Women in HealthTech Breakfast

29 June 2022 at Cordis Hotel Auckland

Reaching for the Stars

A woman's career path can often be bumpy – gender bias, pay inequity, the ever-present glass ceiling, and for some the juggle of raising a family continue to be obstacles to women's career advancement.  Research has found that engaging in career planning can help women proactively manage their careers, navigate obstacles to advancement, and overcome gender bias and stereotypes.  In this panel session we will interview three female executives about their career journeys and find out whether careful planning, luck, or a combination of both played a part in their success.

Wednesday, 29 June from 7am to 8.00am
Great Hall 1, Cordis Hotel Auckland

$37 Standard Rate
$17 Student Rate




Dr Emma Ellis (formerly Parry) MBBS, FRANZCOG, FRCOG, MD, CMFM


Emma has had a varied career in Medicine encompassing Leadership roles in Public Hospitals, Otago and Auckland University academic positions and Governance and Medical Leadership in the private Healthcare sector. 
Throughout her career Emma has had an interest in technology and its ability to transform healthcare. She has often been an early adopter and even had research using Expert Systems in her MD completed in the late 1990s.
Emma has varied clinical interests, but is especially interested in screening, nutrition, ultrasound imaging and improving Maternal and Perinatal Health in the Developing World. In 2008 she established the New Zealand Maternal Fetal Medicine Network (NZMFMN) and the New Zealand Fetal Therapy centre.

In 2010 Emma was awarded the inaugural Next Woman of the Year award for her work in the area of development of Maternity Services. In 2013 Emma was a finalist in the Women of Influence Awards and in 2015 she received an award for Excellence in Teaching by the University of Auckland. In 2018 she was elected Chair of the Certificate of MFM sub-specialty committee of RANZCOG. In 2021 she joined the BOT of the NZ Gynaecological Cancer Foundation and is co-Chair.

Gina Hills, Orion Health’s Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice-President of People

Gina Hills is Orion Health’s Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice-President of People, and oversees all areas of finance and financial planning for the Orion Health Group. 

With 12 years’ experience in financial management, Gina leads the Group’s Finance team in providing strategic financial analysis to senior management and annual reporting requirements of the more than $110 million global company.   

Previously, Gina held roles at Visa Europe, Vodafone and BDO. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce, Accounting and Economics and is a member of New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants.


Hanie Yee, Chief Operating Officer of Alimetry

Hanie Yee is the Chief Operating Officer of Alimetry, a pioneering Auckland-based digital healthcare and diagnostic start-up. A senior industry leader, Hanie has over 20 years of international experience in research and commercialisation in the biotech, pharmaceutical and medical device industries, including almost a decade a Fisher & Paykel Healthcare. 
Hanie has a BSc in Molecular Biology, MSc (Hons) in Medical Science from the University of Auckland and has recently completed her Post Graduate Diploma in Business Management and Leadership from Darden Business School, University of Virginia. 
Hanie has a passion in helping to nurture and grow start-ups especially in healthcare. She joined SheEO (as an Activator) and ArcAngels in 2017, and has been an independent member of the Return on Science Medtech and Surgical Investment Committee since 2019 for which she is also currently the Chair. Hanie is the Executive-in-Residence at Matū, an early-stage deep tech venture capital fund, where she supports portfolio companies post-investment and contributes to MedTech, pharmaceutical and regulatory expertise. Hanie also has an interest in strategy and governance, and is an associate member of Institute of Directors and currently an observer on the board of Sweet Louise, which provides support to patients with incurable breast cancer. 
Outside of work, Hanie is a mum of two and lives in Auckland with her husband, kids and dog.


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