Techweek TV: Innovation’s moment of maximum leverage: How to break loose new thinking to solve the urgent must fix problems of the post-pandemic world?

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Join Jeannine Walsh from Beca’s New Ventures Accelerator and guests discussing how there’s never been a better time than now for innovation and creative thinking to solve so many new and urgent must fix problems. For businesses and organisations this means innovative thinking and experimentation around problems, assets, projects, customers, employees, business models and how to evolve or pivot your organisation.


This Techweek TV session is aimed at • Senior Leaders in Government Agencies – Transport, MBIE, NZ Transport Agency, Auckland Transport, Defence. • Senior Leaders in Regional/Local Councils • C-Level target audience in the following industries: Infrastructure, Construction, Technology, Engineering, Consulting, Professional Services, Innovation, Startups • Startup ecosystem • Entrepreneurs • Investment community

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Thursday 30 Jul
1:00pm - 1:30pm

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Jeannine Walsh

New Ventures Accelerator

Jeannine works at the intersection of corporate innovation, entrepreneurship and technology. She is leading Beca’s New Ventures Team, which amplifies the company’s culture of entrepreneurship, and accelerates the commercialisation of new products and services by enabling its employees to act on promising new innovative ideas and piloting external startup technology. She has extensive experience assisting companies to internationalise. Prior to Beca Jeannine was Head of Trade for infrastructure and transport at the British High Commission in New Zealand, and she founded the social enterprise, Changeability.

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Danusia Wypych

Head of New Ventures, Transpower

Working at the intersection of infrastructure, industry and innovation, Danusia works with expert teams to change what is possible. In her role as Head of New Ventures, she is working within Transpower to elevate performance through the integration of innovation and acceleration methodologies. Drawing from eclectic career spanning export education, manufacturing and fuel supply it’s an exciting time to be working in the electricity sector, for its key role in our energy transitions.

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Lisbeth Jacobs

General Manager Innovation, Fletcher Building Limited

Prior to joining Fletcher Building in 2019, Lisbeth was Executive Director International at UniServices, the commercialisation company of the University of Auckland, where she was responsible for the international portfolio of activities serving multinational clients and government agencies.
Before returning to New Zealand in 2012, Lisbeth spent nearly 14 years with Bekaert, global market leader in steel wire and steel cord products headquartered in Belgium. At Bekaert, Lisbeth held a number of senior roles including in corporate strategy, M&A, business development, and R&D management. During her last years with the company, Lisbeth was Director Research & Development based in China.

Lisbeth holds a PhD in Engineering from The University of Auckland, a MSc in Engineering and a Postgraduate Degree in Business Studies from the University of Leuven in Belgium, and completed the Executive General Management program at CEDEP-INSEAD in France. Lisbeth is non-executive director for NorthPower Ltd.

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Rob Heebink

Research and Development Executive, Gallagher

Rob stepped into the R&D Executive role at Gallagher in 2008 after holding a variety of senior R&D management positions in New Zealand-based global technology companies including Navman.
Rob is an experienced Executive with extensive international experience in operations and R&D management. With his unique combination of Engineering and International Business Strategy qualifications and experience, Rob specialises in aligning Research, Development and Innovation activities with business strategy and developing Research and Development as a strategic capability for sustainable growth and competitive advantage in International Business.
In addition to his role at Gallagher, Rob is also a director of SODA Inc. Ltd. A wholly-owned subsidiary of Wintec, WaikatoLink Ltd, the research commercialisation office of the University of Waikato, and MyApiary Limited.
Rob is a current Chartered member of the Institute of Directors and also serves as Chair of a Cambridge-based Charitable Trust.

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