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Tim Jago

Tim is involved in several projects in Africa, as an investor, advisor and project manager. He draws upon his experience across central and local government and the NGO sectors in New Zealand, as well as senior executive roles in New Zealand SMEs. Tim specialises in working in dynamic and politically sensitive environments, delivering cross-agency integration, transformational change and organisational strengthening.  Tim is motivated to help deliver social uplift through the establishment of new ventures and employment growth.



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Mohamud Mohammed

Degree qualified in Social Science and Conflict Resolution, Mohamud works in the public sector building expert knowledge of ethnic communities in New Zealand, enabling the government to be fully aware of the political, economic and social impacts and opportunities relating to ethnic diversity.

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Paul Chalmers

Paul is an Auckland based businessman with varied business interests including in Education and Aviation and Engineering and is keen to ensure NZ businesses access the opportunities available in Africa by building positive relationships across the continent. 

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Abdulaziz Mohamud

Abdul Mohamud has been in Export/Import and transport industry for over 2 decades. Growing up in the port city of Mombasa Kenya, he has been involved in transport sector early on. He has worked in market research and has trained researchers in Djibouti. He has travelled in Uganda, Congo, Ethiopia, South Sudan and Tanzania.


Abdul has also been involved in import/export in merchandise from China, India, UAE and Thailand. He brings to our team extensive cultural and business knowledge in East and Central Africa. Abdul is fluent in Swahili the lingua franca of the African continent. 



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Karim Sabet

Karim is the Director of Global Expansions for OrbViz, a Christchurch-based technology startup. Prio to that he was looking after Canon New Zealand’s Large Enterprise and Government focused business development for the Canterbury region, based in Christchurch. Previously he was the national sales manager for New Zealand’s leading health and safety workplace training provider, Safety ‘n Action, part of the Aspire2 Group, based in Auckland. 

Prior to moving to New Zealand in 2018, he spent over 15 years involved in the African markets while based in Kuala Lumpur and Dubai. He has also worked in Egypt, Angola and the Democratic Republic of Congo, where he was actively involved in marketing Fonterra milk powder products into West and Central African markets. 



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Ngozi Penson

Ngozi Penson is an entrepreneur, a qualified adult learning facilitator, coach, and board member with many years’ experience in SME, Education and Not-For-Profit sectors. She was born and raised in Nigeria, West Africa, where she started her entrepreneurial journey. She lived and worked in the UAE before moving to
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Upon arrival, she co-founded, a business consultancy servicing the oil and gas sector in South East Asia, Middle East and Africa. She also launched another business importing and distributing products from Nigeria, China, Indonesia, USA and France. 



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Abel Goremasandu

Originally from Zimbabwe and having completed a Bachelor of Commerce at the University of Canterbury majoring in Accounting and Finance. Abel has sat on the International Student Advisory Board at the University of Canterbury for two years, helping review and come up with how International students could experience New Zealand better.

Abel is also an ambitious entrepreneur on a mission to revolutionise the plastics industry, having started a start-up that’s utilising seaweed and other biomaterials to change recreational and commercial uses of plastic.



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Gill Dal Din

Gill has an extensive business background working from start-ups to scale ups, including three of her own, across industry and platforms in NZ. She understands what it takes to commercialize and grow sustainable profitable business. For the last 9 years she has worked in economic development for ChristchurchNZ leading the business attraction team for relocating businesses and business growth programmes for globally focused CEO’s. 

Gill has championed the Christchurch Aerospace industry ecosystem and is an advocate for aerospace to be a significant economic driver for Christchurch and New Zealand. She is particularly passionate about New Zealand and attracting business to Christchurch as well as assisting globally minded entrepreneurs to discover new International market opportunities such as in Africa.

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Boubacar Coulibaly

Boubacar S. Coulibaly is a Chartered Professional Civil, Water and Environmental Engineer with Engineering New Zealand. He is the Director of CBA Consultants Ltd and the Chairman of African Film Festival New Zealand Trust.


Boubacar is passionate about environmental protection, sustainability and poverty reduction around the world. Under his leadership, the African Film Festival New Zealand Trust was created in 2014 to share African cultures through films to connect and create better understanding and harmony between people of African descent  and the wider NZ Communities. He is a keen gardener dreaming to be an organic farmer. He is fluent in Bambara, French, English and Chinese.



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Eldrede Kahiya

For most small open economies, exports are integral to sustainable economic growth. I research, consult and teach on national level export promotion, and business level export development. My passion is helping export businesses and international entrepreneurs realise their potential in the competitive global marketplace. With industry experience in imports and exports management, I blend theory-informed insights with practice-validated approaches.




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Manny Pohl


Manny is originally from Cape Town, South Africa. He moved to New Zealand at a young age and has been living in New Zealand ever since. Manny holds a Bachelor of Commerce at the University of Canterbury majoring in Economics. He also sits on the Advisory Board for the Young Enterprise Scheme which aim is to inspire young people to discover their potential in business and life.

Manny is currently working as a Consultant with EY, with a focus on the financial services industry. 

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Jo Pennycuick

Jo is the CEO of Redesign Group and Real Healthcare NZ. Jo’s career began 23 years ago when she started the design and branding practice, Redesign Group.  Jo has built Redesign into a respected global design practice with offices located in India, Vietnam and Christchurch. 

Over the years Jo has travelled extensively building relationships and connections with companies and colleagues which enabled the expansion of the business to assist NZ companies venture into the Middle East, Africa and India.  Jo is also a board member at the Canterbury Chamber of Commerce, an advisor on the Export NZ Advisory panel and a NZ representative of the E&Y Winning Women’s Entrepreneur APEC group.