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Leon has been the New Zealand Consul General Los Angeles since June 2012 and is due to end his posting in July. He has an extensive background in business and government and more recently was appointed as Chair of the NZ US Council in Auckland.

Leon will talk about:

  • Change in the US NZ relationship over the last five years
  • Where to from here for free trade in the US NZ relationship
  • The Kiwi companies in the US I most admire and why…
  • A Kiwi family’s five years of experience in the United States
  • What we will miss the most about living in the United States and what we are looking forward to coming back to in New Zealand

Bio on Leon
His career in the private sector as a business owner and entrepreneur was interrupted in 2009 when he was asked to establish the New Zealand 2011 Office which was responsible for the leverage and legacy programme delivered for Rugby World Cup 2011.

That Office was established within Ministry of Economic Development working to Neville Harris, the Government’s lead official for the Rugby World Cup. The Office included, at peak, over 40 employees, government agency secondees and contractors and it successfully delivered the business engagement, showcase, festival and community engagement programmes for the Tournament.

Prior to that, Leon’s diverse business career has been in public affairs, marketing, overseas investment facilitation and start-up businesses. In 1995 he established one of
Wellington’s leading public affairs and investor relations companies, Busby Ramshaw Grice Ltd. Leon assisted Canadian, US and Australian business to invest in New Zealand forestry, electricity generation and distribution and oil and gas industries.

In 2000 he established an entrepreneurial business that created a number of start-ups including the successful out-of-home digital media business Twenty4media Ltd. He has strong experience building new teams and restructuring companies and assisted Te Ohu

Kai Moana (Maori Fisheries Commission) to create Aotearoa Fisheries Limited which now owns Sealords, Moana Pacific and Prepared Foods. Most recently he assisted the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority to build the new Christchurch Central Development Unit led by Warwick Isaacs.

EVENT DETAILS

Date: Wednesday 22nd February 

Venue: ANZ Bank, 23-29 Albert Street, Auckland, 1010

Time: 4.30pm to 7.00pm presentation followed by refreshments and networking

Cost: Members $60 inc GST, Non-members $65 inc GST

NUMBERS LIMITED TO 100

Please register by 17th February

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