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Speakers

Meet our speakers

Miriama Kamo – MC

Award winning Journalist Miriama Kamo is the presenter and a reporter for TVNZ’s flagship current affairs programme, Sunday. A founding Sunday team member, Miriama has relished working on the stories that matter to New Zealander's. Previous experience Miriama has...

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Robin Esrock

Having chased his bucket list to over 110 countries across 7 continents, renowned travel writer and bestselling author Robin Esrock knows how to tell a good story. Robin’s articles, stories, columns and photography have appeared in major publications on five...

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Jezza Williams

Jezza Williams is CEO of Makingtrax, New Zealand's Inclusive Tourism Specialists. With over 25 years in the adventure tourism industry, Jezza now a tetraplegic has an extensive background in both the tourism industry and inclusive travel. Prior to a life changing...

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Iain Cossar

Iain Cossar is the General Manager of the Tourism Branch within MBIE, and previously managed the Tourism, Sectors, Regions and Cities branch. Iain has worked at multiple roles within MBIE, managing the Communications and Digital Channels branch and as acting Chief...

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Nicolette van Lieshout

With over 25 years working in hospitality, a diploma in Hospitality Business Management, Human Resources Management and a NZIM Diploma in Management (DIPMGT) my passion is to inspire people to believe in themselves to be successful. Working for Accor for 5 years as...

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Leo Len

As the Tourism Business Development Manager of Alipay, Leo’s primary focus is to expand Alipay’s influence to tourism related industries in Australia and New Zealand in enabling them with the world’s most popular mobile payment platform. Leo joined Alipay in 2018 when...

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Steve Sanderson

Steve Sanderson is Chief Executive Officer at Wellington Airport. He joined Wellington Airport in February 2012. Prior to Wellington Airport, Steve was the CEO for Queenstown Airport. Steve has predominately a career background in infrastructure businesses including...

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Rebecca Ingram

Rebecca Ingram is General Manager NZ & Government Relations at Tourism New Zealand and responsible for TNZs partnerships with industry and government to support ongoing improvement to the tourism experience in New Zealand. Previously, Rebecca was responsible for...

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Nick Judd

Nick Judd was appointed as the Chief Strategy, Networks and Alliances Officer in October 2017 and leads Air New Zealand’s four Joint Venture Alliance partnerships, the Star Alliance relationship and the Sustainability and Transformation portfolios. He has worked...

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Dylan Rushbrook

Dylan is co-founder and MD of Tourism Talent, a talent development and talent marketplace specifically for the tourism industry. Dylan has long implored the tourism industry to change how it promotes itself as a career to New Zealanders. It is from a shared passion...

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Michael McQueen

International keynote speaker: Michael McQueen is a multi-award winning speaker, trend forecaster and six-time bestselling author. With clients including KPMG, Pepsi and Cisco, he has helped some of the world’s most successful brands navigate disruption and...

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Professor Susanne Becken

Prof Susanne Becken is a Professor of Sustainable Tourism at Griffith University in Australia and a Vice Chancellor Research Fellow at the University of Surrey in the United Kingdom. Susanne was the founding Director of the Griffith Institute for Tourism and has...

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Alexia Hilbertidou

Alexia is the founder and CEO of GirlBoss NZ - a 10,500 strong army of young women who are determined to achieve gender equality in their lifetimes. Dismayed by the under representation of women in leadership roles Alexia founded GirlBoss when she was just 16....

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Margy Osmond

Margy Osmond is the Chief Executive Officer of the Tourism & Transport Forum Australia (TTF), assuming the role in October 2014. Margy has extensive experience in policy development and advocacy, politics, membership organisations, management, media and public...

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Chris Roberts

Chris joined TIA as Chief Executive in July 2014. Previously he was a General Manager at Tourism New Zealand, with responsibility for government and stakeholder relations. Chris began his working life as a radio journalist. From senior editor roles at Radio New...

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