Speakers

  • Gus Balbontin - Speaker

    Former executive at Lonely Planet, Founder, Investor, Mentor and Keynote speaker

    From his humble upbringing in Patagonia, by age of 22, Gus had hitchhiked across Latin America, built and sold his first business and secured his dream job at one of the most loved brands in the world, Lonely Planet. As the former Executive Director of Lonely Planet he led the company through significant cultural and product transformation that put the company back in the black and ready to tackle a digital future. As a current investor founder and owner of a creative studio he is involved heavily in educating the next cohort of entrepreneurs and corporate innovators.

  • Keith Buckley - Speaker

    Managing Director and Area Vice President A/NZ, Citrix

    Keith Buckley joined Citrix in January as Managing Director and Area Vice President having held previous leadership positions with multiple senior operational and sales positions at Riverbed, McAfee, Symantec and Dell. Keith’s depth of experience in cloud, security and channel complements his proven leadership skills to drive Citrix’s go-to-market strategy for customers and partners in ANZ.

  • Alex Bartley Catt - Panelist

    Managing Director, Spacetime

    As Managing Director of Spacetime, Alex Bartley Catt is responsible for helping New Zealand businesses and government understand and leverage Artificial Intelligence to differentiate, grow and innovate. This comes down to a core belief that AI technologies present the best opportunity to change the way we all interact with the digital world for the better.

  • Alex Manson - Panelist

    Application Developer, Aportio

    Alex Manson is one of Aportio's Developers focusing mainly on Natural Language Processing. He has a strong passion for all things Machine learning and how the advancements in technology can beneficially impact our day to day life. Alex is also very interested in privacy and security and how we can move forward with Machine Learning while still ensuring data privacy and security. He has worked at Aportio for ~3 years, and before that, he was working at Fletcher Building for Datacom. So has worked in both large enterprises and startups.

  • Ben Berry-Smith - Panelist

    Head of BizDev, Base 2

    Ben Berry-Smith is the Head of BizDev at Base 2, he has been in the I.T Industry for 10 years in Sales and Customer Facing roles in SaaS, Distribution and most recently Managed IT Services. Ben was a winner of the Sales award in the 30 under 30 in 2019 and has been nominated for a number of other industry awards. Ben is passionate about delivering Excellent customer experiences and continuing to contribute to the success of the Base 2 business.

  • Keryn Algie - Panelist

    Country Business Manager, Be Nimble IT

    Keryn Algie has over 18 years’ technology, cloud solutions and partner manager experience. As Be Nimble IT’s Country Business Manager, Keryn’s role is to work exclusively with Channel Partners and Services Providers to drive the adoption of Cloud Platform and Services for Start-ups, Small Businesses and Independent Software Vendors (ISVs).

  • Olivia Fogarty - Panelist

    Service Delivery Manager, The Instillery

    Olivia is a tech-native millennial who has been pulling things apart to see how they work for as long as she can remember. She started off her career in 2013 as a junior engineer with Origin IT, working through several technical roles in the business before joining The Instillery family as part of last year's mega-merger. As Service Delivery Manager, Olivia has a key role in managing and developing support services for clients in the local Small Business and Mid-market sectors.

  • Ryan Raj - Panelist

    National Marketing Manager, Telegistics

    Ryan Raj is the National Marketing Manager of Telegistics, a Spark & New Zealand owned Distributor known for their Value-Added Services and Distribution Partnerships with Cisco, Nokia and Ekahau. Ryan comes from a strong Digital Marketing & Startup background having worked for several startups since he finished university & graduated in 2014. Since then he has led the success of many startups as a Marketer, Brand Builder, Co-Founder & Digital Strategist for small businesses across New Zealand and Australia (within the first 6 years of his career). As a success-driven individual and one of the youngest members of Telegistics leadership team, he brings a fresh perspective on Digital Marketing trends and initiatives. His vision and intimate knowledge of Marketing Ryan have played a key part in assisting the emergence of Telegistics across the ICT Channel.

  • Leon Spencer

    Editor, ARN and Reseller News

    As Editor of ARN and Reseller News, Leon is responsible for managing the publications’ editorial team and guiding the broader editorial strategy. Leon has a focus on the core issues of the local channel landscape and the broader enterprise technology sector.

  • Rob O'Neill

    Senior Journalist, Reseller News

    Rob O'Neill is covering new developments in the Kiwi IT channel for Reseller News. He has previously worked for ZDNet, The Sydney Morning Herald and Melbourne's The Age as well as various business titles.