The Associations & NFP Summit

The most important event in NZ for membership, representative and NFP sector organisations


Lesley Clarke

Chief Executive Officer

New Zealand Medical Association (NZMA)

Lesley Clarke is the Chief Executive Officer of The New Zealand Medical Association (NZMA). NZMA is New Zealand’s largest medical organisation with over 5000 members from all areas of medicine including medical students, resident medical officers, general practitioners and other specialists. Lesley has over 20 years’ experience in the industry and previous roles included, Executive General Manager of Medibank Health Solutions New Zealand Limited, CEO of the Researched Medicines Industry Association, and Executive Director of the New Zealand Private Hospitals Association. With a Master’s in Public Policy Lesley has a very strong track record in in advocacy and government relations and is well known and respected in the Wellington political health scene. Lesley’s strategic focus role is to provide leadership to the medical profession, promoting professional unity and values, and the health of all New Zealanders.
International Keynote Speakers

Natalye Paquin

President & CEO

Points of Light (USA)

Points of Light is the world’s largest organisation dedicated to volunteer service. Natalye has served on several non-profit boards in the arts and education, and is past board chair of the Philadelphia Award Foundation.

Points of Light is the largest non-profit in the world dedicated to volunteerism and community service- inspires, equips, and mobilises millions of people to take action that is changing the world. Founded in 1990 by President George H.W. Bush as an independent, non-partisan, non-profit organisation to encourage and empower the spirit of service, Points of Light works with affiliate organisations throughout the United States and in more than 30 countries around the world. Prior to joining Points of Light in 2017, Natalye served as Chief Transformation Officer at Girl Scouts of the USA, as well as Chief Executive Officer of the Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania’s largest girl-serving organisation and among the largest Girl Scouts councils in the nation. She began her career in the non-profit sector as Chief Operating Officer of the Kimmel Centre for the Performing Arts. An attorney by training, Natalye spent more than 15 years in the education sector in legal and executive leadership roles. First as a Civil Rights Attorney with the U. S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, and subsequently with Chicago Public Schools and the School District of Philadelphia. She began her legal career in private practice as a litigation attorney.

Frits Bussemaker

Business Community Builder & D1G1T4L CONN3CTOR (Netherlands)

Bussemaker has a passion for bringing people together in the Digital Age. He is the founder and the chair of the ‘Institute for Accountability in the Digital Age’. An association instigated by UNESCO aimed to help define instruments for, and manage accountability in the Digital Age (see Bussemaker is furthermore a coach and Program Director and supports organizations on collaboration and community building. He does pro deo work for number of (international) organizations, conferences and communities including: founding member and vice-chair of the outreach committee of the ITU ‘AI for Good Global Summit (Geneva) with over 35 UN Agencies involved. iPoort an association to discuss digitization with members of the Dutch parliament, Digital Africa, WCIT2010 (Amsterdam) WCC2012 (Amsterdam), WCF 2104 (Xian) and the Banking Policy Institute’s FinTech Ideas Festival (San Francisco). He is a regular speaker and chair at international events and has spoken in Australia, China, Europe, New Zealand, South-Korea and the United States. He has an MSc from Delft University.

Petra Claessen

Chief Executive Officer

BTG & TGG (Netherlands)

Petra Claessen is experienced in building bridges between all kinds of people and organisations, keeping in mind the goal they want to achieve. It’s her passion to bring people, organisations, governmental departments and Universities together. The scope of view is to work together in co-creation and with a synergy attitude. This leads to the growth of associations and companies in which Petra is and was working for. For almost 14 years Petra was CEO of the largest Marketing Association in the Netherlands. She was also CEO of the HCC, an association with, at that time, almost 180.000 Members who were interested in IT & ICT. Later on she was director of the SMA, Sales Management Association. At this moment Petra is CEO of the association for large users in ICT and Telecom, BTG. Besides this role she is also CEO of the service organisation of BTG, called Telegrootgebruik (TGG). Petra participates in several Boards. She is board member at Universities, charity organisations, chair of a Validation Board for Sales, Vice-President of the INTUG (International User Group for ICT & Telecom) etc. Petra was educated on the University of Utrecht (Dutch Law) and she did several studies on Marketing, Sales and Human Resources.
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