MaDE2020: Key Presenters
Dinner Address (Monday 25 May| ca. 7.30pm):
Brett O’Riley – CEO, Employers & Manufacturers Association
Brett O’Riley is the Chief Executive of the EMA, having commenced in that role in January 2019. He is a graduate of Victoria University of Wellington, with post graduate qualifications from MIT (Boston) and Singularity University (San Jose).
Brett returned to New Zealand from Australia in 2009 and has spent the last 10 years dedicated to the goal of growing the New Zealand innovation eco-system, as founding CE of NZICT, founding deputy CE of the Ministry of Science+Innovation, and recently as Chief Executive of ATEED, Auckland’s economic growth agency until September 2017. Prior to that Brett worked in the telecommunications and IT sectors for 20 years in New Zealand and internationally.
Prior to joining the EMA Brett worked as a Director and Advisor to organisations with a common goal , connecting them with international markets and opportunities. Brett will continue to be involved with some of these including directorships of Dotterel Technologies, Wine Grenade and the New Zealand Film Commission, and he also serves as the independent chair of the Hapi Brewing Success PGP project.
Keynote Address 3 (Tuesday 26 May| ca. 9.30am):
Catherine Beard – Executive Director, Manufacturing NZ
The Business NZ group includes four large regional business associations, the Major Companies Group, Export NZ, more than 70 affiliated industry associations and Buy NZ Made.
The group’s goal is New Zealand’s prosperity through successful business.
Catherine works with government and other key decision makers on issues of concern to exporters and manufacturers.
Catherine has spent the last 20 years as a lobbyist and advocate for a wide range of industries on a wide range of issues, including on climate change issues for the energy intensive sector, all aspects of the fire and general insurance sector and the agricultural sector (dairy focus). Catherine has participated in Prime Minister led trade missions to Indonesia and China and represents BusinessNZ at various international meetings.
Catherine was also a co-founder of a start-up business designing and manufacturing children’s nursery furniture, for which two products won national design awards.
Ian Gibson has been working in the area of advanced manufacturing technology since his PhD in the 1980s. Initially developing industrial robotic and automation solutions, he was introduced to Rapid Prototyping (now more commonly referred to as 3D printing or additive manufacturing) when a young lecturer at Nottingham University, UK in the early 1990s. He has been working in and around that area ever since in Hong Kong, Singapore, Australia and now the Netherlands. As Scientific Director of the newly established Fraunhofer Project Centre at the University of Twente, he is commited to translating research, innovation, skills, knowledge and training from the university and Fraunhofer network to help elevate regional Dutch industry to new levels.