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Liz Maxwell

Liz Maxwell

http://www.espventures.co.nz

President

LIZ MAXWELL is the principal of  ESP Ventures Limited. Founded in 1998, ESP Ventures project manages business events from international trade fairs, marketing and PR, to corporate meetings and incentive and loyalty programmes. Liz is highly respected in her field and has established strong networks nationally and internationally within her industry.

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Antonio Cacace

Cav. Antonio Cacace

http://www.labellaitalia.co.nz

Vice President

ANTONIO CACACE, born in Sorrento, migrated to New Zealand in 1991. Antonio has an extensive background in the Food and Beverage industry and in 2002 founded the very successful  La Bella Italia restaurant and shop. Antonio also has been actively involved in promoting Italian food and culture, especially the Italian Festival New Zealand.

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Michael Stevens

Michael Stephens

http://www.stephenslawyers.co.nz

Vice President

MICHAEL STEPHENS is a leading New Zealand film and entertainment Lawyer. Michael has been closely involved in the development of New Zealand's film production and digital entertainment industry for over 10 years. Michael is the founding principal of Stephens Lawyers and has a personal and professional interest in the future of East/West co-productions, and funding for film, animation and other digital content projects.

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Gianfranco Ugazzi

Gianfranco Ugazzi

Secretary General

Gianfranco has operated almost his entire working life in the Financial Area, setting up and managing worldwide captive finance companies for the Fiat Group. Gianfranco has also spent many years as an International Consultant, providing assistance at General Management level and offering his technical expertise in Asset-based financing.

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Mario Leonti

Mario Leonti

http://www.wordpower-software.com

Councillor

Since the early 80's, MARIO LEONTI has specialised in the ICT industry as a software developer/programmer working with organisations such as Massey University. Mario has served as President from 2005 until 2010 and brings to the Chamber experience and networks which have been instrumental to the Chamber's growth and success. 

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Rob McGregor

Rob McGregor

http://www.accentuatepr.co.nz

Councillor

Rob McGregor is a Wellington public relations consultant and principal of Accentuate+ Public Relations (Accentuate). With over 25 years experience in public relations and advertising, Rob has extensive industry knowledge and networks.

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Roberto Draghi

Roberto Draghi

Councillor

Roberto has been working in the tourism industry for more then 25 years, organizing and participating in a vast range of different activities in this sector, from quiet and relaxing leisure and cultural tours to the emotions of full of action and adrenaline adventures.

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Sandy Rich

http://www.alpinefurs.com

Councillor

SANDY RICH migrated to New Zealand in 1990 from the United States. Sandy’s company, Alpine Furs, was established in 2002 and custom makes a luxury range of  brushtail fur products including rugs, throws, clothing and accessories which are sold in New Zealand, Russia, Canada, United States, England, Italy, China and Japan.  

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Rachel Priestley

Rachel Priestley

http://www.prodigal-daughter.com/

Councillor

Rachel Priestley of The Prodigal Daughter – brings armloads of Italian Gourmet Wine and Food -  artisan-produced Italian tastes to New Zealand after 10 years in Italy as a wine and food consultant, sommelier and chef. She says "Food and wine was my life and work for 10 years in Italy. I produce all sorts of Italian salumi products from happy pigs in New Zealand, I have opened six Italian restaurants in Italy, taught Tuscan chefs how to cook Tuscan cuisine better, taught male chefs from Puglia in the South of Italy their own cuisine, and they hated me, in fact one of them took off and still lives in Denmark."

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