2019's World Class Speakers

Trelise Cooper

Dame Trelise Cooper established her iconic fashion design business in the early 1980s with her first boutique opening in 1985. Celebrating all that it means to be a woman is at the forefront of her renowned, highly elaborate, and spectacular fashion. The designs have captivated imaginations across the world with styles worn by many international celebrities including Julia Roberts, Miley Cyrus, Catherine Zeta Jones and Stevie Nicks.

Always with a thoughtful considered approach to business, Trelise has deeply held principles and ethics that are woven into the fabric of her company. Her core values are love and kindness. She has a relentless quest for knowledge and believes that, “When you learn, teach; when you get, give”.  

Today there are 10 flagship stores, a significant online store and more than 300 stockists around the world carrying her women's, girls’, eyewear and jewellery collections.

Well known for her philanthropy and work with multiple charities, Trelise was appointed a Dame in 2014 for services to fashion and the community.

"How to stay relevant to succeed in business long-term"

Cam Wallace

Appointed as Chief Revenue Officer in January 2014, Cam is responsible for generating Air New Zealand’s passenger and cargo revenue, currently a portfolio with a turnover of $5 billion. In this role, he leads a team of general managers with over 1500 employees in total across his portfolio, based in New Zealand and other international markets, including Australia, North America, Argentina, Singapore, China, Japan, the United Kingdom and Europe. 

Cam joined Air New Zealand in 2001 and held a number of senior positions in the airline including Group General Manager New Zealand and Pacific Islands and General Manager Australia. 

Cam has completed business management programmes at Darden School of Business, Kellogg School of Management - Northwestern University Chicago, and the London Business School. Most recently he studied at INSEAD, France, where he completed the Advanced Management Programme.

"Business learnings from Air New Zealand"

Greg Cross

Greg is one of the original technomads who has spent his career travelling to and living in every major tech market in the world. He now lives in New Zealand but creates businesses that compete on the international stage. In 2017, PowerbyProxi - a company he co-founded - was sold to Apple.

In 2016 Greg teamed up with Dr Mark Sagar to create Soul Machines to focus on humanizing Artificial Intelligence and exploring the future of human-machine cooperation. With global corporations like Proctor & Gamble, AutoDesk, Mercedes Benz, Royal Bank of Scotland, ANZ Bank and Westpac Bank as early customers, Soul Machines is re-imagining what is possible in the delivery and underlying economics of highly personalized customer experiences and specialized knowledge.

Greg is also the Sir John Logan Campbell Executive in Residence at the University of Auckland Business School. He just took out 2019 Flying Kiwi Award and was inducted into the NZ Hi-Tech Hall of Fame at the recent Hi-Tech Awards.

"The future of Human & Machine Cooperation and what it will mean for you and your business"

Graham Henry

Sir Graham is one of the most successful rugby coaches of all time - coaching the All Blacks to 88 wins in 103 tests and eventually taking the 2011 Rugby World Cup. During his reign, the All Blacks held the Bledisloe Cup every year since 2003 and won the Investec Tri Nations five times.

Sir Graham achieved this success through his approach to the people on his team and the culture he was able to create as a result. Sir Graham's lessons and learnings from leading the All Blacks to win the World Cup are hugely relevant to how you can run a better business with more engagement from your team in a fun and accountable culture.

"Lessons on how to create a culture that fosters a winning team"

Rachel Taulelei

Rachel is an award-winning entrepreneur and a former NZ Trade Commissioner. She presently sits on the Prime Minister’s Business Advisory Council and has received the Sir Peter Blake Leadership Award and is a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to food and hospitality. In 2018 she was named Maori Woman Business Leader and she's just been announced as a 2019 World Class New Zealand award winner in the Kea Awards which recognise inspirational, world-leading Kiwis who are making outstanding contributions to New Zealand’s economic, social and cultural development. 

Rachel knows the value of NZ to potential customers - she's spent 20 years promoting Aotearoa as a world-class producer of food and beverages. She is currently the CEO of Kono NZ, a top-100 New Zealand food and beverage company, farming more than 1000ha of land and sea, and exporting to over 25 countries. Their brands include Tohu, Kono and Aronui wines, Tutu cider, Kono mussels, Kiwa oysters, and Annies fruit bars. 

Kono also grows apples, pears, kiwifruit and hops, and is involved in sustainable seafood through its business Yellow Brick Road, which Rachel founded.She's also a director of NZ Hops. 

Rachel's governance experience includes Moana, Wellington Regional Stadium Trust, New Zealand Wine Growers, Aquaculture New Zealand, the Young Enterprise Trust, and Sir Peter Blake Trust.

"How to take your business to the world"

Dion Nash

Having cut his teeth as an international cricketer, representing New Zealand for nearly a decade before retiring due to a series of injuries, Dion successfully made the transition into the world of business.

He was sought out by major drinks brand, 42 Below, who quickly elevated him to marketing director. It wasn't long before Dion had his sights set on another challenge: founding popular men's grooming range, Triumph & Disaster.

His passion for skincare started with his long days on the field under the baking sun and the brand he's created is at the forefront of a clean, natural, ethical skincare revolution. Triumph and Disaster has grown exponentially, now selling in over 600 stores worldwide and across more than ten countries, in prestigious stores such as Fred Segal in LA, Harvey Nicholls in Dubai and Selfridges in London.  

"From cricket to start-up to fast-growing business success"

Jon Bridges

Jon is a multi-award-winning television producer who has been creating for the small screen in New Zealand for nearly 30 years. He was an original pioneer in the New Zealand standup comedy scene before moving to television, starring in youth TV classic Ice TV through the late nineties. Unable to say no to a challenge in the media, Jon wrote a popular humour column in the Listener, spent four years getting up early to host a chaotic breakfast radio show, published a few books, made comedy shows, sports shows and game shows, and wrote a blog for Stuff.co.nz journalling his house build. 

Jon is the co-creator and founding producer of New Zealand’s most successful comedy show ever, 7 Days, which turns ten this August. His current programme is Three’s The Project, which has spent 2.5 successful years in the primetime 7pm battleground. 

"Tricks of the trade on how to give a public speech... and actually enjoy it"

Libby Babet

Libby Babet is a health and fitness author, speaker, qualified journalist, TV presenter and entrepreneur who owns four businesses in health and fitness. She was recently the trainer on Channel TEN’s The Biggest Loser: Transformed and is the resident personal trainer for Women’s Fitness magazine. As a former Queensland state representative runner, Libby has been in health, fitness and wellbeing for 20 years and is now focused on unleashing your best body and mind. 

She is the founder of two fitness businesses - Australia’s first ‘entertrainment’ group the BUF Girls and athletic performance studio AGOGA in Bondi. She is also co-founder of real food snack company Chief Nutrition. Libby and Justin are proud new parents of daughter Izzy. 

Libby will use her expertise to bring wellness to life at Nurture Change through a specifically designed wellness and health programme.

"Healthy habits for a better life culture"

Paul Roos

Paul Roos is a highly regarded and respected leader who specialises in leadership, culture, and behaviours. An ex-professional AFL player and Premiership-winning AFL coach, Paul has a wealth of experience and wisdom around what it takes to get groups of people performing as a team, at their best. 

Paul runs his own business, Performance by Design, and is a renowned corporate speaker, television host, columnist and author. To learn more, please visit PaulRoos.com.au

"Leading with integrity"