Keynote Speakers


Dr Marie Bismark

Marie is a medical practitioner and health law academic, who leads the Law and Public Health Group at the University of Melbourne. Her research focuses on the role of patient voice in improving the quality and safety of healthcare. She has previously worked as a lawyer in a leading law firm, been a Director of New Zealand's Accident Compensation Corporation, and completed a Harkness Fellowship at Harvard University. In addition to her clinical and academic roles, Marie serves as a director on the boards of a number of health sector companies. Her research on medical regulation and patient safety has been published in leading journals and has influenced regulatory practice in Australia and abroad.

Dr Mobasher Butt

Mobasher is a GP and Medical Director of Babylon, a leading digital health company. In his role with Babylon, Dr Butt combines general practice with his passion for using technology to improve patient care and outcomes. Dr Butt trained at the Royal Free and University College Medical School, London. Following this he trained in surgery, working in a number of leading teaching hospitals both in the UK and Australasia. He then chose to focus on general practice and became a member of the Royal College of General Practitioners following completion of his general practice training. Dr Butt has also previously worked as a Clinical Advisor to the former Chief Medical Officer of England, and worked for the World Health Organization's global Patient Safety Programme in Geneva. More recently he has led the Quality Improvement Programme at the British Medical Journal. Dr Butt was named as the most influential GP in the UK in 2018 in Pulse's annual Power 50 list. 

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Prof Gregory Phillips

Gregory is Waanyi and Jaru, a medical anthropologist, and completed his PhD on cultural safety and power in medical education. He wrote the CDAMS Indigenous Health Curriculum Framework for Indigenous health in all medical schools in Australia and New Zealand, established the Leaders in Indigenous Medical Education (LIME) Network and the Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Healing Foundation. 

Gregory is a Professor in the School of Medicine at Griffith University and CEO of ABSTARR Consulting - leading change. He chairs the Cathy Freeman Foundation and the Strategy Groups of the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency and the Australian Medical Council. 

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Ian Taylor

Ian was brought up in a small East Coast village on the North Island of New Zealand. He was seven when electricity arrived at his home. It was 1957. The telephone arrived a couple of years later. He didn't know it at the time but three years after he got electricity at his house, New Zealand got its first computer.

Ian founded Animation Research Ltd in 1990 on nothing more than a handshake with the Vice Chancellor of the University of Otago. They bought their first hard drive to make their first TV commercial in 1991. It cost $15,000 and had 1 GB of memory. The computer they used for the America's Cup in 1992 was the size of a small fridge and cost $500,000. Everything they did on that computer they can now do a mobile phone.

Today, working from their base in Dunedin, ARL covers sports events all over the world. They also have a joint venture with Airways New Zealand, who market the Air Traffic Control Simulator they built for them. They continue to service the F1 Race Car simulator they built for one of the world's leading F1 Race Teams. They built an online Risk Assessment platform for one of the world's largest mining companies. They built an online application to demonstrate the power of the IBM cloud-based analytics engine, which they presented to a conference of 22,000 delegates. 

Ian holds an LLB from the University of Otago and was inducted into the New Zealand Hi-Tech Hall of Fame in 2009. In 2010, he was named North & South magazine's New Zealander of the Year. In the same year, he was awarded an Honorary Fellowship of the New Zealand Computer Society, the top honour of the ICT sector in New Zealand. He was named a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit in the 2012 New Year Honours, for services to television and business, and won the Creative sector of the World Class New Zealander Awards. In 2013, he was named Outstanding Maori Business Leader of the Year. Ian was awarded 2019 New Zealand Innovator of the Year.

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Master of Ceremonies

Te Arahi Maipi

Te Arahi Maipi is a bi-lingual MC who has hosted a number of events including the ISPS Handa Halberg Awards, The Trillian Trust Māori Sports Awards and the NZRL Awards. With over 15 years television presenting / commentating experience, Te Arahi has fronted a range of different genre of shows from sports, comedy, entertainment to lifestyle. This has now extended to online through his digital content company MOB Live hosting shows and events for Creative NZ, Stats NZ, NZ Warriors, Blues and Māori Television. A graduate of Kura Kaupapa Māori, Te Arahi is passionate about normalising Te Reo Māori when hosting events with a warm and inclusive presentation style.  


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