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Andrew Watene

Andrew Watene

Associate Director - Food, Agribusiness and Export Lead

KPMG in New Zealand

Andrew is originally from the Bay of Plenty in New Zealand, and of Tūhoe descent.

Andrew returned to New Zealand in 2017 after a 20-year career in the food industry, with 15-years working in Asia, Africa, the America’s and Europe for Irish, Japanese and New Zealand Food Groups.

He is an Associate Director at KPMG and has a multifaceted role as Food and Agribusiness Sector Driver, and Export Lead developing and positioning KPMG New Zealand's agribusiness strategy with KPMG's Global Head of Agribusiness, Ian Proudfoot.

He works with organisations in our primary industries helping clients manage their risk and grow, especially those who identify as being Māori or export-orientated.


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Education and qualifications
  • UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School, MBA

  • UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School - Developing and Executing Strategy in your Organisation

  • UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School - Winning Negotiations Strategies

  • Cardiff University / Prifysgol Caerdydd - Certificate of Lean Competency NZLERCA302

  • Scotworks LLP - Advanced Negotiations Skills

External Activities
  • Volunteer Capacity Partner - Springboard Trust

  • Volunteer Mentor - Embassy of Ireland New Zealand Youth Council Programme

  • New Zealand Chapter Representative - University College Dublin, Ireland

  • Advisory Panel Member - Enterprise Ireland Australia-New Zealand (ANZ)

  • Board Member at Our Land and Water National Science Challenge | Toitū te Whenua, Toiora te Wai

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