Keynote Speakers

Diane Foreman

Diane Foreman

Diane Foreman is one of New Zealand’s most successful businesswomen, founder, Chairman and CEO of Emerald Group, a company that either wholly owned or has been a significant shareholder in multiple businesses across a variety of sectors.



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    Through Diane’s leadership and vision, Emerald Group has had investments including the provision of private health care, the development of retirement living in New Zealand, the manufacture and retail of furniture in the United States, the provision of recruitment and contracting services in Auckland, a boutique hotel on Auckland’s North Shore, and marketing, sales and distribution of New Zealand Natural Infant Milk formula in China. Diane created the Emerald Food family of brands, Movenpick, Killinchy Gold, Heavenly Treats, Lite Licks, Chateau Premium and iconic brand, New Zealand Natural. The Emerald Foods business was sold to offshore interests in June 2015.

    Diane’s charitable endeavours include being Chairman of the Ferguson Foreman Foundation established to support education, child health and deaf education. She was awarded the EY Entrepreneur of the Year in New Zealand in 2009 and represented New Zealand at the World Entrepreneur of the Year in 2010. The following year 2011, Diane was invited to be a judge for the World Entrepreneur of the Year Awards in Monte Carlo. She was presented with Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for service to business in 2012.

    Further highlights include Diane named in Forbes Asia Magazine as one of Asia’s 50 most powerful women and in conjunction with EY New Zealand became Patron of Entrepreneurial Winning Women (EWW) also in 2014. In 2015 Diane wrote “In the Arena” a hand book for entrepreneurs published by Random House. The book reached number 2 on the best seller lists in New Zealand.

Catriona Williams

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Catriona Williams’ illustrious equestrian career saw her reach the pinnacle of the show jumping and three-day event world. She represented New Zealand on the international stage at Badminton and the Open European Championships with the key target being the 2004 Athens Olympics. After a devastating horse-riding accident in November 2002, Catriona was left a C6/C7 tetraplegic.


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    Since that life changing moment, Catriona has completed the New York City Marathon and climbed to Everest Base Camp on a hand cycle, was a finalist in the 2014 KiwiBank New Zealander of the Year, and most recently recognised in the 2014 Queen’s Birthday Honours list as a Member of the New Zealand order of Merit.