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Keynotes

Cecilia Robinson

Cecilia Robinson is an award-winning business woman who founded Au Pair Link and My Food Bag – one of the most talked about and fastest growing companies in New Zealand.

Under Cecilia’s and James Robinson’s ownership Au Pair Link was an award-winning business, enjoying appearances in the Deloitte Fast 50 (ranked 12th in 2012), Kenexa Best Workplaces (ranked 6th best workplace in 2013) and winning several awards in the HER Business Woman Awards including ‘Best new business’ and ‘Best SME’. James and Cecilia sold the business in late 2014.

Touted as a serial entrepreneur Cecilia founded My Food Bag in 2013 alongside well-known Masterchef Winner Nadia Lim and Businesswoman Theresa Gattung as well as husband James Robinson and Carlos Bagrie. Cecilia and James are now Directors of My Food Bag.

Cecilia has been acknowledged for her success as a multi award winning businesswoman – including the 2017 supreme award at the Westpac Women of Influence Awards and the Business Enterprise Award.

André Spicer

André Spicer is Professor of Organisational Behaviour and the founding director of ETHOS: The Centre for Responsible Enterprise at Cass Business School. He is an expert in the areas of Organisational Behaviour, Leadership and Corporate Social Responsibility.

Prior to joining Cass, André was a Professor of Organization Studies at the University of Warwick. He has also been a visiting Professor at the University of Innsbruck, University of Paris Dauphine, Lund University, the Central European University, University of St Gallen, Hanken School of Economics and the University of Sydney. André was educated at the University of Otago and holds a PhD from the University of Melbourne.

André has published extensively in top scholarly journals such as Academy of Management Review, Harvard Business Review, Organization Science, New Scientist, Human Relations, Academy of Management Annals, Journal of Business Ethics, Journal of Management Studies, Organization Studies and Organization.

He has also published the books The Wellness Syndrome (John Wiley & Sons), Desperately Seeking Self-Improvement (OR Books), Business Bullshit (Routledge), The Stupidity Paradox (Profile Books), Contesting the Corporation (Cambridge), Unmasking the Entrepreneur (Edward Elgar), and Metaphors We Lead By (Routledge). Alongside his publications, André has received research funding from the ESRC, British Academy, Handelsbanken Foundation, the Welsh Assembly, and the Higher Education Innovation fund.

André is a frequent commentator in the global media outlets such as FT, CNN, BBC, CNBC, Channel Four, The Guardian, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The Times, Telegraph, Independent and many others. He has worked with a range of large organisations including Barclays, City of London Corporation, Skandia Old Mutual, BNY Mellon, Transport for London, IBM, Ford, UK Houses of Parliament and InterSpa (Austria).

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Volker Kuntzsch

Volker Kuntzsch is the CEO of New Zealand’s oldest and largest seafood company Sanford.  He has had a distinguished international career in the fishing industry spanning 25 years. He was formerly the President of Nippon Suisan (USA), and President and CEO of King & Price Seafood Corp in Brunswick, Georgia, USA. His former roles have also included senior positions with Unilever Europe in Germany and the United Kingdom.

Volker was educated in South Africa, where he gained a Master of Science from the University of Stellenbosch.

Volker’s work at Sanford and his wider work in creating awareness of the need for  seafood sustainability was recognised this year when he was awarded the Intrafish Media Person of the Year Award.  The judges said of him “few executives have as much experience at high-profile companies and high-profile initiatives as Volker Kuntzsch, and even fewer have left their organizations having changed them for the better.” Volker’s experience also includes development of the Marine Stewardship Council certification of key fisheries and he played a key role in the early accreditation of the New Zealand Hoki fishery.