RHUBARB Innovation Summit 2018-10-03T03:27:46+00:00

RHUBARB Innovation Summit

This is an exclusive one day Business and Technology event for c-suite leaders and their key management teams that will discuss transformation through innovation with experienced local and international speakers.


When: Wed 29 Aug, 8.30am – 6pm
Venue: M Block, Windermere Campus, Toi Ohomai
Cost: From $90


RHUBARB is a community of organisations who are leading the Bay of Plenty to the forefront of innovation, technology and talent development. We aim to make the Bay of Plenty a location where technology minded people want to live, work, study and play.

Our Innovation Summit 2018 theme is ‘Transformational Technologies’ and aims to challenge thinking, create curiosity and engage regional leaders in how to transform through digital technology and manage an increasingly fast paced environment.

The event has something for everyone with both a business (suits) and technology (geeks) stream. The day will traverse topics as broad as customer experience, supply chain, the circular economy and the future of work, to cyber security, IoT, artificial intelligence, distributed ledgers and augmented reality. A business technology event not to be missed!

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Key speakers include:

SIMON KENNEDY, Air New Zealand

Simon joined Air New Zealand in October 2017 and was previously CIO at The Warehouse Group, where he led the technology function through a period of rapid business change and digital growth. Prior to joining The Warehouse Group, Simon worked in business and technology consulting, predominantly in the retail industry and most recently as a Partner at Kurt Salmon Associates. Originally from the UK, Simon started his career with Accenture in London in 1991 and spent time in Europe, NZ, USA, Canada and India before settling permanently in Auckland in 2009. Simon holds an MA in History & Economics from Oxford University and has recently become a New Zealand citizen.


Isuru Fernando is the Analytics and Artificial Intelligence Leader for IBM New Zealand.

Globally, Isuru has extensive experience working with leading organisations on digital and economic disruption. He is a recognised thought leader at IBM, is part of IBM’s Global Top Talent and sits on the worldwide panel for Product Futures.


Russell Craig is Microsoft New Zealand’s National Technology Officer (NTO). Based in Wellington, he works with both public and private sector stakeholders on matters related to technology strategy and policy.

Russell’s role allows him to bring his experience to bear in support of Microsoft’s customers, partners and stakeholders in New Zealand.


Liz Maguire is a passionate transformational leader who leads large programmes of change to fundamentally improve customer experience. Liz currently leads the digital transformation of ANZ New Zealand. With more than 20 years’ experience in financial services, Liz has held a wide range of leadership roles in products, marketing, business support and channel management.