Europe Business Summit

26 July 2023

Pullman, Auckland
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Europe Business Summit 2023

We invite you to join the conversation at the upcoming Europe Business Summit, which will take place on 26th July at the Pullman. This summit is brought to you by NZEBC (New Zealand Europe Business Council) and the Auckland Business Chamber, and is designed to empower business leaders like you to explore and optimise business opportunities between Europe and New Zealand.

The half-day summit will bring together top leaders from Europe and New Zealand business communities. The event will feature scene-setting keynote discussions from New Zealand and European business leaders, followed by a trade policy panel consisting of influential personalities.

With trade focused discussions that include our corporate partners, the summit will also have panels on trade into Europe and trade into New Zealand, highlighting the opportunities from the Europe – New Zealand FTA.  The Chamber of Commerce panel moderated by Simon Bridges, CEO of the Auckland Business Chamber, will include the Austrian, German, French and Dutch Chamber heads.

The EU Business Summit is an excellent opportunity to learn, network and strengthen your business relationships. By attending this summit, you will get valuable insights into the Europe – New Zealand business ecosystem, which will help you expand your business opportunities and enhance your business growth. The summit will conclude at 5.30pm and will lead into a welcoming reception at 6.30pm, where you will have the opportunity to network with other business leaders and exchange ideas ahead of the Gala Dinner at 7.00pm.

During the Gala Dinner, we will hear from our key sponsors, who will give an address about their businesses and the opportunities they see in the Europe – New Zealand trade relationship. This will be followed by a focus keynote speech that shares insights and opportunities on the future of Europe – New Zealand trade relations.

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Announced Keynote Speakers

David McAllister MEP
Chair of the European Parliament Foreign Affairs Committee

Hon Damien O’Connor
Trade and Export Growth Minister

‘NZ EU Trade Policy: What’s the latest and where is it all heading?’ Panel Discussion

A comprehensive and up-to-date analysis of current trade dynamics, with insights on policy directions, potential challenges, and opportunities for growth, presented by a panel of renowned trade policy experts.

Fran O’Sullivan

Journalist and Commentator

Vangelis Vitalis
Chief Trade Negotiator of New Zealand

Simon Tucker
Director, Global Sustainability, Stakeholder Affairs and Trade, Fonterra

Hon Tim Groser
Former New Zealand Minister of Trade

‘Europe in New Zealand’ Panel Discussion

Gain an understanding of the European presence and influence in the New Zealand market, exploring the opportunities and challenges European businesses face, and highlighting potential strategies for successful business expansion and collaboration in the region.

HE Nina Obermaier

European Union Ambassador to Aotearoa New Zealand

Alexander Muelhaupt
General Manager, Roche Pharmaceuticals NZ, Vice-Chair of Medicines New Zealand

Tony Mulholland
NZ General Manager, ANDRITZ Hydro

Peter Spencer
Country Manager for New Zealand, Parkwind

Melanie Salberg

Melanie Salberg
Managing Director, Brenntag New Zealand

‘New Zealand to Europe’ Panel Discussion

Gain deep insights into the New Zealand business landscape in Europe, exploring the unique opportunities, potential obstacles, and strategies for successful navigation and expansion within the European market, as shared by leading experts in the field.

Tim McCready

Strategy and Development Consultant

Michael Fox

Michael Fox
Head of Global Public Affairs, Zespri

Michael Brajkovich

Michael Brajkovich
Head Winemaker & Master of Wine, Kumeu River Wines

Gareth Edgecombe
Chief Executive, T&G Global

Fred Hellaby
Managing Director, Wilson Hellaby Limited

Carmen Doran

Carmen Doran
Chief Executive, Helius Therapeutics

‘The Opportunities ahead for European Chambers in New Zealand’ Panel Discussion

An in-depth exploration of the future prospects for European Chambers in New Zealand, with discussions focusing on new business avenues, strategies for growth, and collaborative opportunities, brought to light by representatives from the Irish Business Network of New Zealand, German-New Zealand Chamber of Commerce, French New Zealand Chamber of Commerce, Dutch Business Association, Austrian Trade Commissioner, and New Zealand Europe Business Council, as they delve into future opportunities, best practices, and strategies for strengthening business ties between Europe and New Zealand.

Simon Bridges

Chief Executive, Auckland Business Chamber

Karl Hartleb
Austrian Trade Commissioner for Australia and New Zealand

Martijn Bakker
Vice President, Dutch Business Association 

Thibault Beaujot
Board member of CCI France International, and former President of the French New Zealand Chamber of Commerce and Industry (2018 -2023)

Brian Walsh
Chairperson of the Irish Business Network of New Zealand 

Monique Surges
Chief Executive Officer, German-New Zealand Chamber of Commerce Inc 

Frank Olsson
President of the New Zealand Europe Business Council 


Martijn Bakker
Vice President, Dutch Business Association 

Adrian Blaser
Honorary Swiss Consul

Simon Bridges
Chief Executive, Auckland Business Chamber

Ledi Furriku
International Trade Advisor, Austrian Consulate General

Peter Kiely, ONZM
Honorary Consul-General of the Slovak Republic

Frank Olsson
President of the New Zealand Europe Business Council 

Monique Surges
Chief Executive Officer, German-New Zealand Chamber of Commerce Inc 

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