ASB Strategic
Insights Panel

in partnership with KPMG

Shaping the future of innovation in New Zealand

The Strategic Insights Panel was launched in September 2016 to draw together select members of New Zealand’s business community to actively contribute to shaping the future of New Zealand through innovation.

We are a group of business, education and technology leaders focussed on creating the best opportunities for the social and economic prosperity of New Zealand.

Our goal

The group has set a measurable five-year goal: To contribute towards doubling the rate of growth of NZ’s GDP per capita, through innovation, from 1.5% to 3% by 2021.

Achieving this would double our standard of living for every new generation of New Zealander and support our vision of creating the best possible future for New Zealanders.

Work streams

We are currently focussed on three work streams that we believe will help us meet our goal.

1. Office of the Chief Technology Office

Establish a Chief Technology Officer (CTO)  for New Zealand, enabling us to take advantage of rapid technological change and grow our place in the world economy. The CTO will help develop and increase the visibility of New Zealand’s brand as a technically sophisticated country with a role to play in the global economy; an attractive country to invest in, and a connected place where talent wants to live.

2. Educate for the future

Create a movement to raise public awareness of the different opportunities available to young New Zealanders outside the traditional tertiary education framework. The purpose of this is to help get students ready for 'future work'. Underpinning the movement is the delivery of a world-class technology education talent platform that enables opportunities for more difficult to reach New Zealanders to get jobs and provides the New Zealand business community with the skilled people it needs to be competitive. This will enable technology-based business growth in New Zealand.

3. Enhanced collaborative ecosystem

Provide a platform to support innovation in the New Zealand economy by better connecting networks to allow knowledge, ideas and capital to flow more frequently, helping to accelerate New Zealand businesses to grow.


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Upcoming Events

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    The Innovation Activists

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    "One hundred inspired New Zealanders can turn this country around" - Sir Paul Callaghan

    Commitment to New Zealand’s future

    The goal of doubling the growth of New Zealand’s GDP per capita represents a commitment by the Strategic Insights Panel to shared well-being and prosperity over the long term. To find out more, download this briefing document.

    More information

    Jo Barriball, ASB Senior Manager - Go To Market:

    Simon Hunter, Partner, KPMG Advisory:

    Media contact: Christian May, ASB GM Corporate Communications:

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