ABAC brings together up to three senior business executives from each of APEC’s 21 member economies. Members represent a range of sectors and small and medium enterprises as well as large business. ABAC members are appointed by APEC heads of government and report directly to them.
Read a message from Rachel Taulelei, Chair of ABAC in 2021:
Kia ora kotou katoa and welcome to these ABAC pages !
Our job at ABAC is to represent the views of businesses to the APEC Economic Leaders. We do this by engaging widely across the business sector and drawing on these views in the annual report and the in-person dialogue ABAC has with the region’s Leaders. We also issue a range of reports and letters to APEC Ministers and senior officials that advance your general interests as business owners and leaders in the Asia Pacific region.
In 2021 New Zealand will be chairing APEC and for the first time we will do so virtually. That gives us a huge opportunity to influence the economic direction of a region that takes over 70 percent of our exports and to find practical ways of rebuilding the Asia Pacific economy.
To do this effectively, we will need the help of business in New Zealand and our colleagues in other APEC economies. We’re keen to hear your views so get in touch and keep an eye on these pages for latest developments.
“Ehara taku toa i te toa takitahi, engari, he toa takatini”
“Success is not the work of one, but the work of many”.
Meet New Zealand’s ABAC team
Rachel (Ngāti Raukawa ki te Tonga, Ngāti Rārua, Ngāti Koata) is ABAC Chair for 2021, and 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.
Toni is a technology leader whose work focuses on scaling New Zealand companies internationally. She is the Chief Operating Officer of Montoux, an insurtech that uses actuarial and data science to help optimise the life insurance industry. Toni is also a Future Director on the Board of Fisher & Paykel Healthcare (a global leader in technologies for respiratory care), Co-Founder of Leading Ladies (a peer mentoring network for emerging leaders) and a member of the selection team for the Edmund Hilary Fellowship (a global network of changemakers administering the world’s first Global Impact Visa). She has previously participated in APEC as a Treasury official in the Economic Committee and Finance Ministers’ Process as well as a number of other international trade and environmental forums. She has practised as a corporate and commercial lawyer at Russell McVeagh and graduated from New York University School of Law.
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.
Alternate Member and Executive Director, 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. In 2021, Stephen will assume the role of Executive Director of the Global Secretariat for ABAC.
Deputy Executive Director and Lead Staffer, 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.
Project Manager (Business engagement)
Glen is a communications freelancer with broad experience of working with businesses, government agencies, local government and not-for-profits. He has also spent nearly two decades supporting exporters from diverse sectors.
Māori Engagement Advisor
Carrie Stoddart-Smith (Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Whātua) is Managing Director and Principal Indigenous Trade and Economies Consultant at Opinio Native, an indigenous consultancy firm that offers strategic, policy and communications advice on Māori trade, economy and political matters. In her mahi (work), she helps Māori entities get their voices in front of the decision makers that matter to their interests.