Programme 19-20 May 2020

Please see our draft programme. We encourage you to check back regularly for updates.

7.30am- 9.00am


Registration and exhibitor lounge opens. Tea and coffee will be available.


Conference opening

Alan Isaac - IoD President


Keynote 1

Opening speaker to be announced shortly


Morning tea


Keynote 2

Speaker to be announced shortly




Breakout sessions

Interactive sessions which dive into key governance topics. Three sessions to choose from


Afternoon tea


Green pioneer. Governing a marijuana business

Maryscott Greenwood will present on governing a global cannabis business. The global legal marijuana market size is expected to reach USD 73.6 billion by 2027. The impending referendum on the Cannabis Legalisation and Control Bill will have widespread implications for New Zealand businesses, economy and society. While the sector is likely to take off, individual businesses will face the challenges typical for fast-growth entities as well as navigating through regulatory compliance, public policy and managing the expectations and concerns of the broader society.


Deepfakes and synthetic media technologies: an emerging risk

Tom Barraclough & Curtis Barnes from the Brainbox Institute provide an overview of deepfakes and emerging synthetic media, discuss the threats this technology poses and the legal landscape.

4.50pm - 5.00pm

Round up of day 1

Julia Hoare IoD Vice President


Networking and gala dinner

Networking drinks and conference gala dinner. Take the opportunity to meet new people, catch-up with acquaintances, share knowledge and discuss the day’s events.


Air NZ Power Breakfast: Ask a chair

Panel: David Pilkington, Pip Dunphy, Graeme Milne. Hear first-hand from the 2019 Deloitte Top 200 finalists for Chairperson of the Year. Join this interactive session in which our chairs reveal the greatest challenges in their roles.


Air NZ Power Breakfast: Culture shift

Panel: Alison Barrass, Rob Campbell, Jonathan Mason. Join a panel of experienced New Zealand directors who will discuss how directors can lead cultural transformation, leading from the top and holding management to account in shaping organisational culture.


Air NZ Power Breakfast: Always on duty - the future board

Panel: Mark Cross, Abby Foote, Dame Therese Walsh. Join a panel of New Zealand’s leading directors who will interrogate the IoD and MinterEllisonRuddWatts’ recently published paper on the future board.


Welcome to day 2

Kirsten Patterson - IoD Chief Executive


The creator’s code

Based on her research and interviews with 200 of the world's top entrepreneurs, Amy Wilkinson shares the secrets on how to convert ideas into highly successful businesses. Amy is founder and CEO of Ingenuity, lecturer at Stanford Graduate School of Business and author of The Creator’s Code: The Six Essential Skills of Extraordinary Entrepreneurs


Emerging technologies for company directors: From the carrot to the stick

hear from Catherine Ball on how drone technology has shifted from fringe technology to business as usual over the past eight years. It is now a widely adopted technology, even in large, risk averse companies. How did the technology evolve to this point? And, how has health and safety law changed the risk appetite and innovation obligation in boardrooms across the region? What's next? Where should boards, leadership, and investors look to find support and information to assist with making the best decisions around emerging and evolving technologies?


Morning tea


Breakout sessions

Interactive sessions which dive into key governance topics. Three sessions to choose from




Su-Yen Wong

Su-Yen is an internationally recognised thought leader, professional speaker and board director, who helps audiences around the world navigate the intersection of technology, strategy and leadership.


The inside edge - rebuilding trust at Cricket Australia

Earl Eddings, chair of Cricket Australia, shares his experience in rebuilding Cricket Australia’s reputation after the ball tampering scandal, providing us a candid perspective of governing through the crisis


Closing address

Alan Isaac - IoD President


Conference closes