The Event

Our next summit takes place on 20-21 March 2018 in Auckland at the Villa Maria Estate winery. The 2018 theme focusses on what it takes to Design Your Company around Your Customer.

This exciting two-day event brings together the world’s best business experts and design thinking practitioners with New Zealand’s top industry leaders.

We will explore how customer insights drive decisions around an organisations purpose, brand, product and channels and how focused and disruptive design thinking can shape exceptional customer experiences and change the game for your business, forever.

We will announce our initial speaker line up in November.  Every year we sell out, so please act quickly.

 We look forward to seeing you in March!


“The CEO Summit was THE best conference I have ever attended – most notably because of the calibre of the speakers and the relevance of the theme.”Brett Hewlett, CEO, Comvita




20 and 21 of March 2018

Day 1

7.30am - 8.30am Registration
8.30am - 5.00pm followed by networking drinks & dinner.

Day 2

8.30am - 4.00pm followed by networking drinks.


Villa Maria Estate, Auckland


$2000 + GST - Single Registration
$1600 + GST - Multiple Registrations



Register now  

Frequently Asked Questions
  • When and where will the summit take place?

    The CEO Summit 2018 will take place on the 20 and 21 March 2018 at
    Villa Maria Estate, 118 Montgomerie Road, Mangere, Auckland


  • How can I register?

    Registrations can be made via the summit website
  • What are the registration rates?

    Single registrations can be purchased at tbc $2,000 per person (plus GST).
  • Am I eligible for a discount?

    Multiple registrations can be purchased at $1800 per person (plus GST).


  • What is included in my registration?

          - Access to some of the world’s best design thinkers.
      - Networking with other like-minded businesses.
      - Full catering across the two-day Summit, including tea breaks and lunch and refreshments.
      - In addition, a delegate networking dinner at the end of Day 1, hosted at Villa Maria Estate as well as networking drinks at the close of Day 2.

  • I only want to attend one day of the Summit, is that possible?

    Yes, one-day conference attendance is possible, however there is no discount applied for this. Normal Summit registrations prices will apply.
  • Is the Summit Programme available?

    Details will be posted on our website as they are confirmed. A full Summit programme, including Summit session times, will be available via the Summit App which will be launched late February 2018. 

    Speaker details can be found on Summit website. New speakers are being confirmed each week so ensure you check back.

  • When will on-site registrations open?

    On-site registrations will open at tbc 7.30am each morning. 1 hour prior to Summit commencement.

  • How can my organization become a Summit sponsor?

    Sponsorship opportunities are limited, so act today. To become a sponsor and for more information, please contact

  • How can I receive a list of participants or attendees?

    The participant list will be available via the Summit App

  • Am I able to transfer or cancel my registration?

    Should circumstances change and you are unable to attend the Summit, you may notify Stefan Kere Kere in writing and transfer your registration to another person.

    You may cancel your registration if you are unable to arrange a replacement. A refund will be provided less an administrative cancellation fee of $100. This must take place until 1 March 2018. After this date, registrations may not be transferred or refunded.

    If you find yourself in an unavoidable situation, please let Lisa Jukelevics know as soon as possible and we will be as reasonable as possible. If, for reasons beyond the control of the organisers, the Summit is cancelled, the registration fees will be refunded after deduction of expenses already incurred.

    Lisa jukelevics
    Learning Experience Specialist, Better By Design

  • How do I get to/from Villa Maria Estate?

    Parking will be available at Villa Maria Estate, for those coming in private cars.

    In addition, we will endeavour to coordinate a supply of taxis at the end of each Summit day ready to take you to your Auckland destination. However, we do still encourage you to book taxis directly to ensure ease of availability and minimise waiting time. For your ease below are some suggested companies.

    Corporate Cabs


    Phone:  +64 9 377 0773

    Co-op Taxis


    Phone:              +64 9 300 3000

    Green Cabs


    Phone:              +64 9 0508 447 336


  • I need help with accommodation in Auckland, what do you recommend?

    Attached are some hotels near Villa Maria Estate, as well as Auckland CBD.  Please contact the hotels directly to book and manage your reservations.

  • My question is not listed here. Who do I contact?

    Please contact for assistance.