About Us

Our Board

The Directors of the LANZBC are elected by its Members at the Annual General Meeting, for a tenure of up to three years. 

In addition to elected Directors, the Council benefits from the input and advice of ex-officio directors from Education New Zealand, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and New Zealand Trade and Enterprise.

Executive Team

James Dixon
James Dixon
James joined the Board of the LANZBC in 2017 and is a director and shareholder of Farm To Farm Tours, based in Rangiora. The company is solely involved in... Read more 
Giuliana Silveira
Giuliana Silveira
Chief Executive Officer
As the Chief Executive Officer for the LANZBC, Giuliana Silveira supports the Council in its day to day operations and contributes to its strategic direction by... Read more 


Rachel Williams
Rachel Williams
Viva Expeditions Ltd
Rachel joined the Board of the LANZBC in June 2018 and was elected Vice-President in May 2020. She was also re-elected at the 2024 AGM. She is the founder... Read more 
Barry  Allison
Barry Allison
Livestock Improvement Corporation (LIC)
Appointed to the LANZBC Board in April 2024, Barry is currently the International Market Development - Latin America at Livestock Improvement Corporation... Read more 
Steve Dixon
Steve Dixon
Steve joined the Board in May 2021. Since founding STRACON in early 2003, as a shareholder, CEO and executive director, Steve Dixon has led the successful... Read more 
Felipe  Rojas
Felipe Rojas
Fonterra Co-operative
Felipe is the Category Manager for Ingredients and Logistics at Fonterra Co-Operative Group. He is responsible for managing and developing the relationships... Read more 
Daniela  Ximenes
Daniela Ximenes
Lawyer, with over 20 years of experience in doing business between New Zealand and Latin America, enabling projects and businesses and leading multicultural... Read more 
Juan Pablo Fernandez
Juan Pablo Fernandez
Auckland University of Technology (AUT)
Juan Pablo joined the LANZBC Board in September 2022. Originally from Mexico City, Juan Pablo Fernandez moved to Auckland in 2006 to complete his university... Read more 

Ex-Officio Directors

Philipp Grunert Collins
Philipp Grunert Collins
New Zealand Trade and Enterprise
Philipp Grunert Collins is New Zealand Trade and Enterprise’s International Market Manager for Latin America. New Zealand Trade and Enterprise (NZTE) is the... Read more 
Sarah  Lee
Sarah Lee
Unit Manager, Latin America & Caribbean, Americas Division
Sarah Lee manages the Latin America and Caribbean Unit in the Americas Division at the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Sarah is a career... Read more 
Javiera Visedo
Javiera Visedo
Education New Zealand
Javiera Visedo is the Director of Engagement for Latin America at Education New Zealand, the New Zealand Government agency for international education. Javiera... Read more 

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