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Government briefings breakfast and panels for AmCham Australia delegation to Wellington

  • 09 Apr 2024
  • 7:15 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Intercontinental Hotel, 2 Grey Street, Wellington 6011
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Government briefings breakfast and panels for AmCham Australia delegation to Wellington

Breakfast key note speaker:  The Hon Nicola Willis, Minister of Finance (TBC)

Followed by Panels on:

Australia & New Zealand defence strategies including how AUKUS might include New Zealand and how the new government will try to enhance NZ’s commitment to multilateral defence and security efforts.   Special attention will be paid to Critical Dual-Use Technologies that could benefit defence and the broader Australian and NZ economies. 
Panel moderator - Fran O'Sullivan, Managing Director of NZ Inc Ltd
Mike Walkington, AM FIEAust, Vice President  & General Manager, Critical Mission Solutions, Asia Pacific, Jacobs Australia
David Capie is Director of the Centre for Strategic Studies and Professor of International Relations Victoria University of Wellington

Digital –  The magnificent seven tech stocks have created trillions of dollars of wealth in the last year in equity markets based on the expectation of AI expansion.    What is the market seeing, how could AI change the Australian and NZ economies, and how will AI be regulated?  Panel sponsored by Microsoft.
Panel Moderator - David Hook,
Director - Financial Services, Australia & New Zealand for IBM New Zealand
Kate Seward,
Corporate Affairs Manager , Microsoft Australia. 
Dr. Michael Witbrock, Professor, Faculty of Science, University of Auckland, 
Executive Council, AI Forum NZ Chairperson, AI for Good Foundation (

Climate Change/Sustainability – Global efforts to address climate change are accelerating : global capital is seeking green investment opportunities in our region, particularly in energy and transportation sectors. To attract this capital, Australia and New Zealand must each respond with pace to facilitate attractive investment opportunities and to harmonise our regulatory frameworks with global norms.  This panel will compare NZ and Australian strategies on decarbonisation, analyse the progress that Australia has made and identify key learnings for NZ from Australia’s journey towards a decarbonised future.  Panel sponsored by Buckley Systems Ltd
Panel moderator - Bridget Coates, Chair of  Centre for Sustainable Finance.
Michele Embling, Chair of the External Reporting Board
David Woods, Deputy Chair of the Green Investment Finance 

Healthcare - “How do we design a better healthcare system.”
Healthcare systems across Australia and New Zealand are facing significant pressures due to ageing populations, complex health needs and workforce shortages.  New health technologies can help to address these, if we can support innovation and research. Panel sponsored by Merck Sharpe & Dohme.
Panel Moderator: Dr Will Reedy,
Aotearoa Hauora Lead, Accenture New Zealand 
Michael Simmonds is Director of Health Economics and Government Affairs, Boston Scientific ANZ.
Ryl Jensen, CEO of Digital Health Association
Alexander Muelhaupt, General Manager Roche New Zealand

Date: 9th April
Time: 7.30 am to 9.00am Breakfast followed by panels 9.05am to 12.30pm
Venue: Intercontinental Hotel, 2 Grey Street, Wellington 6011

Cost:  Members $175 inc GST, Non Members $200 inc GST

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