The Trans - Tasman Business Circle is a strategic growth partner for the region’s leading organisations in the private and public sector.
The Circle partners with our clients to build their strategic relationships, business insights and profile by developing customised programs for stakeholder engagement.

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Forthcoming Briefings


Singapore Start Up Nation Delegation to Israel - honouring the Peres Centre for Peace & Innovation (22 - 28 October 2018)

22 Oct Tel Aviv-Jaffa

National Australia Bank

Ms Glenda Crisp, Chief Data Officer

23 Oct Melbourne

Ramsay Health Care

Mr Craig McNally, Chief Executive Officer

25 Oct Sydney

SKYCITY Entertainment Group

SKYCITY Entertainment Group

Mr Rob Campbell, Chair

Mr Graeme Stephens, Chief Executive Officer

29 Oct Auckland

IBM New Zealand Limited

Isuru Fernando, ‎Analytics & Digital Innovation

30 Oct Auckland



Mr Graham Bradley AM, Chairman

Ms Catherine Tanna, Chief Executive Officer

30 Oct Melbourne

NSW Department of Finance, Services and Innovation

Mr Martin Hoffman, Secretary

31 Oct Sydney


Westpac New Zealand

Statistics NZ

ASB Bank Limited

Ms Lillian Grace, Chief Executive Officer

Mr Dawie Olivier, Chief Information Officer

Ms Liz MacPherson, Government Statistician & Chief Executive

Ms Leigh Angus, Director, Prompt & Head of Innovation

31 Oct Auckland

Prime Minister of Australia

The Hon. Scott Morrison MP

9 Nov Sydney

Suncorp Group

Mr Gary Dransfield, Chief Executive Officer Insurance

9 Nov Sydney


Dr. Zulfikar Ramzan, Chief Technology Officer

12 Nov Auckland

Bank of Singapore

Ms Ashley Low, Managing Director

13 Nov Singapore


Dr. Zulfikar Ramzan, Chief Technology Officer

13 Nov Wellington


Dr. Zulfikar Ramzan, Chief Technology Officer

14 Nov Melbourne


Dr. Zulfikar Ramzan, Chief Technology Officer

16 Nov Sydney

Reserve Bank of Australia

Philip Lowe, Governor

16 Nov Sydney

Toll Holdings Ltd

Ms Ayten Ozenc, Head of Delivery & Governance

20 Nov Melbourne



Mr Scott McLiver, Partner | Global Lead - Digital Innovation, Entrepreneurial & Private Business

Mr Craig Hudson, Country Manager New Zealand

21 Nov Auckland

Emerging Leaders Cocktail Launch for 2019 Program featuring Susan Anderson, General Manager for Uber, Australia and New Zealand

22 Nov Sydney


Mr Aaron McDonald, Co-Founder

27 Nov Auckland



  • Ireland Puts Out Welcome Mat to Kiwi Companies

    2 October 2018 / Fiona Rotherham / The National Business Review
    Ireland Delegation - Innovation and Investment

    Finance Minister Paschal Donohue is due to announce Ireland's Budget 2019 on October 9 and he told a visiting Australia/New Zealand company delegation I attended that "we have an economy that by any measure is doing well at the moment but we have big challenges afoot as well we need to deal with. We're going to find a way through them and part of having to deal with that is to ensure the external trading part of the nation is diversified."

  • Maps and Machine Learning as Virgin App Muscles Up

    27 September 2018 / Steve Creedy / Airline Ratings
    Speaker: Rob Sharp, Group Executive, Virgin Australia

    “This means that when you are on a Delta Air Lines flight in America traveling to Australia, the embedded Virgin Australia App functionality will be able to open up to enable check-in and seat selection,’’ he told the Trans-Tasman Business Circle in Sydney Thursday.

  • How Joyce Made Qantas Soar Again

    26 September 2018 / Dearbhail McDonald /
    Speaker: Alan Joyce, Chief Executive Officer, Qantas Group

    "It was an amazing company," says Joyce, who met Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and President Michael D Higgins last week as part of a large trade delegation from Australia and New Zealand supported by the IDA, the Irish Australian Chamber of Commerce and the Trans-Tasman Business Circle. "Without it, you wouldn't have Tony Ryan, Michael O'Leary, Conor McCarthy or Willie Walsh."

  • China’s Double Standards: Frances Adamson on the Other Side of the Trade War Story

    20 September 2018 / Stephen Easton / The Mandarin
    Speaker: Frances Adamson, Secretary, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

    The head of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Frances Adamson, made it clear that Australian officials take a dim view of Trump’s policies at a Trans-Tasman Business Circle luncheon this week, and fear the rise of “protectionist sentiment” taking hold here.


  • Becoming a trust superpower - Taking New Zealand's Cyber Security to the Next Level

    4 December 2017 / Paul Ash, Director, National Cyber Policy Office, Department of the Prime Minister & Cabinet
    Delegation Led By: Paul Ash, Director, National Cyber Policy Office, Department of the Prime Minister & Cabinet

    New Zealand and Australian Cyber Security Delegation to Israel
    23-27 June 2017

  • Inquiry will put off investors, raise recession risk: Westpac

    30 November 2017 / Michael Roddan / The Australian
    Speaker: David Lindberg, Chief Executive, Business Bank, Westpac

    "Speaking at the Trans-Tasman Business Circle in Sydney yesterday, Mr Lindberg said a royal commission could ignite a drought in global investment in Australia, adding to similar warnings from Westpac chairman Lindsay Maxsted and National Australia Bank chairman Ken Henry."

  • Fonterra to lead Agritech Delegation to Israel

    28 November 2017 / Innovation Circle
    Delegation Led By: Miles Hurrell, Chief Operating Officer - Farm Source, Fonterra New Zealand

    New Zealand agriculture will have the chance to tap into advanced agricultural innovation when Fonterra leads a delegation to Israel from 4 – 11 May 2018, coinciding with the triennial Agritech Israel Exhibition and Conference in Tel Aviv -

    The delegation, led by Fonterra’s Chief Operating Officer Farm Source, Miles Hurrell, is being organised by the Trans - Tasman Business Circle under its Innovation Circle and will promote international collaboration.

  • ANZ heralds Apple advantage in payments

    28 November 2017 / Paul Smith / Australian Financial Review
    Speaker: Gerard Florian, Group Executive, Technology, ANZ

    "Speaking with The Australian Financial Review after addressing a Trans-Tasman Business Circle lunch event in Sydney on Friday, ANZ's group technology executive, Gerard Florian, said he was surprised that none of the other big four banks had sacrificed a slice of payment revenue to sign on with Apple Pay, and that ANZ was delighted it took the plunge in April 2016."


  • Mike Smith returns to IBM following 17 years in the ICT industry

    13 December 2016 / Ashton Young / IT Brief
    Speaker: Mike Smith, Managing Director New Zealand, IBM

    Recently we brought Jason Leonard, Director, IBM Watson Asia Pacific, to New Zealand to meet local clients and speak to the Trans-Tasman Business Circle.

  • Australia Can Learn Key Lessons

    6 December 2016 / Luke Malpass & Aaron Patrick / Australian Financial Review
    Featuring John Key, Prime Minister of New Zealand

    Key has been held up as a model for Australian conservatives, to his first speech, when it was clear that he would defeat Tony Abbott as Liberal Party leader in September last year, Malcolm Turnbull singled out Key for praise. At a Trans-Tasman Business Circle lunch in February, Turnbull described Key as "a great role model for me and for any leader".

  • PM hailed for lifting NZ's economy

    6 December 2016 / Damon Kitney / The Australian
    Featuring John Key, Prime Minister of New Zealand

    Trans-Tasman Business Circle CEO Johnny Weiss pointed out how Mr Key was able to resonate with everyday New Zealanders and “take the people with him”.
    “He gave the people self-belief and pride. We are now perceived by Australian businesspeople, who come to visit, as innovative, smart and nimble,’’ he said, also noting how Mr Key had driven the growth of the nation’s tourism sector.

  • The new hot spot for Australian start-ups

    26 November 2016 / Catherine Armitage / The Sydney Morning Herald

    Up to 40 Australian trade delegations have visited Israel this year: "a record for sure", says commissioner Ethy Levy of the Israel Trade and Economic Commission in Australia. NSW Premier Mike Baird led one in April; Greater Sydney Commission chief commissioner and prime ministerial spouse Lucy Turnbull led one in May.

    A further deluge of Australians hit in late September, coinciding with the city's annual DLD Innovation Festival in Tel Aviv where start-ups, governments, multinationals and venture capitalists from all over the world congregate in search of deals. At least six separate delegations including from Telstra, the AMP, Visy Industries and the Trans-Tasman Business Circle toured the start-up capital's innovation ecosystem.


The Trans - Tasman Business Circle is a strategic growth partner for the region’s leading organisations in the private and public sector.

The Circle partners with our clients to build their strategic relationships, business insights and profile by developing customised programs for stakeholder engagement.


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