Driving Enterprise Value with New Science & Technology Opportunities
7.30am–9.30am, Wednesday 14 October 2009, Stamford Plaza, Auckland
Sometimes seen as a specialist field, science & technology cannot be ignored by business leaders or investors. Why science & technology hold the key to New Zealand’s business future and wealth creation:
- Why science & technology is unique in driving enterprise value, especially in New Zealand.
- Why investors should include science and technology projects in their investment portfolios.
- Why businesses should increase their investment in science and technology, and how to maximise the commercial benefit to the enterprise.
- What are the new opportunities emerging, and how should they be capitalised upon?
- Case histories of successful science and technology applications.
- How a corporate strategy for radical transformation over a number of business areas can be successfully planned and executed.
- Practical tips on how to make the technology spend most efficient and avoid the inherent traps.
Dr David Bibby
Dean of Science
Victoria University of Wellington
Professor David Bibby, Pro Vice-Chancellor and Dean of the Faculties of Science, Engineering and Architecture & Design at Victoria University of Wellington, joined Victoria in April 2003 following long-term research and teaching collaborations with staff and students.
As Pro Vice-Chancellor of the Faculties of Science, Engineering and Architecture & Design David Bibby is responsible for the resources allocated to the three Faculties, ca $55M, supporting eight schools, about 400 academics and general staff, and 3,500 students.
A graduate of the University of Loughborough, he subsequently received a PhD in 1970 and a DSc in 1995. Professor Bibby has many years experience in the management of science. He has enjoyed a significant career in the Department of Scientific and Industrial Research where he became Group Manager Science in DSIR Chemistry Division, and then became a General Manager in the Crown Research Institute, Industrial Research Ltd. He has served on a number of government advisory panels, including the Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) Taskforce. He is also a member of the management and advisory boards of various research Centres and Institutes, including the MacDiarmid Institute for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology, the Antarctic Research Centre, the Joint Antarctic Research Institute (with NIWA and GNS), the Malaghan Institute of Medical Research and the Board of Victoria Link Ltd.
Endeavour Capital Limited
In 1975 Neville founded MAS Technology Ltd, a telecommunications microwave company. He grew this from startup to a multinational company and achieved a successful IPO on the NASDAQ main board. Neville then founded Endeavour Capital which invests in science and technology companies. Endeavour has invested in over 20 companies, most of which are export focussed.
He is a Distinguished Fellow of the Institute of Professional Engineers NZ and was awarded the United Kingdom IEE Kirby Medal for “outstanding eminence and distinction in advanced technology”.
Neville has served on several government Ministerial Advisory committees, plus six years on the board of a Crown company, AgResearch, and three years each on the boards of the Foundation for Research Science & Technology and the Prime Minister’s Growth and Innovation Advisory Board. He is a retired Officer of the RNZNVR and honorary Captain in the Royal NZ Navy.
He has received the Governor General's Supreme award for Exporting and was invested in 1999 as Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit. He was inducted into the NZ Hi-Tech Hall of Fame in 2005 and the Business Hall of Fame in 2006. Neville is also a Past President of the Royal Society of NZ and holds an honorary doctorate in Engineering from Canterbury University.
Chief Information Officer
Air New Zealand Limited
Julia manages the centralised Air NZ Group IT department, which has some 220 permanent staff and an annual budget of circa $150M. Julia has been with the airline for ten years holding a number of different roles, and was appointed as CIO in April 2007. This role manages key portfolios including Production, Solutions, Architecture, Vendor Management, and Innovation & Ventures.
Julia has twenty years of experience in the IT industry, involving positions in local government, and telecommunications, as well as charitable organisations. This experience has involved a wide range of roles including business establishment and general management, systems analysis and design, software development and program management.
Julia is passionate about her role, and of the airline’s commitment to improving information systems and technology, and praises Air New Zealand’s continuing support for Kiwi ingenuity in the information technology field. “This reflects the airline’s determination to foster an environment of technological excellence and champion the cause of local research and development – and I am very proud to be a part of it. I see IT as an enabler that can help the airline successfully achieve its business goals. Our goal is to continue to deliver innovative solutions which will make Air New Zealand more nimble and able to respond to changing customer needs.” she says.