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Pete Hodgson

Chair Callaghan Innovation

Pete Hodgson is a former Cabinet Minister (New Zealand Government 1999 –2008) governing a variety of portfolios included Research, Science and Technology; Economic Development; and Commerce. 

Pete is the Chair of Callaghan Innovation and the Southern District Health Board. Following a period on the Board of Otago Innovation Limited (OIL), Pete was appointed Chief Executive of the company in 2014. OIL is responsible for supporting University of Otago researchers in developing and commercialising their intellectual property.

He has a Bachelor's degree in Veterinary Science from Massey University and a Master’s degree in Public Policy (with Distinction) from Victoria University of Wellington.


Greg Shanahan

Founder and Managing Director TIN

Greg’s dedication and passion for the technology sector led him to establish Technology Investment Network (TIN) in 1999. Under his direction, the TIN Report has enjoyed growing recognition and influence since its inception in 2005. 
His in-depth industry knowledge is underpinned by his role as co-founder and MD of high-tech medical device company Veriphi. Veriphi’ has developed a radically innovative analyser that uses lasers to verify drug identity and concentration, to prevent medication error and optimise dose accuracy. Veriphi’s analyser will be part of a cloud enabled service, designed to make IV medication safe, effective and accessible.


Frank Bloomfield

Director of Liggins Institute

Professor Frank Bloomfield is the Director of the Liggins Institute.  He is a Professor in Neonatology, and until recently a Consultant Neonatologist at Auckland City Hospital.
Frank took a BSc (first class honours) in Experimental Immunology and Oncology at the University of Manchester and then MBChB, also at Manchester. He trained in paediatrics in the north-west of England, obtaining MRCP before moving to New Zealand where he specialised in neonatal paediatrics, obtaining FRACP. He took a PhD in paediatrics at The University of Auckland and spent two years in Toronto as a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Toronto and a neonatal transport fellow at the Hospital for Sick Children. He was appointed as a Senior Lecturer in Neonatology at The University of Auckland and a specialist neonatologist at Auckland City Hospital in 2002.  In 2013 he was promoted to Professor and in 2015 was appointed Director of the Liggins Institute at the University of Auckland.


Jackson Rowland

Director of Ākina Invest

Jackson is the Director of Ākina Invest, the investment arm of New Zealand's leading impact development organisation. He is also a firm believer in the potential impact investing has to transform some of the most significant challenges facing New Zealand, and is part of the management team of the Impact Enterprise Fund, New Zealand's first impact investing fund.


Kiriti Rambhatla

A leader in space health

Kiriti is a creative technologist and innovation professional with 15 years experience in domains like technology, digital media and engineering across markets in North America, Europe, Africa and Asia Pacific. His focus areas include emerging technologies,  systems engineering, industry 4.0 & bioastronautics. with education qualifications including a bachelors in Electrical Engineering (Canada) and a Masters in Business Administration (Italy). He is also a graduate of the ELP program at London Business School and an executive certificate in Innovation from MIT, USA. Former speaker at TeDx and European Commission while past work was covered in publications like Forbes.


Morris Pita

Chief Executive and Founder of Emergency Q

Morris Pita is the Chief Executive and founder of Tai Pari Mōhio Ltd, the creator of Emergency Q – a platform that reduces overcrowding in hospital Emergency Departments by supporting the safe redirection of non-emergency patients to primary care. Morris has a wide-ranging commercial background here and offshore at EY, Mercury and BG Group. He is passionate about driving better outcomes for communities and contributing to the development of a more equitable health service, particularly for Māori ad Pasifika. He is a former member of the Waitematā and Auckland District Health Boards and co-founder and former director of Tūruki Pharmacy in South Auckland, providing affordable medicine to low-income whānau. He Co-chairs his hapū Trust in Northland (Whangaroa Ngaiotonga) and was previously a member of the Eden Park Trust Board from 2009-2018 where he chaired the Finance and Audit committee.  Morris holds an MBA from the University of Oxford and an LLM (Hons, 1st) and BA from the University of Auckland.


John Mamea-Wilson

Founder and CEO of SekiTech

John Mamea-Wilson has a long and reputable background in Sports Science & Sports Performance working alongside many of the top sports organisations and athletes in the world. John's pivot into developing MedTech hardware and platform solutions was a personal one. It came by wanting to solve one of many challenges his late mother was having with her leukemia illness. 
John's journey to assist his mother covered many countries, much regulatory engagement and alot of blood, sweat and tears. It didn't take long to realise that solutions require a collective and Collaboration is King. "Pasifika people are born navigators, problem solvers and relationship builders. I had a problem I wanted to solve and that was all I had. No tech, no coding, no medical device experience at all. I called upon all of my God given Pasifika gifts and had to get creative and collaborative"
Years later SekiTech solutions service Aboriginal, Maori & North American remote communities as well as NHS in Scotland and played an important role in at home wellness testing in Wuhan, China. 


Prof Peter Hunter

Director of the Auckland Bioengineering Institute

As Director of the Auckland Bioengineering Institute and Professor of Engineering Science at the University of Auckland, Peter Hunter is helping to develop standards based physiological models and the use of computational methods for understanding the integrated physiological function of the body in terms of the structure and function of tissues, cells and proteins.



Kevin Ross

CEO of Precision Driven Health

Kevin Ross is CEO of Precision Driven Health (PDH), an award-winning research partnership applying data science to enable precision health. PDH establishes collaborations between clinicians, data scientists and technology companies, applying the latest advances in data science to generate health benefits. He is also Director of Research for Orion Health, a New Zealand-owned global healthcare platform managing over 100 million patients worldwide, a member of the Digital Council of Aotearoa and a Fellow of Health Informatics New Zealand. Kevin was part of New Zealand’s COVID-19 response modelling team Te Pūnaha Matatini to receive the 2020 Prime Minister’s Science Prize, and a finalist for the 2021 IT Professional of the Year.


Robyn Whittaker

Public Health Physician and Clinical Director Innovation

Robyn is a public health physician and Clinical Director Innovation at Waitemata DHB’s Institute for Innovation and Improvement. She is also Assoc Prof at the National Institute for Health Innovation (NIHI) at the University of Auckland. Her research interests are in developing mHealth interventions to be delivered to people directly using their mobile phones.



Oliver Hunt

Founder and CEO of Medsalv

Oliver Hunt is Founder and CEO of Medsalv, a company leading New Zealand's healthcare sector towards a more sustainable future through the remanufacturing of Single-use Medical Devices.
Founded in late 2017, Medsalv works with the majority of New Zealand's surgical hospitals and has been nationally recognised in the Circular Economy, Business for Good, and Hi-Tech spaces.


Nandoun Abeysekera

Founder and CEO of Avasa

Nandoun is a Biomedical Engineer turned Doctor. He is the Founder and CEO of Avasa, a venture backed medical device start up that is developing a novel implant to improve reconstructive surgery. Clinically, he has diverse experience in medical and surgical specialties, and he now continues to practice medicine as a GP based in Auckland. He wishes to work at the intersection of medicine, design, and engineering to translate ideas that address currently unmet clinical needs into meaningful solutions that improve the lives of people.


Lisa Brown

General Surgeon and Aerospace Medicine Researcher

Lisa Brown, MBChB, PhD, FRACS, AFAsMA is a General Surgeon and Aerospace Medicine Researcher.  She is establishing the New Zealand National Space Health Research Center.  Lisa has undergone training in Aerospace Medicine through the University of Texas; was the Aerospace Medicine Research Fellow at the University of Oxford; completed an internship at German Aerospace and sits on multiple international Space Medicine Councils.


Grace Tawhai

Medical student

Grace Tawhai is a Bachelor of Medical Science (Honours) student, with a keen interest in ear, nose and throat surgery. She has been involved in a range of research projects with the Auckland Bioengineering Institute and was a poster winner for the Te Tītoki Mataora MedTech Research Translator Māori summer studentship. Her current project with the Douglas Research group focuses on developing new management options for chronic rhinosinusitis  and following this she will complete her final year of medical school in 2023 at North Shore and Waitakere Hospitals.

Wendy Bao

APAC Strategy & Innovation Chapter Lead

Brendan Swan

Personalised Healthcare Partner- Squad Lead

Jorge Serrador

Associate Professor at Western Sydney University


Erica Lloyd

General Manager of Healthcare and Education Global at Soul Machines

As General Manager of Healthcare and Education Global at Soul Machines Erica Lloyd works to add empathy with humanized AI into patient and healthcare workforce experiences at scale and to deploy Soul Machines autonomously animated Digital People for the benefit of healthcare and education enterprises globally. Erica works with multiple clients worldwide and is a seasoned executive with a background in technology, innovation ecosystem and research in both the private and public sector.


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