Patron: Her Excellency, The Right Honourable Dame Cindy Kiro, GNZM, QSO, Governor-General of New Zealand

Asia Pacific Integration – with or without the US?

Guest Speaker: Stephen Jacobi
Executive Director of NZ International Business Forum, NZ China Council (Acting), APEC Business Advisory Council (NZ), Jacobi Consulting Ltd

Event Date: Tuesday 7th February 2017
Event Time: 5:30 pm-7:00 pm

Event Location: Bell Gully
Level 21, 171 Featherston Street, Wellington.

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Stephen Jacobi is the Executive Director of the New Zealand International Business Forum (  He serves concurrently as the Executive Director of the New Zealand China Council (

The New Zealand International Business Forum provides leadership to enable New Zealand business to exploit new opportunities in international markets. NZIBF works with businesses and other business organisations to implement key projects, including working to develop New Zealand’s key international business relationships. The New Zealand China Council is an independent organisation funded by the Government and business to promote New Zealand’s relationship with China.

NZIBF is responsible for providing policy advice to the three New Zealand members of the APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC) which brings together business leaders from the APEC economies. Mr Jacobi also serves as Alternate ABAC Member for New Zealand.

Mr Jacobi grew up in Auckland and was educated at Auckland Grammar School and Auckland University.  He has a First Class Honours degree in French and German and is a graduate of the Ecole Nationale d’Administration (ENA) in Paris, as well as the Leadership Seminar of Georgetown University in Washington DC and the New Zealand  Institute for Strategic Leadership (Millbrook).  He was a Fulbright Scholar and Visiting Researcher at Georgetown University in 2013.

Mr Jacobi has broad experience in industry and trade development.  He was formerly Chief Executive of the New Zealand Forest Industries Council and Executive Director of the NZ US Council 2005-2014.  Mr Jacobi is a frequent media and public commentator on industry and trade issues.

Mr Jacobi also has extensive diplomatic, trade and government experience including posts as Deputy High Commissioner in Ottawa, Assistant Trade Commissioner in Paris and adviser on trade and diplomatic issues with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.  He was formerly Private Secretary to the Minister for Trade Negotiations, Hon Jim Sutton, advising on trade policy, international affairs and government-to-government negotiations.

Mr Jacobi is an experienced director.  He is the Chairman of the St John’s College Trust Board in Auckland, one of the country’s largest private trusts with a focus on education, and the Te Aute Trust Board which operates two Maori Anglican boarding schools in Hawke’s Bay.

Mr Jacobi is also Managing Director of Jacobi Consulting Ltd, a consultancy offering advice to public and private sector clients in the fields of international trade, government relations and industry development.  Mr Jacobi works closely with BusinessNZ providing advice to the Australia New Zealand Leadership Forum.

Mr Jacobi is married to the Reverend Dr Helen Jacobi, and has two children.  He lives in Auckland.

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