Executive Council of INZBC
INZBC is headed by a board of professionals who have been active in the realm of India - New Zealand business. The brief profiles of the current board are given below.
[Elected July 2019]
Sameer Handa has been doing business with and in India for the past over two decades and has invaluable knowledge of both India and NZ markets. Therefore, with his hands on experience he will add immense value to improving the India-NZ Trade relations.
Mr Handa was responsible for setting up sales offices & factory in India for NZ company Patton Refrigeration since 2007 and is an approved Director for Indian businesses. Currently Mr Handa is on the board of Bank of India (NZ) in NZ since 2012.
He is also a member of the Institute of Directors NZ and is on the board of several New Zealand companies with interests in India, including his most recent foray in the lighting industry, Glowbal NZ Ltd.
Board Member, INZBC
Michael Fox is Head of Communications and External Relations at Zespri International. He leads Zespri’s external communications, stakeholder engagement, policy, global tours and events and community investment programmes.
He joined Zespri after a career in Parliament as a Press Secretary and Chief Press Secretary to former Prime Ministers Sir John Key and Sir Bill English and Opposition Leader Simon Bridges. Prior to that he was a journalist with Fairfax Media in Auckland and Wellington, in Parliament’s Press Gallery and in Egypt and Cambodia.
Earl Rattray has a long-standing dairy industry career, both in farming, and in significant dairy industry leadership roles, including a founding Director of the Fonterra Co-operative Group, and inaugural Chairman of the NZ Dairy Companies’ Association. Earl currently holds interests in several dairy farming and related business’s both in New Zealand, and offshore.
He is a cornerstone shareholder and company Chairman of Binsar Farms Pvt. Ltd, a pioneering Indian /NZ dairy farming and fresh milk marketing company in Sonipat, Haryana. Earl manages his own dairy industry consultancy, Dairy Link Ltd, specialising in New Zealand and Asia dairy sector insight and analysis.
Board Member, INZBC
Jay is a Chartered Accountant and a Director of Orb360, Chartered Accounting firm based in Auckland & Wellington. Jay has over 10 years of Accounting, forensic accounting and tax experience. Some of his previous roles includes, Tax Manager at Grant Thornton and Crowe Horwath (WHK), Tax Investigator at the IRD, Forensic Accountant at McDonald Vague, and Financial Accountant at Flight Centre.
Jay specializes in International and domestic tax. He provides a wide range of tax technical advice across all tax types. Jay has a wide range of experience and has a broad understanding of tax regimes.
The majority of his work involves providing technical tax advice, Tax planning, International tax and managing IRD disputes. He has a particular interest in tax due diligence, IRD disputes and International Tax.
Board Member, INZBC
Carmen Vicelich is the CEO and Founder of Valocity Global, and the CEO and Founder of Data Insight. She is not your typical anything – a powerhouse entrepreneur who has rapidly built two multi-million-dollar, international data and technology businesses at the same time as balancing life as a wife and mother of four young children.
Data Insight uses advanced analytics to help businesses leverage data to make data driven decisions and works with industry leaders across multiple verticals including government, utilities, telco, casino, FMCG, insurance and banking.
Valocity is a cloud based Mortgage
Lending Platform, that helps banks transform and streamline the mortgage valuation process to deliver improved customer experience with increased regulatory compliance.
Sunil Kaushal is one of the leading commentator on Business, Commerce and International Trade particularly focusing on India. He has first-hand on the ground experience in guiding New Zealand firms expand into India.
He is frequently invited by industry and academia for comments on New Zealand and India. He has held senior roles in the finance, education and not for profit organisations in New Zealand.
Christchurch Chapter Head,
Sandeep Sharma has progressive experience as an Engineer, Entrepreneur and in International Trade. He is the Regional Marketing Manager at the University of Canterbury responsible for marketing and business development activities for South Asia and Middle East . Prior to which he was involved in his family business of air-conditioning and refrigeration in India, looking after international sales and purchase . He set up state of the art manufacturing line for producing heat exchangers, supplying to all major brands in India and exporting into Europe.
Outside his role in the international education, Sandeep is actively involved in track II diplomacy, is a member of New Zealand Institute of International Affairs and engaged in social work. He describes himself as a Kiwified – Indian, Networker, Yogi and a lifelong learner.
Delhi Chapter Head,
Mr. Bharat R Joshi's career has spanned the roles of entrepreneur, author, social worker and mentor. Bharat is CEO of J-Curve Ventures Pvt. Ltd (www.jcurve.in).
J-Curve focuses on a range of verticals through 3 i’s–Insight+, Investment and Implementation, and has alliances with institutions in Germany (Fraunhofer IML), New Zealand, Hungary and Netherlands.
He serves on boards of ACTL (www.actlindia.com) and JKTI (Joshi Konoike Transport and Infrastructure).The companies have interests in logistics, technology and infrastructure.
Mr. Joshi has addressed fora in India, China, Japan, New Zealand and Europe. He’s a charter member of TiE (The Indus Entrepreneurs), and was acknowledged in UNCTAD's World Investment Report 2006. He led a Future Leaders' delegation to Japan in 2017, upon invitation of
Wellington Chapter Head,
Dr Pushpa Wood has been appointed as an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit in the
Queen’s 90th Birthday Honours List for 2016 for her services to financial literacy and interfaith relations. She was the first Indian women to be awarded with this honour and the first person in New Zealand to receive an award for both financial literacy and interfaith relations.
Dr Wood has a long history of adult and financial literacy advocacy. She was previously the Education Manager at the Commission for Financial Capability. She has worked across the school, tertiary, NGO and industry sectors to improve adult literacy and financial literacy, and was a member of the New Zealand Qualifications Authority’s project advisory group reviewing financial literacy unit standards. Dr Wood has extensive experience in developing teaching and learning resources, training and development, strategic planning and stakeholder relationship.
Mumbai Chapter Head, INZBC
Sreedhar Venkatram is the CEO - South Asia, for CricHQ New Zealand, a digital platform for sport which combines competition management and administration software with live scoring and statistics for cricket clubs.
A management professional, strategist and a person who loves cricket, Sreedhar, over the years has earned many feathers on his hat. Earlier he has successfully worked for New Zealand Trade & Enterprise (NZTE) as Senior Business Development Manager for over a decade. He is also the Chapter Head for India New Zealand Business Council in India. An optimist and a cricket fan, he believes it is time for India to hit those big boundaries in terms of trade reforms.
Garry is a marketing communications professional with more than 15 years’ experience in media production and marketing. He started a boutique marketing agency, Media Solutions Kiwi Ltd., in 2015 to support SMEs in promoting their business and brands via digital marketing, events, etc.
With a career spanning over two decades, ranging from media marketing, media production, broadcasting and communications, Garry has been the Secretary of INZBC since 2013.