Bill Dobbie is a manager in the Economic Division of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT). His responsibilities include working with other Government agencies to improve the Ministry’s support for exporters, with a particular focus on tackling trade barriers.
Since joining MFAT in the 1990s, Bill has undertaken a range of roles in New Zealand and overseas, spanning the Ministry’s diplomatic, security, development, corporate services and trade work. His diplomatic postings have taken him to Spain, Samoa, the United Kingdom and most recently Vanuatu, where he served as New Zealand High Commissioner.
Bill’s New Zealand-based roles have included serving as Director of the Ministry’s Audit Review Division and as Private Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
David Downs leads strategic projects at New Zealand Trade and Enterprise (NZTE), including a large programme of work focused on NZTE’s support for tech customers.
David joined NZTE in August 2012 as a Customer Director. He became General Manager Services in January 2013, General Manager Internal Partners in November 2015, and took up his current role as General Manager Projects in April 2018.
David is an experienced ICT senior executive with more than 20 years' experience in both multi-national corporations and small and medium business, in developed as well as emerging markets. Before joining NZTE he spent 10 years at Microsoft, most recently as Regional Director Professional Services South East Asia based in Singapore. His previous roles at Microsoft included leading their professional services, marketing and customer and partnerships divisions in New Zealand.
David is also a published author (including books on innovation in New Zealand) and an award-winning radio and TV presenter. He has a passion for working with companies that will help propel New Zealand into a position of world-leading innovation and success.
Michael Whitehead is the Co-Founder and Director of WhereScape Software and NOW Consulting, and Founder and Principal at Tap In Ventures. He is a Prime
Minister’s Business Scholarship winner and a category winner in the New Zealand EY Entrepreneur of the Year Awards.
Under Michael’s tenure as CEO of WhereScape, the company was a New Zealand International Business Awards finalist in 2015 before going on to receive both the Best Medium Business Award and the Judges’ Supreme Award for International Business in 2016.
Miranda’s executive career has primarily focused on the commercial side of agri-based businesses spanning wine, dairy and mushrooms. She has over eighteen years of governance experience and is currently Chair of Meadow Mushrooms Limited, one of the largest horticultural businesses in the South Island and the second-largest mushroom grower in Australasia.
The mother of three sons, Miranda lives with her husband Andrew in Auckland.