New Zealand’s ABAC team
Katherine Rich is the CEO of the New Zealand Food and Grocery Council, the industry body representing food and grocery suppliers. She represents FGC members on a range of boards and Government panels. Katherine received her tertiary education at Otago University, gaining a BA/BCom in marketing and economics in 1990 and 1993. After leaving university she was a policy analyst and held other agri-business roles in marketing and general management. She was a Member of Parliament for three terms from 1999- 2008.
Phil O’Reilly is Director of Iron Duke Partners, a Wellington based Public Policy Advisory Firm. He is Chair of the Board of the Business And Industry Advisory Committee to the OECD and is a member of the Governing Body of the International Labour Organisation. He is a Board Member of, or Advisor to a number of New Zealand and Global Organisations including the ILO Global Business & Disability Network. He was previously Chief Executive of BusinessNZ, New Zealand’s leading business advocacy group, representing thousands of businesses of all sizes. In 2016 he was appointed an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for his services to business and governance.
Tenby Powell’s experience spans the private business sector, government entities, Not-For Profit and the Military. He was educated at the University of Waikato (awarded Distinguished Alumnus in 2010) and Harvard Business School. He held senior management positions in MNC’s prior to forming private investment firm, Hunter Powell Investments Limited. Tenby is an active champion of New Zealand’s small business ecosystem, founder of the NZ SME Business Network and has Chaired the government appointed Small Business Development Group since 2012.
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 advises on international trade policy, strategy and government relations, drawing on over 20 years’ experience in the public and private sectors. Stephanie is a former trade negotiator and diplomat and also runs Honey Consulting, a trade policy consultancy.