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Connecting with Callaghan: Focus & Priorities for Agtech & Food Innovation

Food and Agritech are critical New Zealand industries. Innovation for their future prosperity is key.

Join us with leaders from Callaghan innovation, Rosalie Nelson and Heather Deacon for their view on what the focus areas are for both sectors, as well as their strategy to tackle them.

Callaghan Innovation activates innovation and helps businesses grow faster for a better New Zealand. They partner with ambitious businesses of all sizes, providing a range of innovation and research and development (R&D) services to suit each stage of growth. Their staff of more than 200 of New Zealand’s leading scientists and engineers empower innovators by connecting people, opportunities and networks, and providing tailored technical solutions, skills and capability development programmes, and grants co-funding.

Come prepared with your questions, gain a new perspective and be inspired to develop (or improve) your own strategy and strengthen your connections.

What to Expect:

3.30pm                 Event kicks off

3.50pm                 Rosalie & Heather to present

4:30pm                 MC to facilitate Q&A

4.45pm                 Networking

5.00pm                 Event finishes

Meet the Speakers:

Rosalie Nelson | General Manager, Strategy Impact and Insights

Before joining Callaghan Innovation’s leadership team, Rosalie was the head of market strategy and insights at Chorus, a role she held for six years. Rosalie’s prior experience has been as a research director, principal analyst and strategist, working for global research & consulting companies Ovum and IDC. In this capacity she advised leading communication companies in Europe, Asia-Pacific and Australasia on technology market disruption, strategic responses and forecast impact with a specific focus on the mobile, media and communications sectors.

She began her career as an economics and business journalist, working in radio, print and television. Her personal passion is seeing New Zealand redefine its future opportunities through technology and innovation.

Heather Deacon | General Manager, Research and Technological Service Applications

Heather was formerly Director of NZ Operations at Airbus. A Masters Graduate from Cranfield University, Heather started her career as a Flying Instructor, which culminated in her training military pilots from each of the three British armed services, and running the Defence Elementary Flying Training School, delivering pilot training with a fleet of contractor-owned aircraft.

Heather later managed the commercial aspects of support contracts with the UK Ministry of Defence within integrated project teams set up jointly between industry and defence. She has also worked for multi-national companies including Babcock, BAE Systems and Leonardo, and is an Executive Director on the NZ Defence Industry Association Board.

 Heather is experienced working in R&D-focussed environments, particularly within aeronautical engineering organisations using sophisticated design and manufacturing approaches. She has a passion for innovation, creative thinking and working collaboratively with partners to deliver optimal solutions.
Where: Blinc Workshop

We'll provide drinks and snacks to get you through your 4 o'clock munchies and get your networking juices flowing.

Register HERE

Later Event: November 1
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