Speakers, CEO Summit 2017.

Dr. Tom Waller

Senior Vice President of Whitespace™ at lululemon athletica

Tom heads up a team of 30 creative innovators and R&D experts spanning the fields of science, technology, engineering and materials with a common focus of inventing the company’s product future.

While innovation has always been core to lululemon, the structure and approach of the Whitespace™ team is Tom’s brainchild and even its name reflects his preference for empirical design that starts with a blank canvas.Working cross-functionally with lululemon’s design team and community network of athlete and yogi ambassadors, Whitespace™ is integral to the development of innovative new fabrics and designs to support an individual’s optimal athletic performance.

David Gram

Senior Innovation Director at LEGO Group

David is heading up the marketing and business development in LEGO’s Creative Play Lab: a lab consisting of 35 designers, marketers, business developers, engineers and project managers tasked with inventing the future of play.

David Gram, an experienced change agent and radical innovation practitioner, is heading up the marketing and business development in LEGO’s Creative Play Lab: a lab consisting of 35 designers, marketers, business developers, engineers and project managers tasked with inventing the future of play. With a start-up mentality and an entrepreneurial mindset, the team is driving new and radical business initiatives from early concept development through pilot testing to growth and transition to core business. Through his career David has developed a number of unique insights and approaches to how businesses can stay afloat in an ever-faster changing world and transform the organization into a change-leading innovator. He believes that anybody can become a change agent in their own organization.

Noreen Chadha

General Manager of citizenM

Noreen is a partner and runs US operations for citizenM, a new kind of hotel that sets out to create a new experience for the next generation of traveller – the mobile citizen.

Noreen Chadha is originally from the Netherlands, the home base of citizenM, a new kind of hotel that sets out to create a new experience for the next generation of traveller – the mobile citizen. She is a partner in the company and represents the brand in the US. Having studied hotel management at L'Ecole Hoteliere de Lausanne in Switzerland, hospitality has been in her DNA for over a decade. She opened the first citizenM in New York, Times Square, in April 2014, where she currently runs the operations, and will remain involved in the brand's US roll out. citizenM's second confirmed property in NYC will be on Bowery, set to open in 2018, and further locations include Boston, Seattle, Miami, LA, Washington DC and San Francisco.

Ryan Holmes

Founder and CEO of Hootsuite

Ryan Holmes is the founder and CEO of Hootsuite, the world’s most widely used social relationship platform, with 15-million-plus users, including more than 800 of the Fortune 1000 companies. Recognized as an authority on digital transformation, entrepreneurship and social media, Ryan ranks as one of the top 20 global Influencers on LinkedIn and his insights are regularly shared in Fortune, Fast Company and the Wall Street Journal. Ryan is an active investor and advisor, whose Maple Syrup Mafia syndicate is dedicated to accelerating Canadian startups. Through his foundation, The Next Big Thing, he also offers fellowships and mentoring to tomorrow’s brightest entrepreneurs. A future enthusiast (with a love of VR) he’s a hacker at heart – always looking for easier, better and more efficient ways to solve problems.

Anna Curzon

Chief Partner Officer, Xero NZ

Anna has a personal interest for democratising success through technology. She is a key member of the Xero global leadership team and is passionate about the strong shared vision of the #human culture that supports and upskills its people, while attracting the world’s best and brightest tech talent.

Anna has a deep experience of online, financial services and operations and a strong passion for driving the success of New Zealanders and their businesses through technology. She is a key member of the global leadership team and is passionate about Xero's strong shared vision of the "#human" culture that supports and upskills its people, while attracting the world’s best and brightest tech talent. Keen to develop diversity in the sector throughout the country, she admits that securing people with the right type of experience for tech roles is still a tough thing to do. She sees the role of tech companies as being leaders in creating social and economic change. Whether that’s creating jobs, focusing on diversity and inclusion, or bolstering their own industry.

Tom Kelley

Partner
IDEO

Tom Kelley is a Partner at IDEO, a global design and innovation firm that creates impact through design thinking. He is author of The Art of Innovation (published in Japan as Hasso Suru Kaisha) and the New York Times bestseller, Creative Confidence (Kuretivu Maindosetu).  Tom is also a leading innovation speaker, addressing scores of business audiences in Asia, Europe, and America on how to foster a culture of innovation and tap into the creative potential of their organizations. In addition to his roles at IDEO, Tom serves as the first ever Executive Fellow at UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business. Tom is also the Founding Partner/Chairman of Japan’s newest venture capital firm, D4V (Design for Ventures).

Claudia Batten

New Zealand Trade and Enterprise

Claudia has spent the past 13 years in the US as a digital media entrepreneur. As a Kiwi based in the US, Claudia is passionate about helping New Zealand companies succeed in the American market.

A successful entrepreneur, Claudia was part of the founding team of Massive, a first-of-its-kind network for advertising in video games, sold to Microsoft in 2006. In 2009 she co-founded Victors & Spoils, the first advertising agency built on the principles of crowdsourcing. French holding company Havas bought a majority interest in the agency in 2012.

In 2014 Claudia was the youngest ever recipient of the prestigious “World Class New Zealand Supreme Award” for her achievements and work in inspiring the entrepreneurial ecosystem in New Zealand.

Chris Hacker

formerly Herman Miller

Chris Hacker is a Professor in the Graphic Design Graduate Program at Art Center College of Design. He is also Chief Design Officer of Hacker Design Group, a design consultancy specializing in Product and Brand Design Management and Sustainability Design. Previously, Chris was Vice President Marketing and Design at Herman Miller and was Creative Director, Consumer and Specialty. In this role, he oversaw the product and design initiatives of the Herman Miller Collection portfolio and managed the design and marketing activities for the Herman Miller Retail Store Division. Chris' passion is to spread an awareness of the power of design and designers in shaping a more sustainable future for business, making the products and materials produced lighter on the planet.

Simon Mainwaring

CEO of We First

Simon Mainwaring is the founder and CEO of We First, a global brand firm that provides purpose-driven strategy, training and content that empowers companies to lead business, shape culture, and better our world.

Simon Mainwaring is a New York Times best selling author and the founder of We First, a leading global brand firm that provides purpose-driven strategy, training, and content that empowers and positions companies for rapid growth, social impact and cultural leadership. Simon was included in the United Nation Foundation’s ‘Global Influencers to Follow’ in 2016; YPO’s Real Leaders, ‘100 Visionary Leaders’ for 2015; Global CEO’s 'Top CSR Leaders' for 2014; The Guardian’s, ‘Twitter List: The 30 Most Influential Sustainability Voices in America’ for 2013; and Trust Across America’s, ‘Top 100 Thought Leaders in Trustworthy Business Behavior' for 2012. Prior to starting We First, Simon was an award-winning advertising writer at many of the world’s top creative advertising agencies

Daniel Flynn

Co-founder and Managing Director of Thankyou

Daniel co-founded Thankyou in 2008 at the age of 19. What started as a bottled water company stocking water in cafes is now a flourishing social enterprise with over 50 products across water, food, body care and baby products that are sold in major Australian supermarkets. In eight years, Thankyou has given over $4.6 million to projects in 18 countries. The social enterprise has funded water, sanitation, food aid and child and maternal health programs for over 520,000 people in need.

In 2014 Daniel Flynn was named Victorian Young Australian of the Year. In 2015, Daniel Flynn was named EY Entrepreneur of the Year (Southern Region). In 2014 and 2015, Daniel Flynn and Co-founders Justine Flynn and Jarryd Burns were named in the Smart Company Hot 30 Under 30 Awards.

Peter Cullinane

Founder Lewis Road Creamery

Peter Cullinane is the founder of Lewis Road Creamery, a leading New Zealand food brand. He is a former partner of Assignment Group and the former Chief Operating Officer of Saatchi & Saatchi Worldwide.

Peter Cullinane established Lewis Road Creamery in 2011 as a personal mission to demonstrate the value of brands in an industry which had traditionally been solely focused on commodities. He is also co-founder of Antipodes Water and Assignment Group and the former Chief Operating Officer of Saatchi & Saatchi Worldwide. He is a respected force in global advertising and marketing, with extensive industry knowledge and expertise in Australasian and global markets. He is a Director of NZME and APN News & Media.

Loic Le Meur

Founder of Leade.rs

Loic Le Meur is a serial entrepreneur based in San Francisco. He is working on his new startup Leade.rs, an organisation that identifies new trends and the intriguing people behind them. It connects with corporate event professionals, press and brands, uncovering amazing people doing extraordinary things that they can invite to speak, write about, share products with, or invest in.
Loic co-founded LeWeb, one of the largest European tech events. He has also started and sold four companies, is an active business angel and was an early investor in LinkedIn, Evernote and Lending Club, among many others.
Loic was named one of "Europe's Tech25" by the WSJ as well as one of the "25 most influential people" on the web by Business Week. He is also a "Young Global Leader" with the World Economic Forum.