2021 Speakers

Check out our incredible line up of speakers

Penny Clark-Hall

ASB Future Leaders 10.15am
Farming Social Licence to Operate 1.45pm

Penny Clark-Hall is the founder of New Zealand’s first Social Licence Consultancy, which helps businesses earn and maintain their Social Licence to Operate (SLO).
Penny has specialised in the primary industry over the years working in public relations and strategic communications. Prior to that, she worked in the film and television industry and as a Video Journalist for Sky News in the Parliamentary Press Gallery.

She says her farming background has been the primary drive behind her passion to help the sector earn and maintain its SLO.
Penny who has previously spoken at BOMA, Women’s Enviro Evening, the Environment & Effluent Expo and more, has a passion for helping shift business culture for the betterment of the economy, people and planet.

Jayden Klinac

ASB Future Leaders – Focusing beyond sustainability and towards regenerative business

Jayden Klinac is the entrepreneur behind For The Better Good and Edible Earth.
He has not only re-designed and produced New Zealand’s first biodegradable & compostable water bottle made from plants, but is also working to completely redesign the system to reduce carbon emissions, reduce waste, and sequester carbon. This includes setting up a network of free water refill stations throughout the country; the first collection system for compostable water bottles; the first inner city compost hub, in Auckland, and with development underway to build out NZ’s first privately operated and decentralised composting network throughout Aotearoa. Jayden and the team are using profits to help set up and support local urban food systems, and have diverted 40,000kg of food waste and packaging from landfills in the past 12 months. Jayden was awarded the 2020 Impact Award for Climate.
For the past 8 years Jayden has explored many paths within the bio-economy including new material developments and the creation of systematic product and material life cycles that are designed to work in harmony with nature.

Pic Picot

Foodie Sensations – Meet Pic Picot from Pic’s Peanut Butter

Pic Picot is the Owner/Founder of Pic’s Peanut Butter, a simple blend
of roasted peanuts and salt that in nearly 13 years has become the
best-selling peanut butter in New Zealand.

Pic, a legally blind peanut butter lover, with no experience in the
food industry, made his first peanut butter for him and his son’s
enjoyment in 2007, roasting nuts in a concrete mixer in his garage
and selling his first jars at the Nelson Saturday market.

Pic’s Peanut Butter World, his new factory, cafe and visitor
experience, opened in February 2019, employing 50 people, and
producing around 25,000 jars a day, with exports to Australia, China, the UK, the US, the Middle East and South East Asia.
In 2018, Pic was made a member of the NZ Order of Merit for
services to business.

Shay Wright

Meet Shay Wright – driving Māori business in food and fibre

Shay Wright is an internationally recognised social entrepreneur, speaker, and co-founder of Te Whare Hukahuka who is passionate about New Zealand and the food and fibre space.
Shay has worked with dozens of Māori enterprises who are innovating in the food and fibre space to grow sustainable, unique and intergenerational businesses that give back to their communities.
With a vision to improve the lives of 10 million indigenous people, Te Whare Hukahuka has also trained more than 1,000 Māori leaders in how to set up and grow businesses that create local impact and revolutionise our system – particularly in governance, strategy and e-commerce.
Outside of this work, Shay is an advisor to New Zealand Government, working on his own food-based startup, and is part of a community near Upper Hutt restoring farmland into native bush and food forests.
Shay will be speaking about his experiences of helping grow food and fibre businesses, and some of the trends and opportunities to look out for in this space.

Courtney Davies

Women in the Food and Fibre Space

At 25, Courtney Davies is an enthusiastic young leader in the agriculture, environment and next-generation spaces. Graduating from Massey University in 2019 with a Master of Natural Sciences (and then returning in 2020 for an MBA), Courtney bioengineered viral proteins to biodegradable plastics as an antimicrobial tool to be used in agriculture and human health. She currently works at BLAKE as a Programme and Logistics Manager, connecting young people to the natural world through environmental leadership programmes.
Outside of this, Courtney has a passion for dairy cattle, establishing Inca Ayrshires, a purebred Ayrshire cattle stud when she was in high school. She has also represented New Zealand internationally as a Rural Ambassador in addition to dairy, beef, merino and poultry judging.
Courtney has been the youngest elected member to the Royal Agricultural Society Executive and currently serves as a Trustee with Graduate Women North Shore.
Courtney has been the New Zealand delegate at the Bayer Youth Ag Summit in Brazil and 12 months ago partnered with MyFarmbase Africa, remotely teaching over 4,000 people across Africa about sustainable agriculture in line with the SDG’s.

Jono Galuszka

From Plants to Pints – the craft beer journey

Jono Galuszka’s beer journey included pouring pints at one of Wellington’s best craft beer bars, making award-winning beers in collaboration with some of Aotearoa’s best breweries and winning the Brewers Guild of New Zealand Beer Writer of the Year award. These days, Jono is a semi-professional beer writer, sometimes’ public speaker, beer judge for hire and occasional bartender. He also works for Stuff.co.nz.

Ashley Switzer

From Plants to Pints – the craft beer journey 5.15pm

With a science degree and a decade in hospitality behind him, Heyday Beer Co‘s Head Brewer Ashley Switzer knows what it takes to make a good beer. After discovering the science of beer making while living in Melbourne and working in hospitality, he started out by making his own home brews before moving into a role at Tribe Breweries in Goulburn, NSW. After adding a brewing qualification to his belt, he packed up and moved back home to New Zealand where he now resides in Wellington leading the brewing team at Heyday Beer Co.