MORGO BAY OF ISLANDS 2017 SPEAKERS

ROD DRURY

Rod Drury is the founder and CEO of Xero, the leading international cloud accounting solution for small business. Rod was 2013 EY New Zealand Entrepreneur of the Year, NZ Herald Business Leader of the Year in 2012, member of the NZ Hi-Tech Hall of Fame, NZ Hi-Tech Entrepreneur of the Year in 2006 and 2007, World Class New Zealander for ICT in 2008, and Honorary Fellow of the Institute of IT Professionals NZ.

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MARK SAGAR

Mark Sagar is an Oscar-winning Auckland University professor who created the world-renowned Baby X intelligent, emotionally responsive avatar. He has recently launched a spin-out company, Soul Machines, and attracted US$7.5 million in a series A financing round.

His vision is for Soul Machines to become the interface of choice when interacting with technology, connecting the human and technology worlds.

JENNY MOREL

Jenny Morel founded No 8 Ventures Management in 1999. For No 8 Ventures, Jenny was a director of the Martin Aircraft Company – producer of the Martin Jetpack, Rex Bionics – building a robotic exoskeleton to enable wheelchair users to walk, ikeGPS – “measure anything anywhere” using offset GPS and photogrammetry and Open Cloud – a telecommunications service deployment platform, and a number of other companies.

Before No 8 Ventures, Jenny founded a boutique investment bank that worked with technology companies. She also had a number of large company directorships such as NZ Rail, CentrePort, the Rural Bank, AgResearch, NZTE and Trust Bank and was a member of the National Council of the Institute of Directors in New Zealand.

Jenny also founded and runs Morgo, the gathering of people building high growth companies going global.

In 2006, Jenny was made a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to business. In 2011 she was given an award at the Hi Tech Awards for her Outstanding Contribution to the Industry. In 2012 she was named a Wellington Icon at the Gold Awards.

Jenny now divides her time between Singapore and New Zealand.