David has had a successful career in both the private, and lately the public sector, working for organizations that create, use or promote innovation and inventiveness. David has proven experience in developing, planning and executing business strategies across both multi-national corporations and small & medium business, in developed as well as emerging markets, and in economic development roles.
David has over 20 years’ experience in the ICT industry working for Microsoft in NZ and in Asia, and he is experienced in start-up businesses in a variety of industries. He is also an author, accomplished public speaker and communicator, and an award winning radio and TV actor.
David has a strong interest in working with companies that will help propel New Zealand into a position of world-leading innovation and success. In his current role of General Manager at NZ Trade and Enterprise, he is responsible for programmes to help NZ business grow internationally.
Jon is a well known writer, TV presenter and producer in NZ, with TV credits in IceTV, Who Ate All the Pies, and the panel show Would I Lie to You? For the past 4 years he has been the producer of NZ’s most successful TV comedy show, 7 Days.
A sought-after public speaker and writer, Jon’s endearing curiosity, his natural enthusiasm and fascination with the extraordinary is irresistible. He has an easy affinity with people, and an intelligent, witty approach to life. He has the ability to get under your skin.
His regular column in the Listener, popular blog We’re Building a House on stuff.co.nz, and his recently published book on cycling in NZ, Easy Rider, have further enhanced Jon’s reputation as an author of note.