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Scaling up with international talent

Discover how New Zealand’s tech companies have tackled the ‘talent crunch’ by recruiting globally, and how to make sure you get it right.

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Scaling up with international talent

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Thu 19 May 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM


Nationwide (more than one region)


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Scaling up with international talent

If you’re a technology or service company struggling to find talent, this interactive online workshop is for you.

Join NZTE’s South Asian Trade Commissioner Ralph Hayes and a panel of tech CEOs, consultants and entrepreneurs from around the world as they look at the issues presented by the tech talent crunch, and how you can tackle them by recruiting on a global scale.

You’ll hear how other tech companies have secured international talent to scale at speed and successfully grow their business. You’ll also get first-hand advice on meeting the challenges recruiting internationally can bring – from finding the right people and navigating the regulatory environment to building a team that’s culturally aligned with your business, regardless of where they’re based.

Facilitator: Ralph Hays, NZTE Trade Commissioner, South Asia/Consul General, Mumbai

For more information on New Zealand Trade and Enterprise, click here.


Ralph Hays

Facilitator: Ralph Hays

Trade Commissioner South Asia and Consul-General in Mumbai

Ralph is New Zealand's Trade Commissioner and Consul-General in Mumbai, and leads NZTE's activities across South Asia

He has served across a number of different markets during his time with NZTE, including as New Zealand's Trade Commissioner and Consul-General to Brazil based in São Paulo, and as a business development manager for Spain and Portugal based in Madrid. He is fluent in both Spanish and Portuguese.

Before joining NZTE, Ralph worked in the finance and health sectors in New Zealand, Australia, the United Kingdom and Spain. His previous experience includes working as a management accountant in the airline industry for five years, and as a business analyst in the cruise industry.

Ralph hails from Invercargill, New Zealand's southernmost city, and holds a Master's in business administration from Massey University.

Ashish Hemrajani

Ashish Hemrajani

Founder-CEO, Bookmyshow.com

Ashish is the chief executive and founder of Bookmyshow.com and Bigtree Entertainment, based in Mumbai.


He has a Master's in business administration from Mumbai University. He started his career in 1997 at advertising agency J Walter Thompson, where he worked for two years with brands such as Hindustan Petroleum and Ceat Tyres.

 in 1999, Ashish set up Big Tree Entertainment with a clear focus on providing cutting edge digital solutions to the entertainment industry. Within a decade, Big Tree Entertainment's online ticketing portal Bookmyshow.com expanded to hold 90% market share in India's online entertainment ticketing space.

Bookmyshow.com sells over 750,000 tickets each month and was recently voted India's most valued brand in the digital commerce space by Brand Equity.

Carmen Vicelich

Carmen Vicelich

Founder, Global CEO & Board member Fintech New Zealand

I'm passionate about harnessing the power of technology and data to make our lives better and deliver on this vision by enabling and empowering many of the world's largest organisations through the two companies I've founded.

Valocity Global digitally connects the property ecosystem to streamline the mortgage valuation, insurance and property decisioning process. Through combining cloud based technology, advanced analytics and digitized workflows, Valocity transforms the entire valuation process, to enable lenders to achieve regulatory compliance in parallel with seamless and relevant customer experiences.

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Max Ferguson

Founder and CEO of Lumin PDF

Max is the Founder & CEO of Lumin PDF. He founded Lumin in 2014 to create a better way for people to annotate and collaborate on PDF files. Since then, the company has grown to a huge community of 65 million people who use Lumin to meet their administrative needs. Lumin PDF is based in Christchurch and employs 50 people in New Zealand and around the world.

Max is a Fulbright scholar and he holds a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering and Computer Science from Stanford University. He built the original version of Lumin over a three-week period while studying Engineering at the University of Canterbury, and has over 10 years of experience in bringing software products to market. Max is passionate about software accessibility and believes that everyone regardless of age, gender, location, or social status should have access to great software products.

Vikram Doshi

Vikram Doshi

Partner at Price Waterhouse; NZTE Beachheads Advisor, Bangalore, India

Over the last 2 decades, I have helped various companies as they established, structured and operated their businesses in India. Using my broad business experience in strategy, operations, M&A and fund raise, I have assisted companies on various aspects including taxation and regulatory matters.