DWN17 Keynote Speakers

Hon. Louise Upston

Louise Upston Bio HeadshotLouise Upston is the Member of Parliament for Taupō, a seat she has held since the General Election of 2008.

In December 2016, Louise became a Cabinet Minister and was appointed Minister of Corrections. She is also the Associate Minister of Education, Associate Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment and Associate Minister for Primary industries.  She previously held roles in Land Information, Local Government and Women.

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    Before being appointed a Minister, Louise was Government Chief Whip for two years and was Junior Whip for one year.

    Prior to entering Parliament in 2008, Louise was self-employed as a project management consultant.  She also held directorships in a number of trusts and companies involved in property, tourism, management, and consulting.  Louise holds an MBA from Waikato University.

    Louise lives in Karapiro, south of Cambridge, with her three children.  She enjoys participating in sporting events and has competed in the Round the Lake Relay, the Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge, and the 63.3km challenge – three Taupo-based half marathons in three months. She is also co-captain of the Parliamentary netball team.

Helen Robinson

Helen RobinsonHelen is an entrepreneur with interests in a diverse range of innovative companies as well as an Independent Director serving on the board of numerous organisations. She has led tech companies for over 30 years and plays a pivotal role in the development of women in business.

Helen is Co-founder, Executive Director and CEO of Organic Initiative (Oi). Oi has created a wonderful range of hygiene products, free of chemicals, synthetics, and toxins which are better for health and better for the world.

Helen chairs The Network for Learning Ltd (N4L) which aims to digitally transform learning in New Zealand, CLOUD M, a mobile software company which has created the world’s first Safety Network, Blerter with a vision to save workers lives everywhere, and Valens Group.

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    She is Director, ATEED (Auckland Tourism Events & Economic Development), the NZ Defence Force, Fulbright NZ and a Trustee of Aktive Auckland Sport & Recreation.

    Former roles include the Head of Microsoft in NZ, CEO of TZ1 Registry, Managing Director at Markit Group, and VP of Pivotal Corporation.
    Helen Robinson is the Supreme Winner of the NZ Women of Influence Award 2016.

    A theme of Helen’s career has been a strong passion and drive to improve the quality of life for all, and to deliver value to stakeholders through innovation and technology, growing businesses which ‘do good’ at mass scale.

Gilbert Enoka

GIlbert Enoka

Gilbert Enoka is a matter of fact high achiever who has worked alongside and inside some of New Zealand’s most elite sporting campaigns.  He thrives on assisting individuals with ‘performing under pressure’ and has compiled an impressive list of international successes.  His stable includes a smorgasbord of NZ’s sporting elite – All Blacks, Black Caps, Silver Ferns and Canterbury Crusaders. He has championed back to back rugby world cup victories –  a feat many pundits thought was unattainable.

His work across the high performance landscape has been recently acknowledged with him being awarded a 2016 New Year’s Honour – Officer of the New Zealand Order of merit for services to rugby and sport psychology.

Sit back, buckle up and enjoy Gilbert’s reflections as he shares with us his latest success.

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    “My set of values is simple – my word is my honour and I seal things with a handshake.”

    Gilbert Enoka has a long history of success as a mental skills coach with New Zealand’s corporate and sporting elite. He is internationally renowned for his 16-year history with the All Blacks, first as their mental skills coach and now as manager. He has been with the All Blacks for over 200 tests and during that time the team has won back-to-back Rugby World Cups, one Laureus Award (for the best team in the world), 13 Bledisloe Cups, three Grand Slams, seven Tri Nations and four Rugby Championships.

    Gilbert’s reputation has also seen him work with the Black Caps, Silver Ferns, Crusaders and most recently with WRC Champion Haydon Paddon. However, his expertise is not limited to the sports field but was also integral to his 12 years as general manager for New Zealand’s largest real estate firm, Harcourts International.

    Gilbert is a sought after speaker, giving insight into the psychology behind individual and team success in world-level sport and how this can be applied to any walk of life. He has been invited to be keynote speaker throughout the world at over 100 events, talking about leadership, performing under pressure, mental management, strategic planning, effective business management and building thriving cultures.