Tuesday 9 September 2021

Pacific Trade Invest NZ new staff appointments

Trade Commissioner Glynis Miller says she is delighted to welcome two new members to the Pacific Trade Invest New Zealand (PTI NZ) team.

“As we complete out this year and cast our gaze into 2022, we absolutely see growth opportunities both in trade and investment across the Blue Pacific, so it is advantageous to be prepared to cultivate these as we enter a year where the Pacific looks to rebuild economies from the global pandemic.

New appointments include Mr Rohan Parekh as the new Investment Facilitation Manager Ms Ellen Callister, who joins the Trade Development Team as Trade Development Officer.

Rohan Parekh, Investment Facilitation Manager

Mr Parekh holds a MSc in Business Information Technology (Middlesex University, UK), B.E. Electronics (University of Mumbai) has previously worked for Aera VC, an early-growth fund investing in deep tech ventures and IvyCap Ventures, a venture capital fund management company leveraging global alumni ecosystems to build technology-driven innovative companies.

Rohan brings a wealth of experience and exposure from working in the globally venture capital and financial services including investor mapping, research and outreach will auger well with the steps that PTI NZ has taken over the last 18 months to elevate our efforts in bridging investment Solutions for the region.

Rohan says that PTI NZ is the perfect platform from which to further strengthen existing ties between New Zealand and Pacific Island Countries – helping to grow awareness of investment requirements, find optimal investment opportunities and sourcing investors with a genuine desire to foster sustainable economic growth in the Blue Pacific.

Ellen Callister , Trade Development Officer

Ellen Callister, who holds a BMus (Performance) and a BCom (International Business and Marketing) from The University of Auckland. Ellen brings valuable industry experience from shipping and logistics from her previous position at the Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC).

Ellen says her studies in International Business has given her a good background for investigating and strategising moving into new markets and combined with PTI NZ’s priority to improve livelihoods and create a sustainable future for the Blue Pacific she is energised to help grow the Pacific’s export footprint in the New Zealand markets.

Trade Commissioner Miller says the PTI NZ team remains committed to providing the highest level of service to the Forum Island Countries and looks forward to a busy and prosperous 2022.


For media queries please contact Anne-Marie Petersen – amp@pacifictradeinvest.co.nz


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