Greg BodekerCo-Director, Kanute
Greg has a 30-year research record in atmospheric and climate science having published more than 130 papers in these fields. He has held international leadership roles in climate science, including for the World Climate Research Programme and the Global Climate Observing System.
In addition to being co-founder of Kanute, he is the director of Bodeker Scientific Ltd (an independent climate research organisation), and Adjunct Professor with the New Zealand Climate Change Research Institute at Victoria University of Wellington. Recently he has participated in the development of a new tool that can be used to assess physical climate risk to agriculture.
New Zealand is the first country to pass laws requiring financial institutions with more than NZ$1B in assets to report on their climate-related risks and opportunities. More countries are expected to introduce similar mandatory disclosures over the coming years.
Climate model simulations are essential to meeting the risk assessment requirements of regulators. In response, many climate service providers have emerged, claiming to meet those needs. However, since the inception of climate modelling, models have been designed more to answer scientific hypotheses than to underpin risk assessments. Potential misuse can lead to unintended consequences.
Kanute has been developing a new machine-learning based approach to generating the data required for climate risk assessments, including those relevant to the agriculture sector. It is novel in that it can generate very large ensembles of projections at high spatial resolution at a cost much lower than that of traditional regional climate models.
Machine Vision Manager, Lincoln Agritech
Precision agriculture has made extensive use of new technology to automate and improve common tasks. However, the pervasive use of this technology also highlighted the limitations that researchers must overcome to get practical, economically viable outputs to farmers.
Managing Director, Altrutec
Ian has spent 30+ years turning new technology into innovative, world-first products in diverse industry sectors including agtech, biotech, medtech, foodtech, renewable energy, defence and aerospace.
Chief of Storytelling and Other Stuff, Hectre
The fruit tech sector has become one of the most exciting spaces to be working in. As the global appetite for technology increases, the pressures of growing escalate, and the deep need for greater insights builds, the perfect storm is brewing.
Chief Sustainability Officer, CropX Ltd
From my earliest days of helping on the family farm to founding a technology business focused on enabling financial and environmental sustainability for farmers, I am passionate about making a difference in the agricultural sector.
Chief Technology Officer, Microsoft New Zealand
Russell works with sector stakeholders on matters related to technology strategy and policy for Microsoft New Zealand. Based in Wellington, his role focuses on helping customers understand and realise the broad transformational opportunities enabled by Microsoft’s cloud platform.
With over 20 years as an ICT leader, manager and strategist, Greg is passionate about turning the latest technology into real-life solutions. His current focus is on OmniEye, an automated camera-based on-farm livestock monitoring system.
CEO / Founder, Trust Codes
With consumers desire to educate themselves further on information about the products they consume, the pressure for supply-chain participants to be transparent, means product traceability become a standard, not a value add.
Director, Open Parallel
Nicolás specialises in next-gen high-tech ecosystems and believes "we have to leverage the digital opportunity to become a data-driven industry while addressing climate change, regulations and optimising productivity in the value chain."
Gavin's focus is on furthering the potential of New Zealand pastoral agriculture through adoption of information technology, believing that transparency and collaboration among the agricultural service industry is long overdue and is key to unlocking that potential.
Agricultural Engineering Senior Lecturer, Harper Adams University
Kit's research focuses on sustainable future farming systems, with the most notable project to date being the award-winning Hands Free Hectare
Head of Strategy, Trust Codes
The tech sector in New Zealand is in a prime position to deliver on consumer expectations for increased transparency, with brilliant data-driven stories of provenance that our global consumers are hungry for.