MaD2019: Key Presenters

Opening Address (Monday 20 May 2019 | ca. 8.45-9.30am):

Vic Crone – CEO, Callaghan Innovation

Vic Crone - low res

Vic came on board as Chief Executive with Callaghan Innovation in March 2017. She has significant executive and governance experience in technology and innovation. She brings a strong customer focus, and a track record of leading and implementing strategy, and building organisational culture. Vic was previously the Managing Director of Xero, NZ and New Markets, following executive roles at Chorus and Telecom New Zealand. She has been an Independent Director on the Boards of a number of companies and organisations in the technology sector, including RedShield, Figure.NZ, Creative HQ and the Hi-Tech Trust.


Key Address at Gala Dinner (Monday 20 May 2019 | ca. 7pm):

Professor Juliet Gerrard – Prime Minister’s Chief Science Advisor

Professor Juliet Gerrard trained at Oxford University, where she completed a First Class Honours degree in Chemistry and a DPhil in Biological Chemistry.

In 1993, she was appointed as a research scientist at Crop & Food Research, where her multidisciplinary research portfolio included a substantial element of applied research in the food science area.

She was appointed as a Lecturer in Biochemistry at the University of Canterbury in 1998, where she became Professor and Co-Director of the Biomolecular Interaction Centre.

In 2014, she moved to the University of Auckland as a Professor in the School of Biological Sciences and the School of Chemical Sciences and is now the Associate Dean for Research in the Faculty of Science.

Juliet’s research has a broad base and is interdisciplinary, cutting across biochemistry, chemistry, health, agricultural and food science and biomaterial design. It also incorporates a full spectrum of fundamental and applied research, ranging from Marsden projects to research for industry, and includes collaborations in the UK, USA and Australia.

From 2012-2016 she held a Callaghan Innovation Industry and Outreach Fellowship (at 50% FTE) focussed on creating an integrated research programme across Callaghan Innovation and the Universities of Canterbury and Auckland. During this time she also founded a start-up company, Hi-Aspect Ltd, which went on to receive seed funding from a private investor in 2017.

Juliet has over 150 publications, as well as three books. She won a National Teaching Award for Sustained Excellence in Tertiary Teaching in 2004 and has served on FRST panels and domain reviews. She enjoyed her role as Chair of the Cellular, Molecular and Physiological Biology Marsden Panel and Deputy Chair of the Marsden Council prior to being appointed Chair in 2012. She stepped down from this role early in 2018, having overseen an increase in the fund from around $54 million to over $80 million and steered the Marsden Fund Council through the creation of the Fund’s first investment plan.

Juliet has had an increasing interest in governance and served on the Board of Directors of Plant & Food Research Ltd from 2013-2018. Juliet has resigned her roles on Boards to take up this position and won’t apply for research funds in New Zealand while she holds the role.


MaD2019 Keynote Speakers:

Fiona Cresswell (Monday 20 May 2019)

Fisher & Paykel Healthcare

Fiona Cresswell is an experienced B2B technical marketer and inspiring people leader with 18 years’ experience in global medical device manufacturing at Fisher & Paykel Healthcare. Throughout this time Fiona has led teams of Clinical, Marketing and Operational professionals through numerous international product launches and transformation projects. Fiona has helped drive the growth of the organisation’s sleep apnea business to a turnover of more than NZ$350 million. More recently, Fiona’s focus has been on improving the efficiency and collaboration of marketing business-wide and leading a digital transformation of marketing systems, processes and practices.

Melissa Bornholdt (Monday 20 May 2019)

Fisher & Paykel Healthcare

Melissa Bornholdt is an accomplished Industrial Designer who has worked across the medical, marine and outdoor industries to transform products from undesirable utility to desirable necessity. In the relentless pursuit of emotionally connected design, Mel has worked on light weight kayaks and cost-effective jet boats to world-leading sleep apnea medical devices.

In her most recent role at Fisher & Paykel Healthcare she leads a team of talented Industrial Designers in the creation of multiple design projects. Her philosophy is centered on the user, which in turn drives her relentless pursuit to create and transform sleep apnea treatment into something that patients want, rather than need to use. Mel turns the undesirable into desirable and creates products people ultimately love.


Göran Roos

Innovation Performance Pty Ltd

Göran Roos is a member of the board of the Global Centre for Modern Ageing and of Seeley International Pty Ltd. He is a Visiting Professor at Australian Industrial Transformation Institute, Flinders University; a Stretton Fellow appointed by the City of Playford at University of Adelaide; Visiting Professor at Tongji University, Shanghai; and Adjunct Professor at the Institute of Economics and Management of the Immanuel Kant Baltic Federal University. Göran is a fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE) and of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences (IVA).

Göran is the founder or co-founder of several companies in many countries and is presently the Managing Director for Innovation Performance Pty Ltd. He has also worked as a consultant in more than 50 countries as well as having served in management positions in several European and US-based corporations and he has been supporting the Prime Minister’s Taskforce on Manufacturing in Australia.

Göran is one of the founders of modern intellectual capital science and a recognised world expert in this field as well as a major contributor to the thinking and practice in the areas of strategy and innovation management as well as industrial and innovation policy.


Peter Haythornthwaite

Bio coming soon!


Wendy Kerr

Bio coming soon!