Meet the speakers

We are pleased to announce acclaimed national and international speakers to the 2022 Leadership Conference. Check back regularly for more speaker and programme updates.

IOD Leadership: John Carreyrou

John Carreyrou

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John Carreyrou is a two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter at The Wall Street Journal and the New York Times bestselling author of Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup. For his extensive coverage of Theranos, Carreyrou was awarded the George Polk Award for Financial Reporting, the Gerald Loeb Award for Distinguished Business and Financial Journalism in the category of beat reporting, and the Barlett & Steele Silver Award for Investigative Business Journalism. Carreyrou lives in Brooklyn with his wife and three children. 

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IOD Leadership: Laurissa Cooney

Laurissa Cooney

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Ms Cooney is a Fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants, and a Chartered Member of the Institute of Directors in New Zealand. She has previously held senior manager, auditing and consulting roles with Deloitte in New Zealand and Deloitte Touche in London and was the Chief Financial Officer for Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi.

Ms Cooney currently serves as the Chair of Tourism Bay of Plenty, and is an Independent Non-Executive Director for listed entities Air New Zealand, Accordant and Goodman NZ Ltd and is a Trustee on the Charitable Investment Trust for Ngāi Tai ki Tāmaki. She also holds a role as a Guardian for the Aotearoa Circle and is a Committee Member for the Institute of Directors Chapter Zero NZ Steering Committee. She was a 2017 recipient of the Institute of Directors Emerging Director Award.

Ms Cooney is of Te Āti Hau Nui a Pāpā Rangi (Whanganui) descent.

IOD Leadership: Dr. Charles Ehrhart

Dr. Charles Ehrhart

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Partner and IMPACT co-Lead

KPMG New Zealand

Dr Ehrhart has nearly 30 years of professional experience working within governments, the UN, civil society and the private sector for sustainable development and an end to poverty in our world of plenty. For the past eighteen years, Charles has focused on the challenges of mitigating and adapting to climate change. Charles co-leads KPMG IMPACT in New Zealand - KPMG's platform for accelerating its sustainability journey and empowering its team of 1200+ professionals to play their part in creating a more inclusive, prosperous, and resilient Aotearoa. His primary responsibilities include supporting the systemic changes required for KPMG to accelerate its sustainability journey and assisting clients to develop new ways of working that fulfil their purpose and contribute to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Charles has a PhD in Social Anthropology from Cambridge University.

IOD Leadership: Miriama Kamo

Miriama Kamo

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Miriama Kamo (Ngāi Tahu/Ngāti Mutunga) is an award winning broadcaster, writer, speaker, and environmentalist.  Miriama is the host of TV1’s flagship current affairs programme Sunday, and of Māori current affairs programme Marae.  Miriama was an executive judge of the NZer of the Year Awards for four years before being made Patron/Te Koruru, in 2020.  

Since then she’s worked on establishing an alumni network, a partnership model honouring te Tiriti in the awards, and a pastoral care model for winners.  She is an ambassador for Pillars, which ensures the voice of children of prison inmates is heard, and for Endometriosis NZ.  As a speaker, Miriama is an advocate for women, working to empower women and families to understand and embrace ‘The 4 M’s’; menstruation, miscarriage, motherhood and menopause.  

Miriama is a board member of Save the Kiwi and The Arts Foundation Te Tumu Toi.  She is a founding member of Kotahi Rau Pukapuka, an organisation which is working to fill the gap for older readers and learners of te reo, by publishing 100 books into te reo Māori.  Kotahi Rau Pukapuka was launched by the Prime Minister, the Rt Hon. Jacinda Ardern in October 2019.  

Miriama is passionate about supporting Māori practitioners in broadcast journalism and runs a mentoring scheme called Whaitiri Mentoring for young journalists of Māori descent. A mother of two, Miriama published her first book The Stolen Stars of Matariki in 2018, which was set to music composed and performed by the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra.  Miriama’s second and third books are due out in 2022 and 2023.  A passionate advocate for the environment, Miriama spends a lot of time promoting the Zerowaste/Parakore movement, encouraging others to reduce waste and engage with environmental issues.

IOD Leadership: Carol Scholes

Carol Scholes

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Carol has over 30 years of governance and management experience working in commercial and not-for-profit organisations both in New Zealand and Australia. Her expertise encompasses governance, finance, HR, marketing, training and management in Defence, the superannuation industry, and eight years in CEO roles in Australia and New Zealand.

Since 2006, she has run Threshold Management Ltd providing board and executive coaching, mediation, facilitation and strategic planning with corporate, government and not for profit organisations in New Zealand. Carol is a facilitator and Chartered member of the NZ Institute of Directors and a Coach Associate with the Institute of Strategic Leadership. Carol is an accredited coach with the International Coach Federation and a member of the NZ Association for Training and Development.

Carol has a Bachelor of Business in Human Resource Management, a Graduate Diploma in Dispute Resolution (Mediation), Certificate IV in Executive Coaching and is a qualified trainer using accelerated learning techniques. In addition, Carol is a Master NLP practitioner, International Master coach, Master clinical hypnotherapist and a certified mBit coach. She has also completed the Senior Leadership Programme at the Institute of Strategic Leadership. Carol is the Chair of CanTeen New Zealand, the Auckland University Students Association Advisory board, Health Connections Ltd and two other small company boards.

IOD Leadership: Dame Therese Walsh

Dame Therese Walsh

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Dame Therese Walsh is Chair of Air New Zealand Ltd and ASB Bank Ltd, and a Director of Antarctica New Zealand. She is a former Director of Contact Energy Ltd, Television New Zealand Ltd, NZX Ltd., Save the Children NZ, the Wellington Regional Stadium Trust and New Zealand Cricket. She was Pro Chancellor of Victoria University of Wellington from 2018 to 2021 and served on the Council since 2016. In her professional capacity, Dame Therese was Head of New Zealand for the ICC 2015 Cricket World Cup, Chief Operating Officer for Rugby New Zealand 2011 Ltd and CFO for New Zealand Rugby. For her services to sport, she was made a Dame Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2015. She was named the supreme winner of the Women of Influence Awards 2013 and awarded a Sir Peter Blake Trust Leadership Award in 2014. She is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and a Chartered Member of the Institute of Directors.

IOD Leadership: Dr Duncan Webb

Dr Duncan Webb

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Dr Duncan Webb was a Professor of Law at the University of Canterbury and a partner at Lane Neave, where he specialised in commercial law and represented many home and business owners following the Canterbury earthquakes.   He was New Zealand’s first Legal Complaints Review Officer and is the author of several law textbooks.

Duncan has a particular interest in access to justice and is an expert in legal ethics.  He was elected to Parliament in 2017 as the MP for Christchurch Central, and chairs the Finance and Expenditure Select Committee.  He is also a Government whip.