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Melissa Clark-Reynolds ONZM

Melissa is best known as a foresight practitioner and professional director, with over 25 years’ experience as an entrepreneur and strategist.

She has been founder and CEO of a number of technology companies, along the way earning 3 Fast50s and several AsiaPacific Fast 500s.  She has an eclectic academic background, including Anthropology, Epidemiology and Waste Management. She started working on Big Data Algorithms in the late 1980s, and took her first coding course in 1979 – so has an opinion about new technology and how slow it can be to become mainstream.

Melissa has attended the Te Hono Bootcamp at Stanford University twice, trained as a foresight practitioner with The Institute For The Future in Palo Alto and studied with Clayton Christiansen in his approach to disruptive innovation through Harvard Business School. In 2015 she was named Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit (ONZM) in recognition for her services to technology.  She is deeply curious and especially interested in emerging business models.

She is named for a mythological bee creature so tweets as @HoneyBeeGeek.

Vaughan Fergusson

Founder, Vend &

The Pam Fergusson Charitable Trust

“Challenge the status quo, think differently and trust your inner weirdo”

Vaughan Fergusson (previously Rowsell) is the founder of Vend, a New Zealand high-growth tech success story sold for $500m in 2021. He is the founder and trustee of The Pam Fergusson Charitable Trust running initiatives like OMGTech!, Mana Tangata, Voluntari.ly and The Institute of Awesome to help teach innovation and technology to kids of all ages and backgrounds.

He was EY’s Tech Entrepreneur of the Year in 2014, a judge for the 2018 Entrepreneur of the Year programme and head judge for the 2021 programme.

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