Governance 2017-07-27T04:02:51+00:00




Stewart Germann founded Stewart Germann Law Office (SGL) in 1993 as a boutique law firm at Auckland, New Zealand, specialising in franchising, licensing and business law.  Stewart was Chairman of the Franchise Association of New Zealand 1997 – 1999 and was on the Board for a number of years.

Stewart Germann has over 35 years’ experience in franchising law and acts for franchisors in New Zealand, Australia, USA, UK and elsewhere.  SGL also act for franchisees and provides legal advice.  Stewart is the past Chairman of Cognition Education Limited which is very active in the Middle East and he is currently Chairman of the NZMEBC.




Michael Webb is a commercial barrister and financial markets adviser, providing independent advice and representation on corporate, financial market, governmental, insolvency, and regulatory matters. He also has extensive experience as a non-executive director of major New Zealand and Australian companies and government entities in the financial, education and infrastructure sectors.

From 2005 to 2009 Michael was Managing Director, Financial Sector Development and Policy at the Qatar Financial Centre Regulatory Authority, where his focus was the development of the legal, regulatory and judicial regime for the Qatar Financial Centre, an international standard on-shore financial market for local, regional and international financial institutions and related services.

Since his return to New Zealand, Michael has continued his involvement with the GCC states on financial market, investment, and corporate issues, and in developing opportunities for co-operation and investment between the GCC and New Zealand.




Chris Paykel is Sales Manager, New Zealand for Emirates Airline, the largest airline in the Middle East with 16 destinations and a worldwide network  of 126 destinations in 76 countries.

Chris has 20 years experience in the travel and hospitality sectors, 10 of those working in the United Kingdom, United States of America, Australia and New Zealand.   Prior to joining Emirates, he was Head of Sales and Programme Management for Carlson Wagonlit Travel (CWT) in New Zealand.
CWT is the world’s largest travel management company with its focus on corporate travel. The portfolio of New Zealand based clients, including both global and local companies, were regular travellers through the Middle East and Asia.

Chris is a trustee on the Joyce Fisher Charitable Trust that provides young New Zealanders with opportunities to enhance their leadership skills and values, creating community, role models and future leaders.




Edwin is a partner at Hudson Gavin Martin, a commercial and corporate law firm specialising in technology and intellectual property law.

Edwin has significant experience in New Zealand and the Middle East in technology procurement, outsourcing, IP commercialisation and general commercial matters. Edwin has worked for clients in various industry sectors including the technology, banking, government, media, automotive and healthcare sectors. Prior to joining Hudson Gavin Martin, Edwin worked for four years at Clyde & Co, one of the leading international law firms in Dubai. While in Dubai, he worked with many clients in the Middle East including the Government of Dubai, Emirates, The Jumeirah Group, Dubai Healthcare City, The National Bank of Abu Dhabi and Al Nisr Publishing. Prior to Dubai, Edwin worked for over six years in the Communications, Media and Technology team at Bell Gully.

Edwin is an executive committee member of both the New Zealand Software Association and the New Zealand Game Developers Associations.




Brad is a Partner in EY’s Transaction Tax team, based in the Auckland office, and has been advising on tax for over 13 years, specialising in M&A tax in the private equity, financial services and capital markets for the past 9 years.
He previously worked in the London Transaction Tax Team for 6 years, the New Zealand Exchange Limited implementing M&A activity and, prior to that, another Big 4 firm.

Brad has led the execution of inbound and outbound M&A transactions, cross-border reorganisations, structuring, and tax due diligence across the globe.

While working in London, Brad led a number of transactions for major financial institutions looking to expand in the Middle East, including undertaking due diligence in the UAE, Saudi Arabia and Egypt, and has significant experience of the local tax and religious levy systems, as well as experience in structuring for tax exempt sovereign wealth funds’ outbound investments.




Robb Stevens is responsible for the management and implementation of Fonterra’s trade strategy.  Robb has worked in the dairy industry for nearly 20 years in a variety of roles from science to business, and joined Fonterra in 2004.  Previously, Robb was the Group Customs manager, with the prime responsibility of managing Fonterra’s exposure to customs risks.

Robb has a deep knowledge of the Fonterra business and the trade environment, as well as experience in advocating Fonterra’s interests with government stakeholders in New Zealand, the Middle East and globally.




Andrew Short has been co-opted to the NZMEBC Executive as a replacement for the retiring Terry Bates.  Andrew is the General Manager International Business Development for Cognition Education based in Auckland.  He returned to New Zealand to re-join Cognition after living and working in the Middle East for the past 11 years.

During this period overseas, Andrew held several senior educational and commercial positions with both Cognition Education (NZ) and GEMS Education (based in Dubai).  Andrew has resided in Doha, Qatar, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Riyadh and Saudi Arabia.  For the past four years, he has been based in Dubai where he has held a Regional Director role with the responsibility of 28 counties across the MENA region.

Andrew is an educational specialist with over 20 years of experience in school leadership and management, organisational improvement, policy development and delivery, system transformation in both the public and private education sectors.  He has strong leadership, analytical and stakeholder engagement skills as well as the ability to develop and lead large scale educational change programmes.  Andrew has built a reputation in delivering strong educational outcomes with an accompanying financial performance that encourages investors and attracts growth in developing markets.  He is a strategic thinker who has worked with private equity and governments to open opportunities to provide access to quality educational provision.

Andrew has been an active member of several New Zealand and Middle East business networks, ANZBIQ, Saudi Arabia Business Council and more recently trying to establish a registered New Zealand/Middle East business Council in Dubai.




Bryan has a background in business management, marketing and Education. He has a Bachelor of Commerce in Accounting and Marketing and a Master’s in Applied Linguistics and TESOL. After an initial career in business management and accounting, he moved to Japan. In Japan he worked for the British Council and he has extensive TESOL delivery and management experience. Within New Zealand he has managed the Waikato University – Auckland campus and has been with Auckland UniServices Ltd, the University Company of the University of Auckland for 15 years. Over this time he has been Director of the English Language Academy which he established. For the last five years has been leading the marketing for UniServices in the Middle East and South East Asia.

Bryan has completed over 120 marketing trips throughout Asia, South America and the Middle East and has a wide knowledge of Education products and services. Within the Middle East he has been responsible for establishing a number of key projects. Among these was a very large project in Saudi Arabia where the University of Auckland delivered the first year of a university programme. This project involved over 500 teachers and had over 12,000 students each year. Teacher Training and Education Leadership are strong areas of interest to him and he is currently working with institutions in three countries on projects in these areas. Bryan is responsible for marketing the complete range of products and services in the Middle East that the University of Auckland and UniServices offers including Education, Health, Engineering and Research projects.




Deborah has recently returned to New Zealand after almost 20 years abroad.  She most recently spent seven years in the GCC.  In Qatar she worked for Qatari Diar as head of research.  She then moved to Abu Dhabi where she spent the next five years as an independent consulting economist focusing primarily on issues of food security. She has consulted to various government, semi-government and private sector agencies across the GCC including Masdar, the Kuwait Investment Authority, MFAT, and INSEAD.  Prior to moving to the Middle East, Deborah worked for Intel as the EMEA head of the Market Sizing & Forecasting Unit.

In Abu Dhabi, Deborah was the chair of the local branch of the Middle East Initiative for New Zealand (MEINZ).  During her tenure membership grew to around 100 New Zealand professionals representing a wide range of businesses including New Zealand and international firms, and various Abu Dhabi government agencies.

Deborah is a graduate of Auckland University and holds a PhD in agricultural economics from the University of Sydney. She now lives in Auckland with her family, spends as much time as possible on Great Barrier Island, and continues to work as a consulting economist.




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Michelle Boag is the Executive Adviser to the NZ Middle East Business Council. One of the New Zealand’s most experienced public affairs and communications specialists, she is a partner in Strategic Communications Consultancy Boag Allan Pirie, based in Auckland.

Michelle has had a high profile career in public relations, politics and government. Her thirty-five year career includes working in Parliament for three National Party Leaders, managing public relations consultancies in Auckland and Wellington, and senior management positions in the merchant banking, corporate and advertising sectors.

Michelle currently services as a Director on the Auckland Rescue Helicopter Trust and Eden Park Trust. Her past governance roles include directorships with the Auckland Cricket Association, Manu Samoa Rugby Ltd, Television New Zealand, Advertising Standards Complaints Board and Auckland Surf Lifesaving Association. Michelle is a former President of the NZ National Party and of the Variety Club of New Zealand.