Better Business 2019 Keynote Speakers

Here are some of the keynote speakers you will hear at the Better Business Conference. Details of other speakers and panelists will be included here soon.


Tony Alexander

Tony was employed as Chief Economist at the Bank of New Zealand since 1994 with responsibilities including informing senior management about economic developments and prospects, risks and opportunities, and provision of services for the bank’s staff and client base.

He is an accomplished public speaker much in demand and each year delivers between 80 and 130 presentations at bank seminars, conferences, and client functions around the country and offshore. He writes and distributes material directly to 15,000 email recipients with extensive links from other websites.

He spends considerable time researching and writing about the New Zealand economy with special attention to SMEs, housing, and the role of Auckland in the NZ economy and speaks at numerous functions around the country advising businesses on what the future is likely to hold.


Kelvin Davidson - Senior Property Economist, CoreLogic

Kelvin joined CoreLogic in March 2018 as Senior Property Economist. He brings with him a wealth of experience, having spent 15 years working largely in private sector economic consultancies in both New Zealand and the UK. Because of this Kelvin is well practised in applying macroeconomic trends and data to the property market, both residential and commercial.

In his role with CoreLogic, Kelvin’s focus is on keeping up to date with what’s going on in the property market and continually finding different ways for viewing and interpreting it. Kelvin’s economics background means that he knows his way around a spreadsheet, but more importantly he always puts more emphasis on providing the key insights and telling a story, whether his audience be clients or the media.

Kelvin holds a Bachelor of Commerce with Honours majoring in Economics from University of Canterbury.


Carmen Vicelich - CEO and Founder, Valocity Global & Founder, Data Insight

Carmen Vicelich is not your typical anything – a powerhouse entrepreneur who has rapidly built two multi-million-dollar, international data and technology businesses at the same time as balancing life as a wife and mother of four young children.

Data Insight uses advanced analytics to help businesses leverage data to make data driven decisions and works with industry leaders across multiple verticals including government, utilities, telco, casino, FMCG, insurance and banking.

Valocity is a cloud based Mortgage Lending Platform, that helps banks transform and streamline the mortgage valuation process to deliver improved customer experience with increased regulatory compliance. 

Carmen’s energy, drive and ability to make the complex simple has already earnt her numerous awards – both personally and for both her businesses.

These include:

  • A finalist in the 2016 ‘Women of Infuence’ awards
  • The winner of the Auckland University Business School’s ‘Entrepreneur’s Challenge’ award in 2015
  • A finalist in the ‘EY Entrepreneur of the Year’ awards

Her businesses have achieved global recognition and awards including:

  • CIO Winner of Digital transformation
  • NZDM Nexus Supreme Winner Award
  • Global top 10 Fintech finalists in Singapore, the largest Fintech festival in the world among 800 countries
  • Innovation award for Property Institute NZ



Bank Panel Discussion

Mark McLean - General Manager Member Experience, SBS

Mark has a financial services industry background spanning more than 25 years. He has held various banking leadership roles in the United Kingdom, Singapore, Netherlands and New Zealand. He has been a valued member of SBS Bank’s executive team for the past eight years having responsibility for the Bank’s risk, process improvement functions.

As General Manager Member Experience, Mark is responsible for the member experience aspects of business through SBS’s branches, digital channel, contact centre and the broker distribution channel. 

Mark has a Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Accountancy from the University of Otago and a Post Graduate Diploma in Marketing. He is also a member of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand, and the Institute of Directors.


Marc Oliver - Head of Third Party Banking, ASB

Marc has worked in financial services for 30 + years.

He passionately believes that strong relationships are the most important element to help all New Zealanders accelerate their financial progress and lives this value through his team and customer interactions.