MaDE2022: Key Presenters

EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION deadline now 10 December 2021.

Standard registration closes on 14 January 2022.

Keynote Presentation (Tuesday 25 January – 9.30am):


Frances Valintine CNZM (CEO and Founder, Tech Futures Lab)

Frances Valintine CNZM is dedicated to pushing Aotearoa ahead as a global leader in innovation to build a stronger, more resilient future for all New Zealanders. A leader in her own right as an innovator, emerging technologies futurist and disruptor of traditional education, Frances founded Tech Futures Lab in 2016 to foster the capabilities and skills needed to develop a culture of innovation and agility critical to NZ businesses and individuals to thrive in this fast-paced technological advancement era.

Prior to this, in 2013 Frances founded The Mind Lab to empower students and educators to develop applied digital knowledge and capability.

Over the past 8 years across Tech Futures Lab and The Mind Lab, Frances has been instrumental in reskilling and educating 20,000 adult students in formal programmes, many thousands in short tech courses in software development and over 250,000 school aged students.

With an eye always on future horizons, Frances has worked with and advised over 250 organisations across every sector in New Zealand – from agriculture to finance, retail to law and has gained a reputation as an expert in leading digital transformation initiatives that bring positive impact.

A Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for her lifetime contribution to education and technology (2018), Frances has received numerous awards recognising her passion and commitment to supporting the young and more mature to seek opportunities and reach their potential.  In 2020 Frances received the Outstanding Contribution to Technology and Business at the CIO Awards. Her past accolades also include:

2017:  the NZ Flying Kiwi Award, inducted into the New Zealand Hi-Tech Hall of Fame and named one of the top 3 NZ Innovators of the Year at the NZer of the Year awards.

2016: named one of the top 50 EdTech Educators in the World by EdTech International; awarded a Sir Peter Blake Leader Award.

2015: awarded the Westpac New Zealand Woman of Influence (Innovation) and the Next New Zealand Woman of the Year (Education)

Driven by a strong sense of purpose to support positive growth for Aotearoa, Frances also sits on the boards of Watercare and Dilworth School Trust. She is also a selection adviser to EHF (Edmund Hillary Foundation), a judge on the Hi Tech Awards, a mentor to a number of female technology leaders (in NZ and India), and a Director to On Being Bold, a platform to support and encourage emerging female leaders and year 13 students to dream big.

She holds a Master of Education Management from the University of Melbourne.


Keynote Presentation (Tuesday 25 January – 1.30pm):


Matt Darley (Recovery Systems Manager, Rocket Lab)

With more than two decades of aeronautical engineering experience, he leads a dedicated team at Rocket Lab developing the world’s first reusable small launch vehicle.

Matt’s specialist skills in space systems engineering, Finite Element Analysis (LS-DYNA), Fluid Structure Interaction (LS-DYNA) and design, analysis and development of aerospace systems drives the advancement of reusable launch vehicle technology for orbital-class small rockets.

Prior to Rocket Lab, Matt was Systems Engineering Lead at Reaction Engines Ltd for the SABRE (Synergetic Air-Breathing and Rocket Engine) program, and Senior Systems Engineer at Vorticity Ltd, working on entry, descent and landing systems for European Space Agency missions and technology development projects. Matt is a Senior Member of the AIAA and a member of the AIAA Aerodynamic Decelerator Systems Technical Committee.

With both a hands-on and theoretical approach, Matt’s work continues to enable Rocket Lab to increase production, lower costs and offer further flexibility and launch options for customers.



Dinner Address (Tuesday 25 January, ca. 7.30pm):


David Downs (CEO – The New Zealand Story)

David Downs is a business leader, public servant, consultant, board director, speaker – and genetically modified organism. David is now CEO of The New Zealand Story, an ambitious government-funded organisation marketing New Zealand to the world.

Previously David was a General Manager at New Zealand Trade and Enterprise (NZTE) for 10 years, working with the Technology sector to help fast growing tech companies grow internationally. David has held various roles at NZTE, in the Services, Customer and Corporate Services teams, and led a cross-government project for the MBIE to help grow the Agritech sector.

David spent 13 years at Microsoft, in New Zealand and as regional director for South East Asia, and he has set up and run successful businesses of his own. David is a published author on New Zealand Innovation, with two highly successful books – ‘No.8 Re-wired’, and ‘No.8 Recharged’.

In 2017 /2018 David was facing a terminal diagnosis and given less than a year to live, but managed to beat cancer in a remarkable series of lucky breaks. After a year of chemotherapy, and staring a terminal diagnosis in the face, David got a literal lifeline, with the chance to get on to a clinical trial in the USA. Now a genetically modified cancer-killing machine, David’s reflecting on the lucky series of events that saw him beat cancer, and on his new approach to life.

He’s an ex-comedian, TV and Radio actor, semi-finalist for New Zealander of the Year, and a genetically modified optimist who documented his battle with cancer in the book A Mild Touch of the Cancer – now a documentary film. His charity project Down with Cancer helps raise funds to make the revolutionary CAR T-cell therapy available in New Zealand for those who need it.

A chartered member of the Institute of Directors, David holds a number of board positions, including as the chairman of The Icehouse, the Hi-Tech Trust, and the Well Foundation. He is part of the executive advisory committee to the CEO of DIA.

At the beginning of the Covid-19 lockdown, David co-founded – a not-for-profit initiative to help bars, cafes and other small businesses sell vouchers. It quickly became a huge hit and to date has sold over $2 million in vouchers for over 2500 small businesses. All the money goes to the businesses. Based on that experience, he published a book about the innovation that happened during covid-19 in New Zealand, ’Silver Linings’, published by Penguin RandomHouse.

David studied at Massey University, the University of Auckland and Stanford University, and regularly presents and gives talks on his cancer journey and on the power of positive thinking and optimism.


Keynote Presentation (Wednesday 26 January – 9.30am):


Professor Bronwyn Fox (Chief Scientist, CSIRO; prev. Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Research & Enterprise, Swinburne University of Technology)

Professor Bronwyn Fox has recently taken up the role of Chief Scientist at CSIRO, previously being the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Enterprise) at Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne, Australia. She was instrumental in positioning Swinburne at the forefront of manufacturing, building extensively on Australia’s Industry 4.0 strategy. She has led a number of significant initiatives and global research partnerships through her former role as the founding Director of Swinburne’s Manufacturing Futures Research Institute, including establishing a world’s first Industry 4.0 Testlab for additive manufacturing of carbon fibre composites with Australia’s national science agency, the CSIRO. Most recently, Bronwyn chaired an expert working group to write a ten-year horizon scanning report for Australia’s Chief Scientist with the Australian Council of Learned Academies (ACOLA) on the Internet of Things.

She has demonstrated a sustained commitment to support the growth of the carbon fibre and composite industry in Australia through targeted research and was previously a co-founder of the Carbon Nexus facility at Deakin University, a core part of a $100 million dollar precinct in a regional community, Geelong. Carbon Nexus has acted as a catalyst for other companies to invest in production in the Geelong region resulting in a manufacturing precinct that supports around 1,400 new jobs. She is a Fellow of the Academy of Technology and Engineering (ATSE), a Fellow of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute and a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. In 2018 Professor Fox was awarded the Global Congress on Manufacturing and Management (GCMM) Research Leadership Award. In 2020 she was awarded the Royal Society of Victoria Medal for Excellence in Scientific Research.


Keynote Presentation (Wednesday 26 January – 1.00pm):


Kahl Betham (CEO, Gallagher)

With a deep understanding of business strategy and strong business acumen, Kahl stepped up into the role as CEO for the Gallagher Group after holding the Deputy position for 2 years and many other senior roles within the company since 1997.

Kahl leads the Group Executive Leadership team comprising Security, Animal Management, Operations, R&D, IS, Risk, Finance, Legal and People & Brand.

A people focussed leader, Kahl is passionate about encouraging diverse thinking and customer focussed ingenuity, ensuring the pioneering spirit upon which Gallagher was built continues to thrive.  His focus is on embedding a culture that nurtures a growth mindset, tapping into the collective potential of everyone and building a high performing organisation that cares about having a positive impact on their employees, customers and communities long into the future.

Kahl is a member of Gallagher’s Board of Directors and a Director to the Gallagher Group entities.



ON 25 - 26 JANUARY 2022

In response to the New Zealand government’s recent announcement that all of New Zealand will move to traffic light Red at 11.59pm 23 January 2022, the MaDE Conference Executive have met and confirmed that the MaDE2022 Conference will not go ahead as scheduled on Tuesday 25 - Wednesday 26 January 2022.

More information will be forthcoming, we thank you for your patience as we work through our options.

MaDE2022 will be brought to you by the University of Auckland's IMM Programme, in partnership with Auckland Unlimited.



MaDE2022 has been cancelled.


Abstract Portal Now Closed
Abstract Review Complete: 1 Aug 2021
Authors Notified: 10 Aug 2021
All Abstract Revisions Due: 20 Aug 2021
Student Innovation Showcase EOIs due: 10 Sep 2021
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Early Bird Reg. Close: 24 Dec 2021
Standard Reg. Close: 14 Jan 2022