Strategy Director, PHD
Gareth has over 15 years’ experience in the media and advertising industry, 7.5 years in London and 8 years in NZ, and for the last five of those years he’s been with PHD as a Strategy Director both in a global role with Unilever and within the NZ office in Auckland. His career has spanned both media and creative agency life, working on a wide range of clients – IBM, Tourism Ireland, Kellogg’s, Samsung, Activision, EMI, Virgin Records, Associated Press, 2degrees, Pernod Ricard, Nissan, Lotto NZ, DB Breweries, ANZ, Farmers, Mercedes-Benz, Unilever and Spark NZ. He regularly talks at advertising and media industry training courses run by NZ’s advertising governing body the Commercial Communication Council, being a regular on both their Strategy Lab & Media Lab courses, as well as mentoring marketing students at Auckland University.
Education Director, Microsoft APAC
Don leads Microsoft’s Education business across APAC and is responsible for implementing the company’s vision to empower students and educators to achieve more. Don and his team work closely with academic institutions, governments, partners and educators to enable the education transformation across this diverse region. He has worked in the field of education and training for over 25 years, working in a variety of roles within the technology industry. He worked for Microsoft between the years 2000 to 2008 and has recently rejoined the company in September, 2015. Don’s previous roles with Microsoft include responsibilities for managing Education businesses in Australia, Central and Eastern Europe and Western Europe.
Emirates Team New Zealand Head of Design
20 Years Experience in Formula One and America’s Cup
PhD in Sail Aerodynamics
1998-2004 : McLaren Formula One
1998 : McLaren Constructors’ World Champion
2007 : United Internet Team Germany
2010 : Alinghi
2013 : Emirates Team New Zealand
2017 : Emirates Team New Zealand (Winner)
Having sailed since age 9, Elise saw studying engineering as a pathway to combine her love of sailing with her interest in maths and physics. She was accepted into the accelerated pathway and graduated with first class honours. The week after finishing her final engineering science exam, Elise started working at Emirates Team New Zealand. During the 35th America’s Cup, as the youngest full time employee, she worked in a number of areas including aerodynamics, designing 3D printed components, running VPP’s and modelling how the boat would fit in the plane to be flown up to Bermuda. Since winning the cup, Elise has been involved with developing the new class of boat and writing the AC75 class rule. She is now working on the design of ETNZ’s first AC75.
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