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About Andrew:Andrew is currently the Chief Operating Officer for Green Gorilla, a Waste Minimisation and Diversion Company based in Auckland. He has been a member of the NZMEBC since 2015 when he returned from a lengthy period overseas living and working in the Middle East.
Andrew is in his second term as the Chair of the NZMEBC. He has strong ties with the New Zealand Business Council (NZBC) recently established in Dubai and was heavily involved in establishing stronger ties with the Saudi Arabian joint business council when he joined in 2015-16. He is an active supporter of Dubai 2020 and has close relationships with NZTE, MFaT and other business councils in the 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, manufacturing, construction, 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 across both public and private sectors.
Andrew had previously lived in the Middle East for over 12 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 New Zealand and foreign owned entities. 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 GCC and wider MENA region including 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.