The 45th One Stop Update for the Accountant in Business

Enabling adaptability for the finance professional in the business environment


Stephen Jacobi

Executive Director

New Zealand International Business Forum

Executive Director

New Zealand China Council

Stephen Jacobi is the Executive Director of the New Zealand International Business Forum while also serving concurrently as the Executive Director of the New Zealand China Council. Mr Jacobi has broad experience in industry and trade development, having formerly served as the Chief Executive of the New Zealand Forest Industries Council and the Executive Director of the NZ US Council 2005-2014. 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 a Trustee and former Chair of the Te Aute Trust Board which operates two Maori Anglican boarding schools, supported by two farming operations, in the 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 is a frequent media and public commentator on industry and trade issues.

Tony Alexander

Chief Economist


Mr. Alexander has been employed as Chief Economist at New Zealand’s second largest bank, the Bank of New Zealand, since 1994 with responsibilities including informing senior management about economic developments and prospects, risks and opportunities, and provision of services for the bank’s staff and client base. He is an accomplished public speaker much in demand and each year delivers around 80 presentations at bank seminars, conferences, and client functions around the country and offshore. He writes and distributes the weekly Weekly Overview directly to 16,000 email recipients with extensive links from other websites. Prior to joining the BNZ Mr. Alexander worked as principal economist at a stock broking firm in Wellington and before that as Research Officer then Treasury Economist with Westpac Bank initially in Sydney, Australia, then New Zealand from 1987. He holds a Master of Arts degree (first class honours) from the University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand. He is the father of five children, his wife is one of New Zealand’s foremost early childcare researchers, and he lives in the countryside north of New Zealand’s capital city Wellington.
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