The ABAC Team

Rachel Taulelei
Rachel (Ngāti Raukawa ki te Tonga, Ngāti Rārua, Ngāti Koata) is an award-winning entrepreneur and business woman whose values include kaitiakitanga, whanaungatanga and pono – guardianship, relationships and integrity. CEO of Kono, the Māori-owned food and beverage business, Rachel has spent 20 years championing Aotearoa as a world-class producer of food and beverages. She is also passionate about supporting the potential and growth of other people and companies.

Malcolm Johns
Malcolm has been the Chief Executive of Christchurch Airport since January 2014 and is a non-executive director of the Lyttleton Sea Port Company, a member of the Business Climate Leaders’ Coalition, a Board member of the Sustainable Business Council of New Zealand, a member of Business New Zealand’s Major Companies Group and has served on the Government’s Trade for All Working Group. Over his 30 year career, he has held a number of senior executive and governance roles within New Zealand’s transport, aviation and tourism sectors.  Malcolm has a particular interest in the contribution the regions of New Zealand can make to the country’s economic and social outcomes. Christchurch Airport has formed a number of small/medium business export mentoring and e-commerce programmes that have enabled businesses across New Zealand enter the export sector.  

Stephen Jacobi  –  Alternate Member and Lead Staffer, ABAC
Stephen Jacobi is managing director of Jacobi Consulting, a consultancy offering strategic advice in international trade, government relations and industry development. Stephen is a former diplomat, ministerial advisor and chief executive.

Stephanie Honey – Associate Director (ABAC)
Stephanie Honey is an international trade policy consultant, drawing on over 25 years’ experience in the public and private sectors.  Stephanie is a former trade negotiator and diplomat.  She runs an independent trade policy consultancy, Honey Consulting, as well as a business that provides executive education in trade, Global Trade Insights.