Keynote Speakers

Dr Alicia Aitken

Chief Project Officer

Dr Alicia Aitken

Chief Project Officer

Dr Alicia Aitken

Dr Alicia Aitken is leading ANZ’s Transformation and Change capability as they transition to a new, more agile, way of working across the organisation. In this role Alicia is responsible for leading the bank into the future world of working.   
 
Prior to her role at ANZ Alicia held the position of Chief Project Officer for Telstra Australia, where she led the organisation’s journey to establish project management as a stand-alone capability separate from IT, business and engineering skills. During this time Telstra successfully established project management as a core profession across the organisation. 
 
Alicia holds a PhD in project management and psychology with a particular focus on how project managers cope with stress.  Alicia is a regular keynote speaker at conferences around the world and contributes to academic programs at universities, published author and is a director of the International Centre for Complex Project Management.
Kaila Colbin

Kaila Colbin

Kaila Colbin

Kaila Colbin is the New Zealand Ambassador for Singularity University. She is also a co-founder and Chair of the non-profit Ministry of Awesome, Curator of TEDxChristchurch, Chair of the New York-based Natural Gourmet Institute for Health and Culinary Arts, Deputy Chair of CORE Education Ltd, a board member of Canterbury Development Corporation Holdings Ltd and a Certified ExO Consultant with ExO Works. 
 
A native New Yorker, Kaila speaks English, Spanish, French and Italian, holds a degree in Hotel and Restaurant Administration from Cornell University and has been a serial entrepreneur since the age of 22. Her purpose in life is to be an uplifting presence.
Ian Taylor

Ian Taylor

Ian Taylor

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.

Caterina La Tona

Vice Chair, Global PMI Board

Caterina La Tona

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.

Greg Ward

Master of Ceremonies

Greg Ward

Master of Ceremonies

Greg Ward

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