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IOD Leadership

Sponsored by ASB

3.00pm - 3.10pm

Conference opening

3.10pm - 3.15pm

Welcome from IoD

3.15pm - 3.45pm

Setting the Scene on Climate Change by Dr Charles Ehrhart

Feeling overwhelmed by the deluge of climate-related legislation, regulation, and stakeholder expectations? Seeking greater clarity about what it all means, what you need to do, when, and why? This scene-setting session will personalise and simplify the complex for New Zealand directors, sharing practical insights into key concepts and issues – including rapidly evolving director roles and responsibilities.

3.50pm - 4.30pm

Shareholder v Stakeholder Panel Discussion

The world of business is experiencing a perfect storm - the pandemic, climate change and social inequality are all presenting business leaders with some of the most severe economic and social dilemmas in generations. As stewards and kaitiaki of company value, boards are increasingly taking a more holistic view of how their companies create long-term value and they are giving greater attention and recognition to stakeholder interests. Last year, the IoD released a paper exploring stakeholder governance and the evolving corporate governance landscape. In this panel, we will discuss and explore the Stakeholder v Shareholder dilemma and what this means for directors and their boards. This panel discussion will be facilitated by Steve Moe who will be joined by panellists Dr Duncan Webb, Rangimarie Hunia & Roger Partridge.

4.35pm - 5.15pm

Why stakeholder capitalism matters: how directors can navigate the energy transition

When Larry Fink speaks, everyone listens. And when the BlackRock chairman trumpeted stakeholder capitalism in his 2022 letter to fellow CEOs, it sparked plenty of debate. He said “stakeholder capitalism is not about politics, it is not a social or ideological agenda. It is not woke. It is capitalism, driven by mutually beneficial relationships between you and the employees, customers, suppliers, and communities your company relies on to prosper. This is the power of capitalism”. Finks also says the pandemic has turbocharged an evolution in the operating environment for virtually every company and your company’s purpose is its north star in this tumultuous environment. BlackRock’s APAC Co-Head of Sustainable Investing, Emily Woodland, will give more insight into Fink’s thinking and how they use sustainable investing and a data-driven approach to identify characteristics that seek to benefit both shareholders and stakeholders – and what this means to CEOs and directors.

5.15pm - 5.30pm

Day one closing commentary

IOD Leadership

Sponsored by Dentons Kensington Swan

9.00am - 9.10am

Open and welcome to day two

9.10am - 9.55am

Governance Under Pressure by John Atkin

Join us as we hear from John Atkin, Chair of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) as he discusses performing under pressure. Drawing from both his personal experiences and observations he’s been witness to through his connection with the AICD, this session will give you insights and takeaways, as well as trends and themes from the Australian governance landscape.

10.00am - 10.45am

Bad Blood: Secret & Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup by John Carreyrou

It took two whistleblowers and fearless reporting from John Carreyrou to expose the Theranos scandal in 2015. But how did founder and CEO Elizabeth Holmes manage to pull the wool over everyone’s eyes? And why were questions not asked at board level way before Holmes was caught out, and later found guilty of defrauding investors. There is also a cautionary tale here of the board’s composition, their actual knowledge of the failed blood testing company and how they were duped. Carreyrou discusses the ethical lapses, the credulous media coverage and that lax oversight that allowed Theranos to achieve a ‘unicorn’ valuation of US$9 billion. He shares lessons that companies and future business leaders can learn from the start-up’s great fall.

10.45am - 11.00am

Day two closing commentary

IOD Leadership

Sponsored by Diligent

3.00pm - 3.10pm

Open and welcome to day three

3.10pm - 3.55pm

Director insights from Asia by Su-Yen Wong

Like New Zealand and many countries in Asia, Singapore has abandoned the zero-Covid-19 policy and adopted a “live with the virus” strategy. The city state was also lauded for its highly effective management of the disease when the Delta variant swept the world. With Omicron now appearing to have peaked and infections decreasing, Singapore is moving towards a full reopening and a post-pandemic life. In this session Su-Yen Wong will delve into issues that are top of mind for directors in Asia, and in particular Singapore. Boards are grappling simultaneously with the need to embrace transformation, sustainability, and diversity. Each of these dimensions presents new challenges, as well as opportunities for growth. As businesses emerge from the pandemic, directors will need to be prepared to address the next wave of disruption

4.00pm - 4.45pm

The metaverse. What is it and why are people talking about it? By Aliesha Staples

Is it a buzzword or the future of the web? It feels like everyone is talking about it but no one is sure what it actually is? You may have been in awe of the sci-fi epic Avatar but now you can experience your own in a virtual world where you interact with other people through their avatars. It’s like a 3D model of the internet and computing in a place parallel to the physical world. Sounds good, but it can’t be ‘real’, can it? Aliesha Staples will open your mind to an alternative world.

4.45pm - 5.00pm

Final commentary and conference close