

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Founder of Metlifecare, a NZX listed retirement village company with 25 retirement villages; Chairman of Lifecare Residences International and until April 2015, the Chairman of A2 Milk Co., Cliff Cook is a pioneer in the retirement village industry.

Currently focused on Lifecare Residences, Cliff sold his 25% stake of Metlifecare in 2005 for $85 million, and has an estimated net worth of $310 million (NBR).

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Currently the Co-Founder of leading wireless technology company PowerbyProxi, Greg Cross has been in the technology field for over 3 decades, with experience in North America, Europe and Asia.

He's held numerous senior roles, including Managing Director of Microsoft New Zealand, CEO of the Advantage Group, Co-Founder of Pure Black Racing, SLI Systems and Director of Cross Ventures.

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Businessman, entrepreneur and art collector, Alan Gibbs knows both how to make money - and how to spend it. After completing a BA at Canterbury University, he later gained a MA from Victoria University before embarking on an extremely successful business career. His journey included the profitable liquidation of Tappenden Motors Ltd, the merger of Atlas Majestic Industries, Bendon and Ceramco, (three prominent public companies) and the $4.25 billion brokerage of the winning bid for the sale of Telecom New Zealand, which at the time was an State Owned Enterprise.

Alan is also one of New Zealand's leading art collectors, and since 1991 has been establishing a sprawling 1,000 acres sculpture park at Gibbs Farm, where he also developed the early models of his world-famous high-speed amphibious vehicles.

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Annette Presley (ONZM) grew up in South Auckland and attended McAuley High School in Otahuhu, and then studied at the Auckland Technical Institute. By 25 years old she was the founder of IT recruitment firm Stratum, and was making over $300,000 a year. She is known as a telecommunications entrepreneur, as the Co-Founder of CallPlus and its subsidiary Slingshot.

In 2002 Slingshot (previously known as i4free) sued Telecom for $18 million, and the case was settled out of court in 2005 after a long-running battle.

In 1996, she co-founded telecommunications business CallPlus, starting in a "tiny office in Parnell with seven people". The business would later go on to employ more than 600 staff and turnover around $250 million.

In 2015 she exited CallPlus for $250 million to telecommunications provider M2 Group, representing a significant exit for her and the shareholders of CallPlus.

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Suhail Doshi is the Co-Founder and Chairman of the Board of Mixpanel, the most advanced analytics platform for mobile & web.

The son of immigrant parents, Suhail moved to Arizona at the age of six. He started programming in the eighth grade, driven by his early love for video games, and in particular StarCraft.

Suhail went on to attend Arizona State University and studied computer systems and engineering. In the spring of 2008, he completed an internship with Slide.

Suhail co-founded Mixpanel in 2008 when he was just 20-years-old, dropping out of university to do so. He started the company in his bedroom at his parent’s house.

Today, Mixpanel serves more than 20,000 customers in 150 countries, tracks 8 trillion data points every year and has revenues approaching $100 million.

The company has raised $77 million in venture backing from top-tier Silicon Valley VC firms, including Andreessen Horowitz and Sequoia Capital. At its most recent round of funding in 2014, Mixpanel was valued at $865 million.

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Once the richest New Zealanders in the world, with a net worth estimated at $5.2 billion (according to Forbes), Taranaki-born investor Stephen Jennings thrives in financial frontier lands. After starting off as a free-market economist and a New Zealand Treasury official, Stephen worked for Investment Bank Credit Suisse First Boston. In 1992, at 32 years old, he arrived in Moscow on a 6-week assignment for Credit Suisse, which turned into a 20-year stay in the country. He co-founded Renaissance Capital in 1995, which became a multi-billion dollar business, but was affected heavily first by Russian economic difficulties, and then by the 2008 Global Financial Crisis.

Stephen sold his his remaining shares in Renaissance Capital in 2012 and is now fully focused on Africa, where he's currently building seven satellite cities in the "urban growth trajectories of major cities in Kenya, Ghana, Nigeria, Zambia, and the Democratic Republic of Congo" under his new company Rendeavour, of which he is currently Founder and CEO.

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Annah Stretton started Stretton Clothing in Morrinsville in 1992, where the Head Office is based today. In her first year she had revenue of $1 million, with 50% of that being profit! Stretton Clothing now has over 20 retail stores in New Zealand and employs close to 100 people, with an online following of over 230,000 people.

Annah is also very active in the philanthropic space, and has been recognised for some incredible awards, including EY Social Entrepreneur of the Year 2015, EY Entrepreneur of the Year for Retail and Services 2005, and has been a member of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2008 for services to business, fashion and community.

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Aaron Bhatnagar is a venture capitalist, investor and director based in Auckland, New Zealand.

Aaron was born in Canada and migrated to New Zealand with his parents at a relatively young age. He attended St Kentigern College and has a Master of Arts degree with Honours from the University of Auckland.

He is the son of Sir Roger Bhatnagar, a businessman and entrepreneur who made his fortune from the Noel Leeming appliance retail chain.

Aaron invests in the New Zealand and global equities markets utilizing a "value investing" methodology, with a focus on New Zealand, Australian and American equities, as well as New Zealand property. His key equity investments include New Zealand retirement village companies and healthcare businesses.

In addition to publicly listed equities, he participates in venture capital projects. Chief among these is a pre-IPO stake in Pushpay Holdings Limited, listed successfully on the NZX in August 2014. His unlisted technology investments include stakes in Diligent Boardbooks (now exited), Goody Card, Unfiltered, Designer Wardrobe, and Ask Nicely.

He served on the board of the Real Estate Agents Authority between 2013-2018, was a committee member of the NZ Shareholders Association Auckland Branch 2012-2017, and is a chartered member of the Institute of Directors.

Aaron was elected as an Auckland City Councillor during 2007-2010, serving as the Chairman of the City Development committee responsible for economic development, town planning, and infrastructure, and the Deputy Chairman of the Finance Committee.

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Mark D'Arcy is the Chief Creative Officer of the Facebook Creative Shop, and manages a team of around 150 strategists across 29 countries to help businesses get the most out of Facebook.

Prior to joining Facebook, Mark spent seven years at Time Warner in New York, as Chief Creative Officer of its Global Media Group. In 2009, Mark was also named President of the Group and Senior Vice President of Time Warner.

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Until recently the Chief Executive Officer of SKYCITY, Nigel Morrison has over 20 years of experience in the casino industry, having held roles such as Group Chief Financial Officer of Galaxy Entertainment Group, CEO of Federal Group (Australia's largest private gaming group) and Chief Operating Officer of Crown Limited. Before getting into casinos in 1993, Nigel was a Corporate Finance Partner with E.Y. Melbourne.

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Shane Anselmi is the CEO of Overland Footwear, which originated from a company that was formed over 50 years ago.

Overland company operates 60 stores across three brands throughout Australia and New Zealand and is a well-established premium footwear brand, with more than 450 employees and a strong focus on staff engagement. Overland has placed as a finalist in the Kenexa Best Workplaces Awards every year since 2004, earning overall winner in 2013 and in 2014 taking out the Large Workplaces category for the third time running, and is widely known as one of the best places to work in New Zealand.

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Director, Chief Executive Officer and Founder of Orion Health, Ian started Orion in 1993 with a four-person staff in Auckland. Before founding Orion Health, Ian was a senior telecommunications consultant for Clearfield Consulting, specializing in message standards and connectivity of data network systems and infrastructures. Prior to his work at Clearfield, Ian worked for Ernst & Young designing corporate networks.

He holds a Masters in Engineering Sciences and a Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) from the University of Auckland. Previously, Ian was employed as a scientist by the NZDSIR and wrote mathematical models of the human body. Ian completed his Masters with a thesis utilizing a combination of maths and software programming to model Antarctic ice shelves.

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Tim Norton is the Founder and CEO of 90 Seconds, an innovative cloud-based video production platform.

A serial entrepreneur, Tim has been starting and growing businesses since he was 20-years-old. He has a mix of technology, marketing, design, finance and leadership experience, and at one point in his career was $750,000 in debt.

Tim started 90 Seconds in 2010, and since then he has grown the business to over 150 employees based in Singapore, London, Tokyo, Manila, San Francisco, Hong Kong, Sydney and Auckland. The company is expanding rapidly and is currently opening an office in Dubai with plans to grow its team to 260 in the next 12 months.

90 Seconds has worked with more than 3,000 brands including UBER, Apple, PayPal, Google, Virgin, Visa and Sony. The platform allows brands to purchase, plan, shoot, edit and review professional videos across the globe - all online or from their mobile. To date, over 23,000 videos have been produced through a network of 12,000 video creative professionals in 160 countries.

In April 2016, 90 Seconds raised U.S. $11 million in a Series A funding round led by globally-renowned VC firm Sequoia Capital, and are currently in the closing stages of another funding round for a further U.S. $22 million at a valuation of more than $100 million.

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Listed as one of the country's richest men with an estimated net worth of $930 million (according to NBR), Sir Arthur Douglas Myers, KNZM CBE is one of our most respected and admired businessmen.

Following in the footsteps of his father Sir Kenneth Myers and his grandfather Sir Arthur Myers, Sir Douglas was appointed CEO of Campbell & Ehrenfried in 1965. A series of mergers and cross shareholdings led to the creation of Lion Breweries, Lion Nathan and finally Lion PTY, a company in which Myers played a leading role in for over 15 years as MD, CEO, and ultimately as chairman in 1997.

In 1998, Myers sold his share holding to Kirin Brewery Company (creating the fourth largest brewing firm in the world) for $312 million.

As of late 2015, Sir Douglas Myers was fighting cancer with aggressive new treatments, including the latest immunotherapy medicines.

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The Managing Director of Spark New Zealand, Simon Moutter has led the reinvention of Telecom to Spark New Zealand. He has a deep understanding of the industry, having managed most parts of Telecom in previous roles, most recently as Chief Operating Officer during the years 2003-2008.

Simon was also the CEO of Auckland Airport for a number of years, and spent 13 years in the electricity and gas industry including as chief executive of Powerco (from 1992 to 1999). Simon has a Master's degree in Engineering from the University of Canterbury and a Bachelor's degree in Science from Massey University.

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Matt Mullenweg is the Founder and CEO of Automattic, and the Lead Developer of web publishing platform WordPress. Today WordPress powers more than 31% of the internet and reaches more than 400 million unique users each month. He is also the Founder of Audrey Capital, an investment and research company.

Growing up in Houston, Texas, music was a large part of Matt’s early years. He attended the High School for the Performing Visual Arts where he studied jazz saxophone. He also built his first website in high school, a page about Columbia, as part of a school assignment.

Matt released WordPress in 2003 as a free and open-source content management system with developer Mike Little. In 2005, Matt founded Automattic, a for-profit web development corporation and the WordPress parent company, and soon after launched WordPress.com.

Within two years over two million blogs were published with WordPress, and today it is growing faster than ever before. Notable clients include CNN, CBS, BBC, Fortune, TED, Spotify and NBC, amongst thousands of others. The WordPress.com network receives more than 400 million unique visitors every month, to more than 15 billion pages.

Automattic has raised a total of $313.7 million over seven rounds, with the most recent being a $160 million Series C in 2014 at a $1.16 billion valuation.

Matt has been named one of the 25 Most Influential People on the Web by Business Week, one of the Top 10 Most Influential People Online by Business Insider, and has been named in Inc.com’s 30 under 30, Forbes 30 under 30 and Fortune 40 under 40 amongst many other accolades.

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In less than a decade, Kathryn Wilson has established herself as New Zealand's premier footwear designer. After graduating from Massey University and winning an AMP Scholarship, Kathryn honed her design skills and in 2003, created the Kathryn Wilson label.

Since then, Kathryn Wilson has emerged as one of the fastest-growing fashion brands in New Zealand. Stocked in over 100 local boutiques and with an ever-growing online market, the label is on the front foot in the fashion industry.

Her acute business acumen has also meant Kathryn is in demand as a leader and brand ambassador, garnering the attention of global brands like BMW, Veuve Clicquot, Orly, Sanpellegrino, Vodafone and MorrocanOil to become long-term supporters of herself and the brand.

She has been recognized numerous times for her accomplishments, including being awarded the ANZ Young Business Person of the Year (2015), Metro NZ Best Shoe Shop (2013 and 2014), Sir Peter Blake Trust Leadership Award (2014) and the Massey University Distinguished Alumni Award (2014) amongst many others.

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Gavin Faull is the Chairman and President of Swiss-Belhotel International, and the driving force behind the recent extreme growth of the brand.

While Swiss-Belhotel owned just 3 hotels when he bought it, it now has over 150 hotels and projects under management, in locations ranging from Kuala Lumpur to Kuwait, China, Southeast Asia, Australia and New Zealand. In total the brand spans 20 countries, and employs some 7,000 people worldwide.

Gavin was born in Taranaki in the late 1940's, and at 10 years old was running a 4 Square grocery shop in Tikorangi. He would later attend Victoria University, before taking on his first job with EY in Wellington. At 34, he was offered the role of CEO of Kingsgate International hotel company in Australia and New Zealand, a turning point in his "business and hotel life".

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Currently Chief Product Officer and Executive Vice President of Xero, Angus Norton is one of New Zealand's most experienced technology executives and has held numerous senior roles around the world, including leading a team of 500 who helped build Microsoft Office, and played a key role in the development of Bing.

Angus was formerly Vice President and General Manager of Microsoft, managing the Office product line for the USA, an $8bn responsibility. He has over 20 years of worldwide experience spanning Commercial and Consumer customer segments, and has led teams and organisations across multiple disciplines and geographies, from Product Engineering, Product Design and Product management, through to Product Marketing, Technology Evangelism and new business incubation.

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Hildegard Wortmann is Senior Vice President Asia-Pacific at BMW Group.

Starting her career with early entrepreneurship at University, Hildegard then went on to an 8-year career with Unilever, where she was a Marketing Director for Calvin Klein.

A BMW veteran who has been with the group for over 20 years, Hildegard has risen quickly through the ranks to become Senior Vice President of BMW in the Asia-Pacific region.

In various roles, she has led brand management and product management globally for BMW including helping to oversee the hugely successful re-launch of the MINI brand in 2001.

One of the great brands in the automobile industry with a 100-year legacy, BMW is the 20th most valuable brand in the world, valued at over US $31 billion (Forbes). Headquartered in Germany, and committed to pioneering the future of mobility, the company’s brands also include Rolls-Royce and MINI.

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Currently CEO of Commonwealth Bank of Australia Ian Narev was recruited for CBA by Sir Ralph Norris in 2007, and by mid-2011 was appointed CEO of the bank, managing a total of $873 billion in assets, 52,000 staff and 15 million customers.

Ian was formerly a Partner of McKinsey & Company based in New York, Sydney and Auckland, where he was head of the New Zealand Office, and he also has experience working as a lawyer specializing in mergers and acquisitions. He holds two Master of Law degrees, from New York University and Cambridge University, and Bachelor's Degrees in English and Law from the University of Auckland.

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Jake Bailey is an international motivational speaker and bestselling author.

He made headlines worldwide after his valedictory speech at Christchurch Boys’ High School went viral in November 2015.

Jake was diagnosed with Burkitt’s Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma, the most aggressive cancer known to man, one week before he was due to deliver the traditional Senior Monitor’s speech. Given just two weeks to live if left untreated, Jake persevered through to make the speech, which went on to draw global media attention and touch the lives of millions of people around the world.

Jake was announced in remission in January 2016 - exactly 90 days from when his treatment first started. Now 21 years-old he is based in the Gold Coast and is an international motivational sharing his story, the lessons he has learnt and how it has changed his outlook on life. He has presented several hundred speeches across four dozen cities, to tens of thousands of people.

He is the author of the #1 Bestselling book, “What Cancer Taught Me”, a newspaper columnist and the subject of the documentary “The Common Touch.”

He is also the official ambassador for two charities, Maia Health Foundation in New Zealand and Tour de Cure in Australia.

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An exceptional individual whose story has intrigued and baffled engineers, scientists, and aviation experts around the world, Glenn Martin is the Founder of Martin Aircraft, and (perhaps more importantly) the inventor of the world's first viable jetpack, the Martin Jetpack.

Glenn studied at physiology and biochemistry at the University of Otago in the late 1970's, before working in sales in Christchurch at Douglas Pharmaceutical. He founded Martin Aircraft in 1998, but had been working on the idea many years prior!

At at mid-2015, the Martin Aircraft was able to fly more than 30 minutes at speeds up to 74 kilometres an hour and at altitudes above 3000 feet.

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Kevin Kenrick is the Chief Executive Officer of TVNZ, and a Non-Executive Director of BNZ.

After graduating from the University of Waikato with a Bachelor of Management Studies, Kevin Kenrick has held various roles with a number of New Zealand's leading corporate organizations, including Air New Zealand, Lion Nathan, Carter Holt Harvey and Telecom NZ, with experience working for British Telecom in the United Kingdom.

Prior to joining TVNZ as CEO in 2012, Kevin served as CEO of House of Travel for three years.

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Mike Taylor is the CEO, CIO and Founder of Pie Funds. After turning $10,000 into $250,000 over 7 years investing in Australasian stocks, Mike decided to start Pie Funds in June 2007.

Friends and family invested $3 million in the Growth Fund in December 2007, but with the onset of the GFC it was a "challenge to make sure that $3 million didn't go to 0" in the first year of business. 10 years later, and Pie Funds now has in excess of $400 million under management, almost 1,400 clients and around 16 staff.

Prior to starting Pie in 2007, Mike worked in a variety of roles in the financial industry, including as a banking analyst for HBOS and an equities dealer for ABN Amro. Mike has a Bachelor of Business Studies in Finance from Massey University and an NZX Diploma.

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Lisa King is the Founder & CEO of Eat My Lunch, a social enterprise on a mission to make sure that no child at school goes hungry.

After finishing high school, Lisa turned down an offer by her parents to purchase a business and instead attended university. She then embarked on a 15-year corporate career in marketing with some of the world’s FMCG giants including Unilever, Heinz Watties, PepsiCo and Cadbury.

In mid-2015 while working as Global Marketing Manager for Fonterra, she came across the statistic that 28% of children in New Zealand go to school without lunch. This number changed Lisa’s life and inspired the start of the Eat My Lunch business from her own kitchen, teaming up with one of New Zealand’s top chefs, Michael Meredith.

Today Eat My Lunch has gone from a small business run out of a family home to giving more than 1 million lunches to kids at low-decile schools in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch. They give out more than 2,000 lunches to schools every day, have had over 10,000 people volunteer, and currently operate a waitlist of two-to-three months.

Eat My Lunch exceeded its three-year forecast within just 12-weeks of launch and was profitable within six months. The company moved out of Lisa's kitchen following a successful crowdfunding campaign that raised $130,000, and last year the campaign raised a further $800,000 in an innovative debt crowdfunding campaign with PledgeMe.Lend.

Lisa has been recognized with a wealth of awards including three Westpac Auckland Business Awards in 2016, Deloitte's Fast 50 Rising Star 2016 and 2017, TVNZ Marketing Award 2016, a Women of Influence Award in both 2016 and 2017. Most recently she was named a New Zealand EY Entrepreneur of the Year Finalist for 2018.

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Seeby Woodhouse is currently the Founder and CEO of Voyager Internet, which topped Deloitte's Fast 50 in 2014, recording growth of almost 1,400%.

He started Orcon Internet after failing his second year at Auckland University, which he built up over the next 10 years to the 4th largest Internet Service Provider (ISP) in New Zealand, with no outside funding and no borrowing. During this period, Orcon was one of the fastest growing companies in New Zealand and won numerous awards, including NZ's Best ISP and HiGrowth company of the year. Seeby sold Orcon in 2007 for $25 million to government entity Kordia, personally receiving $21 million.

Seeby was EY's New Zealand Young Entrepreneur of the Year in 2004.

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Craig Heatley is a serial entrepreneur and philanthropist, and the Founder of Rainbow Corporation and Sky Network Television.

Born in Lower Hutt as the son of a public relations director and a former nurse, Craig started his money-making career aged 11 with a newspaper round.

He founded New Zealand's largest leisure business, Rainbow Corporation, growing what was originally a mini-golf business into a $600 million company listed on the NZX.

He would then go on to set up Sky Network Television, the country's first and only paid TV provider. Although at one point the company was losing $1 million per week, under Craig's leadership Sky would go on to raise $230 million in investor backing and revolutionize the media landscape of New Zealand. Sky would IPO on the New Zealand stock exchange and the NASDAQ in a "massively over-subscribed" $150 million IPO. Today, Sky is valued at nearly $1 billion.

Craig was awarded EY New Zealand Entrepreneur of the Year in 2012 and Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2013. A qualified pilot and competitive amateur golfer, and is a Member of the prestigious Augusta National Golf Club and Chairman of the Masters Tournament Media Committee.

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Currently Chairman of Forsyth Barr, Sir Eion Edgar is a noted philanthropist and highly regarded NZ businessman.

Eion was formerly Chancellor of the University of Otago, Chairman of the New Zealand Stock Exchange and President of the New Zealand Olympic Committee, and has held board roles at the Reserve Bank of New Zealand, the Accident Compensation Commission and Royal & SunAlliance New Zealand Limited.

Eion is currently Chairman of the Edgar Olympic Foundation, Queenstown Resort College and the Winter Games NZ Charitable Trust, and is a Director of Vero and a Trustee of the Halberg Trust and the Skeggs Foundation.

In addition to his contributions in the business world, Sir Eion is also a noted philanthropist, and has been awarded a knighthood, was named NBR New Zealander of the Year 2004 and Senior NZer of the Year in 2010 in recognition of his achievements and generosity.

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The first female CEO of a publicly listed company in New Zealand, Theresa Gattung CNZM became the CEO of Telecom, a $5 billion turnover, 3,700 employee corporate giant at just 37 years of age. Currently Co-Founder of My Food Bag, which is set to reach $100 million in revenue just three years after its founding.

Theresa is one of New Zealand's best known business women. She's always had an interest in business - she made a goal for herself to be at the top of a major corporate company by 40 when she was 17, and started wearing business suits a week after she started at the University of Waikato! She has also been named in the Fortune's "50 Most Powerful Women in International Business" and Forbes "World's 100 Most Powerful Women" list.

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Dame Julie Christie is currently on the boards of TV3, New Zealand Story and Mediaworks, and is the Founder and former CEO of Touchdown Productions, which was acquired by Dutch media group Eyeworks in a multi-million dollar deal in 2006.

Amongst New Zealand's most well-known media industry veterans, Dame Julie is the Producer behind numerous critically acclaimed shows, including Rachel Hunter: Cover Girl, This is Your Life, Changing Rooms, My House My Castle, Whose House Is It Anyway, DIY Rescue, Trading Places, Treasure Island, and Game of Two Halves.

Dame Julie has been awarded two New Zealand Film and Television Awards for Best Entertainment Programme, two Qantas Media Awards for Best Lifestyle series, and People's Choice Awards for Game of Two Halves and DIY Rescue. In 2012 she was anointed best director for the big-budget Kiwi version of renovation show The Block.

In 2007, she was made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit, and was the inaugural New Zealand recipient of the prestigious global Veuve Clicquot Award, which celebrates female entrepreneurship. She received the Dame Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit in the Queen's Birthday Honours in 2017.

Julie grew up in Greymouth with six siblings. Her mother was widowed when she was 5, and Julie described her upbringing as "enormously" financially strained. Starting off in journalism simply because it was the shortest course (1 year) out of her options, she moved into television in the late 80s, starting her own television production company Touchdown Productions in 1991. Within a few years she had grown the business into New Zealand's largest producer of entertainment TV, with a thriving business in exporting program formats.

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Seth Sternberg is the Co-Founder and CEO of Honor, the company working to re-invent in-home care for parents.

Founded in 2014, Honor is the founder of the Honor Care Network, a pioneering national network of care providers. Working with "Care Network Partners", Honor helps older adults live safely and comfortably in their own home by enabling reliable, transparent, high-quality care.

A serial entrepreneur, Seth founded web communications platform Meebo prior to starting Honor. Under his leadership Meebo reached $50 million in revenue and close to half the US internet population before being acquired by Google. Seth worked at Google as Product Management Director for the Google+ Platform.

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Peter Cooper is the Founder and Executive Chairman of Cooper & Company.

Through his businesses, he is responsible for the development of Britomart, The Landing in the Bay of Islands, and Southlake Town Square in Texas (an enormous shopping district ten times the size of St Lukes in Auckland). The Britomart Urban Restoration project was financially backed by Cooper & Company, which involved the refurbishment of 18 historic buildings Auckland's downtown waterfront, the largest single conservation and restoration project in New Zealand today, with an estimated cost north of $350 million.

Peter grew up in Kaitaia, where he was Head Boy of Kaitaia College. At the age of 17, he was awarded an American Field Scholarship to the United States, spending a year of high school in Kansas city. His career started in law, where he specialized in commercial and property law. He practiced law for 11 years, and was made partner at Auckland law firm Russell McVeagh.

Former roles include Executive Director of listed Australasian company Lion Nathan, CEO of LD Nathan & Co. and Joint Managing Director of Mace Development Corporation.

In 2013, Peter was made a Companion of the NZ Order of Merit in the Queen's New Year Honours list.

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Andrew Barnes is an innovator and entrepreneur, and the Founder and Chairman of Perpetual Guardian, New Zealand's leading statutory business.

Created through the merger of two of New Zealand's oldest trustee companies, Perpetual Trust and Guardian Trust, Perpetual Guardian has over $140 billion in assets under their management.

Early on in his career, Andrew identified the opportunity for the evolution of real estate in Australia, and is said to have "changed the course of history for online property in Australia." He was Chairman of realestate.com.au at the time of its $8m IPO on the ASX.

As managing director of Australian Wealth Management (AWI) from 2004 to 2006, Andrew Barnes led the company's listing on the ASX following its demerger from TOWER Limited and a new merger with Select Managed Funds, a transaction that increased AWI's market capitalization from A$250 million to A$1 billion.

Later, he became CEO of Bestinvest, a US$5.7billion, UK-based investment management and advisory company, leading the sale to private capital in 2007.

In February 2018, Andrew makes waves around the world globally by pioneering the "four-day work week," generating over four billion media impressions worldwide.

Andrew holds an MA from Selwyn College, Cambridge and an ACIB (UK), and has attended the Program for Management Development at Harvard Business School. In 2016, he was named a finalist in the EY Entrepreneur of the Year awards.

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Currently Regional Director for North America for NZTE, Claudia Batten co-founded Massive, a first of its kind network for advertising in video games, which was later acquired by Microsoft in a deal reportedly worth up to US $400 million.

After the sale of Massive, she co-founded pioneering advertising firm Victor & Spoils, the first in its field to work on a crowdfunding model. In recognition of her commitment to New Zealand and her achievements in tech, Claudia was the youngest ever recipient of the prestigious "World Class New Zealand Supreme Award" in 2014, and was awarded a "Distinguished Alumni Award" from Victoria University in 2013.

She graduated from Victoria University of Wellington in 1998 with a degree in Law (Hon) and Commerce, and worked at Russell McVeagh for several years before leaving her job to move to New York - with no job, no idea, and only "a vision of making it happen".

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Currently Regional Director for North America for NZTE, Claudia Batten co-founded Massive, a first of its kind network for advertising in video games, which was later acquired by Microsoft in a deal reportedly worth up to US $400 million.

After the sale of Massive, she co-founded pioneering advertising firm Victor & Spoils, the first in its field to work on a crowdfunding model. In recognition of her commitment to New Zealand and her achievements in tech, Claudia was the youngest ever recipient of the prestigious "World Class New Zealand Supreme Award" in 2014, and was awarded a "Distinguished Alumni Award" from Victoria University in 2013.

She graduated from Victoria University of Wellington in 1998 with a degree in Law (Hon) and Commerce, and worked at Russell McVeagh for several years before leaving her job to move to New York - with no job, no idea, and only "a vision of making it happen".

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The Kiwi who pioneered the adventure tourism activity of bungy jumping, AJ Hackett opened the world's first commercial bungy operation in Queenstown almost 30 years ago. Legendary for illegally bungy jumping off the Eiffel Tower in 1987, AJ is an extreme innovator who built a business empire on adrenaline and adventure.

AJ Hackett International now has operations in New Zealand, Australia, Indonesia, France, Germany, USA, Mexico, and Russia, with new sites planned for Singapore, China and Moscow!

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Sir Stephen Tindall (KNZM) is a Founder and Trustee of The Tindall Foundation, and the Founder of The Warehouse.

Sir Stephen started his career at George Court & Sons, where he worked for 12 years before starting The Warehouse in 1982 with $40,000 in startup capital. In late 1994 it floated on the New Zealand Stock Exchange, where it currently has a market capitalization of $919 million (February 2016). At The Warehouse, Sir Stephen held the position of Managing Director until January 2001, then appointed a CEO and assumed the position of Founder, returning as Group CEO from May 2003 until October 2004.

Sir Stephen is also an avid investor, and through his investment vehicle K1W1 Ltd and other vehicles, has invested over $150 million seed and venture capital into a large number of start-up and early-stage businesses in biotech, environmental technology, electronics, high tech, software and other high export potential businesses in New Zealand. He is a known philanthropist and also the co-founder of KEA, The Kiwi Expat Association, which now has 800,000 members globally who help to assist New Zealand from where they live offshore.

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The Honourable John Banks is a politician, entrepreneur, businessman, restauranteur, property developer and broadcaster.

He has held the roles of Member of Parliament for the National Party, Minister of Police, Leader of Act New Zealand, and the 38th Mayor of Auckland City. He is also credited with playing a significant role in the development of the Auckland restaurant scene.

John had a tough childhood that involved going to bed hungry, wearing sugar sacks for clothes and seeing both of his parents imprisoned at an early age. He spent some time "sleeping rough under Grafton bridge in the freezing cold in the middle of winter" and nine months sleeping in the back of his Morris 8 car, before getting a job for American drug pharmaceutical giant Pfizer and launching his business career with restaurateur Tony White.

John was awarded the Queen's Service Order for Public Service in 2000 and the New Zealand Order of Merit for Services to local body affairs in 2011.

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Anna Curzon is the Chief Partner Officer at Xero, where she "spearheads product management, development, design, and marketing to bring more exciting Xero features to partners and customers."

Prior to her current role, she was Managing Director of Xero New Zealand from February 2016 to February 2017. Other former roles include General Manager of Digital First at Spark, and an 18-year stint at ASB, where she worked in a variety of roles including auditing, finance, innovation and design, and marketing.

Anna grew up in Glen Massey in Waikato, and has a Degree in Commerce and Marketing from the University of Auckland.

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Sir Ralph Norris is one of New Zealand's most highly respected businessmen, and currently the Chairman of Fletcher Building Limited and RANQX Holdings. He is also on the Board of SouthPark Corporation, the NZ Olympic Advisory Committee, the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Advisory Board, The University of Auckland Council and is a trustee of Business Mentors New Zealand.

He is well known for his time at Air New Zealand, ASB Bank and Commonwealth Bank of Australia (all three of where he was CEO for a number of years) where he created massive change within each corporation, and gained a reputation as an executive able to "turn around" struggling businesses. Air New Zealand was in a perilous financial situation when he took the CEO role, announcing a $1.4 billion operating loss in 2001 following the collapse of Ansett, and later being given an $885 million government bailout. After just three and a half years, Sir Ralph stepped down from CEO and handed the reins to then Head of Airlines Rob Fyfe. CBA had the worst customer satisfaction in the industry to having the best during Sir Ralph's 6-year tenure, and also went from being the fifth largest company on the ASX to the largest.

Sir Ralph attended Lynfield College and never went into tertiary education, becoming a cadet at Mobil Oil at age 18. He has been recognized with numerous awards: Laureate of the Business Hall of Fame 2014, Chief Executive of the year in 1997 and 2004 and Executive of the Decade in 2010; Distinguished Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2006, later redesignated to a Knight Companion of the NZ Order of Merit in 2009.

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Delane Parnell is the 25-year-old Founder and CEO of PlayVS, the revolutionary eSports startup allowing high school students the chance to compete for a state championship.

Raised in Detroit, a short walk from "Seven Mile Road," where gangs ran the streets and the local high school was equipped with metal detectors, Delane was brought up in challenging conditions. His father was murdered a few months before he was born, his brother's father died from sickle-cell anemia, and for the first decade of his life he lived with a family friend with a drug habit while his mother struggled to make ends meet.

In June 2017, Delane founded PlayVS, which is now poised to become a pivotal player in the rapidly growing $1 billion eSports industry. In April 2018 they signed an exclusive partnership with the National Federation of State High School Associations, giving them access to nearly 5 million students in 5,000 high schools across America.

PlayVS has raised $15.5 million in Series A funding in the largest Series A ever by a black founder in the consumer internet industry.

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Murray Thom is the Founder of Thom Productions, recently named in "The Top 10 Entrepreneurs Of The Decade" by NZ Business magazine.

After leaving school at 15 with no qualifications, Murray worked as a sales rep at CBS Records and by the age of just 23 had become the youngest Managing Director of a CBS in the world.

He then went on to start Thom Music (now called Thom Productions), which has produced numerous globally-acclaimed pieces of work, including The Great New Zealand Songbook, The Great New Zealand Cookbook, and The Great Australian Songbook, to name just a few. Two of his productions, Together and Miracle, famously appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show, with Together being named her "Favorite Thing Of The Year" in 2001.

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Sir Michael Hill (KNZM) is the Founder President of Sir Michael Hill International Limited, a special position in recognition of his connection with the company for over 35 years. Prior to this, he led the company as Executive Chairman from 1987 until December 2015.

Sir Michael Hill is one of New Zealand's most well-known stories of entrepreneurial spirit. After working at his uncle's jewelry store for 23 years (first as a salesman, and later as a store manager), his house burnt down, destroying all of his possessions. After his uncle refused his offer to buy out the family business, he started a smaller and less grand shop in competition and within 18 months his business was outstripping his uncle's more established operation.

In 2001 Sir Michael's achievements and contribution to New Zealand business were recognized when he received the Companion New Zealand Order of Merit. In 2008 he was awarded Ernst & Young New Zealand Entrepreneur of the Year.

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Samantha Gadd is the Founder and Managing Director of Humankind, which was named as the 35th fastest-growing company in New Zealand in 2015 in the Deloitte Fast 50.

Humankind aims to help New Zealand build the best workplaces in the world with a focus on people and culture, performance and development, organizational design, change management, and recruitment.

Originally in the HR department of organizations such as Bell Gully, Duxton Hotels and Nicholas Jermyn, Sam made a short foray into executive coaching before launching Humankind (formerly called HR Shop) in 2012.

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Ranjna Patel is the Co-Founder of Nirvana Healthcare Group (formerly called East Tamaki Healthcare), which today serves over 4,000 patients on any given day across 35 clinics, and employs 1,080 staff (with over 300 doctors).

Ranjna has been awarded numerous accolades, including:
- Supreme winner of Westpac South Business award, 2011
- Best Businesswoman of the Year in Indian Business award, 2011
- EY Entrepreneur of Year Finalist, 2016
- Inducted into the New Zealand Hall for Women Entrepreneurs, 2014
- Westpac Women of Influence finalist, 2013, 2014 and 2015
- Queen's Service Medal, 2009

Nirvana Healthcare Group was founded by Ranjna and her partner Dr Kantilal Patel when they took over a small one-doctor, one receptionist practice in Otara in 1977. Over the following decades they would grow the practice, first into Dawson Road, then Bairds Road, soon taking its first steps outside Counties Manukau in 1997. Today, Nirvana Healthcare Group is the largest independent primary health care group in New Zealand, with over 200,000 enrolled patients.

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Simon Mundell is an internationally renowned business expert, with a talent for transforming struggling businesses into profitable enterprises.

He has presented to tens of thousands of business leaders throughout the world and is one of the highest rated speakers globally for the world-renowned Entrepreneurs Organisation. Simon also delivers workshops on Strategy and Execution at the prestigious Entrepreneurial Masters Program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

He is also the co-founder of an international consulting firm operating 12 offices in the USA, Canada, and New Zealand. A contributor to The Economist, his organization works with companies globally, assisting them to implement market leading business strategy and execution methodologies.

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Currently the Chief Operating Officer for Event Hospitality and Entertainment in Sydney, Jane Hastings is a highly experienced media executive with experience in Asia and Australasia.

Jane was previously the Chief Executive Officer of NZME, where she lead the transformation and integration of the business (which owns the NZ Herald, NewstalkZB, GrabOne, ZM, and The Hits, amongst others).

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Seeby Woodhouse is currently the Founder and CEO of Voyager Internet, which topped Deloitte's Fast 50 in 2014, recording growth of almost 1,400%.

He started Orcon Internet after failing his second year at Auckland University, which he built up over the next 10 years to the 4th largest Internet Service Provider (ISP) in New Zealand, with no outside funding and no borrowing. During this period, Orcon was one of the fastest growing companies in New Zealand and won numerous awards, including NZ's Best ISP and HiGrowth company of the year. Seeby sold Orcon in 2007 for $25 million to government entity Kordia, personally receiving $21 million.

Seeby was EY's New Zealand Young Entrepreneur of the Year in 2004.

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Sir Richard Branson is known worldwide as the classic story of the self-made, entrepreneur: after dropping out of school at 16 years old, he started his first business venture, a magazine called Student. A few years later he opened a chain of record stores, Virgin Records, later known as Virgin Megastores, and from there the legendary story began. Branson's Virgin brand grew rapidly during the 1980s, as he set up Virgin Atlantic and expanded the Virgin Records music label.

He is now one of Britain's highest-profile billionaires, and famously resides on Necker Island, the private island he bought for just $180,000 when he was 28 years old. The Virgin Group now comprises more than 400 companies across numerous countries and industries. As of August 2017, Forbes estimates his net worth at $5 billion.

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Until recently the Chief Financial Officer of WME/IMG, Chris Liddell was appointed to White House Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy Coordination in the Trump Administration in March 2018.

Chris is amongst New Zealand's most accomplished businesspeople on the international stage, with some of his former roles including:

-Senior Vice President and CFO of Microsoft worldwide (2005 - 2009), where he was responsible for "leading Microsoft Corp.'s worldwide finance organization and overseeing accounting and reporting, strategic planning and analysis, treasury, tax, audit, and investor relations"
-Vice Chairman and CFO of General Motors, where he led its $23 billion IPO- CFO of International Paper Co. the world's largest forest products company, where he was responsible for "strategic planning, accounting, tax, treasury, risk management, pension plan and internal audit"
-CEO and (separately) CFO of Carter Holt Harvey Ltd
-Managing Director and joint CEO for CS First Boston New Zealand

Chris holds an engineering degree from the University of Auckland and a Master of Philosophy from Oxford University.

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Jake Millar is the 21-year-old Co-Founder, CEO and interviewer of Unfiltered.

After graduating from Christchurch Boys' High School where he was Head Boy, Jake turned down a $40,000 law scholarship and decided to start his own company after being inspired by Richard Branson's autobiography, "Losing My Virginity".

He started his first company OOMPHER as an 18-year-old before selling it to the NZ Government one year later. Jake then weighed up several options, before deciding to launch Unfiltered with Yuuki Ogino. Unfiltered has a vision to plant the seed of inspiration all around the world, to enable people to achieve their dreams.

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Sir Owen Glenn is the Founder of OTS Logistics Group, which he sold for nearly $500 million in 2012 after starting in 1978 with just $2,000.

A keen investor, Sir Owen has had many business ventures and was at one point a 50% owner of The New Zealand Warriors. He is also renowned for his philanthropic work, so far having given away nearly $80 million across multiple industries, such as sport, education and medicine, and in February 2017 announced a $5 million pledge towards the creation of a medical school in Waikato.

Born and raised in Calcutta, India, during World War II, Sir Owen moved to New Zealand when he was 12-years-old. After leaving school at just 15 years of age, he first started working at BNZ, staying at the bank for five years before moving to England. There, he worked various jobs - plumber, butcher, lift operator at Harrods - before starting his business in 1978 with just $2,000 in startup capital. After a long journey of mergers, acquisitions and growth, he sold the business (now called OTS Logistics Group) in 2012 to Man Capital for almost $500 million.

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Eric Watson is the Founder and Executive Chairman of Cullen Investments, an international private investment company, with a net worth estimated by the NBR to be at $420 million.

Cullen Investments has interests in the United States, United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand, in industries including real estate, oil and gas, farming, financial services, fashion retail, sports and entertainment. Eric is currently the 100% owner of the Vodafone Warriors, and also holds a significant stake in lingerie firm Bendon through Cullen Investments.

Eric Watson started off earning $2.50 an hour as a delivery boy for Whitcoulls. After leaving Xavier College in Christchurch aged 16, he took on a job as a butcher's apprentice earning $33 a week, before returning to Whitcoulls and working as a Sales rep in Christchurch for a number of years. He then moved to Auckland and took a job with print company Xerox. In 1992, he bought Fisher & Paykel subsidiary Blue Star Group, which marked the beginning of an extremely successful career involving numerous acquisitions and deals.

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Josh Emett is the former Head Chef for Gordon Ramsay, Masterchef NZ judge, and a Michelin-star chef recognized as one of the best chefs in the world.

Originally from Ngahinapouri, a small town outside Hamilton in the Waikato region, Josh's journey has taken him from the family farm to Gordon Ramsay's top restaurants in New York and Melbourne, back to New Zealand where he has opened Rata in Queenstown, Madam Woo across the country, and has overseen the creation of Ostro in Auckland.

Josh has been awarded Michelin stars in restaurants in London, New York, and Los Angeles.

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Naomi Ballantyne is the Founder and Managing Director of Partners Life, the second insurance company she has founded (the other being Club Life, which she sold to ING in 2003). Founded in 2010, Partners Life now has 170 full-time staff, insured 130,000 lives, has $190 million in annual premiums, and has raised a total of $315 million in equity (including $200 million from multinational private equity firm Blackstone).

Naomi has 34 years of experience in the New Zealand life insurance industry and was a founding employee of Sovereign, where she held the role of COO. She fell into the insurance industry after dropping out of a degree in marine biology, pursuing the "first job that caught [my] eye: management trainee, life insurance." Naomi was recently made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for her services to business.

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Rob Fyfe is currently the Chief Executive Officer of Icebreaker.

In a distinguished career that has led to him becoming one of the most highly respected businessmen in New Zealand, Rob has formerly held the positions of General Manager of BNZ, Chief Operating Officer of ITV Digital, and famously, CEO of Air New Zealand (late 2005 to late 2012), where he led the turnaround of the iconic New Zealand business from one rife with problems (stemming from a decade of under-investment, the failure of subsidiary Ansett Australia and the slow-down in global air travel following the 9/11 attacks) to one of the best in the world.

He is currently on the boards of Michael Hill and Antarctica New Zealand, and is an Advisor to Craggy Range Vineyards Ltd.

Rob graduated with a Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical) from the University of Canterbury in 1982, and received an honorary doctorate of Commerce in 2015.

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Josiah Humphrey is the Co-Founder and Co-CEO of Appster, an Australian application development company started in 2011 with just $3,000. Appster now employs over 380 people in 3 continents, is on track to reach $100 million in revenue in 2018 and has some globally recognized names on their board - including Liz Savage (Former Chief Commercial Officer of Virgin Australia) and David Jaques (Founding CFO of Paypal.com)

Josiah has been recognized with numerous awards, including:

- 2015 BRW Young Rich List, with a reported wealth of $58 million (in combination with his Co-Founder Mark McDonald)
- 2015 EY Young Entrepreneur of the Year, Technology category (for Victoria, Australia)
- 2013 Future Makers: Top 25 under 25
- 2013 Top 50 Entrepreneurs Under 40 (Startup Daily)
- 2015 30 Under 30 (Anthill Magazine)
- 2015 Hot 30 Under 30 CEO (Smart Company)

Josiah was born in Auckland, New Zealand, and for a brief period grew up in Taranaki, before moving to Australia with his family. He started Appster at just 19 years old, with his first step being getting a "really expensive, swank office in Australia", in the Rialto Towers next to Google and IBM.

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Steve Tew is the CEO of the New Zealand Rugby Union, a position he has held since 1 January, 2008.

Steve took over the position after the poor performance of the All Blacks in the 2007 Rugby World Cup. Despite NZRU experiencing its worst financial result ever in 2009/2010, losing $15.9 million due to the global economic recession and investments due to hosting the 2011 Rugby World Cup, under Tew's leadership the NZRU achieved a turnaround, including signing a five-year broadcast deal and securing a sponsorship with Adidas through to 2019.

Prior to joining New Zealand Rugby, Steve was Chief Executive Officer of the Canterbury Rugby Union and the Crusaders Franchise, and worked as the secretary-general of the New Zealand University Sports Union from 1982 to 1987.

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Tim Norton is the Founder and CEO of 90 Seconds, an innovative cloud-based video production platform.

Tim is a serial entrepreneur and has been starting and growing businesses since he was 20 years old, and has a mix of technology, marketing, design, finance and leadership experience, and at one point in his career was $750,000 in debt.

He started 90 Seconds in 2010, and has grown the business to 1,100 clients and 74 staff across 7 countries, and in April 2016 raised $11 million U.S. in a funding round led by globally-renowned VC firm Sequoia Capital.

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Sara Tetro is the Founder of 62 Models & Talent, and a former New Zealand television host, model, and actress.

Sara founded 62 Models & Talent in the September 1994 and grew it to be the premier modelling agency of New Zealand, before selling the business to Andrea Plowright. She is well known in business for brokering the Jockey underwear deal with former All Black star Dan Carter, as well as for representing clients such as Greg Murphy, Josh Emett, Wendy Petrie, and Ali Williams.

On screen she is known for hosting reality TV show New Zealand's Next Top Model.

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Ronnie Peters is the Founder and CEO of digital design firm 360 Design, and Co-Creator of Eye Spies, super compact reading glasses.

Based in Manhattan, NYC, 360 Designs' client list includes the likes of American Express, The New York Times, Morgan Stanley, Merrill Lynch, and Office Depot, which experienced a $1bn+ increase in sales to $4.5 billion when 360 Design's 5-man team redesigned their website.

Ronnie was raised in Motueka, and schooled in Nelson and Christchurch. He moved to New York when he was 26, attending graduate school in Providence at the Rhode Island School of Design, and would later act as the creative director of Time Warner's new media division before starting his own business.

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Rob Fyfe is currently the Chief Executive Officer of Icebreaker, and recently joined the Board of Unfiltered.

In a distinguished career that has led to him becoming one of the most highly respected businessmen in New Zealand, Rob has formerly held the positions of General Manager of BNZ, Chief Operating Officer of ITV Digital, and famously, CEO of Air New Zealand (late 2005 to late 2012), where he led the turnaround of the iconic New Zealand business from one rife with problems (stemming from a decade of under-investment, the failure of subsidiary Ansett Australia and the slow-down in global air travel following the 9/11 attacks) to one of the best in the world.

He is currently on the boards of Michael Hill and Antarctica New Zealand, and is an Advisor to Craggy Range Vineyards Ltd.

Rob graduated with a Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical) from the University of Canterbury in 1982, and received an honorary doctorate of Commerce in 2015.

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Kerry Spackman is a Cognitive Neuroscientist, best-selling author of The Winner's Bible and renowned coach to world-class athletes, business people and personalities.

Kerry is the winner of the 2010 World Class New Zealand Award for Creative Thinking and 1992 NEEDA Award for the most Significant Electronics Expert. His works include The Winner's Bible, The Ant And The Ferrari, and an upcoming Hollywood movie.

He has been a consultant to four Formula One teams, the New Zealand All Blacks, and has a very close working relationship with World Formula One Champion Sir Jackie Stewart. He is also a director of the New Zealand Government GoldMine program which develops specialized electronics and mathematical analysis for Olympic athletes.

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Mike Del Ponte is the Founder and CEO of Soma, named as one of the "25 Companies That Will Change The World" by Inc. magazine.

Soma's mission is to "hydrate the world" through their innovative water filters and beautiful glass carafes. It was named "Design Story of the Year" by Fast Company.

Prior to Soma, Mike was involved in a lot of charitable work in Jamaica, India, and Nepal where he helped Nepalese women start businesses. He is the founder and former CEO of Sparkseed, a global nonprofit investing in the most promising young social entrepreneurs, and previously led marketing at BranchOut, the largest professional network on Facebook.

Mike has degrees from Boston College and Yale University, and serves on the boards of the Global Center for Social Entrepreneurship and Mobilize.org.

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Don Brash is the Chairman of the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China's New Zealand subsidiary, and was formerly Governor of the Reserve Bank and Leader of the Opposition.

He is widely known for almost being named Prime Minister of New Zealand in the 2005 general election, after being elected Leader of the Opposition just two years earlier in 2003. He received considerable public support, and is credited with raising National Party's share of the party vote from 20.9% in 2002, to 39.1% in 2005, the highest National had seen since the 1990 election. He also led political party ACT New Zealand in the 2011 election, but was not elected to Parliament.

Amongst an array of political, economic and business achievements, Don has been Director of a number of companies, including Westpac Merchant Finance, ANZ Bank, Transpower, and Oceania Dairy.

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John Chow is the Co-Founder of the Chow Group, which today has assets in excess of $430 million.

Amongst the most ambitious entrepreneurs in New Zealand, John's LinkedIn profile states that he will build a $1 billion commercial property portfolio by 2020. Although the Chow brothers (comprising of John and his brother Michael) are known for their involvement in the adult entertainment industry, property remains the core of their business interests, making up 90% of their assets.

The Chow family migrated to New Zealand in 1984 when John was only 13 years old. John and his brother Michael started off flipping burgers in his parents' takeaway store in their teens, soon after entering the property industry. Today they have a net worth of over $150 million.

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Dan Radcliffe is the Founder and Executive Director of International Volunteer HQ (IVHQ).

After completing a Master of Business degree, Dan gained a place in TelstraClear's graduate employment program. After realising that the corporate life wasn't for him, he quit after three days and returned to his family's farm in Taranaki.

After travelling extensively, including a trip to rural Keyna to volunteer for three months, he returned to New Zealand and founded International Volunteer HQ in 2007. The business now operates in more than 30 countries, has placed more than 65,000 volunteers abroad and employs over 300 people globally.

In 2014, Dan was named EY's New Zealand Young Entrepreneur of the Year.

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John Lord is the CEO and owner of LivWell, and the largest dealer of legal cannabis in America.

Originally a dairy farmer from New Zealand, he started a baby products company selling to department store Farmers and The Baby Factory. After realizing that New Zealand has only 50,000 births a year, he moved to America in 1998 and was selling into Wal-Mart, Toys "R" Us and Target through his business Basic Comfort before selling the company for $6.5 million in 2008.

Livwell now has over 600 employees, annual revenues of over $80 million and a partnership with Snoop Dogg.

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Holly Liu is the Co-Founder of Kabam.

Founded in 2006, Kabam is the mobile gaming company behind the award-winning "Kingdoms of Camelot" franchise. Kingdoms of Camelot grossed over $250 million in less than four years, becoming one of the top 10 strategy franchises of all time. Its mobile version, Kingdoms of Camelot: Battle for the North, was the top-grossing iOS app in 2012.

Holly has held various positions in Kabam, including Chief of Staff and Chief Development Officer. Her work has been instrumental in the company's record revenue growth from $0 to $400 million annually, eventually reaching unicorn status in 2014.

Kabam was partially acquired by Netmarble Games in 2016 for $800 million and then by 20th Century Fox soon after, bringing the total acquisition price to $1 to $2 billion. At the time of Holly's exit, the company had more than $400 million in revenues and over 1,500 employees and contractors globally.

Holly has been named in Fortune's "10 Most Powerful Women in Gaming" and Forbes' "12 Women in Gaming to Watch." She is now a Visiting Partner at Y Combinator.

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Victoria Ransom is a serial entrepreneur and the Co-Founder and former CEO of Wildfire.

After founding Wildfire in 2008, she grew the business to over 30,000 paying clients and nearly 400 employees, before selling it to Google for a reported $450 million in just four years.

Originally from Scott's Ferry in New Zealand, Victoria started her career at Morgan Stanley as a financial analyst, before starting "global web-based adventure travel company" Access Trips. Access Trips would grow to over 40 different tours in 19 different countries.

Victoria was named Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year for New Zealand in 2011, and in 2012 was listed in Fortune's "40 Under 40" and "Most Powerful Women Entrepreneurs."

In 2013, she was invited to the White House by Barack Obama to receive a "Champion of Change" award, and in 2015 was awarded the World Class New Zealander award.

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Iyia Liu is the 23-year old Founder of Waist Trainer NZ AUS and Luxe Fitness.

After founding Waist Trainer NZ AUS fresh out of university at 21 years old, she experienced massive growth - turning over USD$2.5m in its first year of business, and generating almost $1m in profits.

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Kevin Roberts (CNZM) is the Founder of Red Rose Consulting, and was until recently the Chairman of Saatchi & Saatchi, one of the world's leading creative organisations. He is currently the Chair of CricHQ, the world's largest digital platform for cricket, My Food Bag, and Unfiltered.

Widely considered one of the most innovative minds in the creative industry, Kevin invented the concept of "Lovemarks" which played a significant role in Saatchi & Saatchi's signing of a US $430 million contract with JC Penney.

For 16 years Kevin was a member of the Management Board of Publicis Groupe, the Paris-based global communications group active in 108 countries and employing 80,000 professionals, as it grew from the world's seventh largest communications group to the third, and was the New-York based CEO Worldwide of Saatchi & Saatchi from 1997 to 2014.

Born and educated in Lancaster in the north of England, Kevin Roberts started his career in the late 1960s with iconic London fashion house Mary Quant. He became a senior marketing executive for Gillette and Procter & Gamble in Europe and the Middle East, and at 32, he became CEO of Pepsi-Cola Middle East; and later Pepsi's CEO in Canada, over-taking Coke in the ‘Cola Wars.' In 1989, Kevin moved to Auckland, New Zealand, to become Chief Operating Officer with Lion Nathan, growing the company to become the region's leading brewer.

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Sam Altman is the President of Y Combinator (one of Silicon Valley's most powerful start-up incubators) and Co-Chairman of Open AI alongside Elon Musk.

He was part of Y Combinator's first "batch" in 2005, with the company Loopt (a location-based social networking mobile application) which he co-founded and led as CEO until its acquisition by Green Dot Corporation in 2012 for $43.4 million.

He is also the Chairman of Helion and Oklo, two nuclear energy companies.

Sam is amongst the most influential and highly regarded figures in Silicon Valley, and was named the top investor under 30 by Forbes in 2015, one of the "Best Young Entrepreneurs in Technology" by BusinessWeek in 2008, and was listed as one of the five most interesting startup founders between 1979 and 2009 by his colleague Paul Graham.

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Sara Clemens was until recently the Chief Operating Officer of Pandora, following two years as Pandora's Chief Strategy Officer.

Prior to joining Pandora, Sara was an Executive in Residence at world-renowned VC firm Greylock Partners, where she advised the firms' consumer portfolio companies and evaluated new investment opportunities. She has also previously held the role of Vice President of Corporate Development at LinkedIn, where she was responsible for corporate strategy, acquisition and business development. Prior to this, she held a range of leadership positions at Microsoft, including building the Xbox business operations, international expansions, corporate strategy and acquisitions, and direct management of a $200M corporate venture fund in China.

In 2016, she was recognized by Billboard as one of the Most Powerful Women Executives in Music.

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Dan Ammann is the President of General Motors, a role he has held since January 2014. As President, he is responsible for "managing the company's business operations around the world, the global Chevrolet and Cadillac brand organizations, global product planning, new business development and GM Financial." As at January 2017, GM was Number 8 on the Fortune 500, with 219,000 staff and a market capitalisation of $58 billion.

Dan currently sits on the board of Shanghai General Motors, GM's largest Chinese joint venture, Hewlett Packard Enterprise Company and Lyft Inc., and is the Chairman of the Opel Supervisory Board. He is also a certified industry pool test driver at the Nürburgring Nordschleife racetrack in Germany.

Dan joined GM in April 2010 as Vice President of Finance and Treasurer, where his first assignment was helping lead the $23 billion GM IPO (the largest in the world at the time) alongside fellow Kiwi, Chris Liddell.

Before joining GM, Dan was Managing Director and Head of Industrial Investment Banking for Morgan Stanley, where he was instrumental in many high-profile assignments including advising GM during its 2009 restructuring. He holds a Bachelor of Management Studies (First Class) from the University of Waikato.

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Eric Ryan is the Co-Founder of Method and Olly.

In 2001, the then 26-year old Eric Ryan decided to start a cleaning products business, Method, with his friend Adam Lowry. Just two years later Method products were stocked in Target stores nationwide, giving them unprecedented distribution. Within six years, their business Method had grown to $34 million in revenue and was the 7th fastest growing private company in America. By the time it was acquired in 2012, it had revenues north of $130 million.

Eric would then start vitamins and supplements brand Olly with Brad Harrington in 2014. Within a few years of its launch, Olly products would be broadly available in Target stores nationwide, and would go on to generate over $1 million in sales in the first two weeks of its distribution in Target.

Eric has been named an "eco-leader" by Vanity Fair, an eco-revolutionist by Time magazine, and was recognised in Fortune's 40 Under 40 in 2012.

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Miguel McKelvey is the Co-Founder and Chief Culture Officer of WeWork, founded in 2010 with Adam Neumann.

WeWork is amongst the fastest growing startups in the world, and the 7th most valuable private startup on the planet, ranking above the likes of Palantir and Dropbox. Currently valued at $20.2 billion, WeWork has raised more than $6.9 billion dollars in funding, from investors such as Softbank Group, Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan Chase and Benchmark Capital. With a mission to "create a world where people work to make a life, not just a living," today it serves over 200,000 members in 309 locations across 66 cities and 20 countries, has over 4,000 employees and manages over 10 million square feet of office space.

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Bill Kermode is the CEO of the Next Foundation and a Founding Director of Direct Capital.

Bill started Direct Capital with co-founders Ross George and Mark Hutton in 1994, a time when the concept of a private equity only fund was new in New Zealand. Direct Capital went on to become the country's leading private equity investor. During Bill's 20-year tenure, Direct Capital invested over $800 million in more than 60 companies, including PC Direct, Fishpond, Bayleys, Ryman Healthcare, and New Zealand King Salmon.

In 2014, Bill was named CEO of the Next Foundation, a philanthropic foundation that strategically invests in educational and environmental projects in New Zealand. He also serves as a Director of the Edmund Hillary Fellowship and Chairman of the Palmerston North BHS Educational Foundation Trust.

Bill obtained his degrees in Chemistry from Massey University and Politics, Philosophy, and Economics from Oxford University.

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Neil Grimmer is a serial entrepreneur, and the Founder of Habit and Plum Organics.

Habit, a personalised nutrition business, was launched in January 2017, and has already raised $32 million in Series A funding from the Campbell Soup company.

Prior to Habit, Neil was the Founder and CEO of Plum Organics, which he started in 2007. Plum Organics was acquired by the Campbell Soup Company for $249 million, after serving over 200 million snacks and baby products. It was named as one of the 100 Fastest Growing Companies in America three years in a row by Inc under Neil's leadership.

Neil is a former punk rock musician and artist, with a career that has taken him from art galleries to product design at IDEO.

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Michael Anderson is the CEO of MediaWorks, a position he took up in September 2016.

He joined MediaWorks from Australia, where he was Chairman of Oztam and oOH! Media, and a non-Executive Director of Fairfax Media. MediaWorks owns properties including NewsHub, the AM Show, The Project, Radio Live, Three, The Edge and 7 Days and reaches 96% of the New Zealand population through radio, television and its digital and live platforms.

Prior to MediaWorks, Michael spent seven years as CEO of one of Australia's largest commercial radio groups, Austereo (now Southern Cross Austereo) and before that as their Group Director, Sales.

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Currently the Founder of Extreme You, a new venture she started in February 2016, Sarah Robb O'Hagan is one of our most inspirational and successful leaders. After starting off at Rangi Ruru Girls' High in Christchurch and then completing a Bachelor of Commerce at the University of Auckland, Sarah got a job offer for Mobil straight out of university. However, she decided this wasn't for her - and despite not having anything else lined up in a "tough year for graduates" - rejected the job offer, and worked her way around the system to be the 7th hire in a position with only 6 openings at Air New Zealand.

From there she moved to America and took on a variety of senior roles at multiple billion-dollar corporations, including marketing and general management roles at Nike, Global President at Gatorade and President of Equinox, and on the journey was fired twice - first from Virgin and then from Atari.

Currently 43 years old, she's had some amazing accolades and has been recognised for her work as one of the most creative people in business by Fast Company Magazine in 2012; been named in the Top 40 Under 40 list by Sports Business Journal in 2009, 2011 and 2012; among Forbes Magazine's Most Powerful Women in Sports in 2009 and 2015; and AdAge's Magazine, Women to Watch in 2010.

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James Joaquin is the Co-Founder of Obvious Ventures, which he co-founded alongside Twitter Co-Founder Evan Williams.

James has decades of experience starting and selling startups, with some of his roles including:

• Co-Founder of Clearview Software, which was acquired by Apple;
• Co-Founder of When.com, acquired by AOL;
• President and CEO of Ofoto, acquired by Kodak;
• President and CEO of Xmarks, acquired by LastPass.com;
• President and CEO of Xoom.com, which he lead to an IPO in 2013 (later acquired by Paypal for almost $900 million)

James has been working in venture capital since 2007 and has also invested in a wide range of #worldpositive startups, including Plum Organics (acquired by Campbell's Soup), TenMarks Education (acquired by Amazon), and Opower (IPO April 2014).

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Tim Brown is the Co-Founder of Allbirds.

Founded in 2015, Allbirds is a footwear brand that incorporates comfort, sustainability, and good design into its products. Its debut offering, the Wool Runner, has been dubbed "the world's most comfortable shoes" by TIME Magazine.

Recently, Allbirds raised $17.5 million in Series B funding, bringing its total funding to $27.5 million. The round was led by Tiger Global Management, with Elephant, Maveron, and Lerer Hippeau Ventures also participating.

A former professional soccer player for his native New Zealand, Tim started Allbirds to bring more sustainable options to the footwear category. Over the past few years, he has grown his unconventional idea into a multimillion-dollar business, which now has 60 employees and 2 retail locations.

Tim was accepted into the UK Sirius Programme in 2014 and later won Sir Richard Branson's "Three New Things" global innovation competition.

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Brian Swette is the Founder and President of Sweet Earth Foods, which he co-founded with his wife and current CEO Kelly Swette in 2012 with $5 million of their own capital. Today the company has over 200 employees, hit over $25 million in revenue in 2016, and is stocked in 10,000 stores around the United States, including Whole Foods, Target, Walmart.

Prior to founding Sweet Earth Foods, Brian spent over 35 years in management roles at global corporations, having held roles such as Global Chief Marketing Officer of PepsiCo, Chief Operating Officer of eBay (where he grew the company from 40 to 5,000 staff) and Chairman of Burger King (a role he held for 11 years).

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Todd English is a celebrity chef, restaurateur, author, television personality and entrepreneur.

He is the founder or the Olives brand, and has started numerous restaurants, including Olives in the Bellagio in Las Vegas and the Todd English Food Hall in the Plaza Hotel in New York City.

He is also the chef behind the TV show Food Trip with Todd English, has been a judge on Cooking Under Fire, and has also been the lead chef at Delta Airlines.

Todd English began his cooking career at the young age of 15 when he first entered the doors of a professional kitchen. At 20, he attended the Culinary Institute of America and graduated in 1982 with honors. He continued to hone his craft with Jean Jacques Rachou at New York's La Cote Basque and then relocated to Italy where he apprenticed at the well-established Dal Pescatore in Cannetosull'Oglio and Paracucchi in Locandadell'Angelo. It was in Italy that Todd, drawing from his Italian heritage, developed his unique style and approach to cooking. English returned to the United States at 25 and was asked to be the Executive Chef of the award-winning Northern Italian restaurant Michela's in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where he served as an executive chef for three years.

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Craig Nevill-Manning founded Google's first remote engineering centre in Manhattan, New York, as an Engineering Director, and is currently the Chief Technical Officer of Sidewalk Labs, one of Alphabet Inc.'s 9 main divisions. He is also the inventor of Froogle, a product search engine that is now Google Shopping.

Craig has a Bachelor's of Science in Computer Science from the University of Canterbury, and a PhD from the University of Waikato. He later completed a post doctorate at Stanford and worked as a Professor at Rutgers University, before convincing Larry Page and Sergey Brin (the founders of Google) to allow him to set up a Google office in New York.

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Nat Cheshire is the Co-Owner and Co-Director of Cheshire Architects.

A renowned architect and designer who refers to himself as a “fake architect,” having not taken the official exam, Nat leads the entire design effort at Cheshire Architects, from development strategy and architecture to branding and product design.

The architect behind numerous well-known creations in Auckland, some of his most well-known includes the Britomart development in Auckland (covering nine inner-city blocks), City Works Depot, Eyrie (2014 “Home of the Year”), Mexico, Cafe Hanoi, and The Landing.

He is the son of renowned architect Pip Cheshire, the Founding Principal of Cheshire Architects.

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Liam Malone is a double gold medal paralympian, primarily competing in sprint events.

He represented New Zealand at the 2016 Summer Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro, where he won gold medals in the Men's 200m and 400m, and silver in the Men's 100m.

Liam was born with bilateral fibular hemimelia, and as a result had to have both legs amputated below the knee when he was 18 months old. He lost his mum to bowel cancer aged just 18, and at 19 hit "rock bottom", after drunk driving and crashing his car multiple times. He set himself the goal to go to the Paralympics and within three years had achieved it - after raising $20,000 from the public and training "24/7 for three years".

In May 2017, Liam was appointed a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to athletics.

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Ido Leffler is the Co-Founder & CEO at Yoobi, a "fun, ridiculously awesome school supplies company that engages kids through bright colors, cool designs, and most importantly, cause."

Ido is also Co-Founder and "Chief Carrot Lover" of San Francisco based Yes To Inc. (the makers of Yes To Carrots, Yes To Cucumbers, Yes To Tomatoes, Yes To Blueberries and Yes To Grapefruit). Yes To is one of the leading natural beauty brands in the world (Yes To ™ is the # 2 natural beauty brand in the USA) with distribution in over 25,000 stores in over 20 countries (including Target, Wal-Mart, Walgreens, CVS, Kroger, Safeway, Publix, Ahold, Ulta, Whole Foods Market, Boots UK etc).

Ido sits on numerous corporate boards including Telecom New Zealand, Joyus, Ruby Ribbon, and the United Nations Foundation Global Entrepreneur Council, which aims to bring entrepreneurship and innovation to the United Nations.

Ido also co-authored the book "Get Big Fast and Do More Good," which was published in November 2013, and has received accolades from TIME, Entrepreneur, Forbes, SUCCESS Magazine, among others. "Get Big Fast and Do More Good" was named one of the top 5 business books of 2014 by 1800CEOREADS.com

Amongst others awards, Ido was named by Fast Company as one of the 1000 most creative people in business (USA 2014) by SmartCompany (Australia 2008) in its 30 top entrepreneurs under 30, by Women's Wear Daily as one of the top 12 beauty industry leaders under 40 (USA 2013) and by Australian Unlimited (An Australian government initiative) as one of the top 50 Achieving Australians outside of Australia (2013).

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Scott Nolan is a Partner at Founder Fund (founded by billionaire Peter Thiel) and is on the board of Collective Health, Tachyus, Tribogenics and two other companies currently in stealth mode.

Scott is also a former rocket scientist at SpaceX, where out of Cornell, he was the first intern SpaceX brought on board. At SpaceX Scott helped develop the propulsion systems used on the Falcon 1, Falcon 9 and Dragon vehicles and was responsible for the Dragon capsule's thermal and environmental control subsystems.

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Richard Coraine is the Chief of Staff and former Chief Operating Officer at Union Square Hospitality Group.

Union Square Hospitality Group is one of the most successful restaurant groups in the world, holding four Michelin Star Awards among its brands and owns Union Square Cafe, which has earned Zagat Survey's #1 ranking as New York's Most Popular Restaurant an unprecedented nine times. USHG CEO Danny Meyer was named in the Time 100 in 2015.

Richard has held various leadership positions at USHG for over 20 years, primarily serving as Chief Operations Officer. In his tenure as Chief Development Officer, he was involved in the conceptualization, incubation, and launch of numerous new businesses, including Eleven Madison Park, Blue Smoke, Shake Shack, Maialino, North End Grill, and Untitled at the new Whitney Museum of American Art downtown.

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Emma Isaacs is the Founder & Global CEO of Business Chicks, which she has grown from 250 to 35,000 members in just seven years.

Emma is on the board of The Hunger Project Australia, is a past President of the Entrepreneurs Organisation and has held ambassadorships with Dry July, Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation and 1 Million Women.

Emma Isaacs' entrepreneurial journey started when she was just 18 years old, when she started a recruitment company called Staff It, which went on to win the 2005 Westpac Small Business of the Year award and was named ‘Australia's Favourite Recruiter' in the SEEK Awards for three consecutive years. Her next journey would take her to Business Chicks, which now stages 120 annual events, has raised $12 million for charity and is currently expanding into America!

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Morgan Hermand-Waiche is the Founder and CEO of Adore Me, a New-York based online subscription lingerie startup.

Founded in 2012, Adore Me is the first company ever to successfully challenge one of the strongest brands in the world, Victoria's Secret (which has a 62% market share of the lingerie market). In less than three years, Adore Me has hit over $40 million in revenue, reported a three-year growth rate of more than 15,000%, and has raised $11.5 million in capital.

It was recognized as number 14 on the Inc. 500's fastest growing startups in 2015, and today employs over 300 people.

In 2015, Morgan was included on TechCrunch's list of Expats Shaping New York Tech and Business Insider's Silicon Alley 100. In 2016 he was recognized as one of SmartCEO's Future 50 Award winners and was an EY Entrepreneur of the Year finalist.

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Kevin Harrington is the inventor of the infomercial, an original Shark on Emmy-winning TV show "Shark Tank", and the pioneer of "As Seen on TV".

Kevin has launched over 500 products in his career, with aggregate worldwide sales of over $5 billion, and is also directly responsible for the launch of over 20 business that have each had sales of over $100 million!

Kevin dropped out of college when at age 19, he had 25 employees working for him in his business brokerage firm. His entrepreneurial career started when he was just 15, when he started a driveway sealing business. He would later go on to purchase the last 6-hours of cable TV on the Discovery Channel, at a time when the networks was only an 18-hour channel. From an initial investment of $25,000, he would pioneer the infomercial and turn the opportunity into a $500 million business.

Kevin is also the Co-Founder of Entrepreneurs' Organisation, Co-Founder of the Electronic Retailers Association and the author of "Act Now: How I Turn Ideas Into Million-Dollar Products."

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Newell Brands is a publicly listed global-leading consumer goods company, with a market capitalisation of over $20 billion dollars (NZD), over $16 billion (NZD) in global sales and more than 50,000 employees. It houses many leading brands around the world, including Rubbermaid, Coleman, Sharpie, Parker Pens, Pure Fishing, Krazy Glue, Bicycle and Bee Playing Cards, Sunbeam, and Yankee Candles.

Newell Brands acquired Brendan Lindsay's Sistema Plastics for $660 million in November 2016.

Prior to joining Newell Rubbermaid, Mark was the former head of Global Corporate Strategy for Unilever, where he spent 14 years in a variety of senior strategy, business and finance roles, and the founder of the international consulting firm Tarchetti & Co. Ltd.

Mark has a Bachelor of Arts degree in joint honors, economics and politics from Durham University in the United Kingdom.


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Shazi Visram is the Founder and CEO of organic baby & toddler food company, Happy Family.

Founded in 2003, Shazi was inspired by her friend to make a premium product for child nutrition. She raised $500,000 from friends and family, including investments as small as $2,500 in the early days.

Happy Family today has over US$130 million in sales, 100 products sold over 34 countries, and was forecast to surpass $150 million in revenue in 2016. In May 2013 Shazi sold 92% of Happy Family to Groupe Danone. The brand now sells more than 100 products in 34 countries.

Some of Shazi's awards and accolades include:

  • Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year in the New York region in 2011

  • Crain's New York Business 40 Under 40 in 2012

  • Being nominated as one of Babble's "moms who are changing the world" for 2011

  • Being ranked #2 in Inc Magazine's list of 500 Fastest Growing Companies in the food industry

  • Shazi holds a BA from Columbia University in History and Visual Arts and an MBA from Columbia Business School in Management and Entrepreneurship.


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Tim Brown retired from the soccer field in 2010 after he was Vice Captain of the New Zealand All Whites at the FIFA World Cup. In 2015 Tim co-founded Allbirds, a merino wool shoe brand, and is now running his startup company as co-CEO from Silicon Valley in the United States of America.


His brand saw early success, with 500 pairs of Allbirds shoes designed by Jamie McLennan being sold within only a few days of his initial Kickstarter campaign. He has since raised more than US$2.7m in an investment round by Lerer Hippeau Ventures. Allbirds wool runners were recently named ‘the most comfortable shoe in the world' by TIME magazine.


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Eric Yuan is the Founder & CEO of Zoom.

Founded in June 2011, Zoom has today hosted over 20 billion annualized meeting minutes, has 800,000 users, 600 employees worldwide, and a valuation well north of $1 billion.

In January 2017 Zoom raised $100 million in Series D funding from Sequoia Capital, taking its total capital raised to $145.5 million.

Prior to founding Zoom, Eric was Corporate Vice President of Engineering at Cisco, where he was responsible for Cisco's collaboration software development. He was also one of the founding engineers and Vice President of Engineering at WebEx, where he grew the WebEx team from 10 engineers to more than 800 worldwide, and contributed to revenue growth from $0 to more than $800M. Eric is a named inventor on 11 issued and 20 pending patents in real time collaboration.

In 2017, Eric was added to the Business Insider list of the 52 Most Powerful People in Enterprise Tech.

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Dave Gilboa is the Co-Founder and Co-CEO of Warby Parker.

Founded in 2010 out of the Venture Initiation Program at Wharton by four founders, Dave Gilboa, Neil Blumenthal, Jeffrey Raider and Andrew Hunt, Warby Parker has today sold millions of pairs of eyewear around the world, and has given away millions more through its "Buy a pair, Give a pair" program.

Warby Parker today has over 61 retail stores, 1,200 employees, and has raised $215 million at a rumoured valuation of $1.2 billion.


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Brian Wong is the Co-Founder and CEO of Kiip, a category-creating mobile rewards network.

Backed by American Express, Interpublic Group, Hummer Winblad, Relay Ventures, True Ventures, Verizon Ventures, and others, the company has raised $32 million in funding to date.

Brian is the youngest person ever to raise venture capital in Silicon Valley, when at 19-years-old he raised $300,000 in seed capital, and then $4 million in a second round! Since then he has grown Kiip from seed stage to now being across 5,000 apps, reaching a collective 150 million active users, and revenues north of $20 million, leading Kiip to be named in Fast Company's "50 Most Innovative Companies In The World".

Brian received his Bachelor of Commerce from the University of British Columbia at age 18, after skipping four K-12 grades to graduate high school at 14. He has been recognized with many awards for his accomplishments and leadership, including:

  • Business Insider's "Top 25 Under 25" in Silicon Valley

  • Forbes' "30 Under 30" in Advertising

  • Forbes' "30 under 30" - three times

  • Mashable's "Top 5 Entrepreneurs to Watch"

  • iMedia 25

  • AdAge Creativity Top 50

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Austin McChord is the Founder and CEO of Datto.

Austin started Datto in 2007 as a 22-year-old from a basement in Norwalk, Connecticut, and has grown it to Connecticut's first unicorn startup. Austin turned down a $100 million acquisition offer when he was still the 100% shareholder, and today the business employs over 850 people across 9 countries, has raised $100 million in capital and has hundreds of thousands of customers.

Austin is a frequently recognized entrepreneur who was named an Ernst & Young Technology Entrepreneur of the Year in 2016, and the Forbes 30 under 30 in 2015.

He has a degree in Bioinformatics from Rochester Institute of Technology, and holds several patents. In October 2017, Datto was acquired by Vista Equity Partners for an undisclosed sum.


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A Co-Founder of Harmos Horton Lusk, Andrew Harmos advises on a wide range of corporate transactions, with a focus on takeovers, corporate advisory, co-investment and joint venture arrangements, and business acquisitions and divestments.

Andrew is recognised as one of New Zealand's leading public takeover lawyers, and co-heads the firm's takeover practice.He has particular expertise in providing strategic governance and board advice, and is regularly asked to provide specialist independent advice to boards in tandem with a company's usual legal advisers. He is the lead legal adviser to a number of NZX listed entities including Abano Healthcare Group, Argosy Property, Green Cross Health, and Vital Healthcare Property Trust, and a specialist advisor to a number of other NZX 5O companies.

Before founding Harmos Horton Lusk, Andrew was a senior corporate partner at Russell McVeagh. Andrew has extensive governance experience across the listed, unlisted and not for profit sectors in New Zealand. He is the former chair of the board of NZX, and is a non-executive director of ASX listed Scentre Group and of AMP Life Limited in Australia. In addition, he is a director of two private companies (farm ownership and investment management) with external shareholders.


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Adam Singolda is the Founder and CEO of Taboola.

Founded in July 2007, Taboola is the "world's leading content discovery platform", serving 360 billion recommendations to over 1.3 billion unique visitors per month, across publisher sites such as NBC, USA Today, Fox Sports, New York Times, Bloomberg, Business Insider, and Time.com.

Taboola has raised over $160 million of capital in seven investment rounds.


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Steve Jurkovich is the CEO of Kiwibank.


100% New Zealand owned, Kiwibank is the country's fifth largest bank with over $40 billion in total assets and liabilities and more than 2,500 employees across New Zealand.


Steve is a veteran of the banking industry, with former management roles at ASB, Westpac and Commonwealth Bank.


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Famously portrayed by Leonardo DiCaprio in Martin Scorsese's 2013 film The Wolf of Wall Street, Jordan Belfort is an "American author, motivational speaker, and former stockbroker."

Jordan founded brokerage house Stratton Oakmont as a franchise of Stratton Securities, and at its peak employed over 1,000 stock brokers. It was involved in stock issues totaling more than US $1 billion, including being behind the IPO for footwear company Steve Madden Ltd.

In 1989, what is now the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority began pursuing disciplinary actions against Stratton Oakmont in 1989, culminating in its permanent shutdown in 1996. Jordan pleaded guilty to fraud and related crimes and spent 22 months in prison.

Jordan was born in 1962 in the Bronx borough of New York City. He would graduate from American University with a degree in biology and enrolled in University of Maryland School of Dentistry, however left on the first day.


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Steven Boal is the Founder and Executive Chairman of Quotient Technology.


Formerly Coupons.com Incorporated, Quotient was founded in 1998 after Steven saw his late father-in-law clipping coupons out of the Sunday newspaper. Knowing there had to be a better way, he set out to disrupt a multibillion-dollar business that hadn't changed in 30 years.


After spending three years developing the technology, Steven and his team issued their first digital coupon on a client's website in April 2001. Quotient has been pioneering the digital promotions industry ever since.


Today, the constantly innovating company also delivers digital coupons directly to shoppers through mobile apps, powers digital coupon initiatives in online marketing campaigns, and operates Retailer iQ, a digital coupon platform that provides real-time analytics and targeting for manufacturers and retailers. In 2017, working with over 2,000 brands and more than 65,000 retail stores, Quotient delivered 3.5 billion digital coupons to consumers, providing savings of $5.4 billion.


A former Wall Street executive, Steven is also the Founder and Chairman of electronic gift card company Cashstar and a founding board member of robotic mobility device company Matia Robotics.


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Jamie Beaton is the Co-Founder and CEO of Crimson Education, currently valued at $160 million.


At just 23 years old, he completed a Bachelor's and Master's degree from Harvard University in three years, a feat that would normally take nine years. During that time he also worked as a consultant for hedge fund billionaire Julian Robertson's Tiger Management, where he was the youngest analyst ever, managing positions of more than $200 million. He is currently studying for an MBA at the Stanford School of Business while leading Crimson Education as CEO. Originally from New Zealand, Jamie took 10 A-Levels (where most people take three or four), and was named Dux of his high school. For his next undertaking, Jamie has received a Rhodes scholarship and will be studying at Oxford University in England, focusing on the impact of automation in labor markets.


In 2016 Jamie was named New Zealand Student Entrepreneur of the Year and New Zealand's Young Innovator of the Year, and in 2017 he was named in Forbes' 30 Under 30 Asia in the Consumer Technology category.


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Joel Spolsky is the serial entrepreneur behind FogCreek Software, the Co-Founder and Creator of Trello, the Co-Founder and CEO of Stack Exchange and the author of the incredibly popular and highly regarded blog for programmers Joel on Software.


Founded in 2000 in New York City, Fog Creek Software is a software company and incubator that has created FogBugz, Stack Overflow, Trello, Glitch, and Manuscript, among many other products and companies.


Stack Exchange is a network of Q&A sites and the 68th most visited website in the entire world, reaching 120 million people every month, including 50 million monthly visitors to the flagship site stackoverflow.com. Stack Overflow was spun out of Fog Creek Software in 2010 and has raised $68 million in venture funding from investors such as Andreessen Horowitz, Bezos Expeditions, and Union Square Ventures.


Launched in 2011, Trello is a visual project management software that was created out of Fog Creek Software in 2014, when they raised $10.3 million in Series A funding. In 2017, just six years after it was founded, Trello was acquired by Atlassian for an incredible $425 million.

Today Joel leads Stack Exchange as CEO, overseeing 250 employees around the world.


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Jeremy Cai is the Co-Founder and former COO of Fountain.


Previously known as OnboardIQ, Fountain is a premiere hiring platform for hourly workers. Counting Safeway, Grubhub, Uber, and Deliveroo among its customers, Fountain was co-founded in 2014 by a then 19-year-old Jeremy after he dropped out of Babson College.


As COO, Jeremy led Fountain's engineering, product, design, marketing, and customer success teams. Today, Fountain's automation software is deployed across 800 cities and 50 countries, processed over 10 million applications, and has led employment for more than 400,000 people. The company has raised $11 million in venture capital from investors such as Crosslink Capital and Slow Ventures.


A Thiel Fellow, Jeremy currently serves as an angel investor and startup advisor. He is also working on a stealth project in Shenzhen, China and Los Angeles, California.


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Linda Jenkinson is the Co-Founder of Dispatch Management Services, which she grew into a U.S. $250 million a year company and the Co-Founder of John Paul, which was acquired by Accor for U.S. $150 million in 2016.


Linda is a serial entrepreneur, an investor, a philanthropist who has raised more than U.S. $300 million in investor backing, grown a team of 6,500 people, acquired 72 companies and become the first New Zealand woman ever to list a company on the NASDAQ.

She is also a Director of Air New Zealand and the Founder of WOW for Africa, a non-profit focused on helping women in Africa build sustainable businesses through funding and expertise.


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Christy Wyatt is the President & CEO of Dtex Systems, a role she has held since August 2016.


Prior to Dtex, Christy was Chairwoman, President & CEO of Good Technology from January 2013 to October 2015, an Inc 5,000 company which she led to its acquisition by Blackberry for $425 million in September 2015.

Christy has held leadership roles at Sun Microsystems, JavaSoft, Citi, and ESRI, directed OS licensing at Palm, served as Worldwide Developer Relations Director at Apple, and was Vice President and General Manager for Motorola Mobility's Enterprise Business Unit.


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Chris Heaslip is the Co-Founder and CEO of Pushpay, which he founded alongside Eliot Crowther in 2011.

Pushpay is one of the fastest-growing businesses founded in New Zealand, growing from USD $1m ACMR (annualized committed monthly revenue) to USD $10m ACMR in just ten months, and is on track to hit $100m by the end of 2017.


As of November 2017, Pushpay has a market capitalization of $700m, has 400 staff and processes over $2.2 billion in monthly transaction volume. Pushpay has 7,100 churches using its product, with 50 of the top 100 churches in the USA as customers.


Since its IPO in 2014, Pushpay has grown ACMR from $1.9m to $71m, with 97% of the growth coming from the United States.


Chris has previously served as CEO of an accounting and tax consultancy, a tax management professional and business adviser at KPMG, and an investigator for the New Zealand Inland Revenue Department.


Alongside his Co-Founder Eliot Crowther, Chris was named New Zealand EY Young Entrepreneur of the Year for 2015. He has a Masters in Tax (Hons) at the University of Auckland, a Graduate Diploma in Commerce, Taxation and Law and a BCom in Accounting.


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Cal Henderson is the Co-Founder and CTO of unicorn startup Slack, the business communications software that has been called the "fastest growing enterprise software ever."

Emerging as a pivot from a massive multiplayer online game, Slack is one of Silicon Valley's biggest success stories, setting the record for fastest startup to reach a billion dollar valuation, taking just 1.25 years to do so. Launched to the public in 2014, it quickly became a global phenomenon, reaching over $12 million in annual recurring revenue in its first year, and over $64 million in its second year. Slack has raised $841 million in capital from investors such as Andreessen Horowitz, GV, Accel Partners and Softbank, and is valued at $5.1 billion.

Today, just four years after launch, Slack has annual recurring revenue of $200 million and more than eight million daily active users.

Prior to Slack, Henderson was the chief software architect for the photo sharing application Flickr.


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Dan Saks is the Co-Founder, President, and Co-CEO of AppDirect.


Based in San Francisco, AppDirect is the only end-to-end commerce platform for selling, distributing, and managing cloud-based products and services. Dan co-founded AppDirect in 2009 when he was just 23 years old, running the company out of his apartment in its early days.


Under Dan's leadership, AppDirect has helped shape the global landscape for cloud services. Today, it is valued at over $1 billion, connecting 4 million customers with 35 million businesses worldwide. AppDirect serves over a million paying business subscribers around the globe, including Comcast, ADP, Jaguar Land Rover, and Deutsche Telekom. It has also established strategic partnerships with Google, Microsoft, and Box; raised $245.8 million in capital so far; and roughly doubled its revenue every year since its founding.


A recognized expert in cloud and startup innovation, Dan is a sought-after speaker in industry conferences and was named to Forbes' 30 Under 30 in Enterprise Technology in 2015. Prior to AppDirect, he worked in finance and investment banking.


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Jesse Itzler is the Founder of The 100 Mile Group and an owner of the Atlanta Hawks.

A brand incubator and creative design agency, The 100 Mile Group was responsible for creating the coconut water category in the US in 2009 with ZICO Coconut Water. Four years later, Jesse and his partners sold ZICO to The Coca-Cola Company.

Jesse, who caught the entrepreneurial bug when he was 15, previously co-founded Marquis Jet in 2001 to give people the opportunity to fly private without owning a plane. Under his leadership, Marquis Jet became the world's largest private jet card company with $5 billion in cumulative sales. In 2007, it was acquired by Warren Buffett's NetJets.

Before his life as a serial entrepreneur, Jesse was a rapper signed to Delicious Vinyl. His first single reached 74 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, and he went on to produce the NBA's "I Love This Game" music campaign, for which he won an Emmy.

An unconventional individual who's always looking for new challenges, Jesse has run 100 miles in 24 hours and hired a Navy SEAL to live with him and train him for 31 days.


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Abigail Klem is the President of Ivanka Trump.


Abigail first joined Ivanka Trump in 2013 as the first employee as the company's Chief Brand Officer, eventually taking over the role of President.


She began her career as a lawyer, transitioning to the fashion industry when she joined globally renowned fashion brand Diane Von Furstenberg.


Abigail is also a registered Democrat, and a board member of KIPP NYC, a charter school network in New York serving nearly 5,000 students from K-12.


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Zach Perret is the Co-Founder and CEO of Plaid.


Headquartered in San Francisco, Plaid is focused on democratizing financial services through technology. The company was founded in 2012 after Zach and his co-founder William saw how difficult it was to build and scale secure fintech apps.


Since its founding, Plaid has enabled thousands of developers and companies to create new applications or products for consumers. Plaid has powered over 10 billion transactions, giving millions of consumers and businesses better control over their finances.


Plaid has raised $60 million in capital and is rumored to have received funding interest that bumps the company's valuation up to $1 billion. Plaid's investors include NEA, GV, and Goldman Sachs; while customers and partners include Venmo, Simple, and Clarity Money.


Zach earned his degree in Physics & Chemistry from Duke University and worked as a consultant for Bain before starting Plaid. In 2015, he was named in Forbes' 30 Under 30 in Enterprise Technology.


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Serial entrepreneur Phil Libin is the co-founder and former CEO of Evernote, senior advisor at General Catalyst, and the co-founder and current CEO of All Turtles.


Phil started his first business at just 17 years old, and sold it for $500. At 27, he started his second business, which he led to a $26 million exit just three years later. He then went on to co-found Evernote in 2007, and as CEO, led it to become one of the very first unicorn companies, reaching a billion dollar valuation in 2012, and over 200 million users worldwide today.


Phil is currently the CEO at All Turtles, which partners with founding teams to solve everyday problems with artificial intelligence solutions.


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Glen Tullman is the Chairman and CEO of Livongo Health, an innovative healthcare business "Empowering All People with Chronic Conditions to Live Better and Healthier Lives."

A visionary leader and entrepreneur, Glen is a veteran of the healthcare industry. He is the former CEO of Allscripts, where he grew revenues from $30 million in 1997 to more than $1.4 billion in 2012, and led the company's $2 billion IPO just two years after he joined. During his tenure, headcount grew from just 100 employees to over 7,500.

Glen also served as CEO of Enterprise Systems, which he took public the year after he joined, and then successfully exited the business to McKesson in a deal worth more than $250 million in the following year.

Glen is also a successful entrepreneur, as the Co-Founder of SoCore, and Co-Founder and Partner in 7wire Ventures, a Chicago-based investment firm focused on healthcare and education.

Glen was Ernst & Young's 2008 Entrepreneur of the Year in the Technology Category, was named CEO of the Year by the Illinois Information Technology Association, and was recently awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Chicago Area Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame.


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Oisin Hanrahan is the co-founder and CEO of Handy, the leading platform for connecting individuals looking for household services with top-quality, pre-screened independent service professionals.

Founded in 2012, within two and a half years Handy was doing over $1 million per week in transaction volume, and booking one customer every 30 seconds. Today, Handy is available in 2,000 locations across four countries, has facilitated millions of bookings and has served more than half a million customers.

Handy has raised $110.7 million from investors such as General Catalyst, Highland Capital and Ashton Kutcher, and in their most recent round were reportedly valued at $500 million.


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Jon Steinberg is the Founder and CEO of Cheddar.

Based in New York City, Cheddar is a live and on-demand video news network focused on covering the most innovative technologies and companies. Broadcasting daily from the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Cheddar was named one of the ten most innovative companies in media by Fast Company in 2017.

In 2010, Jon joined BuzzFeed as President and COO, when the company had only 15 staff and zero revenue. By the time he left in 2014, BuzzFeed had 500 employees and was worth over $100 million. Jon went on to become the CEO of DailyMail.com North America, where he grew revenues by 45% in just 18 months.

Jon currently sits on the board of Bustle and serves as an advisor to Taboola and TheSkimm. In 2015, he was named in Ad Age's 40 Under 40.


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Daniel Flynn is the Co-Founder and Managing Director of Thankyou.

Founded in August 2008 by three friends who wanted to put an end to global poverty, Thankyou started with just $1,000 and one product: bottled water. Today, it has more than 50 products in 5,500 stores across Australia, including 7-Eleven, Coles, Woolworths, and Australia Post.

Thankyou gives away 100% of its profits to fund safe water, food, and hygiene and sanitation services around the world. Since its inception, the company has donated $6 million to social enterprise projects in 20 countries, directly helping 545,000 people. Thankyou has also provided 132,000 meals to disadvantaged individuals in Australia.

Daniel got the idea to start Thankyou at the age of 19, after watching stories of children who had no access to clean water and had to walk long distances to collect water for their families. The author of the bestselling book, Chapter One, Daniel was named the Victorian Young Achiever of the Year in 2013 and was named in Forbes Asia's 30 Under 30 in 2016.

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Joseph Parker is a professional boxer and the WBO heavyweight champion, a title he has held since 2016.

He has previously held multiple regional heavyweight championships including the WBO Oriental, Africa, and Oceania titles; as well as the PABA, OPBF, and New Zealand titles. As an amateur, he represented New Zealand at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in the super-heavyweight division, and narrowly missed qualification for the 2012 Olympics.

As of September 2017, he is ranked as the world's fourth best active heavyweight by the Transnational Boxing Rankings Board, and sixth best by The Ring magazine and BoxRec.

Born in 1992, Joseph was boxing from the age of just 3-years-old after his Dad inspired him to get into the sport. He has an untarnished record of 24-0, with 18 wins by KO.


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Dr. Elizabeth Iorns is the Founder & CEO of Science Exchange.

Founded in 2011, Science Exchange is today the world's leading marketplace for outsourced research and development and has over 2,500 service providers, 6,000 services available, has facilitated tens of thousands of scientific experiments in an average value of $25,000, and has raised $58.5 million in venture funding to date.

Elizabeth is also the Co-Director of the Reproducibility Initiative and is a part-time partner at Y Combinator. She has a Ph.D. in Cancer Biology from the Institute of Cancer Research (UK), and before starting Science Exchange was an Assistant Professor at the University of Miami (where she remains an Adjunct Professor).

Elizabeth has received a range of honors and recognition, including the Kauffman Foundation Emerging Entrepreneur Award, one of Nature Magazine's ‘Ten People Who Mattered', and one of WIRED's '50 Women Who Are Changing The World'.

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Matt Nordby is a former Playboy Enterprises executive, having held the role of Executive Vice President and Chief Revenue Officer from 2010 - 2013, and the role of President from 2013 to 2016.
During his tenure, he oversaw Playboy's global licensing business, which generated over $1 billion in retail revenue annually.
Prior to Playboy, he held leadership positions at Greenplum, a Silicon Valley start-up acquired by Fortune 200 company EMC Corporation.

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Peter Reinhardt is the Co-Founder & CEO of Segment. Segment is a platform for collecting and integrating customer data at every point of the customer journey.

Founded in 2011 by Peter and his three Co-Founders, Segment has raised more than $108 million in capital from investors such as Y Combinator, Accel Partners and Google Ventures, and accrued more than $3 million in revenue in just 12 months. Segment currently has more than 15,000 customers, including a growing number of Fortune 500 companies, such as Intuit, IBM and Gap.


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Tina Sharkey is the Co-Founder and CEO of Brandless.

Launched in 2017, Brandless is a direct-to-consumer startup that offers better goods for less by eliminating "brand tax", or the hidden costs that consumers pay for national brands. Starting with 117 products and now at about 300, Brandless raised $50 million from GV, Sherpa Capital, Slow Ventures, and other VCs prior to launch and shipped to 48 states within its first 60 hours.

A seasoned entrepreneur with over 20 years of experience building communities and brands, Tina previously co-founded iVillage, which was later acquired by NBC for $600 million. She has also served as Group President at Sesame Workshop; Senior Vice President of Network Programming, Social Media, and Instant Messaging at AOL; Chairman and Global President at BabyCenter; and Venture Partner at Sherpa Capital.

In addition to leading Brandless, Tina is a guest lecturer and mentor at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. She was named one of Advertising Age's "Women to Watch" in 2009 and Fast Company's "Most Innovative Woman in Technology" multiple times.

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Matthew Prince is the Co-Founder and CEO of Cloudflare, a web performance, security, and reliability company that launched in private beta in June 2010 and then publicly at TechCrunch Disrupt three months later. Initially a side project, Cloudflare quickly reached 400 million monthly unique visitors in 15 months, faster than Google, Facebook, and Twitter.

Today, Cloudflare is a unicorn company valued at $3.2 billion, serving more web traffic than Amazon, Twitter, Instagram, Apple, Bing, and Wikipedia combined. Its products are used in more than 150 countries and over 10,000 new customers sign up every day. Cloudflare has raised $182 million across 5 rounds, with the most recent Series D in 2015 raising $110 million.

Matthew, who wrote his first computer program at age 7, obtained his JD from the University of Chicago in 2000 and MBA from Harvard Business School in 2009. He received a TechFellow Award for Disruptive Innovation in 2011 and was named in San Francisco Business Times' 40 Under 40 in 2013.

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Kevin Johnson is the CEO of Udemy, the world's largest digital marketplace for learning and teaching.

An e-commerce veteran with a passion for education, Kevin took the reins of Udemy in June 2017. Headquartered in San Francisco, Udemy reaches over 20 million students around the world with its extensive library of 65,000 courses created by 30,000 expert instructors. Founded in 2010, the company has raised $173 million in capital to date.

Kevin is no stranger to leadership roles, having previously served as the CEO of Ebates, President and General Manager of Acxiom Digital, and Co-Founder and CEO of Passporta.com. During his tenure at Ebates, he led the company's 40x growth before it was acquired by Rakuten for $1 billion.

Kevin began his career as an English teacher in Taiwan and went into investment banking, consulting, and e-commerce before returning to education with Udemy. He received his MBA from Stanford University and BA from the University of California, Berkeley.


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Keith Krach is the Chairman of DocuSign, the "Global Standard for Digital Transaction Management."

A Silicon Valley veteran, Keith joined DocuSign in 2009 as Chairman and CEO. Under his leadership, DocuSign expanded globally and formed strategic partnerships with several top technology firms, which resulted in the company's massive 120x growth. Today, DocuSign powers secure, paperless transactions for 300,000 companies and 200 million users in 188 countries.

Prior to DocuSign, Keith co-founded and served as the Chairman and CEO of Ariba, which launched the business-to-business electronic commerce industry. Going public with a $6 billion IPO just three years after its founding, Ariba reached a market capitalization of nearly $40 billion and became one of the fastest-growing software companies in history.

Keith began his career at General Motors, where he became the company's youngest-ever vice president at 26-years-old. After spearheading the joint venture between GM and Fanuc Robotics, he joined the founding team of Rasna Corporation, which was sold to Parametric Technologies for $500 million after only eight years.

Dubbed the "Category Kingmaker" by Profile Magazine, Keith has received numerous accolades throughout his career, including being named Ernst & Young's Entrepreneur of the Year in 2000.


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Frances Valintine is the Founder of The Mind Lab and Tech Futures Lab.

Established in 2014, The Mind Lab offers learning experiences that enable students and teachers to develop the skills they need to thrive in today's world. Tech Futures Lab, a business and technology accelerator launched in 2016, teaches professionals how to innovate and navigate the new world of technology-enabled businesses.

The Mind Lab won Best Startup in Asia Pacific at the 2014 Talent Unleashed Awards, a competition judged by Sir Richard Branson and Steve Wozniak. To date, Frances's organizations have brought contemporary education to more than 100,000 students and 2,200 teachers. Frances has also worked with and advised over 250 companies from every sector in New Zealand.

In 2016, Frances became the first Kiwi to be named in The Makers and Shakers of Education Technology Index's Top 50 Global Innovators in Education. Recently appointed a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit, she currently sits on the boards of Callaghan Innovation, KEA, and Talentnomics.


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Eyal Shinar is the Founder and CEO of Fundbox.

Founded in 2012, Fundbox uses cutting-edge technology and data science to simplify and improve the way small businesses pay and get paid. By advancing thousands of invoices every week, Fundbox enables small businesses to fix their cash flow and receive payments sooner rather than later.

Under Eyal's leadership, Fundbox's revenue grew from $0 to over $50 million within three years of launching. Now serving 70,000 customers, the company has raised $108 million from Khosla Ventures, General Catalyst, Spark Capital, and others.

Prior to starting Fundbox, Eyal was Vice President at investment firm Battery Ventures, leading projects in finance, machine learning, SaaS, and e-commerce. He has also held a senior management role at renewable energy company BrightSource Industries, where he integrated new technologies and developed new products.

Eyal received his LL.B. from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem and MBA from The Wharton School of Business. He was named one of Goldman Sachs' 100 Most Intriguing Entrepreneurs of 2016.


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Christopher Gavigan is the Co-Founder and Chief Purpose Officer of The Honest Company.

Co-founded in 2011 by Christopher, Jessica Alba, Brian Lee and Sean Kale, The Honest Company offers parents safe and effective products for personal care and the home. From 17 initial products, the brand now has over 200 items available in more than 17,000 stores across the US and Canada. This includes major retailers such as Whole Foods, Target, Costco, and Nordstrom.

The Honest Company reportedly hit $10 million in sales in its first year and has reportedly raised $303 million in venture capital.

Christopher was also CEO of Healthy Child Healthy World, a non-profit that helps parents protect their children from harmful chemicals. During his tenure, he wrote the book "Healthy Child Healthy World: Creating a Cleaner, Greener, Safer Home."


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David Rogier is the co-founder and CEO of MasterClass, where he is leading the reimagination of online education.

Founded on the idea that everyone should have access to genius. MasterClass is an online education platform that enables anyone to learn from the best in the world by providing educational and engaging classes, taught by the greatest minds in film, music, sports, photography, cooking, writing, and more.

Today, MasterClass has nearly 40 classes, including with director Martin Scorcese, actor Samuel L. Jackson, singer Christina Aguilera, professional tennis player Serena Williams, and celebrity chef Gordon Ramsey. In the first 5 months after launch, MasterClass attracted more than 30,000 paying users.


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David Teece is a Professor in Global Business at the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley.

Professor Teece is globally respected as one of the founding fathers of strategic management and has published more than 200 papers and more than a dozen books. He is one of the very few people globally to rise to the highest levels both as a scholar, and an entrepreneur.

Among many other academic positions, at U.C. Berkeley, David is currently a Professor of Business Administration at the Walter A. Haas School of Business, and Thomas W. Tusher Chair in Global Business. As an entrepreneur, he is the Co-Founder, Chairman and Principal Executive Officer at Berkeley Research Group which he co-founded in 2010, and today has 1,300 employees. He also owns a vineyard, Mt. Beautiful, a resort in Fiji, and is across numerous other investments.

Professor Teece has a PhD in economics from University of Pennsylvania, has received seven honorary doctorates, has been cited on Google Scholar more than 120,000 times, is a companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit and has been recognized by Accenture as one of the world's top-50 business intellectuals.

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Manish Chandra is the co-founder & CEO of Poshmark. Founded in 2011, Poshmark is today used by over four million sellers, who upload over $100 million of inventory to the platform every week. Poshmark has distributed $1 billion in sales to its sellers to date and has a projected revenue of nearly $200 million for 2018.

Poshmark has raised nearly $160 million in venture capital to date, from investors such as Menlo Ventures and Temasek Holdings.

Prior to Poshmark, Manish held executive positions at multiple enterprise software firms, and was the founder of social shopping site Kaboodle which he sold to Hearst Corporation for an estimated $30 million.

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Mathilde Collin is the Co-Founder & CEO of Front, the "shared inbox for teams."

Founded in Paris in 2013, Front is re-imagining the email inbox by allowing users to have all of their emails, apps and teammates in one collaborative workspace. Front has raised a total of $79.3 million across four rounds, with investors such as Sequoia Capital, Slack CEO Stewart Butterfield and Reddit Co-Founder Alexis Ohanian. Today they have over 3,000 customers in more than 87 countries around the world and have been adding one million in revenue every 60 days on average for the past year.

Mathilde was named in Forbes "30 Under 30" in Enterprise Technology in 2017.


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Drew Oetting is the Co-Founder of 8VC. Based in San Francisco, 8VC is a venture capital firm with a focus on smart enterprise and bio-IT businesses. Drew started 8VC in his mid-twenties and helped grow it into the $3 billion fund that it is today.

At just 27 years old, Drew has been involved in more than a hundred investments and is a founding Board of Director of Affinity Technologies, a stealth enterprise software company. He also serves as an adviser to the non-profits LivingOnOne and WeAreThorn. In 2017, he was named in Forbes' 30 Under 30 for Venture Capital.

Prior to 8VC, Drew served as chief of staff to Palantir co-founder Joe Lonsdale and has worked for Bill Gates' Cascade Investments. A native of Iowa City, Drew graduated from Claremont McKenna College where he was CEO of the Student Investment Fund, a Robert Day Scholar, and a two-time Bill Gates Investment Asset Management Fellow.


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David Heinemeier Hansson (also known as "DHH") is the creator of Ruby on Rails, Founder and CTO at Basecamp, a best-selling author, Le Mans class-winning racing driver and a public speaker.

He co-founded project management software company Basecamp in 2004 with Jason Fried. Basecamp today has more than 100,000 paying customers and has been profitable since day one. They have never taken venture capital, apart from selling a small minority stake to Jeff Bezos in 2006.

David is well known for co-authoring three books: "Rework," "Remote: Office not required" and the recently released "It Doesn't Have to Be Crazy at Work," all around alternative perspectives on the way modern organizations should work and operate.


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Jim McKelvey is the founder of digital content monetization startup Invisibly; co-founder of Square, which he started in 2009 with Twitter co-founder and CEO Jack Dorsey, and co-founder of Cultivation Capital, a St. Louis-based venture capital firm.


Square is today valued at nearly $27 billion dollars after an IPO of $2.9 billion in 2015. Prior to its IPO, Square had raised $595 million across seven rounds, from investors such as Sequoia Capital and Khosla Ventures.


Jim has been described as a "renaissance man" for his expertise in so many different fields: he is a serial entrepreneur, investor, philanthropist, author, glass artist and owner of a glass art factory, an engineer, and a pilot.


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Christina Sass is the Co-Founder and COO of Andela, a recruitment and training business building the next generation of tech leaders. Andela was founded in 2014 on the idea that brilliance is evenly distributed, but opportunity is not.


Andela is the most selective tech training program in Africa with a 0.6% acceptance rate. CNN has described Andela as the start-up that's harder to get into than Harvard. Andela today has 900 employees including 300 developers working for outside firms, 300 developers in training, and 300 internal staff. Forbes estimates their revenue at close to $20 million.


Andela has raised a total of $81 million across five rounds, from investors such as Google Ventures, Spark Capital, Salesforce Ventures. It was the first investment of the Chan-Zuckerberg Initiative.


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Shan Lyn Ma is the co-founder and CEO of Zola. A disruptive wedding company tackling the 90-billion dollar wedding industry, Zola is reinventing the wedding planning and registry experience.

Founded in May 2013, Zola has been used by more than 500,000 couples to manage their weddings, and today boasts more than 60,000 products from over 6,000 brands. Zola has raised over $140 million in capital from investors such as Comcast Ventures, NBC Universal, and Goldman Sachs.

Prior to Zola, Shan received an MBA from Stanford, and worked at Yahoo and Gilt Groupe in various marketing and product roles.

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Jason Feifer is the Editor-In-Chief of Entrepreneur magazine.

As well as leading one of the world's leading business publications, with over 14 million monthly readers, Jason is a keynote speaker, writer and podcast host, hosting the "Pessimists Archive" podcast about the history of unfounded fears of innovation, and the "Problem Solvers" podcast, about how entrepreneurs solve unexpected problems in their business. His debut novel "Mr. Nice Guy" will be released on October 16, 2018.

A journalist at heart, he has written for Slate, GQ, the New York Times, the Washington Post and The Guardian, amongst numerous others. 

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Adi Ignatius is the Editor-in-Chief of the Harvard Business Review, and former Deputy Editor of TIME Magazine.


Founded in 1922, Harvard Business Review is widely regarded as the most prestigious publication for management and business insights. Since taking on the role of Editor-in-Chief, Adi has grown HBR's overall paid circulation to over 300,000, the highest in the magazine's 96 year history, as well as introducing a suite of new products. Today HBR has more than 11 million social media followers and reaches an average of 6.5 million people each month.


Adi is a lifelong journalist and has worked for numerous globally respected publications, including The Wall Street Journal, Far Eastern Economic Review, TIME Asia and TIME Magazine.


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