Focus on Business with David Downs, CEO of New Zealand Story

“The future is already here; didn’t you get the memo?” Tech innovation and what it means for you, your job and your health.

Join us for breakfast at Focus on Business to hear from guest speaker David Downs for a light-hearted but scary discussion about tech disruption, Artificial Intelligence, and hair loss.

David is the CEO of New Zealand Story, an ambitious government-funded organisation marketing New Zealand to the world. He is a business leader, public servant, consultant, board director, speaker – and genetically modified organism, defying all odds by beating a terminal cancer diagnosis with advanced technology.

Previously David was a General Manager at New Zealand Trade and Enterprise (NZTE) for ten years, helping fast-growing tech companies grow internationally. Before this, David spent 13 years at Microsoft in New Zealand & South East Asia and has set up and run successful businesses. David has published many highly successful books on New Zealand Innovation, including ‘No.8 Re-wired’, ‘No.8 Recharged’ and ‘Silver Linings’.

“Having seen David Downs speak at an event previously I am very much looking forward to seeing him again. David’s delivery style is a combination of informative, hilarious, emotional and absolutely memorable. The fact that he is still here is nothing short of remarkable. He delivers his very well researched message with a liberal dose of humour whilst simultaneously capturing the depth of emotions that he has experienced in his life’s journey. I’m sure this will be a morning well invested by those who attend.” – David Todd (Toddy), Toddy Talks

Join David as he discusses the impact of rapidly changing technology in a talk that will entertain, inspire and inform.

Date: Thursday 22 February
Time: 7.00am, speaker commences at 7.30am
Venue: Functions on Hastings, Toitoi – Hawke’s Bay Arts & Events Centre

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