M2 Magazine presents
M2 Summit
M2 Summit sponsors
Thursday 7 September 2023
8:00am – 6:45pm
Shed 10, Auckland

Will AI Kill Your Business Strategy?

Within this decade alone, AI and Machine Learning technologies are expected to:
-Radically alter companies existing strategic plans.
-Significantly change (yet again) your customers’ expectations.
-Markedly increase the efficiency achieved from almost all business resources.


Understanding the impacts AI is already having, and where it’s headed next is critical, which is why we have assembled some of the world’s best AI practioners for a full day AI summit, to give you and your team the complete scope of AI’s threats, and immense opportunities.


The M2 AI Summit is for Business Leaders to better understand the risks, opportunities & timelines of AI & Machine Learning. 16 expert speakers & technology solution providers who will share their insights, strategies, best practices & insights into the future of business & work.


Our goal is for you to come away with strategies for competitive advantage to harness the unique & dynamic change AI is driving globally. Understand how to use AI to build better products, increase efficiency, create better connections with customers & activate the passion of your team. Also the ethical, regulatory & responsibility issues in this space. Plus relationship-building & networking with smart people on the day.


A day of immersion with keynotes, case studies, panel discussions & networking.


Ticket Sales Close 31 August 2023

What to expect

16 Keynotes by Industry Visionaries:

The M2 Summit features a lineup of renowned experts and thought leaders who will share their insights, experiences, and predictions on the future of AI. Gain valuable knowledge and perspectives from these influencers who are shaping the AI landscape.

Meeting Areas:
Dive deep into specific sectors and industries with dedicated meeting areas or just catch up on some work or a zoom call.


All Guests will receive: Espresso Coffee, Lunch, Drinks and nibbles at the Networking function & A 1 year subscription to M2 Magazine

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9:00am Welcome

9:10am “Is AI Moving Too Quickly & What Are The risks?”

9:40am “How to Embrace Automation & AI to Boost productivity for Competitive Advantage”

– Karl Budge (SailGP) & Alan Marks (Oracle)

10:10am “Harnessing the Power of Data: Leveraging AI & Analytics for Business Growth”

– Emily Blumenthal (Yabble)

10:40am “Enhancing Customer Experience in the Age of AI: Delivering Personalised Experiences at Scale”

– Greg Cross (Soul Machines)


11:30am “How to Build a Culture of Innovation to Future-Proof & Upskill Your Workforce”

– Asa Cox (Arcanum)

12:00pm “Staying Ahead of the Competition to Avoid the Risk of Being Left Behind by Disruption”

– Sydney Savion

12:30pm “Using AI for Marketing & Sales for Customer Acquisition & Retention”

– Tim Warren (Ambit)


2:00pm “The Potential of AI to Improve Community Equity Through Hearing From The Silent Majority”

– Matt Ensor (Frankly)

2:30pm “What Are The Long Term Implications Of AI For Humanity?”

– Professor Albert Bifet (Waikato University)

3:00pm “Successfully Adopting AI Strategies in a Challenging Business Landscape”

– Kari Jones (Countdown)


3:50pm “Cybersecurity in the Digital Age: Protecting Business Assets & Customer Trust”

– Fabian Partigliani (RedShield)

4:20pm “How Corporates Can Collaborate with Startups & Entrepreneurs for Disruptive Growth”

– Ramesh Haridas

4:50pm “Using AI to Supercharge Efficiency, Productivity & Speed in Business Operations”

– Lee Hicken (Microsoft)

5:20pm “What I’ve Learnt”

– Richard Conway (Pure SEO)


6:45pm Close

Our Speakers Include


Professor Albert Bifet

Albert is a Professor of AI, Director of the Te Ipu o te Mahara AI Institute at the University of Waikato and Co-chair of the Artificial Intelligence Researchers Association (AIRA). His research focuses on Artificial Intelligence, Big Data Science, and Machine Learning for Data Streams.  He is leading the TAIAO Environmental Data Science project, and he is co-leading the open source projects MOA Massive On-line Analysis, StreamDM for Spark Streaming and SAMOA Scalable Advanced Massive Online Analysis. He is the co-author of a book on Machine Learning from Data Streams published at MIT Press. He served as PC Co-Chair of DSAA’2021, Co-Chair of the Industrial track of IEEE MDM 2016, ECML PKDD 2015, and as Co-Chair of KDD BigMine (2019-2012), and ACM SAC Data Streams Track (2023-2012).

Asa Cox

Asa Cox is the founder & CEO of Arcanum, a company that specialises in helping finance teams increase their productivity with AI. Asa has nearly a decade of experience working with applied AI and has led Arcanum to work with well known startups and enterprises in NZ and internationally. 


Emily Blumenthal

Emily is A leader in CX, Insights and Data intelligence with over 15 years’ experience applying the latest in best practise to big brands including Foodstuffs, Sky TV and Coca-Cola.

This year Emily officially joined the AI revolution as Research Director for emerging global leader in AI for Insights, Yabble. In her role at Yabble Emily is at the forefront of transforming the research and insights industry, supporting the transition from a traditional ‘stayed’ set of research methods to, truly harnessing all the power that AI has to offer. Leveraging AI to helping organisations generate richer insight, faster, more accurately and securely, and at a fraction of the cost of traditional research methods.


Fabian Partigliani

Fabian is CEO of RedShield, a world-leading web application security service currently operating in the USA, UK, Australia and New Zealand. Fabian possesses more than two decades of experience as a global CEO, with blue-chip multinational companies in Europe, South America and Asia Pacific. He has held executive and non-executive director positions in management, strategy and marketing. Arriving in New Zealand in 2007 as CEO of Pernod Ricard, he led the transformation of that business into a successful, export-oriented company during his eight-year tenure. Fabian is also the current Chairman of plant-based food company Smartfoods and a Board Director of Auckland’s economic and cultural agency Auckland Unlimited.


Kari Jones

Kari Jones is the General Manager for Analytics & Insights with Woolworths Group with both local and group accountabilities. Kari leads a full stack data, analytics and insights capability responsible for driving analytics transformation and enablement end to end. At the group level, she is responsible for leading a culture transformation around data through the Woolworths Data Academy as well as sustainability analytics. Kari is committed to improving the performance of New Zealand organisations through the increased adoption and application of emerging technology, advanced analytics and artificial intelligence.

Tim Warren

CEO & Co-Founder of Ambit, a company that automates customer service with smart Digital Employees. Recent advances in AI mean that powerful capability is not around the corner, it’s here now, and understanding it is essential as we go into a world of unprecedented change. Ambit clients include: Tower, Vector, Pulse, Hallensteins & The Warehouse Group.


Dr. Sydney Savion

In her 20-plus years of executive experience at Google, Air New Zealand, Dell Technologies, Booz Allen Hamilton and the U.S. Air Force, Dr. Sydney Savion has led broad transformation, optimization and sustainability initiatives across industry sectors ranging from consulting, computing, aerospace to emerging markets. Dr. Savion is a fellow of the Center for the Study of Learning, George Washington University and a valued speaker on behavioral and neuroscience research and human and AI interaction. 

Dr. Haren Sam

Haren is the Head of Enterprise Greenfield segment at Amazon Web Services (AWS). He leads a team supporting Kiwi Enterprises that are transforming their businesses and driving customer-focused innovation. Previously, he led the Territory business for AWS in ASEAN. Prior to AWS, he held a number of senior roles within technology and consulting businesses across Asia Pacific. Haren is lifelong learner and has a Doctorate in Business Administration. He is an avid trail runner and lives with his wife and two children in Auckland.

Danushka Abeysuriya

Founded RUSH Digital in 2010 and has led its technology teams in developing world-first solutions for global companies such as Microsoft, Disney, Google, Samsung and Nokia. Local clients include: Metservice, Watercare, Foodstuffs, Te Whatu Ora, Z Energy & Public Trust. He’s overseen and been hands-on involved in the design, development and deployment of numerous software and hardware projects across a wide range of platforms,  disciplines & high-level strategy of where companies are going to sit in the future.


Greg Cross

Co-Founder of Soul Machines, a ground-breaking high tech company of AI researchers, neuroscientists, psychologists, artists and innovative thinkers; re-imagining how we connect with machines. Greg also co-founded PowerbyProxi a company that was sold to Apple in 2017. Soul Machines works with celebrities like: Jack Nicklaus, K-Pop legend Mark Tuan & NBA All Star Carmelo Anthony.


Lee Hickin

Lee has over 30 years’ experience in the technology sector across the UK, Asia and Australia, and is driven by the potential for positive and responsible technology. As National Chief Technology Officer for Microsoft ANZ, he advises government and commercial organisations on digital strategy and the economic, innovation and social impact of cloud scale technology.
He is primarily focused on artificial intelligence, language models and machine learning. Lee heads Microsoft’s Office of Responsible AI for ANZ.
In addition, his work encompasses supporting Microsoft’s work in quantum computing.
Before joining Microsoft, Lee led the Internet of Things team for Amazon Web Services in Asia Pacific. He sits on the NSW Government Artificial Intelligence Review Committee and on several boards supporting technology innovators and public policy groups.

Ramesh Haridas

Ramesh Haridas

Ramesh Haridas is an entrepreneur and an investor. He has started and sold three internet companies and has invested in over 100 early stage startups. His last startup was an AI powered email assistant (InboxVudu) that was acquired by Google. He loves taking ideas from research and applying them to build prototypes and products. 

Key Sectors


Discover how AI is transforming the financial industry. Explore AI-powered fraud detection, personalized financial advice, algorithmic trading, and advanced risk management systems, revolutionizing the way financial institutions operate and ensuring enhanced security for customers.


Learn how AI is reshaping education. Explore personalized learning platforms, intelligent tutoring systems, automated assessments, and adaptive educational technologies. Discover how AI can cater to individual student needs, optimize educational outcomes, and enable lifelong learning.

Media & Entertainment

Delve into the intersection of AI and media & entertainment. Explore AI-driven content recommendation systems, personalized user experiences, predictive analytics, and automated content creation. Understand how AI is shaping the future of media consumption and revolutionising content creation and distribution.


Uncover the potential of AI in the legal sector. Learn about AI-powered legal research, contract analysis, document automation, and predictive analytics. Discover how AI can streamline legal processes, increase efficiency, and improve access to justice.


Explore the transformative impact of AI on the transport industry. Discover advancements in autonomous vehicles, intelligent traffic management systems, predictive maintenance, and logistics optimisation. Understand how AI is revolutionizing transportation, improving safety, efficiency, and sustainability.



Ticket Sales Close 31 August 2023

Why People Are Attending

“Having heard good things about from last year’s attendees …it would be great to connect with companies in NZ that are now starting to see the impact AI can have on their businesses.”
– Susan, Co-Founder & COO, Aportio – M2 AI Summit ticket holder.

“My business really needs to think forward on AI / productivity and the like. I’m keen to understand more and especially how NZ based SME’s can harness this opportunity.”
-Rachael McDonald, CEO, Trust Management – M2 AI Summit Ticket Holder.

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M2 Magazine presents
M2 Summit
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Thursday 7 September 2023
8:00AM – 6:45PM
Shed 10, Auckland



Ticket Sales Close 31 August 2023

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Event Details

12:30pm Registration & Lunch

1:20pm  Keynote Speakers 1-4

2:50pm  Afternoon Tea

3:10pm  Keynote Speakers 5-8

4:30pm Network Cocktail Party

5:30pm Close

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With a focus on Innovation, the Future of Work, Disruption, Strategy, Wellness, and Technology, M2 Summit is designed to keep you, your colleagues and team, and your valued clients ahead of the game in a rapidly changing environment while supporting New Zealand Inc.

Now that the world has been forced to go digital, M2 understands that the value of face-to-face interaction is stronger than ever. M2 Summit creates the space for you to network with like-minded business professionals working on ideas and solutions to meet the challenges of growth in today’s exciting world. Get back to growing your network to build, strengthen and deepen your professional relationships in person, rather than over a quick coffee or Zoom meeting.

Every Summit will introduce you to multiple keynote speakers, all experts or top professionals from their respective fields, to speak wisdom, value, and inspiration to you and your team. These talks are followed by a Q&A session and a networking event for our guests to engage.

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