Keynote Speakers

Gill Dal Din

Strategic Business Connector, Activator, Influencer

After an initial career in dietetics, Gill worked in consulting, business ownership and more recently business development.

An avid follower of business trends, Gill works to develop and create “innovation eco-systems” for local government and is the current Chair of the Innovation Precinct; a collective of key tenant businesses to foster an innovation culture.  Gill consults in the areas of entrepreneurship, branding, personal leadership, business for purpose as well as managing a suite of business growth programmes for high growth exporting businesses.

Gill is well known as the go to person for business contacts and connections which means “If I don’t know I will know someone who does!”

Gill has owned 3 SME businesses ranging from Dentistry and franchising to national events promoting international business speakers which resulted in building a global network of socially conscious entrepreneurs.

 

John Moffat

Clinical Psychologist, TBI Health Wellington

After graduating, John spent five years working in community mental health settings, first in South Africa and then in Napier. His interest in mind-body connections and interactions led him to taking a position within the Capital and Coast DHB’s regional pain management service, where he spent ten years as a consultant clinical psychologist. During this time he also established a part-time private practice in Wellington. In 2017 John accepted a position with TBI Healthcare and is currently responsible for providing psychological services and consultation in the Wellington region.  His role also involves oversight of psychology services at the national level.

John has a special interest in Mindfulness- and Acceptance-based approaches to behavioural change. He was involved in establishing Wellington’s first Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) special interest group in 2008. In 2015 John co-founded the Wellington ACT Centre, and has been instrumental in promoting ACT in Wellington, as well as New Zealand as a whole. John utilises ACT in his clinical practice, as well as other modern forms of behaviour therapy such as Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy. An advocate of the “practice what you preach” dictum, John maintains a daily Mindfulness meditation practice, and integrates this into his everyday life.

A sought after speaker, John has been invited to provide talks and workshops across New Zealand to a wide-ranging audience of healthcare professionals.

 

Associate Professor Michael Schultz, MD, PhD, FRACP

Michael studied in Erlangen-Nuremberg and trained in Manchester, London and Regensburg, Germany. He went to Chapel Hill, NC at the University of North Carolina for his postdoctoral fellowship.

Michael joined the Department of Medicine at the University of Otago in 2005 taking up a joint clinical position as a Senior Lecturer, and Gastroenterologist with the Southern District Health Board.  He was promoted to Associate Professor in 2013.

Michael was appointed Head of the Department of Medicine in 2016.

His research expertise is focused on clinical and basic scientific aspects of Inflammatory Bowel Diseases with an emphasis on host-microbe interactions. He has several years of experience working with animal models of experimental colitis and the administration of clinical trials in patients with IBDHe is Director of the Gut Health Network which was established in 2011.

Michael was elected as the President of the New Zealand Society of Gastroenterology in November 2016.