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Otago Business School - Visiting Executive Programme

VEPlogoThe Otago Business School's Visiting Executive Programme brings leading national and international executives to the Business School each semester to give presentations to students on subjects that are topical, or the presenter has expert knowledge that would benefit Otago Business students.

Seminars are open to all students and staff from throughout the Business School and University of Otago.

All Staff and students welcome!

Seminar beginning week 30 April 2018

Seminar 1 - "Transforming Inland Revenue… Can the tax department really be customer centric, agile and intelligence led?"

Wednesday 2 May, 11am in OBS G17 lecture theatre (Ground Floor of the Business School)
Lara Ariell - Chief Financial Officer, Inland Revenue

2017 Seminars

Seminar 1 - "Digital Banking and Customer Experience"

Wednesday 22 March, 12noon in Burns 2 lecture theatre
Antonia Watson - Managing Director, Retail & Business Banking, ANZ

Seminar 2 - "Innovation, Transformation and the Green Economy"

Thursday 6 April, 1pm in Archway 2 lecture theatre
James Shaw - Green Party Co-leader, Spokesperson for Climate Change, Finance and Economic Development

Seminar 3 - "Resilience, Urgency & Trust – learnings beyond the lecture theatre "

Wednesday 10 May, 12noon in Archway 4 lecture theatre
Chris Maclean - General Manager, Canon Business Solutions

Seminar 4 - "The Financial Markets Authority – the journey so far"

Thursday 24 August, 1pm in Quad 2 lecture theatre
Simone Robbers - Director of Strategy and Risk, Financial Markets Authority - New Zealand

Seminar 5 - "Leadership and Transformation - A How to Guide in seven videos, one quote and a washing machine"

Tuesday 3 October, 11am in Archway 2 lecture theatre
Geraint Martin - Chief Executive, Museum of New Zelaand te Papa Tongarewa

2016 Seminars

Seminar 1 - "Ethical Trading: People, products, profits, and NZ’s international obligations"

Wednesday 16 March, 12noon in room Commerce 2.03
Dr Alan Le Serve, International Business Consultant, ILO, ADB, DANIDA

Seminar 2 - "New Zealand's Labour Market - Recent Developments"

Presented by Geoff Bascand, Deputy Governeor and head of operations, Reserve Bank of New Zealand
Thursday 7 April, 12noon in room Commerce 2.22
Reserve Bank of New Zealand representative

Seminar 3 - “Creating shareholder value … A clearly understood and accepted strategy vs pure financial performance”

Presented by Alan Clarke - Managing Director and CEO, Hellaby Holdings
Wednesday 13 April, 12noon in room Commerce 2.03

Seminar 4 - "TPP and the U.S.-New Zealand commercial relationship"

Thursday 14 April, 11am in room Commerce 2.22
His Excellency Mark Gilbert, US Ambassador to New Zealand and Samoa

Seminar 5 - "Stories of a Wild Life? From entertaining and informing unseen millions to telling stories of Dunedin’s nature"

Thursday 28 April, 12noon in room Commerce 2.22
Neil Harraway, Owner, Monarch Wildlife Cruises & Tours

Seminar 6 - "Keeping an open mind while remaining focussed: challenges in today’s business environment"

Wednesday 4 May, 12noon in room Commerce 2.03
Dr Anna Campbell, Managing Director, AbacusBio

Seminar 7 - "Ethics or Strategy: which matters most in the age of transparency?"

Tuesday 31 May, 12noon in room Commerce 2.20
Mr John Judge, Chairman, ANZ Bank NZ

Seminar 8 - "Inside Sovereign Wealth Funds"

Tuesday 12 July, 12noon in room Commerce 2.03
Sue Brake, Senior Investment Strategist, NZ Super Fund.

Seminar 9 - "Insights into the practical limitations of financial valuation and theory"

Wednesday 3 August, 12noon in Burns 2 lecture theatre
Raymond Key, Senior Partner & Head of Metals & Mining, Trailstone

Seminar 10 - "How I learned the secrets of business success"

Tuesday 13 September, 12noon in Archway 4 lecture theatre
Greg Sise, Managing Director, Energy Link

Seminar 11 - "Better Economy, Better Community - Can NZ Do Both?"

Friday 23 September, 11am in Archway 3 lecture theatre
Hon Bill English, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance

Seminar 12 - "The Future of the Accounting Profession – I didn’t sign up for that!"

Wednesday 5 October, 12noon in Burns 2 lecture theatre
Graham Crombie, Professional Director and Business Advisor

2015 Seminars:

Seminar 1 - "Heating up domestic and export markets - the Escea story"

Presented by Nigel Bamford, CEO, Escea
Thursday 12 March, 1pm in Archway 3 Lecture Theatre.

Seminar 2 - "Central banking post the GFC"

Presented by Geoff Bascand, Deputy Governeor and head of operations, Reserve Bank of New Zealand
Wednesday 6 May, 12noon in Commerce 2.22 Lecture Theatre.

Seminar 3 - "Changes at the DCC: How to turn the Queen Mary"

Presented by Dr Sue Bidrose, CEO, Dunedin City Council
Wednesday 27 May, 12noon in Commerce 2.22 Lecture Theatre.

Seminar 4 - "Imagine the future and do it now"

Presented by Malcolm Rands, CEO and Founder of Ecostore
Wednesday 29 July, 1pm in Archway 3 Lecture Theatre.

Seminar 5 - "How did a girl with a BA in Sociology end up running a billion dollar business?"

Presented by Jenny Gill, CEO, Foundation North (formerly ASB Community Trust)
Wednesday 12 August, 1pm in Archway 3 Lecture Theatre.

Seminar 6 - "Investing - a trader's perspective"

Presented by Grant Cochrane, CEO, Oritain
Wednesday 19 August, 1pm in Archway 3 Lecture Theatre

Seminar 7 - "The end of destitute poverty, A realistic goal?"

Presented by Bryan Johnson, Humanities Consultant - International Justice Advocates Ltd
Friday 11 September, 1pm in Commerce 2.25 Lecture Theatre.

Seminar 8 - "The green economy - 100% possible"

Presented by James Shaw, Green Party Co-Leader
Thursday 17 September, 1pm in Commerce 2.22 Lecture Theatre.

Seminar 9 - “Team approach needed to create good policy and raise living standards”

Presented by Girol Karacaoglu - Deputy Secretary, Macroeconomics and Research - NZ Treasury
Wednesday 23 September, 1pm in Archway 3 Lecture Theatre.

2014 Seminars:

Seminar 1 - "Radical is the new normal"

Presented by Rod Oram (Business Journalist and Broadcaster)

Seminar 2 - "How Europe’s trade and economic relationships with the US & China impacts NZ"

Presented by Michalis Rokas, The European Union Chargé d’Affaires (Representative) to New Zealand

Seminar 3 - "Telecom to Spark - Changing  a company to reflect a changing world"

Presented by Chris Quin, Retail CEO, Telecom

Seminar 4 - "From Xero to StartUp Hero: Q&A with Rod Drury"

Presented by Rod Drury, CEO, Xero

Seminar 5 - "Sun Tzu - The Art of War in Business"

Presented by Scott Graham , CEO, Tactical Media

Seminar 6 - "Mainfreight: Global Growth from Down Under"

Presented by Don Braid, Managing Director, Mainfreight

Seminar 7 - "Economy of Emotion: Learning to Thrive in the App Store"

Presented by Tim Nixon (Director, Runaway (Games Unit), Natural History New Zealand)

Seminar 8 - "The Role of the Ombudsman in Encouraging Good Governance"

Presented by Dame Beverly Wakem, NZ Chief Ombudsman

Seminar 9 - "NZ Tourism in 2025: The $41 Billion Challenge"

Presented by Kevin Bowler, CEO, Tourism New Zealand

Seminar 10 - "Global Aviation is changing - what is means for NZ and Auckland Airport"

Presented by Adrian Littlewood, CEO, Auckland Airport

2013 Seminars:

"Finance at Centre Stage: Some Lessons of the Euro Crisis"

Presented by Professor Maurice Obstfeld

"The place of Māoridom in the NZ brand"

Presented by Sir Mark Soloman
Ngāi Tahu Chairman

"How integrated are the Australian and New Zealand economies?"

Presented by Paul Conway
Productivity Commission

"Is NZ's counterfactual test counterproductive?"

Presented by Lilla Csorgo
Commerce Commission Chief Economist

"The Future of Business"

Presented by Phil O’Reilly
Chief Executive, BusinessNZ

"The Data Revolution: Why it matters to you"

Presented by Simon Moutter
Chief Executive, Telecom New Zealand
Click here for Simon's bio and seminar synopsis

2012 Seminars

"When though leadership becomes cult leader ship......"

Presented by Annah Stretton,
International Fashion Designer & Entrepreneur

"How women can drive sustainable development"

Presented by Amanda Ellis,
Deputy Secretary, International Development Group,
Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Trade (MFAT)

"From Swimming Cook Strait to Canterbury Earthquakes - How Resilience & Determination Deliver Difference"

Presented by Graninne Moss,
General Manager Care Homes,
Bupa Health

"Trade Aid - A Better Business Model?"

Presented by Geoff White,
General Manager,
Trade Aid Importers Ltd

"The Elephant in the Room:Challenges and opportunities of faith-based NGOs in a post-modern world."

Presented by Chris Clarke,
Chief Executive Officer,
World Vision New Zealand

"Making a Difference in the World. How Do We Do It?"

Presented by Paul Newnham,
Director of Engagement,
World Vision New Zealand

"The Fed's response to the Financial Crisis: What it did and what it should have done"

Presented by Dr Dan Thornton,
Vice President,
Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis

"What a lot of passion can do......for business, sport and community"

Presented by Sir Eion Edgar
2010 Senior New Zealander of the Year.


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