Keynote Speakers

Rt Hon Sir John Key

38th Prime Minister of New Zealand

9.00am - 10.00am

Rt Hon Sir John Key was the 38th Prime Minister of New Zealand from 2008 to December 2016, successfully leading the National Party to 3 election
victories before retiring from politics at the end of
2016.

 

He led the country through the aftermath of the global financial crisis and a series of devastating earthquakes in New Zealand’s second-biggest city. When he retired from office New Zealand had one of the highest growth rates and best fiscal positions of any advanced economy.

Sir John entered politics after a successful career in Investment Banking including nearly a decade in New Zealand, primarily with Bankers Trust and a decade off shore with Investment Bank Merrill Lynch in London, Singapore and Sydney as global head of Merrill’s FX business and European head of its derivatives business.

Sir John is married to Bronagh and has 2 adult children, Stephie and Max. He loves to cook, watch rugby, travel and play golf. He is a member of the prestigious Augusta National Golf Club, along with other clubs.


In 2017 he was made a Knight Grand Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit which brings with it the title of Sir John. While he is certain people will still call him John, he was delighted that Bronagh becomes Lady Key. He was also recognized by the Australian Government and has been appointed an Honorary Companion in the Order of Australia.


The University of Canterbury awarded Sir John a Doctor of Commerce honorary degree in December 2017. He graduated from the university in 1983 with a Bachelor of Commerce degree majoring in Accountancy.

DR Sven Hansen

Founder, The Resilience Institute

12.20pm - 1.20pm

Dr Sven Hansen is the founder of The Resilience Institute. From a medical family, Sven travelled widely and completed two years in the army before completing medicine.  His passion for sport and flow took him into sports medicine and a personal practice in resilience.

Asking if organisations might be interested in applying sports science to good business and leadership, Sven began a corporate health business in 1988. He completed his MBA in 1993 and set about building an evidence-based, integral and practical solution to sustainable performance in life, sport and business.

Over 20 years Sven has worked extensively with High Performance Sport, professional firms, banks, corporates, government, entrepreneurship, universities, and schools.  He leads the development of The Resilience Institute’s methodology and is an experienced executive coach, keynote speaker and leadership trainer.

He has a specific interest in developing leadership teams and the application of biological principles to leadership, strategy and resilience in the community. Sven lives in Auckland with Susan and their two children. He is a keen surfer, paddler and kitesurfer.

DR JORDAN NGUYEN

Technologist

1.30pm - 2.30pm

Dr Jordan Nguyen, is one of Australia’s most innovative engineers who is committed to improving the lives of as many people as possible, and to help become a driving force behind both human and technological evolution as we move into the future. 

An internationally renowned engineer for humanity, Jordan designs life-changing technologies to transform the lives of people with disabilities and the elderly through his role as founder of Psykinetic, a social business committed to bringing positive, sustainable and life-altering change, and shares his adventures through documentaries across the world. Inspired by human endeavour, Jordan has big ambitions to see our world step consciously and creatively into a better future. 

Jordan is Founder and CEO of Psykinetic, a start-up social business aimed at creating futuristic, inclusive and empowering technologies to improve independence and quality of life. Currently focussing on disability and aged care, Jordan and his team have successfully created a mind-controlled wheelchair, Virtual and Augmented reality rehabilitation and inclusive gaming, an instrument that enabled a friend with cerebral palsy to play music with her eyes and blinks, and devices that make it possible to control household appliances or even drive cars using only the tiny electrical signals created from eye movements.