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New Zealand businessman

KEYNOTE: Blazing a trail of global impact

Full Presenter Profile & Bio

Profoundly inspiring, deeply thought provoking, refreshingly authentic – prepare to be informed educated and inspired by this humble, accomplished and multi awarded innovator. Ian challenges the status quo of our societies and addresses important social issues relating to our educational system and its impact on our people. The switched on, creative, solutions focussed, ‘Don’t see why not!’ thinking of this innovator will stay with you for ever.


Sir Ian Lemuel Taylor CNZM (born c.1950) is a prominent businessman from Dunedin, New Zealand. Born in Kaeo to a Pākehā father and Māori mother, he grew up in Raupunga and went to a Catholic boarding school in Masterton. Ian is married to Liz and they have 2 children.


Ian has a LLB degree from the University of Otago.


A former television presenter, Taylor founded Taylormade Media in 1989 as a television production company. The following year he established Animation Research Limited, which quickly became one of the top computer animation companies in New Zealand and known internationally for its work, particularly in television advertising and sports graphics.


Taylor was inducted into the New Zealand Technology Hall of Fame in 2009 and was named North & South Magazines 2010 New Zealander of the Year. He was awarded an Honorary Fellowship of the New Zealand Computer Society (HFNZCS) in 2010, the top honour of the ICT sector in New Zealand. Taylor was made a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit in the 2012 New Year Honours, for services to television and business.


Keynote synopsis - Blazing a trail of global impact

A tale of world-leading Kiwi innovators who, from their think-tank base down-under, have challenged and impacted global societies for almost half a century.

The thought-provoking considerations of one passionate, never-say-die Kiwi changemaker and a team of talented innovators who, for the past four decades, in a constantly changing global environment, have blazed a trail of world-leading “switched-on and savvy” technological advances impacting our society, our lives and the way we see the world around us. And they’ve done it all from their base down-under in Dunedin.

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