HealthTech Week 2017
Our MC

Dr Michelle Dickinson (MNZM) is a passionate researcher and teacher with a love of science and engineering.  Her background in Biomedical and Materials Engineering have combined her interests in both biology and materials science to give her a unique insight into how nature and technology can create new scientific developments.  Having worked for both start-ups and large companies in the Medical sector, Michelle is now a researcher with unique insights into the changing world of personalised medicine.  Michelle has always followed her dreams and never let traditional stereotypes scare her and she strongly believes that everyone should have access to learning about science and how things work, regardless of what your education level is.

Member of New Zealand Order of Merit and awarded the Sir Peter Blake Leadership in 2015, Michelle has been recognised with the Prime Ministers Science Media Communication Prize and the New Zealand Association of Scientists Science Communicators Award in for her communication of science to the public. 

Political Panel Facilitator

Rod Oram
has 40 years’ experience as an international business journalist. He has worked for various publications in Europe and North America, including the
Financial Times of London.

He is currently a columnist for the Sunday Star-Times; a regular broadcaster on radio and television; and a frequent public speaker on business, economics, innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship, in both NZ and global contexts. For more than a decade, Rod has been helping fast-growing New Zealand companies through his involvement with The ICEHOUSE, the entrepreneurship centre at the University of Auckland’s Business School. In 2016 Rod became an adjunct professor at AUT; and Bridget Williams Books published his latest book, Three Cities: Seeking Hope in the Anthropocene, details at  

Digital Doctor Panel

Professor John Windsor holds a personal chair in Surgery at The University of Auckland and is Director of Surgical Research and is a consultant surgeon at the Auckland City and Mercy Hospitals.  He founded the Pancreas Research Group, Surgical Skills Centre, HPB/UGI Unit, and the Surgical Research Network which now encompasses the Applied Surgery and Metabolism Laboratory and the Surgical Centre for Outcomes Research and Evaluation. Recently Chair Section of Academic Surgery in the RACS, Secretary General of International Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Association. Elected as Fellow American Surgical Association, James IV Association of Surgeons and Royal Society of New Zealand.