Leaders’ Forum 2024: Grounded, Resilient and Ready

We are delighted to announce the details for Cooperative Business NZ’s 2024 Leaders' Forum.

Leaders’ Forum 2024: Grounded, Resilient and Ready

Themed ‘Grounded, Resilient and Ready’, this year’s Forum will be a fantastic opportunity to join fellow leaders and directors at Fonterra’s offices in Auckland CBD for a day packed with insights, discussion, debate and networking.

Tickets are now available! Please see below to purchase. If you have any questions, please get in touch with us. We look forward to seeing you there!


The Forum is a full-day programme that includes a range of keynote addresses, panel discussions, open-floor Q&As and presentations from thought leaders in New Zealand’s business community. Attendees also enjoy ample networking time during breaks, lunch, and afternoon tea throughout the event alongside a dedicated networking drinks and canapés session to wrap up the day. 

The programme is perfect for Chairs, CEOs, senior executives, academics and anyone interested in engaging in discussion on this year’s theme of grounded, resilient and ready ahead of the United Nations International Year of Cooperatives 2025. Our lineup of speakers MC’d by Rawdon Christie will be diving into how resilience has shown up in their organisations, and how leadership through the unexpected is crucial for future success.   




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Session What to expect
8:45am Registration, coffee and tea
9:15am Mihi, karakia and welcome
9:30am Panel Discussion
Panellists include Vanessa Sorenson, Chief Partner Officer ANZ & Managing Director Microsoft NZ; Rachel O’Brien Chief Transformation Officer, Alliance Group and Warwick Grey Strategic Partnerships Liaison, Business Mentors New Zealand. 
The panel of business leaders will discuss AI in your co-operative business and what organisations can do to get ready for the AI wave.
10:15am Keynote
Carrie Hurihanganui, CEO Auckland Airport.
Hear from Auckland Airport Chief Executive Carrie Hurihanganui on the airport’s story of resilience, rebuilding global connections out of the pandemic; navigating the 2023 Auckland floods; and getting underway with the most important infrastructure build in the airport’s history.
11:00am Morning Tea
11:30am Presentation
Glen Willoughby, CEO Nilo, previously Advisor IT Digital Technology at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
NASA JPL stories – Defining strategy and leading critical initiatives involving high levels of innovation and emerging technologies (and avoiding falling on your face!)
12:30pm Lunch
1:15pm Address
Andrea Scown, CEO Mitre10.
Technology implementation at scale in a co-operative, and how to bring your stakeholders along with you from design to roll out.
2:00pm Address
Simon Tucker, Director of Global Sustainability, Stakeholder Affairs and Trade Fonterra.
Learn how Fonterra engaged with farmer-owners on setting an on-farm emissions reduction target that both creates value with customers and plays a significant part in helping New Zealand achieve its climate goals.
2:45pm Afternoon Tea
3:15pm Interview
Dr Ants Roberts, Chief Scientific Officer Ravensdown.
A pioneer of precision agriculture, Ants has made significant contributions to the industry to help drive smarter farming.

Panel Discussion
Panellists include BusinessNZ CEO, Kirk Hope; Bruce Weir​ Manager, Country Banking New Zealand​ Rabobank​ and Federated Farmers CEO, Terry Copeland.
A lively panel discussion and debate on a 100 day report card for the Coalition government – from a business perspective.

4:45pm Wrap Up
Cooperative Business NZ
5:00-6:30pm Networking with canapés and drinks

Please note: This programme may be subject to change, including the timings of each session.




  • General Member Ticket $950 +GST per person from 12am Saturday 13 April
  • Non-Member Ticket $1,350 +GST per person from 12am Saturday 13 April
  • Multi Ticket 15% discount for 3+ tickets from the same member organisations is automatically applied at checkout
  • Student Ticket $250 +GST per person

* Please note that this event will not be recorded. Multi ticket discount automatically applied at checkout. 


For those joining us from outside Auckland, we have organised the following hotel deals: To book with Travelodge Wynyard Quarter please use the code NZCOOP24 for 15% off your booking. To book with Quest Apartments, enter the promo code COOPAKL24 into the Quest App on your mobile device. Valid for bookings during 15-17 May 2024.


If you need support or have any questions, please email events@nz.coop. 


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