ASEAN BUSINESS COUNCIL: John Allen – five years on : Member lunch

“When Allen walks through the doors of 195 Lambton Quay to take up his appointment, the New Zealand Post chief executive will not only break the mould as the first business person appointed to lead the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT).

He will also be a key driver in a huge transformational programme designed to leverage "New Zealand Inc", so New Zealand's vital economic and business interests are better projected offshore. What the Government wanted was a new MFAT leader who could project New Zealand Inc on to the world stage – not necessarily a "chief diplomat".

So wrote Fran O’Sullivan back in 2009 and ANZBC was one of the first Business Councils to invite him to expound his vision after his appointment.

Now almost five years later, as ASEAN prepares for AEC and we plan to celebrate 40 years of Government engagement in ASEAN, we’ve invited John Allenback to update us, to offer his perspective on the needs for a modern Foreign Ministry and on the crucial ASEAN relationship.

Join us:

On:  Thursday 14 August 2014
At:  Four Seasons Restaurant, AUT University, corner Mayoral Drive  and Wellesley Street East, Auckland
Time:  Register from noon, conclude 2.00 p.m.
RSVP:  For full details and to register please click here

…. for an enlightening presentation from a noted speaker, followed by a buffet lunch.


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