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Nadine Plet - President

Category Manager with NZ Healthpartnerships Ltd, , I manage tenders and commercial contracts for the Districts Health Boards in New Zealand and support the strategic sourcing development for the category. It is a very competitive and complex environment with stakeholders in the public and private sectors. We also comply with the Government Rules of Sourcing and work collaboratively with Pharmac.

I initially trained in France as a nurse and came to New Zealand in 1986 to practise nursing. I Set up a French playgroup, an educational Charity, Frenz School Inc. which went on to implement a French-English Bilingual Unit in a public school in Auckland. I qualified in Translation and Interpretation and hold a Post Graduate Diploma from the Business School of the University of Auckland. Following a change of career in marketing and fundraising with large charities in New Zealand I then join the commercial public health sector.

I am a Chevalier de l’Ordre National du Mérite (Knight of the National Order of Merit) and received the Legion d’Honneur au grade de Chevalier, (Legion of Honour, as a knight). I was elected to the Board in 2011. I was elected President at the AGM in 2014 and am seeking re-election to progress the changes that the Board has made in the past years. We are building strength with more and more partners and other organisations such as the Chamber of Commerce, Trade organisations in Tahiti and New Caledonia and specific business related events such as the Pacific Business Forum.

We have accomplished a very successful and busy year and with the new Board I am looking forward to new challenges and be able to move the organisation from strength to strength with more services to our Members.

Thibault Beaujot - Vice President

Originally from Toulouse, South of France, self-proclaimed “Rugby Capital of France”, I moved to New Zealand a bit more than three years ago with my partner.

After completing a Master’s in International Business Management, I started my career in Montreal, Canada where I spent five years working for Boiron, a French Pharmaceutical group. I am currently Consumer & Shopper Marketing Manager for RB, a world leading FMCG (Fast Moving Customer Goods) Business, managing Airwick & Vanish brands in New Zealand.

As a member of the FNZCCI since 2014, I have always appreciated the numerous opportunities that the chamber is offering to create personal and professional network, increase NZ environment understanding and drive relationships between France and New Zealand.

During my first year as board member of the FNZCCI, I have contributed to the development of the FNZCCI through the creation and the animation of the Events & Communication subcommittees, allowing the chamber to deliver great networking opportunities for its members as well as become more visible on social medias.

By putting my name down to become Vice-President, I am willing to support further the organization and its president focusing on two mains areas: New members’ recruitment & Business development.

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Madeleine Colombié - Vice President

I am fluent in French and English. Having grown up in New Zealand immersed in both cultures, it is important for me to give back to the local French/ New Zealand community. I am currently working at Paneton Bakery where I get to deal with customers in both languages. I wish to contribute to the community by developing events that provide a strong networking platform that fosters French NZ relations.

Julien De Meo - Treasurer

De mère Française et de père Italien, j’ai grandi à Genève, à la frontière Franco-Suisse puis immigré en Nouvelle-Zélande en 2001 où j’ai complété mes études d’expert-comptable à l’Université de Wellington. J’ai 10 ans d’expérience comme fiscaliste pour une large fiduciaire internationale et collabore régulièrement avec les filiales néozélandaise d’entreprises ayant leur siège en France.

From a French mother and an Italian father, I grew up in Geneva, at the French-Swiss border until I immigrated to New Zealand in 2001 where I completed my studies in Accounting at the University of Wellington. As a Chartered Accountant I have 10 years of experience providing tax advice to individuals and New Zealand businesses. While working for a large international accounting firm I also regularly interact with the New Zealand subsidiaries of French multinational companies.

If I am elected to the Board of the French New Zealand Chamber of Commerce and Industry I hope that my experience dealing companies engaged in French – New Zealand trade will be of assistance. I also hope to draw on my international network to help members in conducting cross border business, being with France or the French Pacific Territories. While based in Wellington, I also hope to help the FNZCCI develop its membership in the lower North Island.

William Remor - Communications Lead

Following a career start as an International Business Consultant in France, I have shifted to the technology and banking world ever since I came to New Zealand about three years ago.

As Senior Credit Risk Management Specialist at ASB, I assist with the development and management of credit strategies that drive enhanced lending decisions for the bank. It is a very complex and exciting environment in the cross roads of technology and business. A key part of my activity involves managing projects and technical initiatives, and most importantly, simplifying them to a wide range of audiences. For me, efficient communication is paramount to achieve business goals, especially in fast-paced environments.

Of Italian and Brazilian descent, I have lived, worked and studied in both Brittany and Eastern France for several years. I absolutely love the country: its culture, its people and its capacity to innovate. Whilst living in France, I developed strong relationships in both the business and education environments. I hold a Master’s Degree in Business Management from the Strasbourg Business School. I am also the NZ Ambassador to the Strasbourg Business School Alumni Network.

We have exciting projects ahead at the Chamber. And one that I am particularly keen on is to use my networks to build stronger links with the Business Schools and companies in NZ.

Sophie Vadon - Events Lead

I moved to New Zealand almost a year ago, looking for a better life balance and new adventures. I have loved my experience so far and would like to become more involved in the local community. I am thrilled at the opportunity to become a board member for the FNZCCI.

I come from an advisory background. I obtained a Master’s degree from SKEMA Business School (ex ESC Lille). My studies also included a 2 year internship at the French Press Agency, where I worked on an Oracle project implementation, while studying two days a week.

After finishing my degree, I joined one of EY’s regional offices, located in Nantes. At EY, I became an active member of my service line, working for Audit legal services and Business Consulting services.

After 2 and a half years, I aspired to have an international career, in which I could combine high professional objectives and personal well-being with my partner. This is why I relocated from Nantes to Auckland.

I am really enthusiastic about bringing my Advisory background to the FNZCCI. I have enjoyed the events I have participated in so far, and cannot wait to be on the other side of the stage.

Pierre-Jean Boudoul - Board Member

Originally from Lille in the North of France, I have double major on Marketing and Management with a sales & teaching experience. In 2012 I had the chance to finish my bachelor degree in Geneva where I understand the beauty of being in a foreign country and deal with different culture. I decided, after graduate, to move to New-Zealand for few months to discover a new culture and have a working experience in English. But 3 weeks after I arrived I meet my wife (Nina) and few months later decided to stay in New-Zealand for long time, that was more than 3 years ago now.

I m working as Real-Estate Agents in partnership with my Chinese wife. We help people to move on in their life by selling their property or trying to find the best place to live or invest in Auckland. I have a multicultural job as I deal with people originally from Nz, China, India, U-K, Pacific Islands, America, France...

The reason why I would like to be a board member of the FNZCCI is to give a part my time and energy to the French community and help the French New Zealand Chamber of Commerce and industry to grow bigger and expend each other’s network.

Nicolas (Nico) Hadj Blaha - Board Member

I am a French citizen, originally from a small town in the Loire department (Feurs), studied in Lyon and took part in the Erasmus programme, graduating from Staffordshire University (UK). Prior to relocating to Morrinsville (Waikato) four years ago, I lived and worked in Paris, London, Sydney and Singapore.

I am currently working as a solution director for a software company where I’m responsible for the NZ business development activities. As part of my role, I typically visit Auckland, Hamilton and Tauranga on a weekly basis – frequent travel which I hope I can leverage as an FNZCCI board member.

I feel my key contributions to the FNZCCI will be four-fold:

- Assist the FNZCCI with growing a presence in the Waikato (Hamilton) and Bay of Plenty (Tauranga)

- Support events’ organisation

- Support business development activities

- Regularly attend events and contribute to the French New Zealand Chamber of Commerce and Industry

Outside of work, you’ll find me enjoying family time with my Kiwi wife and our 3 kids.

Corentin Celbert - Board Member

I fell in love with New Zealand four years ago and I am now a proud resident of this beautiful country.

Graduating from the IEP of Aix-en-Provence in 2012 and after a specialized master at ESCP-Europe, I've been since dedicated to entrepreneurship and innovation. I am driven by growing small business organisations, looking for new market opportunities and helping great people with great ideas/projects. I am currently working as a business developer for l'Authentique as well as my own project on the side.

I like the vision Nadine has for the FNZCCI and I look forward to putting my energy into developing it as a network and helping it grow. I believe this has tremendous potential as a marketplace and is a great point of entry for businesses between France/Europe and New Zealand along with her huge South Pacific backyard.

I look forward to meeting with all of you soon and working together to grow and foster FNZCCI.

Athena Jourdan - Board Member

Originally from Papeete, Tahiti, I moved to New Zealand at the age of 11 in order to learn English, gain a better education, and expand my career options. Here for more than a decade now, not only have I achieved my simple goal of becoming bilingual, but I have also learnt the beauty of living in such a multicultural society.

I am currently in my last year of study at the University of Auckland, studying a Bachelor of Commerce and Arts Conjoint, majoring in Information Systems, Operations Management, Chinese, and Asian Studies. I recently completed a 3 month internship at EY in their Auckland Advisory Service Line, and loved every bit of it! I will be joining the team as a graduate next year, and I am excited for all of the opportunities that this will bring.

As a proud recipient of the University of Auckland’s Chancellor’s Award for Top Maori and Pacific Island Students, I have been involved in numerous initiatives to give back to the Maori and Pacific community over the years.

I hope to bring this passion for the Polynesian community, my keen interest in China business, and my strong ties to my French background, to the French New Zealand Chamber of Commerce as a Board Member. Everything that I have heard about the Chamber to-date has blown me away, and I look forward to potentially being a part of it all, hopefully contributing a fresh outlook on things!

Sandy Nolier - Board Member

I am a New Zealander, fluent in both French and English. As a New Zealander who lived on the French Riviera for 13 years, and whose 3 children were born in France, I have a passion for French NZ relations (except when it comes to rugby – Allez les Blacks!)

I have worked in the Finance and Insurance Industries in Australia, Monaco and New Zealand for over 16 years. I am NZ Migrant Banking Specialist and I specialise in understanding what is required to help people from all over the world, including France, Tahiti and New Caledonia, to start a banking relationship in New Zealand.

I wish to contribute to the FNZCCI by developing a financial networking platform for it’s members. I look forward to working alongside other who share my passion for France and New Zealand!

Ex Officio

Graeme Solloway - New Zealand Trade and Enterprise

Peter Lund - Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Laura Torrebruno - French Embassy Economic Department

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