New Zealand Committee
Ian Kennedy - Chair
Ian Kennedy, a former career diplomat, was posted three times to Japan, most recently as Ambassador from 2007 to July 2012. A fluent Japanese speaker, he is the author of a book on Japan-New Zealand relations entitled “Japan and New Zealand: Adding Value" published by Victoria University, Institute of Policy Studies in 1992. His other overseas postings were to Solomon Islands and Vanuatu from 1992 to 1994, Turkey, Israel and Jordan (Ambassador) from 1996 to 1999, and Australia (Deputy High Commissioner) from 2004 to 2007. Ian Kennedy and his wife Setsuko are Partners in I.S.K. Associates, a consultancy business specialising on Japan. He has been contracted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade as Special Representative, Japan, to promote linkages between New Zealand and Japan, with particular emphasis on non-governmental sectors.

Phil de Joux - Vice Chair
Phil de Joux is Head of Government Affairs and Industry Relations, at Air New Zealand, and joined as Vice Chair in January 2014.

Mia Evans - Vice Chair
Mia Evans started with Bancorp in August 2007, and has come from a banking background with Private Bank positions at HSBC and Bank of New Zealand, and has also worked with Westpac Bank. Bancorp is an innovative and dynamic investment and merchant banking organisation. Bancorp’s core services include Private Banking and Wealth Management, Corporate Finance, Specialist Property Finance and Services, Private Equity Investments, Treasury Advisory and Compliance management services.

Mia is one of the Directors of NZEDU, an independent education marketing company that provides educational arrangements in New Zealand that cover traditional schooling but also extend to sporting, music and industry specialisations. She is also an honorary member of “Support our Kids” and works alongside this NPO to help children who have been orphaned or displaced in the March 11, 2011 Disaster in Japan. Mia looks after the New Zealand programme alongside Ian Kennedy and facilitates the Schools, homestay families, activities, sponsorship and media

Mia is the Sector Leader for Sister Cities on the JNZBC, and also supports the Investment Sector Leader.

Neil Whittaker - Vice Chair
Neil Whittaker was appointed Managing Director of Fuji Xerox New Zealand in 2004 and in his first year as MD implemented a growth plan that resulted in him fending off colleagues from throughout Asia and the Pacific to be named the Fuji Xerox Asia Pacific ‘Managing Director of the Year’. This feat was repeated in 2011 and 2012 when Neil was once again named MD of the year as he led Fuji Xerox New Zealand to consecutive record years. Neil is passionate about good corporate citizenship and has been instrumental in Fuji Xerox’s investment in education, charitable and environmental activities. He is the chairman of New Zealand Business Excellence Foundation, is a member of the Committee for Auckland and an active participant in Business New Zealand’s Major Company group. Neil was also instrumental in the creation of the Career Capable Auckland project, a public private partnership developed to improve transitions from school through study and training to work.

Paul Gestro - Vice Chair
Paul Gestro is Head of Asia Desk at the Bank of New Zealand. He was Director International Partnerships, New Zealand Trade & Enterprise, Auckland from 2012 to 2013,Director & Consul-General, New Zealand Trade & Enterprise, New York, from 2009 to 2012, Director Investment & Technology, New Zealand Trade & Enterprise, Singapore, from 2005 to 2009. He attended Harvard Business School – High Potentials Leadership (2010), as well as University of Auckland – Diploma (P.Grad) International Strategy & Leadership (2007). Paul was a New Zealand Representative in University Volleyball, is a keen marathon runner, a championship winning Rugby Coach & Player, and enjoys skiing, golf, mountain biking, adventure running, sailing, tennis, Culture, travel

Craig Smith - Vice Chair
Craig Smith has over twenty years of experience in the wool industry ranging from shearing, classing, scouring, marketing and now currently a Director of HDawson , which is a global company , processing and trading 5% of the world’s wool fibre. In his role as Business Development Director, he has had sole charge of the Japanese market over the last 10 years. This involves travelling to Japan up to five times a year to promote New Zealand wool, selling directly to futon, carpet and apparel manufactures and maintaining and developing relationship with clients. This has led to HDawson having a high profile and being one of the largest exporters of wool into Japan. HDawson is a member of the global “Campaign for Wool” which Craig is a committee member of. As part of this role hewas privileged to meet Price Charles at Somerset House in London, as the sole representative from New Zealand and this was reported in a Shinso Living Times in Japan.

Sarah McLauchlan - Executive Director
Sarah brings much valuable experience to the position through her involvement in the New Zealand Committee over a number of years, including providing secretariat services during her time at the Auckland Chamber of Commerce, and more recently as an Ex-Officio member of the Executive Committee while she was working with New Zealand Trade and Enterprise (NZTE). Sarah has also spent a number of years living and working in Japan, including two postings with Tourism New Zealand, and thus has a sound understanding of both the business and cultural aspects of New Zealand/Japan relations.

Tony Boot - Executive Committee Member
Tony Boot established BTM - Japanese translation and marketing specialists in 1994. BTM provides assistance to a range of public sector and private sector organisations in New Zealand, Japan, USA, Fiji, and beyond. Tony is a graduate of the University of Waikato Business Management Studies department's International Management programme, specialising in Japanese & Marketing. Tony is a shareholder and director of New Zealand's largest farmstay company, Rural Tours Ltd, and holds other directorships as well. He is fluent in Japanese, and is actively involved with the development of New Zealand/Japan business relations. Tony was the JNZBC Executive Director from 2007 - 2013.

Doug Ducker - Executive Committee Member
Doug Ducker has been Managing Director of Pan Pac Forest Products since 2004 - this appointment followed almost 30 years service with the company in roles including process engineering, technical R & D, project management and production management associated with the pulping side of the business. An executive committee member of the Japan New Zealand Business Council over the last 4 years and currently Chairman of the Wood Council of New Zealand, Director of Wood Processors Assn and vice President of the Hawkes Bay Chamber of Commerce. Doug is the Sector Leader for Forestry and Government Affairs on the JNZBC.

Derek Hopkins - Executive Committee Member
Derek Hopkins is Managing Director of Franklin Group, which began life in 1982 as Franklin Rural Management Ltd, an agricultural consulting company. This is now the main operating company of the Group and its focus is entirely on investment project work in the rural sector. Derek completed a Bachelor of Agricultural Science (B.Agr.Sc) degree at Massey University in 1968. Since graduating his professional career has been in the rural sector with a range of experience in consultancy, practical farming and investment promotion and management. As well as having experience in many of the farming regions in New Zealand he has worked in Australia, the South Pacific, United Kingdom and Asia. Derek has been a member of the JNZBC since 1998 and on the Executive committee since 2001.

Annette Azuma - Executive Committee Member
Annette Azuma is a chartered accountant and a Director with Staples Rodway Ltd , New Zealand's leading independent full service accountancy firm. Annette specialises in Japanese business and deals with a number of Japanese companies and high net wealth individuals assisting with all aspects of taxation, compliance, M & A and immigration.
Annette has attended a number of Trade Missions to Japan. She speaks excellent Japanese and has lived in Japan for two and a half years including working for Staples Rodway's affiliate, Baker Tilly Japan and attending Kyoto Commercial University. Annette holds a Commerce degree from Otago University and an Arts degree majoring in Japanese from Massey University. Her association with Japan spans more than 30 years and continues in her business life and also family life with her Japanese husband Kenji and their 2 sons. Annette is the Sector Leader for Finance and Public Relations on the JNZBC.

Yoshi Kawamura - Executive Committee Member
Yoshihiro Kawamura is Managing Director of TJK NZ Ltd. Yoshihiro has been engaged in asset management of The George Hotel Christchurch, and Clarendon Tower in Christchurch. Yoshihiro graduated from Gakushuin University Tokyo, having majored in Economics and specialized in Business Strategy. After graduating, he entered Deloitte Tohmatsu Consulting Company and worked as a consultant until 2003.

Mark Crawford - Executive Committee Member
Mark is a Partner with KPMG based in Auckland. Mark has worked in various businesses in New Zealand, United States, United Kingdom and Japan over the past 20 years. His experience includes three years working in a Senior Finance role for a US public company based in Washington DC. Prior to returning to New Zealand in 2009, he spent eight years as a Partner working in Tokyo with KPMG, specialising in Audit and Advisory Services. In this capacity Mark worked with many multinational companies including General Electric, Fonterra and SAP and was a member of the Tokyo American Club.
Since returning to New Zealand Mark now heads up the Japanese Practice for KPMG. His clients include Konica Minolta, Shiseido, Makita and Mazda.

Donald Park - Executive Committee Member
Donald is the Group Export Manager at Heinz Wattie’s responsible for Wattie’s exports to the world. Heinz Wattie’s is New Zealand’s largest grocery brand and winner of New Zealand’s most trusted brand (Reader’s Digest 2010). Wattie’s is also one of New Zealand’s largest food exporters with over half of the annual total production shipped to export markets. Donald has spent his career with Heinz, starting as Brand Manager at Heinz Korea in 2000 and then progressing through various roles within the organisation. Donald has a Bachelor of Technology in food from Massey University and a Masters in International Business from Kyung Hee University in Korea. Don is the Co- Leader of the Food & Beverage Sector on the JNZBC.

Craig Pettigrew - Executive Committee Member
Craig Pettigrew has been marketing New Zealand and New Zealand products internationally for over 15 years with firsthand experience across a diverse range of channels and business models in Japan and Asia. Craigs focus is on international business development and relationship management to accelerate growth and improve business partnerships. Until recently Craig was based in Japan and is fluent in spoken and written Japanese. Craig is the Co- Leader of the Food & Beverage Sector on the JNZBC.

Wellington City Council (represented by Aiko Collins) - Executive Committee Member
Wellington is the capital of New Zealand. Wellington City Council's international relations team is responsible for the development of the Council's international relations policy, organising and coordinating international relationships and exchanges. The team works with business, education and community groups to promote and develop the city's international relations.

Jonny Hendriksen - Executive Committee Member

Jeanine Begg - Executive Committee Member
Jeanine is a graduate of the University of Canterbury with a Master of Arts (NCRE), and BA (Hons) in Political Science and Japanese. She has 8 years’ experience as a public relations advisor to a variety of high-end business clients in NZ and in the UK. Returning to NZ in 2008, Jeanine now works in New Zealand's Parliament. Jeanine's love of Asia began when completing a 12-month AFS student exchange to Oita-Ken, Kyushu. She has since also lived in South Korea and speak both Japanese and Korean. She has travelled extensively to build on these experiences. Jeanine is an active Asia:NZ Foundation Young Leader and works closely with the board of AFS NZ as a returnee. Specialising in International Political Relations and International Law Jeanine's thesis analysed political and economic impacts of stereotyping and misperception in foreign policy decision making. Jeanine is interested in behavioural indicators relevant the success of business proposals within an international context. Jeanine was co-founder of the yJNZBC.

Nic Keating- Executive Committee Member; yJNZBC Chair
Nic studied International Business, Management, Japanese and Tourism Management at Victoria and Osaka
Universities. His first time in Japan was as a Rotary Scholar to Minoo City and he later returned to Minoo to study at Osaka University. In 2011, he was an Asia:NZ foundation intern at the Japan Rail Kyushu where he studied JR’s operations management. He now works for PwC Consulting in the Process and Operations team and at the Hutt City Council where he manages the Dowse Art Museum in the weekends. After hours he runs a small web-strategy consultancy company, advising small-medium sized business how to get the most about their online portfolio, and mobile device strategies.
Nic is Chair of the yJNZBC.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (represented by Mark Pearson) - Executive Committee Member
Mark Pearson joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1988 and has served twice in the New Zealand Embassy in Tokyo (most recently as Deputy Head of Mission, 2007-2011) and in the New Zealand Embassy in Seoul (2001-2004). He was New Zealand representative to the APEC Committee on Trade and Investment (2005-2007) and Senior Economic Official for the East Asia Summit and Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (2012). He assumed his present position in early 2013.

New Zealand Trade & Enterprise (represented by Anne Collins) - Executive Committee Member
As a New Zealand based representative for East Asia, Anne’s role involves assisting New Zealand companies who are interested in doing business in the Japanese markets. Anne is also is responsible for raising the profile of this region with New Zealand companies, developing NZTE’s strategic approach to the region and representing NZTE on the Japan New Zealand Business Council and Korean New Zealand Business Council. Prior to NZTE Anne worked in the wine industry with importers, distributors and wineries with the main focus on exporting to Europe, Australia and USA.

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