19 - 20 March 2019, Villa Maria Estate, Auckland

19 - 20 March 2019, Villa Maria Estate, Auckland

Join business and creative leaders from around the world, who are here to share their story and toolbox. It's about unlocking how to build and design your business around your customer, to drive new levels of international success. If you are committed to innovation, growth, learning, and leadership, you need to be here. It’s personal, premium and punchy. Jeremy Moon, Icebreaker founder, Curator and Chairman Better by Design


“This is by far the best business event in New Zealand. As well as sharing, I was learning. It was well worth the trip from San Francisco.” Tim Brown, CEO Allbirds



“This is by far the best business event in New Zealand. As well as sharing, I was learning. It was well worth the trip from San Francisco.” Tim Brown, CEO Allbirds


How has Vans grown over 30% each year, to exceed US$3B in global sales? 

How has Airbnb managed to re-invent accommodation choices globally?

How has Vans grown over 30% each year, to exceed US$3B in global sales? 

How has Airbnb managed to re-invent accommodation choices globally?


“The Better by Design CEO Summit has been amazing... it’s been great to trade ideas with so many other CEO’s and managers of growing organisations.” Dave Gilboa, Co-Founder and Co-CEO, Warby Parker



“The Better by Design CEO Summit has been amazing... it’s been great to trade ideas with so many other CEO’s and managers of growing organisations.” Dave Gilboa, Co-Founder and Co-CEO, Warby Parker


A few of our 2019 Speakers 

A few of our 2019 Speakers 

Doug Palladini Global Brand President - Vans

Doug was leading marketing at Vans [shoes] before he was promoted to President (CEO) in 2016. Vans was long the domain of the cool skater kid, but how have they exploded to be a globally relevant, US$3B business growing at over 30% per year? Come and learn from one of the true masters of sustainable growth.  

Doug Palladini Global Brand President - Vans

Doug was leading marketing at Vans [shoes] before he was promoted to President (CEO) in 2016. Vans was long the domain of the cool skater kid, but how have they exploded to be a globally relevant, US$3B business growing at over 30% per year? Come and learn from one of the true masters of sustainable growth.

Janelle Shane Research Specialist - AIWeirdness  

Janelle will share what machine learning is all about and how Artificial Intelligence (AI) will impact your life, both as a human being and as a business owner. You’ll leave the CEO Summit with an intuitive. Understanding of what AI is, the pitfalls and the opportunities in applying it to your own situation.

Janelle Shane Research Specialist - AIWeirdness  

Janelle will share what machine learning is all about and how Artificial Intelligence (AI) will impact your life, both as a human being and as a business owner. You’ll leave the CEO Summit with an intuitive. Understanding of what AI is, the pitfalls and the opportunities in applying it to your own situation.

Ethan Eismann Design Director for Homes - Airbnb  

Ethan is leading the user experience of home-sharing. Prior to Airbnb, Ethan led the product design team at Uber and Google’s shopping, travel and payments user experience teams. Ethan is passionateabout the design of global marketplaces that create economic empowerment and impact millions of people across the world.

Ethan Eismann Design Director for Homes - Airbnb

Ethan is leading the user experience of home-sharing. Prior to Airbnb, Ethan led the product design team at Uber and Google’s shopping, travel and payments user experience teams. Ethan is passionateabout the design of global marketplaces that create economic empowerment and impact millions of people across the world.

John O'Loghlen Regional BD Head, Australia and New Zealand Business - Alibaba Group  

After a decade of running businesses based in China, including leading Domino’s Pizza International’s Asian business, John now works with Australian and New Zealand brands to directly connect with the Chinese consumer. Before relocating to Sydney in 2014, John co-founded a leading gourmet pizza chain in Beijing, Gung Ho! Pizza. He has a background in finance and investment, including raising capital for private equity funds and start-ups across Asia. From entrepreneurial grit to emerging trends in retail and ecommerce, you’ll hear what it takes to win in China.  

John O'Loghlen Regional BD Head, Australia and New Zealand Business - Alibaba Group  

After a decade of running businesses based in China, including leading Domino’s Pizza International’s Asian business, John now works with Australian and New Zealand brands to directly connect with the Chinese consumer. Before relocating to Sydney in 2014, John co-founded a leading gourmet pizza chain in Beijing, Gung Ho! Pizza. He has a background in finance and investment, including raising capital for private equity funds and start-ups across Asia. From entrepreneurial grit to emerging trends in retail and ecommerce, you’ll hear what it takes to win in China.  

Angie Judge Chief Executive Officer - Dexibit 

After noticing staff on the doors at The Smithsonian Museum in Washington DC were still using manual clickers to measure customer data, Angie Judge founded Dexibit. Dexibit ingests big and small data to predict and analyse visitor behaviour to attractions using AI. Clients include The Smithsonian, the US Government, and Te Papa Museum here in New Zealand. Angie will share how she built a global phenomenon.

Angie Judge Chief Executive Officer - Dexibit 

After noticing staff on the doors at The Smithsonian Museum in Washington DC were still using manual clickers to measure customer data, Angie Judge founded Dexibit. Dexibit ingests big and small data to predict and analyse visitor behaviour to attractions using AI. Clients include The Smithsonian, the US Government, and Te Papa Museum here in New Zealand. Angie will share how she built a global phenomenon.

Jamie McLellan Head of Design - Allbirds

Is simplicity the new black? Learn how Jamie built the design code to drive Allbirds shoes to sales of over one million pairs in only two years. Jamie’s talk will be based around how to reinvent the familiar to become something fresh and compelling.

Jamie McLellan Head of Design - Allbirds 

Is simplicity the new black? Learn how Jamie built the design code to drive Allbirds shoes to sales of over one million pairs in only two years. Jamie’s talk will be based around how to reinvent the familiar to become something fresh and compelling.


Full speaker lineup releasing January 2019



Full speaker lineup releasing January 2019


A two day, world class event hosted at one of New Zealand’s top wineries

  • Tuesday 19th March 8.30am - 5.00pm followed by networking dinner and award winning wines  
  • Wednesday 20th March 8.30am - 4.00pm followed by networking drinks

Note: Onsite registration start times will be confirmed closer to the date

Book now for Early Bird pricing until 7 January 2019: 

  • $1,800 + GST per individual registration ($2,000 + GST after 7 January 2019)
  • $1,600 + GST per multi-person registration ($1,800 + GST after 7 January 2019  

Note: One-day only tickets are not available

Ticket Price includes: A genuine VIP experience. Not only will you be inspired by some of the world’s best thinkers, practitioners and business leaders, you can grab a drink and chat with them one-on-one as you enjoy the luxury and hospitality of Villa Maria Estate.  

Your CEO Summit experience will include two days of exceptional food and hand selected wine from the Villa Maria cellar at the complimentary networking dinner (Day 1) as well as closing drinks (Day 2). Lunches and refreshment breaks will be tailored with you in mind, with bespoke menus, barista made coffee and artisan teas.

Everything is laid on so you can relax, enjoy and soak up every interaction with our international and New Zealand based speakers and over 350 of New Zealand’s top business and design leaders at this exclusive networking event.

If you are traveling from out of Auckland to join us at Better by Design’s CEO Summit 2019, click here to see some of our favourite hotels.


Questions? We’d love to hear from you at ceosummit@nzte.govt.nz 

A two day, world class event hosted at one of New Zealand’s top wineries

  • Tuesday 19th March 8.30am - 5.00pm followed by networking dinner and award winning wines  
  • Wednesday 20th March 8.30am - 4.00pm followed by networking drinks

Note: Onsite registration start times will be confirmed closer to the date  

Book now for Early Bird pricing until 7 January 2019: 

  • $1,800 + GST per individual registration ($2,000 + GST after 7 January 2019)
  • $1,600 + GST per multi-person registration ($1,800 + GST after 7 January 2019  

Note: One-day only tickets are not available

Ticket Price includes: A genuine VIP experience. Not only will you be inspired by some of the world’s best thinkers, practitioners and business leaders, you can grab a drink and chat with them one-on-one as you enjoy the luxury and hospitality of Villa Maria Estate.  

Your CEO Summit experience will include two days of exceptional food and hand selected wine from the Villa Maria cellar at the complimentary networking dinner (Day 1) as well as closing drinks (Day 2). Lunches and refreshment breaks will be tailored with you in mind, with bespoke menus, barista made coffee and artisan teas.

Everything is laid on so you can relax, enjoy and soak up every interaction with our international and New Zealand based speakers and over 350 of New Zealand’s top business and design leaders at this exclusive networking event.

If you are traveling from out of Auckland to join us at Better by Design’s CEO Summit 2019, click here to see some of our favourite hotels.


Questions? We’d love to hear from you at ceosummit@nzte.govt.nz 

Previous CEO Summit Talks

Previous CEO Summit Talks