EPIC NZ Conference Programme

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Networking lunch and hubs open: this is an opportunity to connect with other attendees, a range of government agencies who support business growth and best practice, and our inspiring conference speakers.


Jehan CasinaderMaster of Ceremonies


Welcome Address by Hon Judith Collins, Minister for Ethnic Communities


Networking Hub Introduction

Short showcase of Government agency support and services for New Zealand’s ethnically diverse business community.
Four networking hubs are open throughout the conference for you to Talk Business; Talk Money; Talk  People; Talk Trade. EPIC brings together representatives from across government to provide practical and open advice to help make your business a success. Whether you’re starting out or well established, our government agencies offer a wide range of services and support to help our ethnically diverse business community thrive.



The New Zealand Business Story: How to be competitive in a changing world

Whether you are a small, medium or large business, you need to be able to compete successfully in a growing and changing global market. This session is all about the unique New Zealand business story. Hear from successful businesses and new start-ups about how they have embraced disruptive technology and innovation to grow their business and give them a competitive advantage.
Panel discussion facilitated by Jehan Casinader:


Address from Hon Jacqui Dean, Minister for Small Business


Keynote Speech

Pier Smulders, Business Development Director – New Zealand, Alibaba Group

Hear from the world’s largest online and mobile marketplace, Alibaba, on the opportunities for New Zealand exporters to sell their products into the huge China market. E-commerce presents significant opportunities and some challenges for exporters and importers. Pier will talk about why it’s important for New Zealand businesses to take advantage of these key gateways.


Afternoon tea and networking hubs open


Session Two

The future is here – diversity and business success

New Zealand is culturally and ethnically diverse, with more ethnicities than the world has countries. Diversity is a competitive advantage for any business to grow and succeed – diversity of perspectives, experiences, languages, cultures, genders, and age are all important. Hear from some of New Zealand’s successful business leaders as they share their personal experience with diversity, and how it contributed to their company’s success.
Panel discussion facilitated by Jehan Casinader:


Wen Powles, Director, Office of Ethnic Communities
Wrap up and close


Networking hubs open and refreshments: connect with other attendees, a range of government agencies who support business growth and best practice, and our inspiring conference speakers


Conference concludes

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