Elle Archer

‘Inā kei te mohio koe, ko wai koe
I anga mai koe i hea, kei te mohio koe
Kei te anga atu ki hea’

‘My Why: Kotahitanga, To Unify – it drives We.’

Elle has been involved in Iwi, Business, Industry, Government, and Community development for 27yrs. With a background in Science, Geospatial Technology, Education, Infrastructure, and Emergency Management – Elle now finds herself in varying leadership positions across the region, nationally, and globally. Her kaupapa is centred around collective leadership, progressive governance, digital equity, inclusion in action, integrated ecosystems, strategic foresight, and tactical application.

Current Spaces:
• Chair, Te Matarau, The Māori Tech Association
• Chair, Waitaha Digital Equity Joint Committee
• Chair, Selwyn District Local Welfare Committee
• Managing Director, ELG Global
• Director, Network 4 Learning
• Director, Archland Investments: Commercial Property Investment and Development
• Trustee, Learning City Christchurch, Āko Ōtautahi
• Board Trustee, Central Plains Water Trust and Chair: Education and Biodiversity Portfolio
• Kaiarahi, Ngāti Tamaterā, Digital Strategic Framework
• University of Canterbury, Guest Lecturer, Progressive Governance/Omni-Cultural Leadership
• UC PhD Candidate, Impact-Led Governance
• Centre for Entrepreneurship, Speaker, Business Advisory and Mentor

Dr Elizabeth Berryman

Founder & Director

chnnl Ltd

Elizabeth has a wide range of clinical governance experience spanning 10 years, and has held roles on both industry and community-based boards, including the New Zealand Medical Association, Chair of the NZ Benevolent Society and founding trustee of Wāhine Connect (a professional mentoring service for women). 

She has a wealth of experience in the health sector, starting her career as a Registered Nurse in community Māori Health and working in the outback of Australia, before becoming a Medical Doctor working in Psychiatry. Elizabeth is also an honorary academic and lecturer at Auckland University, Faculty of Health and Medical Science in Health Informatics. She is an active researcher into how e-mental health can enable scalable treatment and monitoring methods for mental health.

chnnl, launched in 2020, is a solution that helps Healthcare identify psychosocial risks and combat issues such as bullying, harrassment, burnout and suicide. chnnl supports 25,000 front line workers to achieve their very best in life through transforming their organisations through the power of psychological safety.

Dr Cheryl Brown

Associate Professor, University of Canterbury

Co-Director, Digital Education Futures Lab

Cheryl is a Associate Professor in the School of Educational Studies and Leadership at the University of Canterbury and a Co-Director of the Digital Education Futures Lab.

Cheryl has worked in the higher education sector for the past 20 years in South Africa, Australia, and now New Zealand.
Her PhD (from the University of Cape Town) in Information Systems explored how inequality influences University students’ digital experience and consequently their digital identities.
In the past few years, she has focused on the role of technological devices (for example, cell phones and laptops) play in students’ learning and in the development of students’ digital literacy and citizenship practices.
She has led international research projects on digital education leadership, personal mobile devices in learning and teaching, student engagement in online learning and youth experiences living and learning in a digital world.

Cheryl is committed to developing a healthy and critical awareness of both the opportunities and challenges of living and learning in a digital world.
She has recently co-edited a book on Wellbeing: Global Policies and Perspectives Insights from Aotearoa New Zealand and beyond and is co-editing a special issue on digital literacy in resource constrained contexts.

Co-presenting with Kathryn MacCallum.

Amarit (Aim) Charoenphan

Angel Investor, Advisor & Venture Capitalist

Bangkok, Thailand

Aim is renowned as a thought leader on tech, entrepreneurship and ecosystem development. He is the Head Coach and Partner at The Omelet, an award winning innovation builder based in Bangkok, Thailand, and is a ASEAN Director of Impact Collective (IC), a community-driven investment and acceleration project for impact-driven startups focusing on opportunities in Asia. IC invests in, supports, and connect startups that are solving global challenges to accelerate the positive impact in the world.

He is the former CEO and currently Executive Chairman and Co-founder of HUBBA, Thailand’s first coworking space and community that is part of Google for Startups Partner Network. He is also the former Chief Connection Officer and Co-founder of Techsauce, one of Southeast Asia’s leading technology media and events company and the brain behind Techsauce Global Summit, one of the biggest and top 3 best Tech conferences in Asia.

Aim’s passion is for building the startup community, and over the past 8 years has helped entrepreneurs grow, which led him to angel invest in many of the top startups and actively mentors and coaches over 100+ different startups founders annually.

He is a Young Business Leader at the Asia New Zealand Foundation, Fellow of the Edmund Hillary Fellowship (EHF) in New Zealand, and was part of the Obama Foundation Leaders: Asia Pacific inaugural cohort.

Julian Downs

GM Technology


TSB, is an influential and engaging leader in the technology space. With more than 30 years of experience, Julian has driven outstanding technological change across a range of industries, including banking, energy, education, retail, and the public sector. As TSB’s GM of Technology Julian has his finger on the pulse of exceptional digital experiences for their customers, and he creates, implements, and maintains the Bank’s technology strategy to ensure TSB is agile, future-fit and able to leverage technology for unparalleled customer care.  Julian will share their recent path along this journey embracing different technologies to help them achieve their specific goals.

Julian will present with Contec’s Desley Haas, as these two iconic New Zealand companies share their journeys in embracing technologies to help them respond and thrive in the regulated dairy and banking environments.

James Everett

Creative Director

Niantic Aotearoa NZ

“Steering towards an Equitable Augmented Reality Future”

James has been fortunate to spend over 20 years making games with brilliant people on a wide range of platforms in diverse genres. James has volunteered with game developer organisations like the IGDA and NZGDA throughout his career and hosts Wellingtaru, a social gathering for gamedevs in Wellington.

In 2020 he co-founded XR consultancy NZXR which developed mobile AR experiences, VR training, and even immersive theatre. In April 2022 Niantic (creators of Pokémon GO) acquired NZXR and now the team helps accelerate Niantic’s global augmented reality efforts. James supports the Niantic Aotearoa NZ team as Creative Director.

James will explore perspectives to examine how your business or field may be changed by these technologies – The Inevitable XR Future and You.

Matthew Evetts

Director Connectivity & Security


Bridging the worlds of business and technology, Matthew leads a team focused on monitoring and identifying risks, delivering visibility and increased maturity, and the seamless integration of cyber security into Datacom’s customer environments.

Matthew’s 20 years of experience in business and IT has honed a set of skills targeted towards bridging the worlds of business and technology and making people the centre of progress. He is passionate about cybersecurity and the issues faced by organisations of all sizes.

Matthew leads a large team of people across advisory, security operations, managed cybersecurity services, and physical security with some of the most highly certified security professionals in the country as well as being home to one of the most mature security operations centres in New Zealand.

“Cyber has been a major focus for me and I’ve seen the sea-change that has occurred over the last decade; particularly the shift in awareness of cyber-security issues which has evolved and matured in business circles. Today the threatscape is changing as fast as I’ve ever seen before and I’m thrilled to be working with the country’s leading cybersecurity practice.”

Lily Feng

Category Marketing Manager

Fisher & Paykel Healthcare

“Every patient we help is someone’s mother, father, sibling, child or friend. Knowing we’re making a difference is incredibly humbling and satisfying” 

Lily works with a global team at F&P Healthcare, that is helping change clinical practice to improve patient care and outcomes.
She currently supports the North American market for the company’s adult Optiflow/Airvo product group. Previously, she has worked for the company as a Senior Product Manager, a Product Development Engineer, Product Manager (for Asian markets) and sales representative in Australia.  

Educating and creating materials that combine the latest clinical evidence and F&P product information are at the core of her role. Demand in these products has skyrocketed during the global pandemic.  

Outside of work, Lily can be found outdoors on hikes and indoors training Brazilian Jujitsu.   

Joanna Gilbert

Agile & Lean Center of Excellence Lead

Air New Zealand

Joanna holds a key leadership role in the transformation of our national carrier as they look to build back, and thrive.

Recognised for her capabilities across global commercial, consulting & public sector organisations, Joanna has held leadership roles on strategic initiatives, with a strong focus on transformation and change. Some of her career highlights include delivering key initiatives across the New Zealand health sector, leading Fonterra’s Food Safety and Quality transformation following the organisation’s botulism scare in 2013, working on cross-agency activities in developing countries including a ‘First Thousand Days’ initiative in Africa, and leading a number of International Development programmes in Asia, Africa & South America.

Joanna enjoys coming up with creative ways to solve problems & is passionate about leveraging insights & evidence-based approaches. Her regular speaking engagements are well received & she is frequently called on to collaborate with industry leaders worldwide. She is known for her passion on the topics of culture and performance, and her strengths in delivering innovative solutions that offer win-win-win opportunities for all.

Air New Zealand has a proud heritage and legacy of innovation, plus a responsibility to continue to change. As the tourism and airline industries look to rebuild globally, Air New Zealand has made a choice to go beyond and change how they do things. Over the past 2 years they have experimented with some different ways of working, and are now choosing to adopt an enterprise agile operating model – which they call Full Potential. The focus of this is about empowering people, breaking down silos and reducing hierarchy. It’s also about nurturing the health of their people, whilst driving performance. If they’re successful they should see improved outcomes with customers, greater engagement with their people, and better commercial outcomes.

Hear from Joanna as she shares Air New Zealand’s journey so far, some learnings, and where to next for the organisation.

Myles Glashier

CEO & Co-Founder

Phocas Software

Myles started his adult life as a biotechnologist but quickly realised that business rather than bacteria was more his thing. He founded Phocas in 2001 with a simple mission to help business leaders from manufacturing, distribution, and retail companies feel good about their data. 

Myles is passionate about culture, particularly helping employees and customers to have fun and fulfilling working lives and giving them a significant say in shaping Phocas. He has evolved the product by listening attentively to customers and delivering visionary functionality consistently so that customers have the best features that give business leaders the data they need to propel their businesses.   

After many years of living and working overseas, establishing Phocas in the UK, then in his hometown of Sydney, and finally in the US out of NYC, he lives now in Sydney on Bondi beach with his family. Phocas is growing like crazy with over A$55 million in revenue in FY22, approximately 2500 customers, 30,000 users worldwide, and approximately 300 employees working from offices spanning four continents.

In 2021, Phocas secured A$20 million in their first external fund-raising round to invest in the product, expand into new verticals and make good decisions for people, profit, and the planet. 

Desley Haas


Contec Group International

Contec Group International are leaders in supply chain management providing software for dairy processors and producers globally. Their in-depth industry knowledge has enabled them to build a bespoke system that fully services their customers’ needs. Desley’s experience gained through working in, and managing, various businesses over the years, she has built an amazing team at Contec, and has worked across every area of the business, having a major impact to their ongoing success.

Desley will present with TSB’s Julian Downs, as these two iconic New Zealand companies share their journeys in embracing technologies to help them respond and thrive in the regulated dairy and banking environments.

Abhinav Keswani

Digital Business & Team Topology Hacker

Abhinav is the former CEO and Co Founder of Trineo, a digital consulting services provider headquartered and founded in Christchurch. He led a multi-national expansion and growth strategy culminating in an acquisition by Canadian company, Traction on Demand, and subsequently by US giant Salesforce.

He firmly believes that people matter most, that great relationships yield the most long term value, and underpin a team’s chances of achieving any objective. Further to this, he has always stood by the fact that every business leader has a responsibility to make good decisions for our planet, customers, employees, communities, shareholders.

Personally, he focuses on family, friends, food, music, environmentalism, local & global community service, long term thinking and mountain stoke on a bike, climbing, skiing, hiking.

Dr Kathryn MacCallum

Associate Professor, University of Canterbury

Co-Director, Digital Education Futures Lab

Kathryn is a Associate Professor in the School of Educational Studies and Leadership at the University of Canterbury and a Co-Director of the Digital Education Futures Lab.

Kathryn has been recognised for her longstanding passion for integrating digital technology into her teaching and was awarded the Ako Aotearoa National Tertiary Teaching Excellence Award.
Kathryn has over the years established a strong research background focusing on the integration of digital tools into the curriculum both in pre K12, K12 and tertiary contexts.
She has led and been involved in a number of research projects exploring the role of technology (and more recently AR and VR) to support learners.
She has been involved in a number of research projects, both in New Zealand and Internationally, developing innovative approaches to the integration of technology within all sectors of education.

Her current work explores the broad influence and roll out of digital skills and computational thinking across school in NZ and the impact this has on digital equity.

Alongside extensive publications, Kathryn has also edited three books on the use of emerging practices in education. Kathryn also serves as Editor in Chief for the International Journal of Mobile and Blended Learning (IJMBL), the Journal of Information Technology Education: Research (JITE: Research) and the Journal of Information Technology Education: Innovations in Practice (JITE:IIP).
She is also current President of the International Association for Mobile Learning (IAmLearn) and is a board member of EdTechNZ.

Co-presenting with Cheryl Brown.

Hannes Prinsloo

Director of Project Management


Hannes is the Director of Project Management at Trimble’s JV with Caterpillar where he has held roles in program and project management for the last 10+ years. He has over 20 years of experience in product development with specific experience in software development starting his career as an embedded FW and RF engineer.

At Trimble and CTCT, Hannes has held positions as a Project Manager, NZ PMO lead and most recently the role of Director.
Hannes has led Projects and Programs ranging from small enhancements to existing products through to the program management of the Trimble’s Grade Control program, launched in 2017. Other projects managed included OEM factory integration, HW and FW efforts. 

As Director of Program Management and a member of the Trimble Program Management steering committee he is focussed on best practices as far as development processes are concerned (NPI T5, NTI TRL5).

Matthias Risse

Chief Technology Officer


Matthias H. Risse is a technologist, designer and photographer. He is currently based in sunny Nelson, New Zealand. Born in Germany, he was among the first generation of digital natives and has worked at the intersection of technology, art and design for more than two decades.

Hear from Matthias on Creative Technology. Creativity and technology are often thought of as two separate disciplines. We will explore in this talk why they are indeed two sides of the same coin and harnessing this perspective has the potential to create superior outcomes. How do we encourage individuals to go out of their comfort zone? How do we encourage them to be inspired and collaboratively turn their curiosity into sticky products customers love?

Pip Loader


Tech Summit MC

Pip is a programmer and coder – of People.  She is a communication and engagement expert, helping leaders build more effective, engaged and meaning-full teams that deliver more meaningful outcomes for their organisation and their customers.

Pip’s mantra is ‘Everything we do, starts, and ends, with People’ and her programs help leaders put the fundamentals in place to build great teams that have the chemistry, clarity and confidence to keep up with the pace of change and deliver value, faster and more effective than they ever thought possible.

She has an extensive leadership background in both the private and public sectors, including 3 years at Microsoft, and leading a Co-design and Innovation Lab in local government.  She is also married to a ‘tech junkie’, who once brought her a Universal Remote as a birthday present.  Surprisingly, they are still together.

Whether she is delivering a keynote, or working with leadership groups, she brings a healthy dose of humour, simple language, and stories.  Like a good single malt, her work is rich, powerful and not watered down.

Pip will be one of the MC’s at this year’s Tech Summit.

Hamish Watson (he/him)

Director, Morph iT

Tech Summit MC

Hamish is passionate about community, data and making a difference.  Educating and helping others learn is important to Hamish and he speaks both locally and internationally (virtually) and is a repeat guest lecturer at a local university.

Hamish runs Morph iT, a consultancy company, bringing DevOps efficiencies to the evolving Data Platform is both a personal passion and a key driver for his company.  Mentoring is important to Hamish, and he encourages and supports first time and WIT speakers at community events he organises.

Hamish will be one of the MC’s at this year’s Tech Summit.

Ryan the Lion Ashton

Founder, A Few Quiet Yarns

Networking Facilitator

“Networking is a skill everyone can learn”

Ryan is an animated networker who runs a nationwide tech-networking event called “A Few Quiet Yarns”, enabling an environment crafted for those who don’t enjoy networking under normal circumstances to get going, making connections through authentic conversations with ease. With a 20 year background in Tech Sales & Marketing he lives and breathe technology and will deep dive into meaningful conversations about software development, digital twins, devops and UX – in fact any area of technology.

Ryan will be running a networking session within the break times, facilitating networking while teaching networking skills – wait til you learn about the psychology and physiology of networking, it will unlock all the “how to’s” in a way you’ll never forget.