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Who's afraid of AI?

A relaxed, free morning session featuring leaders in AI who will counter some of the common myths and fears about Artificial Intelligence

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22 May, 8:30 AM - 11:00 AM

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Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland

GridAKL / John Lysaght, 101 Pakenham St W, Auckland, 1010

HQ Lounge, John Lysaght Building


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Who's afraid of AI?

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A relaxed, free morning session featuring leaders in AI who will counter some of the common myths and fears about Artificial Intelligence, hosted by the AI Forum NZ and the Techweek Team.

Hear from Deloitte's Generative AI Lead, Dr Amanda Williamson who will explain the potential of AI, simply, and discuss why negative associations with AI exist and how we can overcome them.

This will be followed by a discussion involving three AI experts covering some principle ‘rules to live by’ when using AI, followed by a live demonstration of AI in action with commentary and discussion.


Facilitator: Madeline Newman, Executive Director, AI Forum NZ

Dr Amanda Williamson, Generative AI Lead, Deloitte

Matt Ensor, CEO, Frankly.AI

Megan Tapsell, GM Enterprise & Pacific Technology, ANZ, Chair of AI Forum NZ


Madeline Newman

Madeline Newman

Executive Director, AI Forum of New Zealand (AIFNZ)

Madeline joined the AI Forum as Executive Director in 2022. She has extensive experience in strategy, transformational change and helping people to see the potential that innovative technologies bring and is excited to be leading the AI Forum of New Zealand as Executive Director at such a pivotal time.

Dr Amanda Williamson

Dr Amanda Williamson

Generative Artificial Intelligence Lead, Deloitte

Dr Amanda Williamson serves as the Generative Artificial Intelligence Lead at Deloitte New Zealand, supporting both Deloitte and its clients in capitalising on the strategic opportunities AI offers. Her team is focused on guiding leaders through the practicalities of adopting AI, facilitating a technology-agnostic approach to implementation. Amanda has delivered over 50 seminars to senior leaders on the subject of Generative AI, and driven the design and delivery of numerous proof of concepts using ground-breaking generative AI techniques, achieving productivity improvements of up to 75% among testers. Amanda is also a Senior Lecturer at the University of Waikato.

Matt Ensor Head

Matt Ensor

Chair - AI Forum Working Group on Large Language Models

Matt is recognised as one of New Zealand's visionaries in Generative AI and in 2021 he founded local startup FranklyAI. His insights contribute to shaping the future potential for New Zealand through leading the work of the Large Language Model Working Group for the AI Forum of New Zealand and his contributions as a member of Engineering New Zealand's AI advisory committee.

Megan Tapsell 2

Megan Tapsell

GM Enterprise & Pacific Technology, ANZ

Megan is a Technology leader with 25 years of experience delivering outcomes for global organisations across the finance industry in London, Europe, New York and Auckland, fostering transformation and innovation in a digital age and improving customer outcomes. 

A major focus of her work is bringing consciousness and ethics into technology and the people enabling it with a specific focus on Māori & Pacific inclusion into the corporate and wider technology industry.

Currently GM Technology NZ, Enterprise & Pacific at ANZ, Megan also Chairs the AI Forum NZ  which focuses on bringing together the Aotearoa community of Artificial Intelligent innovators, users, investor groups, regulators, researchers, educators & entrepreneurs.  They work to promote, connect and strengthen the adoption of AI in NZ including a focus on diversity, inclusion, safe and ethical AI.