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ITx 2016 Conference Programme

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IoT and Smart Cities Panel Discussion and Q&A

Tuesday 12:00pm - 12:30pm, TUANZ (TUANZ 1 Room)

The panel will begin the conversations around the issues raised by the two speakers introducing IoT and SmartCities as it applies in NZ and will answers questions raised by participants at the sessions.


Winston Seah

Professor of Network Engineering

As Professor of Network Engineering in the School of Engineering and Computer Science, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand, Winston Seah provides leadership in research and work closely with the programme director on the curriculum of the Network Engineering programme. His main research theme is centred around wireless communication networks for extreme environments, like wireless sensor networks powered by ambient energy harvesting, wireless mesh networks in remote locations, underwater sensor networks, etc. He has also started exploiting the flexibility provided by Software-Defined Networking to address these extreme networking scenarios as well as new application scenarios like smart grid communications and vehicular networks.

Kriv Naicker

General Manager - Strategy and Business Consulting at Huawei

Kriv has over 16 years of experience in the communications and consulting industries and has worked across North America, Europe, Asia and Australasia. Prior to joining Huawei, Kriv worked for several blue chip professional services organisations including Accenture, Ovum Consulting UK, Sapient Consulting, Spark New Zealand.
Kriv’s experience includes the management and delivery of a broad range of business and strategy consulting engagements including: market & company analysis, commercial due diligence, business planning, business case development, product and value proposition development, organisational and product/ service launch, strategy definition and planning, business process re-engineering & transformation.
Kriv’s recent focus has been on next-generation ICT models in the areas of convergence, wireless broadband and smart city/ smart home services.
Kriv holds a bachelor’s of technology degree with Honors in Industrial Mathematics from the University of Auckland in New Zealand.

Andrew Cushen

Deputy CEO, InternetNZ

Andrew is the Deputy Chief Executive of InternetNZ, and is responsible for leading their Operations and Issues teams. He's really enthused by InternetNZ's mission to promote the benefits and uses of the Internet and protect its potential, and in particular in exploring the massive untapped potential for social and economic change that the Internet can provide.

Prior to this role, Andrew has over a decade's experience in telecommunications across strategy, public policy and commercial management. He has also undertaken research into the use of the Internet and blog sites to influence New Zealand politics, and currently sits on the Trust Board of the Innovation Partnership.