Speakers


Connect, Collaborate, Succeed has attracted an impressive range of international and national speakers.  Designed to speak to the regional economic development issues de jour, the programme will resonate with:

 Economic Development Practitioners
 Researchers, Academics and Consultants
 Elected representatives
 Central and Local Government agencies and officials involved in regional economic development
 Members of RTONZ

The key speakers can be found below, you can click on any graphic to learn more about the respective speakers. 

Professor Terry Stevens, Tourism Consultant

Neil McInroy, CEO of CLES

Julian Fairfield - Director of Bach Consulting

David Wilson - Chair of EDANZ

Iain Cossar, MBIE

Colin James - MC of Conference

Prime Minister NZ - Hon Bill English - TBC

Hon Winston Peters

Vic Crone - CEO, Callaghan Innovation

Shamubeel Eaqub - Economist

Julian Wood, Researcher, Maxim Institute

James Shaw, Co-Leader of Greens Party

Graham Budd, Chair of RTONZ

Stuart Nash, Labour Spokesperson for Regional Economic Development

Claire Gomas, ‎Head of Talent and Skills, ATEED

Allison Beckham, Youth Futures Coordinator

Lisa Endersby - Skills and Talent for Economic Growth - ATEED

Pam Ford, Head of International Partnerships and Trade - ATEED

Paul Davis, GM, Regional Promotions and Tourism

Ifor Ffowcs-Williams, CEO Cluster Navigators Ltd.

Joseph Stuart, GM, Business Innovation and Growth - Northland Inc

Bernie Walsh, Manager SmartGrowth Implementation

Stephen Knuckey - Lead Economic Development - MartinJenkins

Thomas Simonson, LGNZ

David Jones, General Manager - Business Growth & Innovation - WREDA

Paul Conway, Director Economics and Research - Productivity Commission

Stuart Trundle, CEO - Venture Taranaki

Ganesh Nana, Executive Director and Chief Economist - BERL