GOVIS 2018 Keynote Speakers

Thursday June 21st

The Honourable Clare Curran
Minister for Government Digital Services



In November 2008 Clare was elected as the Labour Member of Parliament for Dunedin South. She is the second woman Labour MP in Dunedin and the first for the seat of Dunedin South. Prior to Hon Clare Curran, there have been no female Cabinet Ministers from the South Dunedin or North Dunedin Electorates.

Clare lived in Australia for 14 years working predominantly with unions and progressive organisations. Being a journalist she is a strong supporter of commercial-free, independent, publicly available media. She believes in strong local representation and campaigns for more openness and transparency in government. Clare ran her own communications business specialising on campaigns for environment and social justice issues in New Zealand and Australia as well as promoting Dunedin-based issues.

In October 2017 with the formation of the 52nd Parliament, Clare was appointed Minister of Broadcasting, Communications and Digital Media, Minister for Government Digital Services, Associate Minister for ACC and Associate Minister of State Services (Open Government).

Clare follows a simple philosophy, “to try my hardest, to be the best I can possibly be; to do the right thing; and above all, to be true to myself.  That’s why I stood for Parliament. It’s how I try to live my life and it’s what I teach my children.”

Sonya Crosby, Business Transformation Catalyst, Impakt New Zealand


Sonya is currently advising businesses in the start-up space.  Prior to this Sonya was Chief Innovation Officer at SkyCity where her role focused on creating new value across core, adjacent and breakthrough markets using innovation and human centred thinking.
Previous roles include General Manager - Digital Innovation, Fonterra; General Manager Business Intelligence and Customer Insights, AffinityID; Managing Director, Datamine; and Senior Executive roles in Australia at Brambles Industries, Powertel and McCann Worldwide.  

Sonya is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing and lives on the Hibiscus Coast of Auckland with her husband and 'screen-age' daughter.

Friday June 22nd

Associate Professor, Ryan Ko, PhD, CSSP, FCSA 
Director, New Zealand Institute for Security and Crime Science and Cyber Security Researchers of Waikato, University of Waikato, New Zealand.



Associate Professor Ryan Ko is founding Director of the New Zealand Institute for Security and Crime Science and founding Head of the Cyber Security Researchers of Waikato (CROW) at the University of Waikato. With CROW, he established NZ's first cyber security lab (2012) and graduate research programme (2013), co-established the NZ Cyber Security Challenge (since 2014), and authored NZ's level-6 curriculum in cyber security. He is advisor to the INTERPOL, NZ Ministry of Communications and Ministry of Justice, National Cyber Policy Office, and CERT NZ. Ryan has an established track record in technology commercialisation: as a HP Labs Lead Computer Scientist prior to academia at Bristol, Singapore and Silicon Valley, and recently as principal investigator of the MBIE-funded STRATUS project (NZ$12.23million; 2014-2020) –New Zealand's largest cyber security research grant. 

His research focusses on returning data control to users, and challenges in cloud computing security and privacy, data provenance, and homomorphic encryption. He is also interested in attribution and vulnerability detection, focusing on ransomware propagation. With more than 70 publications including 3 Best Paper Awards, 3 books and 3 international patents, he serves on 6 journal editorial boards, and as series editor for Elsevier's security books. He also serves as the editor of the ISO/IEC 21878 standard – Security guidelines in design and implementation of virtualized servers. A Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) Fellow and recipient of the (ISC)2 Asia Pacific Information Security Leadership Award in 2015, he co-created the (ISC)2 CCSP certification. His views are sought by international and NZ media; he most recently served as spokesperson of CERT NZ. He holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) in Computer Engineering and PhD. from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.

Victoria McLaughlin, Director Strategy Development, Ministry of Justice

Victoria is the Director Strategy Development at the Ministry of Justice, supporting the modernisation of courts and tribunals.  Prior to this Victoria was an Advisory Partner at EY, supporting government across a range of reforms and organisational transformations.  Victoria’s career has seen her moving between the private and public sector; working in four large government departments: Justice, Health, Education and Inland Revenue, and in three professional firms.

Victoria specialises in how you design and implement change to achieve outcomes for New Zealanders.  She has been involved in the development of government policy, behavioural and system design, and the implementation of transformational change.  Change initiatives Victoria has been involved in range from how you think about the prevention and management of chronic health conditions through to how you create a virtual working environment, where all members work from home.  

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