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Founder of Ambit

If you're not worried about AI - you don't understand it.

Highly rated and award-winning speaker, Tim Warren is Co-Founder of Ambit ( - a leading NZ AI software company.

Tim has held an exciting and diverse career as an executive across Software and Finance and is an angel investor with over 15 investments. His previous experience includes being a former executive at Goldman Sachs, COO of JBWere, Financial Services Consultant and Software developer at WinGate.
Outside of this, Tim plays drums as a professional musician, currently in a world music band, previously in Jazz, Orchestral, Pop and Rock.

Tim co-founded Ambit, a specialist in AI software for Financial Services, eCommerce, Retail, Telco and Utilities. Previously he was on the board of Flying Kiwi Angels - a start-up investment group.

Tim is a prolific reader, lover of music, food, coffee, history, an occasional runner and Dad of two.

Talking Points

Artificial Intelligence - Brilliance and Bias

In this presentation Tim takes the audience through a real journey of understanding more about artificial intelligence and it's biased interpretations of our culture.
With stunning imagery, dramatic presentation and moving conclusions, this is a compelling presentation. It is inspirational, not technical.
Not only does it impress on audiences the importance and reality of AI today, but it leaves them with hope and actions to take, something to feel, something to do in terms of getting ahead of this critical technology.

This is strikingly relevant to anyone in a leadership role and interesting to a broad audience.

The Future of Work in the age of AI

Tim explores the future of the workforce, both human and digital in this presentation, adapted to have a particular industry focus.
This presentation covers that artificial intelligence is not what you think, it's not going to replace the human in an instant, it's going to progressively change roles and disrupt industries.
They say you are not going to lose your job to a computer, you were going to lose it to a person who uses artificial intelligence.

Through a good understanding of the audience, Tim presents this in a way that everyone in the room feels the impact personally.

This can also be adapted to the future of education.

This presentation adapts well to including a discussion section on the specifics of a related industry.

The Future all around us

How does the future really impact us? Who really delivers the future? What's happening right now that's going to change our lives? In five years? 20 years? Will robots kill me? Should I become a cyborg? Can we hack our DNA!?

Tim covers disruptive technology and futurism with a mix of fact and humour - audiences leave with a mix of entertainment and wide-eyed excitement about what just around the corner.

Artificial Intelligence: Dreams, Doubts and Brilliance

In this presentation Tim takes us back to the beginning of human existence to review technological disruption, and then leaps into the future to see how AI is already changing our world.

AI Storytelling: Pioneering the Future or Losing Our Humanity?

As we journey into the uncharted territory of AI in media, a pivotal question arises: are we pioneering the future of storytelling or risking the essence of our humanity? In this session, we navigate this profound query and delve into the transformative power of AI within the creative and media sectors. Explore the future of AI as it reshapes content creation, transforms engagement, and alters perception.

Mythbusting Artificial Intelligence for Executives

In this engaging and interactive 60-minute private workshop, executives will gain a clear understanding of artificial intelligence (AI) concepts and their practical implications for business. Designed for CEOs, boards, and senior executives with varying levels of technical expertise, this session aims to dispel misconceptions, inspire innovation, and provide actionable insights for AI adoption. Chatham House rule means that attendees are in a safe environment for asking those awkward AI questions.

Key Learning Objectives:
- Understand core AI concepts without delving into technical jargon.
- Learn to detect misinformation and make informed decisions regarding AI implementation.
- Feel empowered to consider hiring AI experts and seek further guidance.

Interactive Elements:
- Polls: Gauge audience understanding and tailor discussions accordingly.
- Group Discussions: Collaborate with peers to explore AI applications in different industries.
- Q&A Sessions: Address specific queries and concerns to ensure clarity.
- Storytelling: Illustrate AI concepts with real-world examples to enhance engagement.

Key Takeaways:
- Actionable Insights: Gain clarity on what to think, feel, and communicate about AI.
- Confidence in Decision-making: Feel comfortable hiring AI experts and seeking further assistance.
- Tangible Outcomes: Receive a list of potential starting points for AI adoption.

Workshop Details:
- Duration: 60 minutes
- Format: In-person
- Facilitator: Tim Warren
- Contact:

Demystify AI and unlock its potential for your organization. Reserve your spot today!
With so much hype and uncertainty about the implications of AI, it is a real saviour to have someone like Tim Warren able to talk some straight sense about the topic. Not only does Tim have deep industry knowledge based on his work pioneering some of the tools for AI and their use in a range of industries but he is also a born entertainer. We have had Tim present at two of our events recently. One a CEO breakfast and the other a large ESG-themed event to an audience of 500. In both cases, Tim captivated the audience with his natural and humorous style while covering significant concepts and sometimes complex ideas in a digestible and entertaining manner. We have been running our ESG event for 5 years with many speakers covering a range of subjects and in a range of presenting styles. So far Tim has achieved our highest rating or post-event feedback in our history. M2 Magazine - Journey to Excellence

Tim has spoken at several of our iMedia events of up to 400 in size. Presenting across AU and NZ, focussing on the developments in the field of AI and the practical applications of AI. He has consistently received some of our highest audience ratings, averaging 4.8 / 5. He is a confident, capable and entertaining speaker and with the knack of making complex subjects very approachable. We'd have him back any time!


Tim was an invited speaker at last year's Research Association (RANZ) Conference - AI in Isights: Friend or Foe? Especially given what has happened in the World of AI since June last year, Tim’s paper "You don't know AI” was exactly the challenge we as an industry needed. He covered what the near future looks like for the industry and workforce as a whole - and it has turned out to be prescient! He was a big hit - popular with the audience such that he won our coveted "People's Choice award"! We'd love to see him back here presenting again!

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