Wellington will become a super charged think tank on 29 May at a World Class New Zealand forum organized by Grow Wellington.
New Zealand’s top business thinkers and global leaders will collaborate with Wellington’s innovative and entrepreneurial business community to develop a pathway for creating global businesses from the Wellington region.
The World Class New Zealand 2012 Inspire Day, jointly hosted by Grow Wellington, KEA and partners, will be a day of inspiration and action. KEA World Class New Zealanders speaking at the forum include; Sir Stephen Tindall, founder and director of The Warehouse Group Limited and the Hon. Peter S. Watson, president and CEO of Washington-based financial consultancy The Dwight Group.
“Wellington is fast becoming the entrepreneurial capital of the world and this World Class New Zealand day is another step in that direction,” said Mary-Anne Webber, General Manager Business Growth, Grow Wellington.
World Class NZ Director Stephen Dee said, “the day is a unique opportunity to hear from some of New Zealand’s greatest success stories, learn about future trends that will affect NZ businesses here and internationally, and secrets to being a World Class New Zealander”.
The focus for the second part of the day – Inspire Plus, will be on ‘Building stellar global companies from Wellington’. World Class New Zealanders and Wellington business leaders will be collaborating to identify opportunities for businesses, KEA and Wellington’s innovation community to action.
“The Inspire Plus workshop aims to bring together the Wellington region’s top 200 innovators, entrepreneurs and investors to not only focus on accelerating some of our coolest emerging technology companies, but also to construct a general model to better support companies with global aspirations,” said Paul Spence, Chairperson of event partner and ICT network Unlimited Potential. “KEA offers a fantastic resource in terms of reaching our global diaspora, so we really need to ensure we hardwire those linkages into our local entrepreneurial ecosystem,” said Mr Spence.
The World Class New Zealander lineup:
Sir Stephen Tindall, founder and director of The Warehouse Group Ltd and chair of KEA: ‘Investing in New Zealand and the green growth agenda’.
Ian Taylor, founder and owner, Animation Research: ‘What it takes to be a World Class New Zealander: key lessons learned from experience.’
Bridget Liddell, general partner of the New York-based Fahrenheit Wellness Fund: ‘Creating opportunity through diversity’.
Tony Falkenstein, chief executive officer, Red Eagle Corporation Ltd and Just Water: ‘New thinking is the key to NZ’s future prosperity
The Hon. Peter. S Watson, former White House insider and president and CEO, Washington-based The Dwight Group: The World in 2050—Where is NZ?
Professor Malcolm Grant, president and provost of University College, London - A nation’s economic success depends on the health of its citizens.
For further details about the World Class New Zealand 2012 Inspire Day