ANDREW SHORT

CHAIRMAN

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.

DEBORAH SCHLICHTING

VICE-CHAIR

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.

Chris

CHRIS PAYKEL

TREASURER

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.

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EDWIN LIM

SECRETARY

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.

JUSTINE ARROLL

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEMBER

Justine Arroll is the Senior Trade Strategist, Trade Strategy & Global Stakeholder Affairs, at the Fonterra Co-Operative Group.

Justine is a former New Zealand diplomat who has held a range of trade policy roles in the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade. She was most recently posted to Washington DC where she was responsible for advocacy and analysis in relation to the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations, as well as numerous other bilateral and multilateral trade issues. Justine has also previously served in the New Zealand High Commission in London and as a trade advisor to the then-Minister of Trade, Hon Tim Groser.

A graduate of the University of Auckland in Arts and Law, Justine has been admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor to the High Court of New Zealand, and has completed studies at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark, and Georgetown University, Washington DC.

TANYA FOSTER

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEMBER

Tanya is an experienced senior marketer with considerable experience and success in understanding, managing and driving growth for heritage and emerging brands as well as successfully introducing new brands to New Zealand in the highly competitive FMCG, apparel and retail segments. She is currently Business Manager at Tegel Foods Ltd, responsible for a number of retail, food service and industrial customers.

Tanya is experienced in strategic planning, an innovative thinker, commercially astute, visionary and driven. She has extensive staff management experience, strong cross-functional, customer and agency relationships and has recently proven her ability to effectively manage changing roles and responsibilities for herself and her staff during challenging economic times.

ANDREW PERRIER

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEMBER

Andrew Perrier is Chairman of the Dubai based NZ Business Council, a sister organisation to the NZ Middle East Business Council. For further information about the Dubai-NZ Business Council please email chairman@nzbc.me.

Andrew is the Chief Business Development Officer for Al Musbah Trading Group, a successful network of companies with diverse interests based in Saudi Arabia.

Andrew is a highly motivated business professional with extensive experience in sales, marketing and management in B2B environments within the IT and manufacturing sectors across Australasia, Asia, India, USA UK and the Middle East.

With 23 years of international business development experience under his belt, Andrew is well placed to understand cultural diversity and manage complex stakeholder, business and customer relationships.

Brad

BRAD WHEELER

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEMBER

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.