Our Judges

Convenor of Judges

David Downs, General Manager Projects, NZTE

In his ‘day job’, David Downs is a General Manager at New Zealand Trade and Enterprise (NZTE), working with the technology sector to help fast-growing tech companies expand internationally. David has held various roles at NZTE, in the Services, Customer and Corporate Services teams. 
David spent 13 years at Microsoft, in New Zealand and as regional director for South East Asia, and has set up and run successful businesses of his own. David is a published author on New Zealand Innovation, with two highly successful books – No.8 Re-wired, and No.8 Recharged. He also documented his fight with cancer in the book A Mild Touch of the Cancer. 
From March 2019, David has taken on the leadership role across government agencies and ministries for supercharging the NZ AgriTech sector, working in close collaboration with the industry.

Judges - General Categories
(Small, Medium and Large Businesses)

Judges - Excellence in Innovation and Excellence in Design

Judges - Inspiring Preference for New Zealand 

Judges - Inspiring Women Leaders 

Judges - He kai kei aku ringa

for Māori Excellence in Export

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