New Zealand keynote speaker

Melissa Clark-Reynolds

Melissa Clark-Reynolds ONZM, ChMInstD, Foresight Practitioner and Professional Director

Melissa Clark-Reynolds ONZM, ChMInstD, is widely recognised as an inspirational role model and business leader. Melissa became a Foresight Practitioner and Professional Director after 25 years’ experience as a technology entrepreneur and CEO of a number of technology companies. She is Deputy Chair of Radio NZ, and sits on the Boards of Jasmax, and Beef and Lamb NZ Ltd. Melissa was previously a Director of Kiwi Insurance Ltd, the first non-farmer Director of New Zealand Beef + Lamb, a Member of MPI’s Primary Growth Partnership Investment Advisory Panel and Chair of the LINZ Risk & Audit Committee. Melissa has been part of the Te Hono Primary Sector Bootcamp at Stanford University twice. She trained as a Foresight Practitioner with The Institute for the Future in Palo Alto and also with Clayton Christiansen in his approach to disruptive innovation through Harvard. In 2018 she trained with Sohail Inayutullah in his CLA and foresight methodologies.

 

Ministerial update

David Clarke

Hon Dr David Clark, Minister of Commerce and Consumer Affairs, New Zealand Parliament

Hon Dr David Clark was first elected as the Labour MP for Dunedin North in 2011. He came to Parliament via a circuitous route – having run a University of Otago residential college, and worked as a Presbyterian Minister, and as a Treasury analyst. David is Minister of Commerce and Consumer Affairs, Minister for the Digital Economy and Communications, Minister for State Owned Enterprises and Minister of Statistics. He is also the Minister Responsible for the Earthquake Commission. One of the key reasons David stood for Parliament was because he was concerned about the growing gap between rich and poor, which he sees as limiting New Zealand’s social and economic potential. Inequality featured strongly in his maiden address to the House of Representatives in 2012. He believes we can, and must, achieve a fairer society where everyone has an opportunity to succeed. David has twice lived in Germany and is a former competitive cyclist and Ironman. He is married with three children.

 

Panellists

Mac Wang

Mac Wang, Head of Australia and New Zealand, Stripe

Mac Wang is the Head of Revenue and Growth for Australia and New Zealand at Stripe. He works with many of the region’s most innovative startups and enterprises, helping them securely accept payments, expand rapidly into global markets, and catalyse their growth. He is an expert in the technology infrastructure powering successful online businesses and has a wealth of knowledge on local market trends and insights.

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Ivana Tranchini, Head of Products & Solutions, Visa (New Zealand & South Pacific)

Ivana is Visa’s Head of Products & Solutions for New Zealand & the South Pacific. In this role she is responsible for working with Visa’s clients and the broader ecosystem participants to develop and implement Visa products and capabilities in a manner that drives growth for the markets. Prior to this role, Ivana was a Senior Client Director where she lead the growth of key Visa partners. Before that Ivana has had a 12-year career in corporate communications across payments and banking, as well as B2B consulting through global communications agencies.

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Tom Greenwood, Chief Executive Officer, Volt

Based in the UK, Tom is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer at Volt. The company is a technology developer and product innovator with a focus on new generation real-time payments infrastructure and open banking. Tom is responsible for managing strategic relationships, developing strategy and planning, and driving international expansion. Tom previously founded IFX Payments in 2005, a multi-billion dollar turnover fintech business operating across Europe and the Middle East.

 

Panel facilitator

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Soumya Srinivasan, Consultant - Payments and Strategy, Split Payments

Soumya Srinivasan is a payments leader and specialist. With over 20 years in the industry both domestically (in Australia) and overseas, Soumya has held senior roles in product and program development at companies like Visa, Barclaycard , eftpos Australia and more. Most recently, Soumya led the Payments Product and Strategy function from its inception at Xinja, which was a start up neobank in Australia. Soumya currently consults for Split Payments, a fintech and Payment Service Provider in Australia.

 

Session facilitator

Steve Wiggins

Steve Wiggins, Chief Executive, Payments NZ

As Chief Executive of Payments NZ and the Payments NZ API Centre, Steve is responsible for ensuring the New Zealand payments industry remains innovative, progressive, interoperable and self-governing. He came to the role with extensive experience in senior executive roles through a career spanning more than three decades in industries as diverse as finance, energy, and consultancy services. Prior to joining Payments NZ in January 2014, Steve served as General Manager Marketing, Sales and Customer Services with funds management company Gareth Morgan Investments. From GM and other leadership roles to founding and running a number of businesses, Steve is experienced in all aspects of business management, marketing and sales, and technology development and transfer. He has also had direct senior management experience in a leading payments business responsible for the processing of $3b worth of value per year. Steve holds a Bachelor of Commerce and Administration (BCA) from Victoria University of Wellington.