M2 Magazine presents
M2 Summit
M2 Summit
Thursday 7 Sep 2023
8:30am – 5:30pm

Will AI Kill Your Business Strategy?

Within this decade AI & 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.


What to expect

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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agenda (7 SEPTEMBER 2023)


9:00am Welcome – Andre Rowell, Editor M2 Magazine

9:10am “AI: Dreams, Doubts and Brilliance” – Tim Warren (Ambit)

9:35am “How to Embrace Automation & AI to Boost Productivity for Competitive Advantage” -Karl Budge (SailGP) & Alan Marks (Oracle)

10:00am “Harnessing the Power of Data: Leveraging AI & Analytics for Business Growth” -Emily Blumenthal (Yabble)

10:25am “Enhancing Customer Experience in the Age of AI: Delivering Personalised Experiences at Scale” -Greg Cross (Soul Machines)


11:30am “What Does AI mean for Jobs? How to to Future-Proof & Upskill Your Workforce” -Haren Sam (AWS)

11:55am “How Corporates Can Collaborate with Startups & Entrepreneurs for Disruptive Growth” -Ramesh Haridas

12:20pm “How To Get Started with AI Now” -Asa Cox (Arcanum)

12:55pm “The Ultimate Case Study For AI: Getting Everyone Home Safe” – Danu Abeysuriya (Rush), Cameron Hyndman (Downer) and Rawinder Singh


2:30pm “Positioning New Zealand Organisations for Competitive Advantage” -Matt Ensor (Frankly/Beca)

2:55pm “What Are The Long Term Implications Of AI For Humanity?” -Professor Albert Bifet (Waikato University)

3:20pm “Successfully Adopting AI Strategies in a Challenging Business Landscape” -Kari Jones (Countdown)

3:45pm “Cybersecurity in the Digital Age: Protecting Business Assets & Customer Trust” -Sam Pickles (RedShield)


4:25pm A Glimpse At The Future of Entertainment – Dr Miles Gregory

4:50pm “AI for Humans: Harnessing AI as a co-pilot for humankind” -Lee Hickin (Microsoft)

5:15pm “What I’ve Learnt” -Richard Conway (Pure SEO)

5:35pm Final Wrap Up and Key Insights


6:45pm Close

Speakers (7 September 2023)


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. 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.

Dr. Miles Gregory

Dr. Miles Gregory is a leading figure in the world of cultural entrepreneurship blending traditional art forms with cutting-edge technology. Born in Wellington, and educated in NZ and the UK, Miles has served as the founding artistic director for several organizations but he’s particularly known for founding the Pop-up Globe, which attracted audiences of over 750,000 people in Australasia. A multiple-award winner, including a Sir Peter Blake Leader Award, for the last three years he’s been the executive director at Emmy-nominated Auckland creative digital agency Gladeye. His latest project in collaboration with Gladeye seeks to redefine storytelling through AI and immersive experiences.

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.



What People Who  Attended Say

“Great event, incredibly diverse range of speakers to cover all aspects. Really well done guys, enjoyed immensely and well worth the personal investment.”

“Well organized event and a great audience. It was great to be part of this as a speaker. Thoroughly enjoyed it and took away a lot from the day.”

Great event and speakers – a very worthwhile day.”

Great to see so many business leaders interested in and learning about AI.”

“Thanks for another great event, really enjoyed it!”

“It was an excellent day!”

Companies That Attend M2 Summit

ALP Windows
Anderson Lloyd
Aroa Biosurgery
Art of Mentoring
Auckland City BMW
Auckland Concrete Grinding
Auckland Council
Auckland Museum
Auckland Thoroughbred Racing
Baldwin Boyle Group
Barfoot & Thompson
Bastion Shine
Brand Magic
Cinch HR
Code Blue
Code HQ
Contact Energy
Cook Costello
Cyber Sentience
Dawson & Co
Dicker Data
Digital Island
Direct Capital
East Auckland BMW
Elite Business
Elucidate Consulting
Foster Moore
Furze Architects
Global Security
Goodline NZ
Grant Thornton
Harmony & Havoc
Harrison Grierson
HJ Asmuss
House of Travel
Hudson Gavin Martin
HYPR -AI Summit
Johnson & Laird
Just Life Group
Labour Exchange
Les Mills
Lexel Systems
Life Plus
Link Business
Lodestar Energy
Mackenzie & Co
Mark Collins
Matrix Consulting
Melanie Disse Consulting
Minter Ellison
MTF Finance
National Mini Storage
Nautilus Estate
Oji Fibre Solutions
One NZ
Pie Funds
Pita Pit
Public Trust
Sanem Digital
SG Fleet
SME Growth
SMX Email
Soar Communications Group
South Pacific Pictures
Speirs Group / Yoogo
Splash Digital
Steel & Tube
STH Group
Strategy & Ops
Talent Soluions
Tax Traders
Tek Systems
Town Square Media
Trust Management
Uni Services
Urgent Couriers
Valid Consulting
Vision Systems
Voyage Affaires
We Create
Woolworths NZ
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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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