Creative HQ CE Stefan Korn Appointed to Inland Revenue Information and Communications Technology Reference Group

Inland Revenue today appointed Creative HQ CE Stefan Korn and six other New Zealand business leaders to its new Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Reference Group.

Chosen from a group of applicants, the group will serve as a sounding board as Inland Revenue works to modernise every aspect of New Zealand’s tax system from business processes to customer services.

Over the last 11 years, Creative HQ has created a strong track record in startup innovation, incubation and acceleration with over 100 successful alumni companies. Creative HQ recently developed and facilitated Inland Revenue’s APP4IR Challenge, which tapped New Zealand’s rich pool of local creative talent to take part in a 5-week “crowdsourced” competition.

“There’s so much opportunity right now for the startup world and large organisations including the government to work together and significantly improve the quality and degree of innovation happening on a large scale. We saw this collaboration work extremely well with the APP4IR Challenge and I look forward to continue to bring our innovative startup spirit to Inland Revenue as an advisor to the ICT Reference Group,” says Korn.

Myles Ward, Chief Technology Officer at Inland Revenue has welcomed the appointments and will chair the group alongside the department’s Deputy Commissioner of Change, Greg James.

Mr Ward said it was exciting to have such a wealth of knowledge to advise Inland Revenue to ensure technology is used effectively to help simplify the process of paying tax and receiving entitlements.

“Those selected are all highly experienced in their fields and will offer other perspectives which will  help us identify innovative ways to continue delivering improved and easy to use ICT services,” said Mr Ward.

Inland Revenue’s new Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Reference Group will meet quarterly with the first meeting next month. More information about Inland Revenue’s ICT Reference Group can be found at www.ird.govt.nz.

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