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The School runs a number of seminars and speaker series as part of our commitment to sharing the latest knowledge from academia and the business world.

Students, staff and members of the wider community are warmly welcomed to attend any of our seminars/speaker series.

Presentations, seminars and events

The Otago Business School and the University of Otago offer a number of presentations, seminars and events, where employers and business executives are invited to address our far-ranging communities.

Department Seminars

Departments within the Business School hold seminar series where research activities within the school are shared and debated. Seminar rooms have small capacities, but members of the public are welcome to attend seminars of particular interest.

Please contact the relevant department for more details:


The Otago Business School host a range of events ranging from guest speakers presenting seminars through to symposiums and conferences. Leading national and international executives present their expert knowledge whilst engaging, inspiring and informing their dynamic audience.

For more information on upcoming events visit our news and events page

2021 interviews with guest speakers

Simon Allen, Executive in Residence

John Berry, CEO, Pathfinder Asset Management

Scott Gilmour, Chairman, I Have a Dream

Sam Stubbs, Founder and Managing Director, Simplicity

2020 guest speakers

There were no videos of guest speakers in 2020 due to COVID-19.

2019 guest speakers

Nigel Babbage, Director, NZX

2018 guest speakers

Lara Ariell, CFO, Inland Revenue

2017 guest speakers

Warren Allen, Chief Executive, External Reporting Board (XBR)

Stephen Barnes, Managing Director, Bryonvale Advisors, Business Management Consultants

Geoff Bascand, Deputy Governor, Reserve Bank of New Zealand

Anthony Heffernan, Director, Accounting Standards – External Reporting Board

Michael McMillan, CFA Institute – Director, Society Ethics Training

Simone Robbers, Director of Strategy & Risk, Financial Markets Authority

James Shaw, Co-Leader of the Green Party

Craig Stobo, Professional Director and business owner

Antonia Watson, Managing Director, Retail & Business Banking – ANZ NZ

2016 guest speakers

Tony Allison, CEO, Night 'n Day Foodstores

Graham Crombie, Professional Director, Innovatio Ltd

Shayne Elliott, Chief Executive Officer, ANZ

Rt Hon Bill English, Former Prime Minister and Minister of Finance

Jade Gray, Founder, Gung Ho Pizza

John Judge, Chairman, Directors of ANZ Bank New Zealand Ltd

David Mackrell, Former Deputy CFO, Air NZ

Greg Sise, Founder and Managing Director, Energy Link

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