Matthew OMeagher




Victoria Institute for Links with Latin America

Dr Matthew O’Meagher is an international education strategist, and a former education diplomat, consultant, and academic. He became an LANZBC Director in November 2011 and was elected President in May 2013.

Latin America has defined Matthew's career since his PhD in Latin American History from Duke University. As the founding Director of New Zealand’s first research centre of Latin American Studies from 2002-07, he connected the worlds of academia, government and business by organising conferences on business opportunities for New Zealanders in that region.

As the New Zealand government’s first Education Counsellor in South America from 2007-09 he promoted New Zealand education expertise in Latin America, and supported schools, polytechnics and universities recruiting South American students.

As an International Relations manager for the University of Auckland from 2009-13, Matthew raised awareness across that institution of research and recruitment opportunities existing in Brazil, Colombia and Chile.

As the Project Manager for the University Roadmap developed by Education New Zealand last year he charted a vision for growth in international education for New Zealand's universities that included Latin America as a target market. Matthew is now working with the Victoria Institute for Links with Latin America on broader institutional engagement with the region. 


Leandro Cavalcanti


Vice President

Reel Brazil Film Festival

Leandro Cavalcanti is the Executive Director & Producer of the Reel Brazil Film Festival, became a director of the LANZBC in 2014 and the Vice President in 2015. He is also the Communications Lead for the Council. He has over 13 years experience helping organise, run and promote film festivals in New Zealand and abroad. In between film festivals he works as a contractor on a variety of projects within the project management and business analysis space and, in turn, as a business facilitator helping New Zealand and Brazilian businesses understand and do business with each other. He has also recently started investing in opportunities around commodities trading between the two regions.


Originally from the state of Minas Gerais, (the largest coffee exporting region in the world, and where most of the Brazilian-originated coffee in NZ comes from) he is a Wellingtonian at heart and has made New Zealand his home since 2000. He has also lived for 5 years in London and 2 years in Toronto. Leandro has built an established network of contacts and relationships in a wide range of business sectors, as well as in the arts, entertainment and government arenas in Brazil, New Zealand and Canada. He has developed a deep understanding and hands-on experience of the ins-and-outs of doing business with Brazil, and is passionate about "selling" New Zealand as a business and tourist destination to Latin America and vice-versa.

When he first arrived in the country, Leandro worked in Wellington movie theatres and cafes to learn about the hospitality and movie industry. Between 2002-2006 he worked for the Brazilian Embassy in the trade and cultural promotions sector. Following that he spent two years in Toronto helping set-up and run a Brazilian film festival. In 2009 he returned to New Zealand and founded Reel Brazil; today the largest annual Brazilian event in the country and the main gateway for Brazilian cinema. Through the already established Gala Corporate Opening Nights of the festival, under the patronage of the Brazilian Ambassador to New Zealand, he has created a stage for fomenting business and cultural exchange between New Zealand and Latin America (

Kevin Murray




Group Limited

Kevin Murray has been a Director of LANZBC since 2012 and held the role of Treasurer since July 2013. His principle interest in Latin America being in the agricultural sector and also assisting other businesses with two way trade between NZ and Latam.

Kevin is currently the Commercial Director Latam at Fonterra Co-operative Group and has been involved with the Latin America region for the last 12 years. Latam is one of Fonterras strongest growing regions with revenue in excess of NZD 3 billion and has significant investments in Brazil, Chile, Venezuela, Colombia, Mexico and Argentina and other sales operations through other parts of the region. For 3 years he held the role of CFO for Dairy Partner Americas (DPA) a joint venture between Nestle and Fonterra which was based in Sao Paulo, Brazil.


Fonterra Co-Operative Group was formed in 2001 and has become the world's largest dairy exporter. Fonterra has total assets employed of $15.5 billion, total equity of $6.5 billion and annual revenue of approximately $22.3 billion. Fonterra exports 95 per cent New Zealand-made dairy products to customers and consumers in 140 markets across the globe.




 Ex Officio

Ministry of

Foreign Affairs

& Trade

Felicity Buchanan is a career diplomat, and currently leads the Americas policy team within the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.  Her role includes responsibility for New Zealand’s network of diplomatic posts across North America, South America and the Caribbean and engagement with countries in the region spanning political, economic and people to people links.  Felicity has been posted to Nuku’alofa, Ottawa and the NZ Permanent Mission to the United Nations in New York. 

Immediately prior to her current role, Felicity led the international security and disarmament policy team, and represented NZ as our senior Ministry official in international processes to counter-terrorism and radicalisation.  In 2014 she undertook a short-term secondment to the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, leading an interagency team to consider how New Zealand prepares for and responds to threats to our national security and resilience.


 Nick Fitzpatrick



Nick Fitzpatrick is a New Zealand citizen with an active and on-going interest in Latin America. He has been a director of the LANZBC since 2013. Nick has been working for T&G (formally known as Turners and Growers) subsidiary Delica Global  ( since 2003, setting up and running Delica's Peruvian office from 2007-2012. Delica is part of the T&G Group and works exclusively with fresh fruit and vegetables. T&G has several international offices including Peru and Chile.

His interest in Latin America began during University in the mid-nineties, when the Latin American studies department was in its infancy. He graduated from Auckland University in 1998 with Double major in French and History. He then went on to work in the wine industry for several years, including living in France and Switzerland during 2000/2001. A love of travel and international relations and cultures drew Nick to working for Delica in 2003 where he promptly put his hand up to lead the company’s then recent involvement in Chile/Peru. Delica now has 13 full time staff in Peru and Chile, and Nick oversees Delica's involvement in the continent.

Nick is fluent in Spanish and French, as well as English. He is married with 2 young children and has wide interests including reading, wine and football.

Lisa Futschek 2



Education NZ

Lisa Futschek is Regional Director, Americas, Japan and Korea with Education New Zealand (ENZ). ENZ is the Government’s international education marketing and development agency.  Lisa joined ENZ in 2013 after an 18-year diplomatic career with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, which included postings in Chile and Germany.  Milestones for Latin America since her appointment have been bedding-in the Penguins Without Borders Chilean High School scholarship scheme, increasing participation numbers of Brazilian university students studying in New Zealand under the Science Without Borders scholarship scheme, and introducing Minister Steven Joyce to the many opportunities offered by the region during his 10 day visit to Chile, Colombia and Brazil in April 2015. 


Lisa holds undergraduate honours degrees in English and Music from Otago University and a Postgraduate Diploma in Broadcast Communication from Auckland University.


Ex Officio

New Zealand Trade and Enterprise



Craig Musson2


National Trade

Academy Limited


Craig Musson is the Managing Director of the National Trade Academy Limited (‘NTA’), and has been a director of the LANZBC since 2011. The NTA commenced business in January 2000 and is a Private Training Establishment providing training courses in the land-based industries.

Prior to 2000 Craig was involved in training with the Agriculture ITO and previous to this had a number of years involved in the rural services sector and service administration with the Waimate District Council.

In 2006 Craig started his involvement in South America with the  P4 Trade Mission to Chile with NZTE. Since 2006 he has been to South America a number of times promoting NTA courses in Chile, Uruguay, Argentina Brazil and Colombia. From 2007, the NTA worked with Immigration NZ and the Chilean government to pilot and promote a ‘Study to Work Visa’ for vocational training, allowing graduates from agricultural high schools in Chile to study in New Zealand and then work on a dairy farm to gain New Zealand dairy farming skills. In December 2014 the visa was approved by Cabinet as a permanent visa, and will be known as the ‘Primary Sector Trainees Work Visa’.  For more information on the NTA, click here

Mauro Ramirez - Cropped reduced


Unique New Zealand Education Services

Mauro Ramirez is the Marketing Manager, South America for Unique New Zealand Education Services and joined the Board of the LANZBC in 2015.

Mauro moved to New Zealand from Chile in 2008, and is a former Primary school teacher, having worked for 11 years in one of the best schools in Chile. He also spent 3 years in a private university as a lecturer teaching Language Methodology for future teachers.

At Unique New Zealand, Mauro is responsible for the promotion of English language courses through various agencies in Latin America he has developed business relationships with. Once in New Zealand, Mauro is responsible for the integration and care of the students for the duration of their course.

 Photo - Nick Williams


Pacific Basin Exports Ltd


Nick Williams has been a Director of Pacific Basin Exports since 2007, and joined the Board of the LANZBC in 2015. Pacific Basin Exports has been a specialist exporter of New Zealand Agritec products and services for over 35 years, representing a number of New Zealand manufacturers and exporters in the agricultural sector throughout Latin America.

Nick is a regular visitor to the region, and has just returned to New Zealand after living in Santiago, Chile with his family. Nick was appointed Chancellor of the Honorary Consulate of Chile in Auckland in 2009, and holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Otago.

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