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Guest lecture

Harnessing technology for better social outcomes

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With growing recognition of the potential to leverage New Zealand's 80% renewable electricity for national and consumer benefit, Andrew will talk about the opportunities of bringing new technology together with our desire for better social outcomes. He heads the retail energy business that developed this country's leading pre-pay energy service, GLOBUG – a breakthrough for income-constrained families, and real proof that technology, commercial innovation and social conscience can work in harmony. Our country is now on the cusp of major evolutionary change – where consumers will have unprecedented choice; electricity will drive our cars cheaply and cleanly; solar electricity will become increasingly economic; and the renewable energy which we have already enjoyed for decades will truly become the envy of many competing economies. Andrew will draw on his experience with technology-driven services to explore future possibilities for delivering socially and commercially sustainable energy services to Kiwis.

About Andrew Peckham, GM Customer, Mighty River Power

BMS, Accounting (University of Waikato) Managing Teams for Innovation & Success (Stanford University Graduate School of Business)

Andrew heads one of New Zealand's longest-established retail electricity businesses, Mercury Energy, which supplies around 1-in-5 homes and businesses and delivers innovative services such as the free online energy monitoring tool, GEM. A Chartered Accountant, he joined Mighty River Power in 2010 initially as Financial Controller for the consumer brands and advanced metering provider Metrix. Prior to that he was Finance and Operations Director for Namco Bandai Networks, a mobile game publisher based in London and has previously held management roles at Air New Zealand and KPMG in New Zealand and the UK.

Note: Papers, presentation slides and any other material provided by the Guest Lecturer will be made available some time after the lecture at Publications > Media & Speeches > Guest Lectures by Visiting Academics.

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Monday, 9 May 2016