Chief Project Officer
Dr Alicia Aitken
Ian Taylor is one of New Zealand's foremost technology innovators. He is a founding partner of Animation Research Limited, one of Australasia’s leading Computer Graphics production houses. ARL specialise in turning digital data into pictures using 3D animation and special effects to produce real time sports graphics on television, the web and mobile devices. ARL also develops 3D educational, industrial and urban-planning applications. ARL produced the world’s first animated coverage of a Round the World Yacht Race (The Whitbread) and the world’s first live to air GPS ball positioning for golf (Golftrac).
Ian was inducted into the New Zealand Hi-Tech Hall of Fame in 2009 and was named North & South magazine’s New Zealander of the Year in 2010. In the same year he was awarded an Honorary Fellowship of the New Zealand Computer Society, the top honour of the ICT sector in New Zealand. Ian was named a Companion of the NZ Order of Merit in the 2012 New Year Honours for services to television and business and won the Creative sector of the World Class New Zealander Awards in the same year. In 2013 Ian was named Outstanding Maori Business Leader of the Year.
Vice Chair, Global PMI Board
Caterina La Tona
Caterina is a transformation specialist based in the US. In her former role as Hewlett Packard Executive Director, Ms. La Tona led the global transition/transformation and program/project management (PPM) capability, driving predictability and repeatability. As Transformation Executive for the EDS Manufacturing, Industrial and Energy Industry Group, she drove business results with IT Executives through transformation advisory services and critical change initiatives.
The breadth of Ms. La Tona’s experience has positioned her to write and speak to diverse groups globally. Topics have included women in leadership, global project/program management, portfolio management, successful transition/transformation and management of change. She has traveled extensively, working with local teams, sharing knowledge and advancing objectives. Caterina will provide insights to the NZ Project Management Conference on the value of project management and what “champion” organisations do that differentiates them from underperformers.
Ms. La Tona holds an honors bachelor of computer science degree from the University of Windsor and attended Thunderbird-American Graduate School of International Management program focused on managerial issues in the global enterprise. She is a founding member of the PMI Global Executive Council and has supported multiple PMI initiatives over the years. She has been a mentor for 12 years at EDS, HP and with the Michigan Council of Women in Technology.
Master of Ceremonies
Greg Ward is MD of Peakward Ltd, a professional services consultancy based in Auckland. With a strong focus on conferences and awards events, Greg has hosted, facilitated, moderated and performed at over 900 events during a career spanning 22 years, presenting to over 400,000 people in 9 countries throughout Europe, North America, Asia, Oceania and Australasia across a wide range of industries.
Greg’s background includes Industrial Design, Communications & Electronics, IT Professional (KPMG, C&L, PwC, Fujitsu-Southmark, Vodafone) and more. He is a Westpac Business Awards Finalist and was awarded MC of the Year and Entertainer of the Year by the National Speakers Association of NZ.
Greg looks forward to the role of Master of Ceremonies for the Project Management Conference and the Project Management Awards in 2017