The automation advantage

Wednesday, September 6, 2017
New Zealand Productivity Commission, Level 15, Fujitsu Tower, 141 The Terrace


The automation advantage

 Nicolo’ Andreula. Principal AlphaBeta 

Time:  10.00 – 11.30


Technological change has long been a source of anxiety for workers. Today, improvements in communication technology, robotics, and machine intelligence are rekindling age-old concerns that technology will soon force millions of people out of work. At this roundtable, Nicolo’ Andreula will discuss a new report  by Alphabeta which provides a fresh perspective on how this will affect New Zealand’s closest trading partner, Australia, and offers insight on issues common to both nations. Automation is, at its core, an opportunity to harness the power of machines to improve human lives. 

Please note that RSVPs are essential and places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. 

Nicolo’ Andreula is an engagement manager and experienced economist with AlphaBeta, where he specializes in the technology sector (with a focus on digital companies) and public policy. Prior to joining the firm, he worked at McKinsey & Company for more than four years on a wide range of engagements with governments and leading corporates in Europe, Asia, the United States and the Middle East. Most recently Nicolo’ was a Fellow at the McKinsey Global Institute (MGI), McKinsey’s business and economics research arm, where he worked on and co-authored influential papers such as “Playing to win: The new global competition for corporate profits” (2015).  Before McKinsey, Nicolo’ worked for Goldman Sachs in their Investment Banking Division (IBD) in London, and the United Nations’ Policy Coordination Branch in New York. Nicolo’ has a Master in Economics from Bocconi University and a MBA from INSEAD. He is also the co-founder of the TEDx Conference in Bari and a visiting lecturer at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. 

AlphaBeta is a strategy advisory business serving clients across Australia, New Zealand and Asia from offices in Singapore and Sydney. Their team of advisors are experts in both strategy and economics who partner with clients from the private, public, and not-for-profit sectors to identify the forces shaping their markets and develop practical plans to create prosperity and wellbeing.