The future of trade: How will globalisation, emerging trends and environmental change shape governance and business in New Zealand?
In order to be internationally competitive, organisations need to be agile in the face of shifting geopolitical, economic and environmental conditions.
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Join our panel who will share their observations on emerging risks and opportunities in international trade. Specific issues such as trade conflict, globalisation and climate change will be discussed.
Roland Van Bommel
Facilitator: Sue Suckling
Sue is recognised for both her leadership in the science/technology innovation space and her deep governance experience. She has extensive experience in both the public and private sector. Her Crown related roles have included chairing SOEs, CRIs, Crown Entities (including establishment roles) and private sector organisations. Sue has recently finished as the Chair of both Callaghan Innovation and NZQA. She currently Chairs Lincoln Hub (Blinc), Jade Software and Jacobsen Holdings Ltd. She is also on the board of Skycity. Sue holds an Honorary Doctorate in Commerce from Lincoln University, an OBE for services to business and is a Chartered Fellow of the Institute of Directors.
Bryan is a global business leader in supply chain, transportation and logistics in a career spanning more than 25 years. He led the regional operations for DHL Worldwide Express in 49 countries; companies which employed more than 30 thousand people and turned over almost € six billion annually. In New Zealand he held CEO roles for New Zealand Post Group and Export Manager roles for Hodder & Tolley. He has also spent time working in North America, Turkey and Malaysia.
Bryan has held governance roles throughout his career, throughout the world, and currently sits as the Chair on the Red Bus Board of Directors. He is also currently lending his expertise to Southfuels Ltd, as CEO and strategic advisor.
Bryan returned to New Zealand and Canterbury in 2013 and in his spare time is running a sheep and beef farm in Rangiora, with his partner Sabine and two young children.
Roland Van Bommel
Roland’s international experience has seen him hold management and governance roles, primarily in the food and beverage industries, in the Netherlands, Indonesia, Japan, Europe, USA and Australia.
Roland is currently Director of ChristchurchNZ and a Non-Executive Director of Asahi Holdings Australia Pty Ltd (an Oceania focused, fully owned subsidiary of Asahi Group Holdings, a Tokyo based multi beverages conglomerate). He is the Chairman of Pure Group, a Christchurch-based sport nutrition company, and sits on the Advisory Board of Steens Honey, a Tauranga-based Manuka honey company, and of Giesen Group Ltd, a Christchurch-based wine company.
Roland’s career includes a number of international executive positions including Managing Director of Unilever PLC based in Netherlands with senior roles also in Bangladesh and Indonesia; Executive Board Director and Executive Vice President Asia Pacific of Remy Cointreau SA (a Paris listed alcoholic beverages company) based in Tokyo; CEO of Maxxium Worldwide (an Amsterdam-based joint venture), Chief Executive of William Grant & Sons Ltd (a US$1.1 billion, Scotland-based, family owned company).
Roland is bilingual speaking Dutch, French and German. He has a Doctor of Philosophy – PhD Candidate, Management from the University of Canterbury; an MA in Social Anthropology from SOA University of London with a major in Chinese society and culture; and a Bachelor of Business Administration, Marketing & Behavioural Management Science from the University of Houston. He also completed Harvard’s Advanced Management Program in 1995. Roland is a Chartered Member of the Institute of Directors.
Vangelis returned to Wellington in 2017 having been New Zealand’s Ambassador to the World Trade Organisation in Geneva since August 2015. In addition to his role as Deputy Secretary, Vangelis was also the Chief Negotiator who led the conclusion of the Comprehensive and Progressive Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (CPTPP), which came into force on 30 December 2018. While in Geneva, Vangelis was elected in a personal capacity to chair the WTO agriculture negotiations, in which he helped draft the historic Ministerial Decision on Export Competition that eliminated agricultural export subsidies. Before his posting in Geneva, Vangelis was Ambassador to the European Union (EU) in Brussels, where he helped secure the EU’s commitment to enter into free trade negotiations with New Zealand, currently underway.
Vangelis worked at the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) from 2001-2004 and as an economic adviser to the Republics of Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan on their accession to the WTO. He is a member of the World Economic Forum's Global Future Council on International Trade and Investment (2016-2018), and a member of the World Economic Forum’s Expert Network on trade issues.