Andrew has been a member of the NZMEBC since 2015 when he returned from a lengthy period overseas living and working in the Middle East. He has been an active participant in establishing stronger ties with the Saudi Arabian joint business council and is an active supporter of Dubai 2020. He was recently appointed as the Chief Operating Officer at Green Gorilla an Auckland Waste Minimisation and Diversion COmpany. Prior to that Andrew was the International Director for Furnware operating across the world with special interests in the GCC region. He is a leadership and management expert as well as an educational specialist with over 30 years of experience in change management, infrastructure development, educational leadership and management, organisational improvement, policy development and delivery, system transformation in both the public and private sectors.
Andrew returned to New Zealand in 2015 where his roles until recently had him regularly traveling to the Middle East supporting business expansion and global sales working closely with a variety of investors, companies, institutions to help them design and develop unique environments that set them apart from their competitors.
Andrew had previously lived in the Middle East for over 14 years and as a result brings a wealth of expertise and understanding of the region. Whilst there he held several senior educational and commercial positions with both Cognition Education (NZ) and GEMS Education (UAE). Andrew resided in Doha, Qatar, Abu Dhabi, Dubai in the United Arab Emirates, and Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. He has held a Regional Director role with responsibility for growth across 28 counties throughout the MENA region and India.
This experience has seen Andrew lead the council through a number of changes recently in how we are supporting members to conduct business in the region. His networks are extensive and his knowledge of how to conduct business there has been very beneficial to all members. We look forward to Andrew’s continued leadership of the council in 2020-2021.