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Keynote Speakers

Dr Ceri Evans Dr Ceri Evan’s reputation generates diverse invitations from leading international organisations determined to help their people deliver in demanding situations. His organisations mind model is used by people serious about performing under pressure, from doctors to lawyers, executive teams to specialist teams, professional to amateurs. He is perhaps best known for his work with the New Zealand All Blacks, for whom he has provided specialist consultancy since 2010.

Ceri graduated in medicine with distinction from the University of Otago. He gained first class honors in experimental psychology on a Rhodes Scholarship at the University of Oxford while playing professional football in the English Championship. Awarded the Gaskell Gold Medal by the Royal College of Psychiatrists, he then specialised in forensic psychiatry and completed a PhD in traumatic memory. After returning home to Christchurch, he was Clinical Director of the Canterbury forensic psychiatric service and served as an expert witness in major cases. In 2018 he became the Fellow of the Royal College of Psychiatrists and awarded his football coaching A license.

Logan Williams Logan’s story of traversing unknown territory to create innovative solutions to a range of problems we face today will leave you inspired and motivated to change the world yourself. Logan is credited with inventing the polarised contact lens as a preventative treatment for photosensitive epilepsy. This technology has empowered sufferers worldwide to live a normal life, free of the ongoing fear of a life-threatening epileptic fit. Logan is also credited with inventing the novel method to turn Didymo ‘Rock Snot’, the pest algae destroying New Zealand’s rivers, into materials. This invention was successfully sold in 2018.

In collaboration with Brendan Cook and Nelson Hartley, Logan has also developed a medical nebulizer which can convert any liquid medication to vapour. Better yet, the vapouriser has no moving parts or batteries, and is made of PLA bioplastic so is completely biodegradable. This is currently being developed with one of the largest pharmaceutical companies in the world. Following these inventions, Logan joined Fonterra’s Head Research & Development Centre where he worked on the sustainability portfolio, producing an invention to significantly reduce methane emissions on-farm.

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