#JAFAC Speakers

BizDojo Tory St, Wellington, 5-6 Sept 2019

James Magill

James Magill

General Bigshot for Retail Markets at Genesis Energy

James has a big job that sounds both majorly daunting and exceedingly cool. He is responsible for driving growth across Genesis’ retail portfolio, which involves leading product development, providing brand leadership, developing customer applications, digital architecture and data governance. How could one man do all this? He’s been doing it for a while, working in the energy sector around the world over the past 12 years.

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Sandy Davey

Sandy Davey

Founder of ProductSpace

Having been involved in more than 30 digital (hardware and software) products across B2C and B2B, she has a deep love of digital product management. Sandy’s seen the best, and worst, so she mashes agile, lean and new ways of working with passion, humour and pragmatism to help people, teams and organisations optimise the way they bring digital products to market.

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Sonya Williams

Sonya Williams

Co-Founder of Sharesies

Sonya saw an opportunity to make investing more accessible and provide everyone the chance to grow their wealth. She is a Co-Founder, Director and day-to-day runs the product and marketing at Sharesies. She comes from a career in startup, Saas and banking communities where she’s lead global marketing and product management—specialising in product strategy, customer acquisition, engagement and retention.

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Hiria Te Rangi

Hiria Te Rangi

Kaiwhakahaere at Whare Hauora

Hīria (Ngāti Porou, Tūwharetoa) loves her community and loves technology, so Kaiwhakahaere for Whare Hauora was a natural role for her.


With almost 20 years in tech with numerous technical and business roles in open data, open source, digital technologies and infrastructure. Hiria loves the way building out these incredible systems, is actually about the people, the tech is the easy part and she freely admits, being māori actually made things a lot easier.

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Nigel Dalton

Nigel Dalton

REA Group's Chief Inventor

Arguably the best title in the world. He leads a small research and development team focused on what will impact the global real estate industry beyond 2020. Using virtual reality, augmented reality, robotics and artificial intelligence, Nigel’s work aims to solve complex problems that improve time, trust and transparency in the property market.

Charlotte Walshe

Charlotte Walshe

CEO Jade Software

Charlotte currently heads up one of NZ's tech success stories; Jade Software - a company built on innovation that is based in Christchurch but works all over the world. She has a wealth of experience in the technology sector and has a particular focus on global new product commercialisation, and operations.


She will potentially speak about yodelling techniques of South America ... unless she tells us otherwise.

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Vanessa Oakley

Vanessa Oakley

GM Strategy & Business Operations at Chorus

Vanessa is a long-time telco person, most recently driving the introduction of New Ways of Working across Chorus. In 2019 she was the recipient of the Prime Minister's Business Scholarship for which she recently spent 5 weeks at MIT working on management, innovation and technology. Vanessa is values and people led. She’s a firm believer that everyone has super powers and she's also a strong Agile advocate - the world is moving too fast to be anything other than Agile.

She might talk about the importance of environments for human beings to grow and adapt in an organisation and how Agile contributes.

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Bron Thomson

Bron Thomson

Founder and CEO of Springload

Springload is a highly successful digital design agency in Wellington which Bron has built up to a 75+ strong team. Over the last 15 years she has worked with many high profile clients including a number of large banks in both NZ and Australia, the NZ Red Cross, multiple local and central Government agencies, international arts festivals, and many highly successful medium to large size corporations across NZ.


Her strength is in human-centred future thinking, and digital strategy. She is a disruptor and an innovator, and brings both humanity and a huge wealth of digital thinking and behavioural science to her clients' businesses as well as her own.

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