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 Atkin

John Atkin

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BA (Hons – Pure Maths), LLB (Hons)

Chair & National Director, Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD)

John Atkin is a professional company director. He chairs the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the trustee of Qantas Super. He is a non-executive director of IPH Limited (ASX:IPH) and Integral Diagnostics Limited (ASX:IDX) and the Vice-Chair of Outward Bound International Inc.

John was previously a director of Aurizon Holdings Limited (2010 -16), chair of GPT Metro Office Fund (2014-16), an independent director of the trustee for Commonwealth Bank Group Super (2017-20), the Australian Outward Bound Foundation (2007-19) and a board member of the State Library of New South Wales Foundation (2013-18).

John was managing director of The Trust Company Limited from 2009-2013 prior to its successful merger with Perpetual Limited. Prior to joining The Trust Company, John was the Managing Partner and Chief Executive Officer of leading Australasian law firm, Blake Dawson (now Ashurst). Before this, John was a senior mergers and acquisitions partner of Mallesons Stephen Jaques (now King & Wood Mallesons).

John is a Graduate of both the Company Directors Course and Mastering the Boardroom and in January 2020 he completed the Boardroom Mastery program.

John enjoys golf, Latin and ballroom dancing, singing, hiking and cooking. He and his wife Judy have 3 sons, a daughter and 5 grandchildren all of whom are keen ParkRunners!

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: Dr. Charles Ehrhart

Dr. Charles Ehrhart

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Dr Ehrhart has nearly thirty 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 is Technical Lead, KPMG IMPACT – KPMG New Zealand's platform for accelerating its sustainability journey and empowering its team of nearly 1500 professionals to play their part in creating a more inclusive, prosperous, and resilient Aotearoa. Charles is also Lead Partner Climate Change, Decarbonisation, ESG and Sustainability services at KPMG New Zealand.

Prior to joining KPMG, Charles served as a consultant to the World Bank, where he was responsible for design of the Global Adaptation Fund’s strategy under the Paris Agreement. He developed and led CARE International’s response to climate change across 78 countries and subsequently worked in the private sector to accelerate the transition to renewable energy and reduce emissions from tropical deforestation. Charles was a Fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Climate CoLab from 2015 through 2018 and currently sits on the Advisory Board of the Sustainable Development Verified Impact Standard.   

Charles’ primary areas of expertise include sustainable food systems, climate governance, and the mainstreaming of sustainability in organisational strategies. Charles has a PhD in Social Anthropology from Cambridge University. He continues to publish and is a frequent speaker on climate change at national and international conferences.

Charles and his family settled in Aotearoa eight years ago having previously lived in China, Vietnam, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Ecuador, and the UK.  

IOD Leadership: Rangimarie Hunia

Rangimarie Hunia

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Rangimarie Hunia was appointed an alternate director of Te Ohu Kaimoana at the beginning of 2015 before being appointed a full director in November 2015, and Chair in July 2019. The first wahine Chair in the history of Te Ohu Kaimoana. In December 2021 she was appointed a Director of Moana New Zealand.

In 2016, Rangimarie was appointed Chief Executive of Ngāti Whātua Ōrakei Whai Māia. Whai Māia is responsible for the well-being of its 5,000 tribal members and focuses on education, health, employment and environmental areas.

She played an active role as a member of the Iwi Working Group that was established to facilitate understanding and iwi decision making in response to the 11-year Review of Māori Fisheries Settlement entities. Rangimarie is also a member of Global Women and was a finalist in the Westpac Women of Influence Awards 2014.

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: Steven Moe (MinstD)

Steven Moe (MinstD)

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Steven Moe (MinstD) is a Partner at Parry Field Lawyers with a focus on corporate law, governance, legal structures and transactions which often have a purpose driven aspect.  He is a facilitator for the legal part of the CDC course for the IOD and has worked as a lawyer for 20 years in Wellington, London, Tokyo, Sydney and Christchurch.  He recently released a book of essays “Laying Foundations for Reimagining Business” and hosts seeds podcast, with almost 300 conversations with inspiring Kiwis.  He is the Chair of Community Finance which recently won the “Transforming NZ” award at the Sustainable Business Network awards for its work in raising almost $100 million for social housing. 

Steven is on the XRB Advisory Panel and on Charities Services Sector Group.

IOD Leadership: Roger Partridge

Roger Partridge

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Roger is chair of The New Zealand Initiative and a senior fellow in its research team. He is a regular columnist for The New Zealand Herald and author of many articles and reports on a wide range of public policy issues, including labour market regulation, education policy, governance of regulatory agencies, and company and securities law.

Roger led law firm Bell Gully as executive chair from 2007 to 2014, after 16 years as a commercial litigation partner. He is an honorary fellow and former executive director of the Legal Research Foundation, a charitable foundation associated with the University of Auckland, and is a former member of the New Zealand Law Society Council, the governing body of the legal profession. He is a member of the advisory board of the Business School at the University of Auckland, a chartered member of the Institute of Directors, a member of the Law and Economics Association of New Zealand, and is a non-practising barrister.


IOD Leadership: Aliesha Staples

Aliesha Staples

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Aliesha Staples has a 15-year background in the film industry and is a producer of VR/AR, gaming and technology solutions for a global audience. She is the founder and CEO of Staples VR, an emerging tech consultancy and development company.

Aliesha is a director of TVNZ, Toi Mai Workforce development council, New Zealand football foundation and Click Studios. 

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.

IOD Leadership: Su-Yen Wong

Su-Yen Wong

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Su-Yen has served on the Boards of several public, private, and not-for-profit organisations in Australia, Asia, and the United States. She is a Fellow and Chair of the Governing Council of the Singapore Institute of Directors, and is the only Asia-based individual named to the Financial Times’ Agenda Directory of Top 100 Board Candidates With Pay-Setting Skills.

Su-Yen is Chair of Nera Telecommunications, a global telecom and IT solutions provider listed on the Singapore Exchange Mainboard. She serves as an Independent Director at CSE Global, an international technology group listed on the Singapore Exchange Mainboard; Kemin Industries, a US$1 billion privately-held global manufacturer of nutritional and health solutions headquartered in the United States; Pegasus Asia, the first

Singapore-listed special purpose acquisition company (SPAC) with international backers.

Su-Yen is a professional speaker who engages audiences globally on leadership and the future of work. She is an Adjunct Professor at the National University of Singapore where she teaches a Masters course on Global Leadership, and member of the Executive Education Faculty at Duke University.

Recognised as a Board and C-Suite advisor on strategy, human capital, and leadership development, her perspectives are shaped by a unique blend of experience at the board and C-level in high-tech, business, and organisation development gleaned over 25 years across Asia and North America.

Previously Su-Yen was CEO of the Human Capital Leadership Institute, Chairman for Marsh & McLennan Companies (Singapore), and Senior Partner and Managing Director, Southeast Asia at Mercer. Earlier, she was Asia Managing Partner for the Communications, Information & Entertainment practice at Oliver Wyman.

Su-Yen holds a B.A. (summa cum laude) in music and computer science from Linfield University, and an M.B.A. from the Kenan-Flagler Business School, University of North Carolina. She is an active member of Women Corporate Directors, and the Young Presidents’ Organization. She is an award-winning photographer and earlier in life, a musician. She is an avid adventure traveller and has ventured to some of the most remote parts of the world, including Antarctica and Timbuktu.

IOD Leadership: Emily Woodland

Emily Woodland

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Emily Woodland joined BlackRock in April 2021 as the firm's APAC Co-Head of Sustainable Investing. Her team oversees the strategy and implementation of BlackRock's sustainable offerings across the APAC region.

Emily previously served as the Head of Sustainable Investment for Global Public Markets at AMP Capital, and prior to that as Investment Advisor for Asia Debt Management's private credit sustainable investment programs in South East Asia.

Her subject matter expertise in sustainability is grounded in over 16 years of APAC investment management experience with UBS, across several asset classes and investment styles. She began her career in equity and convertible bond trading for UBS Investment Bank, then served as a portfolio manager with the firm's Fundamental Investment Group, and later as a portfolio manager in the long/short multi-strategy hedge fund team within UBS Asset Management.

Emily, originally from the UK, has lived in Hong Kong since 2003. She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Financial & Business Economics from the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, a Masters Degree in Corporate Environmental Governance from the University of Hong Kong, and is a CFA Charterholder.