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Entrepreneurial conference reels in Google, Pepsico execs

Entrepreneurial conference reels in Google, Pepsico execs

An all-star lineup of speakers – including top brass from Google, Facebook, Pepsico, and Saatchi & Saatchi – has been confirmed at the 2012 Entrepreneursʼ Organisation Queenstown University conference from February 22-26.

The event is one of just three staged around the world every year and will bring together 400 top international business people.

Topping the list of star speakers will be director of engineering at Google, New Zealand-born Craig Nevill-Manning, who began his meteoric career with degrees from Canterbury and Waikato Universities.

Also on the schedule will be his Kiwi wife, Kirsten Nevill-Manning, who is director of human resources at Facebook; Sarah Robb OʼHagan, Pepsicoʼs Gatorade president North America and global CMO; Kevin Roberts, worldwide CEO of Saatchi & Saatchi; pharmaceutical scientist, intraocular lens innovator, and recipient of the New Zealand Order of Merit Sir Ray Avery; and Tim Alpe, CEO of tourism company Jucy and the 2010 New Zealand Entrepreneur of the Year.

Delegates will also have the opportunity to climb Bobʼs Peak with Mark Inglis, the only double amputee to climb Mt Everest, experience a Martin Jetpack simulator with inventor Glenn Martin, and enjoy a “fireside chat” with Jonah Lomu.

Entrepreneursʼ Organisation Queenstown University chairman Mat Wylie says it has tapped into the Kea network as well as its own global membership of 8000 to host the first-ever EO University in New Zealand.

“Itʼs an honour to share the views of these special New Zealanders with some of the worldʼs most influential businesspeople and help showcase New Zealand itself as a place where brilliant ideas and innovation can flourish.”

The EO is a global business mentoring and networking group.

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