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7-8 December 2022 (Auckland, New Zealand) 

Hyundai Marine Sports Centre, 8-10 Tamaki Drive, Okahu Bay, Tāmaki Makaurau | Auckland  


9 December 2022 (Taupō, New Zealand)

Optional CleanTech field trip

Mihi whakatau / Welcome

A mihi whakatau is a form of Māori welcome.

Opening plenary

Anna Thomas (Event host / MC)

Thomas Stewart Udall (U.S Ambassador)

Hon James Shaw (Minister, Climate Change & Assoc. Minister, Environment - NZ government) - joining virtually

Regional perspective on climate resilience and decarbonising our economies

This session will provide an overview of the environmental, policy, and economic drivers in the region and explore the role of blue and green tech in building a climate resilient future

Dr Rod Carr

Chair - He Pou a Rangi Climate | Change Commission

Chris Allison

Acting Deputy Chief of Mission - U.S Embassy, New Zealand

Mark Sinclair

MFAT, Indo-Pacific Economic Framework

Blue & Green tech within the Pacific region

Overview of the current state and maturity of clean tech in the region. What are the investment trends? What are the opportunities now and into the future?


Will Charles (Exec Director Commercialisation - UniServices)

Keynote speakers:

Hon Dr Ayesha Verrall (Minister for Research, Science and Innovation - New Zealand government) - joining virtually
Anthony DeOrsey (Research Manager - Cleantech Group)
Audrey Zibelman (Former Managing Director and CEO - AEMO and Global Energy Transition Advisor) - joining virtually


Lovina McMurchy (Innovation Advisor - Ara Ake)
Lance Wiggs (Director and Manager - Punakaiki Fund)
Warren Bebb Investment Manager - Sprout

Lunch break
Women in Blue & Green tech (run during the lunch break)

An interactive session celebrating women in cleantech, sharing insights, learnings and opportunities

Keynote speaker: 

Prof Christine Woods (Director - Icehouse, Theresa Gattung Chair for Women in Entrepreneurship)

Community and Indigenous innovation

Overview of indigenous innovation in Aotearoa | New Zealand and the U.S. This session will consider how we value and protect knowledge systems, how to create culturally safe pathways for innovation and commercialisation and highlight some exemplar indigenous businesses and entrepreneurs. 


Dion Peita (Māori Business Development Director - UniServices)

Keynote speakers: 

Tui Kaumoana (Kaiārahi - UniServices) 
Tori McNoe (Poutaki Hononga | Commercialisation - UniServices)
Tessa Greco (Project manager - National Renewable Energy Laboratory)
Dr Daniel Hikuroa (Senior lecturer, Māori studies - The University of Auckland)
Hēmi Rolleston (General manager, Te Ao Māori and science services - Scion)

Blue & Green tech innovation – good for business and good for the world

This session will profile a selection of innovators and entrepreneurs from the U.S. and New Zealand. It will explore how they built scalable and sustainable businesses, the major challenges they navigated and the keys to their success.


Phil Anderson (Callaghan Innovation)

Keynote speakers: 

Dr Sean Simpson (founder - Lanzatech) - joining virtually

Dr Will Barker (founder & CEO - Mint Innovation)

Dr Paul Geraghty (CEO - Liquium)

Bex Rempel (Co-founder & CEO - ZeroJet)

Christina Houlihan (Chief Executive Officer - b.spkl)


Sir Stephen Tindall (founder - The Warehouse Group)


Drinks and canapes

Day 2 commences - welcome
Morning breakout stream 1: Mobility futures

This session will provide an overview of the global developments in transport decarbonisation, emerging technologies and innovations. The session will explore the current technology, while looking ahead with insights into the long-distance travel technologies we are likely to see in the next five to ten years. 

It will also consider the role of international partnerships and government in accelerating the transition towards a low carbon transport system. Panellists will profile some of the innovation driving this transition and discuss the best pathway for transport decarbonisation. They will share their insights on the ingredients of success and how the United States and New Zealand can collaborate to drive innovation forward.

Session Speakers:

Michelle Noordermeer of CarbonClick

Anthony DeOrsey of Cleantech Group

Hon Michael Wood of New Zealand government - joining virtually


Leah Murphy of MBIE (panel facilitator)

Michael Eaglen of EV Maritime

Dr Michael Kissin of WiTricity New Zealand Ltd

Dr John Kennedy of GNS Science

Amelia Rentzios of Hiringa Energy 

Morning breakout stream 2: Waste to value

This session will provide an overview of the innovations in waste valorisation and the underlying challenges and opportunities facing this growth sector.

Panelists will discuss a variety of topics including offtake agreements, engaging with commercial partners and early adopters, business models and navigating the startup 'valley of death'.

Cleantech ecosystems to grow innovation and success

This session will provide an overview of cleantech ecosystems from the U.S., UK and New Zealand and provide insights into the characteristics and key learnings in building thriving ecosystems to support cleantech entrepreneurs and innovators to succeed

Keynote Speakers:

Pam Ford (Tātaki Auckland Unlimited)

Matt Petersen (President & CEO of Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator - LACI)

Ian Short (CEO of The Connective, ex-CEO of Climate-KIC Europe)

Rachelle Ames (VP of Economic Development, Cleantech Alliance Seattle) - joining virtually

Lunch Break
Afternoon breakout stream 1: Energy futures

This session will provide an overview the energy ecosystem and innovations accelerating the uptake of renewable and low emissions energy.

The session will explore the role of innovation, communities and investors in enabling a equitable transition and profile a number of innovative companies leading the charge.

Session Speakers:

Dr Christiano Marantes of Ara Ake

Page Crahan of Google X

Dawn Lippert of Elemental Excelerator - joining virtually

Tessa Greco of National Renewable Energy Laboratory


Dana McKenzie (panel facilitator)

Armin Howard of Azura Wave

Santiago de los Reyes of Vertus Energy

Tim Hawkey of EnergyBank

John Campbell of Our Energy

Afternoon breakout stream 2: Carbon removal

This session will focus on the opportunities, challenges and business models to enable carbon removal at scale.

The panel session will share insights into various technology options and economics tipping points.


Derek Handley of Aera VC

Session Speakers:

Shane Telfer of KakaPore Metal Organic Frameworks

Luke Shors of Capture6

Allan Scott of Aspiring Materials

Luke Taylor of Otago University

Brett Shoemaker of Microsoft - joining virtually

Emma Barrett of Microsoft


Vision for the future


Matt Petersen (President & CEO - Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI))

Dr Rod Carr (Chair - He Pou a Rangi Climate | Change Commission)

Derek Handley (Founding partner - Aera VC)

Alice Havill (Business fellow - Breakthrough Energy)


Performance and close
Add value with our CleanTech Field Trip

Date: Friday, 9 December 2022
Time: 8.30am – 4.30pm (full schedule listed below)
Location: Taupō, Aotearoa New Zealand

As an add-on to enhance your conference experience, Ara Ake alongside partner the New Zealand Geothermal Association, will be hosting a CleanTech field trip to connect with companies and community leaders. You’ll experience a range of innovative products, services and processes to accelerate the decarbonisation of our industries and economies. 

You’ll see innovation in action and connect with leaders in the geothermal and renewable energy sectors. Their new technologies and business models are building a climate resilient future.

Please note:

  • A bus will be arranged for delegates joining the field trip to transport you from Auckland to Taupō on Thursday evening. 
  • This programme is based on the current COVID-response announced by the New Zealand government (as at 26/10/2022).  If there are changes to the COVID-response, attendees will be notified in advance.
  • Get in quick – this event is limited to 30 participants.

To register:

Please complete this form, and Ara Ake ( will be in contact. 

Depart from: Hilton Lake Taupō

Depart from: Hilton Lake Taupō, 80-100 Napier Road, Hilltop, Taupō
Transport to Tuaropaki Trust

Site visit

Tuaropaki Trust Te Pai Sustainability Centre at Mokai Geothermal Plant 

You’ll receive an overview of Tuaropaki Trust with a specific focus on its energy portfolio history and circular industries strategy

Transport to Hilton Lake Taupō

Working lunch

Hilton Lake Taupō

Transport to Geo40 Mineral extraction 

Geo40 minerals extraction site visit
End of day

Option for networking event