AGRIFOODNZ has established a China Advisory Committee for the Fund. The China Advisory Committee’s five members are all long-standing experts in their fields. Committee membership is an honorary, advisory role, with all decision-making resting with AGRIFOODNZ’s Board of Directors. The objective of the China Advisory Committee is to utilise its members’ specialist expertise, extensive business networks and relationships both in China and in New Zealand, for the ultimate benefit of the Fund.
As our China Advisory Committee members are all Auckland-based, their advice can be readily sought by AGRIFOODNZ when it is required. Relevant matters on which advice might be sought will be pertaining to the growth and development of the Fund’s China/New Zealand business activities.
The profiles of our China Advisory Committee members are as follows:
Liu is Managing Director of COSCO (New Zealand) Limited. Before coming to New Zealand to take up his current role in 2003, he was deputy managing director of COSCO Guangzhou (now known as COSCO Shipping Limited) for 7 years, during which he led the development of COSCO’s modern heavy lift fleet based on his concept of a new generation of heavy lift vessels, including the world’s first semi-submersible vessels capable of class 2 dynamic positioning. Under his leadership, COSCO Shipping Limited became a front runner in super heavy lift transport and a leader in one-stop solution for transportation and installation of off-shore production platforms. Liu headed the IPO of COSCO Shipping Limited, which was a spin-off business comprised of the heavy lift fleet of COSCO Guangzhou. Liu was chairman of the Guangdong Navigation and Sea Faring Association in late 1990s.
Since coming to New Zealand, besides his work responsibilities, Liu has been active in the promotion of strong China/New Zealand business relations. He was chairman of the Chinese Chamber of Commerce in New Zealand for two terms: from 2003 to 2007 and from 2011 to 2015. In this role, he assisted with the promotion of Chinese businesses in New Zealand and contributed to the development of the China/New Zealand trade relationship. He has been a member of the China Business Advisory Group of the Auckland Tourism Events and Economic Development agency (“ATEED”) and chaired that group in 2014. Liu is also deputy chairman of the International Container Liner Committee since he was elected to that position in 2014.
Lisa is Managing Director of China Travel Service (N.Z.) Limited (“CTS”). She was born in China's Qinghai province and grew up in Xian, where she was awarded a degree in 1992 from Shaanxi Normal University and commenced her career with the China Travel Service. She moved to New Zealand in 1998 and attended the University of Auckland, where she gained her Master of International Business.
Lisa opened the New Zealand operations of the China Travel Service over 15 years ago. CTS handles ground arrangements for inbound Chinese tourism, as well as outbound travel requirements for New Zealand travelers. It also provides expertise for inbound and outbound business delegations. CTS has grown to become one of New Zealand’s premier China travel specialists. Lisa signed a memorandum of understanding establishing CTS as the Chinese government's tourism representative in New Zealand. She was witness to the signing of the historic China/New Zealand Free Trade Agreement, with tourism being included in the terms of the FTA. Lisa organised a New Zealand Tourism seminar for the opening day of the World Expo in Shanghai, when CTS was the first organisation to utilise the New Zealand Pavilion to entertain Asian partners with Kiwi hospitality.
Lisa is active in Auckland's business and Chinese communities, serving as Secretary General of the Chinese Chamber of Commerce in New Zealand. She was recognised at the 2015 China Business awards as the "Best Relationship Builder.”
Jack is Chairman of China Minmetals NZ Limited. He has headed the China Minmetals’ New Zealand operations since 2002.
China Minmetals NZ Limited is a wholly owned subsidiary of the China Minmetals Corporation. The corporation is an international metals and mining group, headquartered in Beijing, committed to providing high quality services globally. It has long played an important role as a major import and export channel for metals and minerals in China. China Minmetals NZ Limited has diversified and now has substantial investments in the property development and construction industry.
In 1984, Jack joined China Minmetals and commenced his professional international trading and management career. He has worked within the China Minmetals group for more than 27 years, including postings to the United Kingdom, the USA, Canada and New Zealand. As a non-ferrous metals trader in the United Kingdom, he earned the distinction of achieving more than USD 40 million turnover in a single year. During his tenure as the head of a China Minmetals joint venture in the USA, he was instrumental in making the joint venture become one of the major suppliers of Chinese-sourced products to American consumers.
Mike is General Manager of China Southern Airlines Company Limited. He is originally from Haikou on Hainan Island, China and has been working for China Southern for 24 years. Upon graduating from the Civil Aviation University of China in Tianjin in 1991, Mike secured his first role with China Southern, which then led to his appointment as head of sales at the airline’s Hainan Island branch. Mike was subsequently promoted first as general manager of the airline’s Taiyuan office, in the Shanxi province and then as the airline’s vice regional general manager for the Zhejiang province, based in Ningbo.
In 2011, Mike was promoted to his current role as General Manager of China Southern for New Zealand. Operations started in 2011, with 3 flights per week between Guangzhou and Auckland. Under Mike’s leadership, the airline has enjoyed rapid growth, with flights increasing to 14 per week and a new direct service between Guangzhou and Christchurch. Mike has built strong business networks since he arrived in New Zealand. He is an executive member of the board of the Airline Representatives New Zealand Inc. He is also a member of the Chinese Business Advisory Group of ATEED.
David is the CEO Executive Director of the Bank of China (New Zealand) Limited. He is a well qualified, results-oriented banker with broad experience in commercial banking. David graduated from the City University of New York in 2003 with a Master of Business Administration in finance.
Prior to his appointment to New Zealand, David worked as the general manager of the private banking department of the Bank of China’s Beijing branch and then as the assistant general manager of the Bank of China’s Singapore branch.
While he held the position of the general manager of the private banking department of Bank of China’s Beijing Branch, David was responsible for establishing the Bank of China’s first global private banking centre. His team was awarded “the Best Domestic Private Bank of China” in the year of 2007 by SOHU Finance.
When he worked as the assistant general manager of the Bank of China’s Singapore branch, he was responsible for its retail banking department, treasury department, credit card centre and the regional platforms related to the Bank of China group operations in the ASEAN countries. These platforms included the regional card unit and the prestigious wealth management unit.