Rt. Hon Dame Jenny Shipley DCNZ

Dame Jenny Shipley is a former Prime Minister of New Zealand, an independent director and an in-demand keynote speaker.

Dame Jenny Shipley retired from NZ politics in 2002 and returned to the private sector while still retaining her intense interest in the development of leaders in NZ and globally. She is an Independent Director of a number of companies in NZ and offshore. 

Dame Jenny Shipley is an Independent Director and key note speaker tracking mega trends globally with particular expertise on the Asia Pacific region. She has served as an independent Director on the Shanghai and Hong Kong listed China Construction Bank for 6 years and now Chairs China Construction Bank NZ Ltd. She also chairs the former SOE and now NZX and ASX listed company Genesis Energy along with a number of other companies and organisations.

Dame Jenny Shipley was the 36th Prime Minister of New Zealand holding office from 1997 to 1999 and the first woman to do so. In the preceding seven years she held a number of Senior Ministerial positions in the New Zealand Government where she took a leading role in New Zealand’s very significant economic and social reforms of that time. As Prime Minister she hosted and chaired APEC in NZ in 1999. In 2002 she retired from NZ politics having served 15years in the New Zealand Parliament and returned to the business sector.

Dame Jenny is a Board member of the Boao Forum for Asia and the Beijing based International Finance Forum and was an Initiator of the Education Forum for East Asia. She is an Executive Board member of the New Zealand China Council. She has recently retired a chair of Global Women NZ and the retired Vice President but remaining board member of the Club of Madrid, a group of 104 former Presidents and Prime Ministers.

Dame Jenny has been married to Burton for over 40 years, is the mother of two adult children Anna and Ben and grandmother to 2 little boys and a baby girl.

Her passion is working with leaders who have the courage and competence to help “shape the future” of their companies and their country.


We would like to take this opportunity to formally thank you for presenting at our Conference – Balancing the Risk in 2012.  The conference proved to be one of our most successful to date providing underwriters, claims professionals and product managers the opportunity to learn from their peers and think beyond the expectations of technical priorities, and incorporate the interests of our customers, technology innovation and competing products.  It was due to your generosity of time and expertise that we were able to achieve this. 
The feedback from the conference overall has been tremendous with many stating they have acquired new knowledge and idea generation to apply in their organisations.
For your information we have included some specific individual feedback from your session and hope that this is useful for you.  Quotes from our audience:
  Best speaker I have heard in a long time - well rehearsed, comfortable in herself and subject, motivating and inspiring
  A marvellous speaker and wonderful start to the conference
  Dame Shipley is an excellent speaker and I found her to be very interesting.
  An inspirational and high quality presenter and speaker. I felt privileged to be in attendance.
  I really enjoyed this session; Dame Jenny knew how to present to her audience and made this discussion very relevant.
  She was a very inspiring speaker. She kept the audience captivated for the duration of her presentation.
  Well regarded presenter and a very enjoyable opening session!

Graham Andersen for ALUCA, Australia