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Rise of the small investor – how Wealthtech is enabling change

Please join FinTechNZ and WealthTechNZ to explore the rise of the small investor and how Wealthtech is allowing everyday individuals to invest in markets that were once reserved for heavyweights, and in the process, bringing unprecedented change.

Speaker Bios

Armin Svoboda

Head of Digital, Kernel Wealth With 10+ years’ experience in the creative and technology space, Armin is passionate about assembling and motivating teams to transform ideas into world-class products, experiences, brands and businesses. He has held positions in both agency and client-side roles and worked with some of New Zealand’s leading brand and businesses such as Fonterra, Rocketlab, Les Mills, EnviroWaste, Generate KiwiSaver, BNZ, ASB, IdeaHQ and Isobar to name a few. Armin is now the Head of Digital at Kernel, an investment platform that simplifies successful investment. At Kernel, Armin and his team are creating a world where all Kiwi’s are wealthier, more financially literate, and good savings and investing behaviour is embedded for future generations. 

Bill Cheney

Co Founder, Director, Manuka Capital As a trained economist Bill started his career with some stints on the Johannesburg and London Stock Exchange with Societe Generale and BNP Paribas before turning to Consulting to Family Offices and Wholesale Investors.  Between 2002 and 2003 Bill became a founding architect for a range of quant driven retail funds as well as participated in IPO’s and Invitation Only Wholesale Alternative Investment Funds.  Bill then explored Venture Capital and started a Venture Capital Incubator called Greensignal Capital Partners, that focussed on Fintech and Broadcast Technology start-ups. In the past decade, Bill identified the need for Tech start-ups to increase their sales and financial management and took hands-on roles helping Fintech, Message Tech and Broadcast companies sign up multi-country contracts with Tier 1 Mobile Network Operators, Banks and FMCG companies. In 2018 Bill returned to his passion of financial markets and trading where he currently acts as CEO for Manuka Capital.  This is an invitation-only alternative investment fund that uses machine learning to methodically identify, test and execute trading via algorithms to provide Family Offices and other wholesale investors diversification from traditional investment style and strategies.

Gus Watson

Head of Investments, Sharesies Gus is the Head of Investments at Sharesies, an online investment platform that lets people get started in the share market with just a few dollars. On completion of his engineering degree at University of Canterbury, Gus began his career in the New Zealand energy sector and joined Sharesies early last year.  He leads a team tasked with finding new investment opportunities for the rapidly growing Sharesies customer base (currently more than 360k kiwis). Gus is passionate about the Sharesies mission to create the most financially empowered generation, while ensuring that someone with $5 has the same investment opportunities as someone with $500,000.  

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May 13
5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
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Forsyth Barr
Level 23, 88 Shortland Street
Auckland, New Zealand
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