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Workshop 1

Disruption - Threats and Opportunities

7.30 - 9.30am, Wednesday 1 June 2016, Pullman Hotel, Auckland

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New technologies and innovation are transforming the way we do business. In a rapidly changing business environment, those wanting to thrive are remodelling their business constructs to harness the benefits. What dynamic strategies do you have in place to face the unknown challenges and to take advantage of the opportunities? And what future will your children face as a result of this rapid business and economic disruption?

  • Evaluating change, digital challenges, new revenue opportunities and the long term sustainability of your business model
  • Where could competition come from
  • The role of data for great business decision making
  • Adapting to change – being agile, lean and responsive
  • Exploring business transformation tensions – including how to implement disruptive future plans while paying the bills, and integrating innovative business with operational requirements
  • What are the negatives for your children as a result of today’s disruption



    Fady Mishriki
    CEO, PowerbyProxi

    Fady is Chief Executive Officer of PowerbyProxi. After studying wireless power systems through his Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical & Electronic), he became the catalyst for the creation of PowerbyProxi and provided the initial drive for the commercialization of new wireless power technology that was being developed at The University of Auckland.

    Fady continues to lead the charge to give PowerbyProxi’s customers ‘the power to unplug’, and spends his time between the United States (where PowerbyProxi has two offices in Austin and Silicon Valley) and the home of wireless power – Auckland, New Zealand.

    With experience in designing and delivering thousands of real-world customer applications of wireless power, Fady is also one of the world’s leading specialists in the deployment of wireless power systems in the most difficult and demanding environments. He has an intimate knowledge of wireless power architecture, applications and solutions.


    Lillian Grace
    CEO, Figure.NZ

    Lillian Grace is CEO and Founder of Figure.NZ, the first organisation globally to designate everyone as a user of data and to build the systems, software, language and trust required to deliver to this standard. Lillian is also on the recently established Data Futures Partnership Working Group, as well as on the board of the NZ Innovation Partnership and of Te Pūnaha Matatini, New Zealand’s Centre of Research Excellence developing methods and approaches for transforming complex data about NZ into knowledge, tools, and insight. Previously Lillian was at Academy Award-Winning Massive Software, at think tank The New Zealand Institute.


    Tony Falkenstein
    CEO, Just Water International Ltd

    Tony Falkenstein is the CEO and major shareholder of publicly-listed Just Water International Ltd and a director and shareholder of Pure SEO Ltd.

    He is a member of the AUT Business School Advisory Board, and has been prominent in business education, establishing New Zealand’s first Business High School in 2003, as a precursor to ‘business’ becoming a subject in the New Zealand Curriculum.

    Tony was inducted into the New Zealand Business Hall of Fame in 2008, was appointed as an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit (ONZM) in 2010 and was selected as a Distinguished Alumni of the University of Auckland in 2011. In 2012 Tony received a KEA World Class New Zealand Award for ‘New Thinking’. In December 2012, Tony was the first New Zealander to be inducted into the international ‘Beta, Gamma Sigma’ Society, in recognition of his professional achievements.



    Kerri Dewe
    Principal, Lowndes

    Kerri is a Principal in Lowndes’ corporate and commercial team. Named an “Associate to watch” by Chambers Global, Kerri has extensive experience in mergers, acquisitions and disposals. With broad corporate and commercial law experience, her practice is focused on transactional M&A matters and business establishment, restructuring and joint venture advisory work. Since joining Lowndes in 2011 Kerri has had a leading role in a significant number of the larger transactions the firm has advised on, both on buy and sell side, and on corporate refinancing matters.

    Before joining Lowndes, Kerri worked in top-tier law firms both in New Zealand and internationally, and has experience working within commercial organisations as in-house counsel, including for Vector, Vodafone New Zealand and for BP Middle East. She has an honours law degree and a commerce degree, majoring in economics.