M2 Summit

Thursday 20 May 2021

Cordis Hotel, Auckland CBD
11:15am – 6:00pm

M2 Summit

Thursday 20 May 2021

Cordis Hotel, Auckland CBD
11:15am – 6:00pm

 The M2 Summit is a live event series bringing the pages of M2 Magazine to life!

With a focus on Innovation, the Future of Work, Disruption, Strategy, Wellness and Technology, designed to keep you, your colleagues and your valued clients ahead of the game in a rapidly changing environment while supporting New Zealand Inc.

You will network with like-minded business professionals working on ideas and solutions to meet the challenges of growth in today’s exciting world. Each event has 10 expert keynote thought leaders speaking on a variety of topics.

You will come away with actionable ideas, new business opportunities and new contacts for your innovation journey.

Our 2021 Auckland event is on Thursday 20 May.

You can book single tickets or tables of 8.

The Schedule

Tuesday 3 November 2020
Cordis Hotel, Auckland CBD

11:00 am
Arrival – Coffee & Tea
11:30 am
Welcome by M2 Editor, Andre Rowell
11:40 am
The power of community
Robert Dunne,  Country manager for Movember New Zealand
12:00 pm
How to monetize your own data
Kathryn Topp, CEO & Founder, Yabble
12:20 pm
What can a marathon teach you about running a business?
Duncan Shand, Founder & CEO, YoungShand
12:40 pm
How long can your business keep doing what it’s doing?
Mark Eltom, CEO, Core Innovation
1:00 pm
1:50 pm
From Street to Sir
Sir Ray Avery, Pharmaceutical Scientist, Inventor & Social Entrepreneur 
2:10 pm
“Hackers don’t break in, they log in – the basics of cyber security culture”
Hilary Walton, CISO, Kordia Group
2:30 pm
Have You Got What It Takes To Be A Venture Capitalist?
Rob Vickery, Managing Partner and Founder, Hillfarrance Venture Capital
2:50 pm
Afternoon Tea
3:20 pm
What is the future of mobility
Lewis Mills, Head of Public Policy, Uber NZ
3:40 pm
From small town New Zealand to global tech influence
Andrew Flavell, Chief Technology Officer, Plexure
4:00 pm
Collaboration, not just a buzzword
Kristin Harper, Stanley Henry, Indiyah Beckmannflay and Pita Pirihi, The Nesian Network
4:20 pm
Key Insights with Andre Rowell
4:20 pm
Networking Cocktail Party
6:00 pm


Vaughan Fergusson

Vaughan Fergusson

Founder & Director of Vend
What does it take to build and sell a $500m company. And what do you next?

Kiwi Retail tech success story Vend hit the headlines recently after being bought by Canadian company Lightspeed for US$350 million ($NZ484m). The sale is a testament to the vision of founder Vaughan Fergusson who was EY’s Tech Entrepreneur of the Year in 2014 & is the co-founder of The Pam Fergusson Charitable Trust which runs educational initiatives like OMGTech!, Voluntari.ly and inawe.co.nz

Scott Walker

Scott Walker

Director, Writer, & Producer
How to make the a hit movie for Netflix

He’s spent 13 years in international advertising, overseeing dozens of commercial productions and culminating in 1999 with him being one of the leads responsible for SONY PlayStation’s $100m worldwide advertising account based in London. Then, after running his own agency, winning a client roster that included the global launch of Xbox, Scott transitioned into writing and directing feature films. On Aug 27, 2020 Scott’s film, The Frozen Ground was acquired and released by Netflix, and within 3 days it became their #1 most watched film in the US.

Nuwi Samarakone M2 Summit

Nuwanthie Samarakone

Founder of ICE
What culture collision mean for the future of business?

An experienced international business owner and company director, Nuwanthie stands for values-based impact that creates better lives. Her founding business, ICE, is an early in careers people consultancy firm specialising in designing, delivering and developing schemes for organisations looking to build early talent pipelines for the future. She grew the business from Aotearoa to 6 countries covering off 24 markets across Asia Pacific. Some of the clients ICE partner with are FTSE 500, Forbes top 100 brands and Government Agencies in the Asia Pacific region.


Sarah Colcord

Founder of Chooice
How to build a powerful community of thousands

When New Zealand went into level 4 lockdown, 24-year-old Sarah Colcord’s event and project management business completely dried up. Longing for a platform for small New Zealand businesses to promote themselves during that time, she launched a Facebook group called New Zealand Made Products. The group was a huge hit: in just two months it grew to over 500,000 members. The group was a lifeline for small businesses, helping them survive and thrive during and after the lockdown period. Now Sarah has transformed New Zealand Made Products into an online marketplace called Chooice.


Matt McHardy

Head of Investor Relationships at PMG
How to build intergenerational wealth 

As Head of Investor Relationships at PMG, Matt McHardy has a passion for financial literacy and making commercial property investing more accessible for everyday Kiwis. Since joining PMG – one of the most established commercial property funds managers in New Zealand, with over $650 million worth of assets under management – Matt and his team have successfully raised over half a billion dollars from investors around New Zealand. But with the growing gap between the haves and the have-nots, ever increasing volatility and uncertainty, a housing market that is out of reach for many, and inadequate financial literacy in general, the future generations of New Zealanders face a perilous journey ahead unless we collectively do something about it.


Imche Fourie

CEO of Outset Ventures
Growing world-changing deep tech out of NZ 

Imche works on the intersection of deep technology and venture capital and has built Outset Ventures to be the largest science and engineering venture incubator in Aotearoa. Her career started out in the laboratory researching neurodegenerative diseases but has since meandered through a variety of experiments before founding New Zealand’s home of deep technology. Curiosity and community sit at the heart of everything she does and she is passionate about backing inquisitive people with big ideas.


Greig Brebner

Founder Blunt Umbrellas
How to build the best umbrella in the world

As the fascinating founder of Blunt Umbrellas, Greig’s work needs little introduction. He has turned an ordinary product into an extraordinary one – taking the humble umbrella and creating something that we cherish. But Greig’s story is certainly not one of overnight success, he has had quite the journey – particularly with the mental challenges involved and stamina required as he focused on creating the best umbrella in the world. His story is one of relentless focus in pursuit of perfection. And now of course, getting ready for what comes next for Blunt.


Melissa Davies

Founder at Holdmine and Independent Director
The power of tech to solve human problems

She has built a career demystifying the complex, bringing structure from chaos, and creating high performing teams, driving success for herself and others. Though all the skills in the world were rendered redundant and Melissa Davies was left feeling completely overwhelmed by grief and confusion when her father died suddenly, the experience of navigating her father’s estate, amidst complex family dynamics, left her feeling there had to be an easier way. She has spent the last few years developing Holdmine – a product that has arguably the most important task in the world — to hold our intentions, and hopes and dreams for our family, when we are not able to communicate them ourselves.


Katheren Leitner

CEO of Asthma New Zealand
How solving our high Asthma rates starts at home

She’s a woman on a mission. As CEO of Asthma New Zealand, Katheren Leither represents more than 700,000 New Zealanders who suffer from Asthma or respiratory illness. There are many reasons why New Zealand has one of the highest Asthma rates in the world – and the humble home is one of them. Katheren will explain how our homes, even brand new or in the most affluent of suburbs, impact our health, the tech advances to address this, simple things we can do ourselves and new thinking regarding building and creating healthier futures for Kiwis.


Greg MacPherson

Anti-Aging Expert
The science behind a longer life

Pharmacist, technologist, entrepreneur and author of, “Harnessing the Nine Hallmarks of Aging: to live your healthiest life.” For more than 30 years Greg has worked at the intersection of technology and the health fields and recently, in the last decade working in the biotechnology sector, specifically focusing on the aging process at the cellular level.


“The guests we hosted and myself had the opportunity to re-invest in ourselves & our businesses. It was about personal and business and we all got a lot out of it. During our usual workday we are busy, but the M2 Summit allowed use to re-calibrate. I was able to invite people I bump into in the industry that I wanted to spend more time with. The variety of topics & speakers made a valuable day, as opposed to just one speaker / one topic events – there was something to keep everyone engaged throughout the event”.      – Reese Barragar, Senior Commercial Broker at Barfoot & Thompson Commercial.

I enjoyed the day and came away with several excellent take outs and a couple of good networking opportunities for follow up. Often when one attends such events, they are industry specific and themed, but what really made the day was the eclectic range of speakers covering a broad spectrum from start-ups to business stars with something to interest most people. I think the 20 min speaker format kept things interesting and moving as did the format and variety from individual speakers, to Andre interviewing some of the presenters. Well done to you and your team.
-Les Probert

Many thanks for the exceptional day! The broad range of speakers were inspirational, as were the amazing people that filled your audience. The venue was spot on and the food was awesome! I particularly enjoyed the format – fast moving that showcased the depth of talented people doing some incredible things both here and internationally. I’m looking forward to more.
-Peter Adams

What an inspirational start to a Wednesday, hearing Dave Letele aka the Brown Buttabean open the #m2successsummit. Love his message that health is the real wealth – it’s not uncommon to forget this if we’re too focused on our work life demands. A good reminder to stop making excuses for neglecting your physical and mental wellbeing (and with that, I’m leaving the office and heading off to play a game of netball!).
-Sally Vernon

Well done on an exceptional event. By far the best of its kind in New Zealand. Can’t wait for the next one.
-Melanie Reece

Companies that Attend

M2 Summit

Each ticket includes:

– Learnings and advice from 10 inspiring speakers
– Network opportunities throughout the day with like-minded people
– Lunch included
– Further networking opportunitites at the cocktail function (drinks included)
– A 1 year M2 Subscription including a summary of the event, all the speakers & image galleries
Held at Cordis Hotel, Auckland CBD

M2 Success Summit November 2020 Gallery

M2 Summit

Thursday 20 May 2021

Cordis Hotel, Auckland CBD
11:15am – 6:00pm

How we’re hosting a safe event

We’re taking appropriate measures to ensure your safety at M2 Summit by working closely with the Cordis Hotel to provide a safe and seamless event. 

Everything will be planned according to the best interest of our attendees, also taking into consideration the rules and regulations advised by the Government at the time of the event. 

Areas we will focus on for the event. and that we are working on with The Cordis include:

– Advance online registration and managed contact tracing

– 5 star sanitisation and hygiene practices

– Appropriate seating arrangements

– A table service menu and table drinks service

– Signage to remind all attendees of the current safety requirements

If you have any questions around what we are doing to keep you, our staff and the Cordis team safe, please don’t hesitate to reach out to Greg@m2now.co.nz