Sirma Karapeeva recently joined the Meat Industry Association (MIA) as trade and economic manager, replacing Phil Houlding who recently took up a post in Washington.
Karapeeva brings a deep knowledge of trade policy and has significant trade negotiations experience. Prior to joining MIA, she was with the Ministry of Primary Industries’ (MPI) trade policy team, where she was involved in progressing the primary sector interests in the negotiations of goods market access and sanitary and phytosanitary provisions in New Zealand’s free trade agreements.
Prior to MPI, Karapeeva was with the Ministry of Economic Development (now MBIE) with lead responsibility for negotiating and implementing New Zealand’s technical barriers to trade obligations. In addition to a long history of negotiating bilateral and pluri-lateral trade agreements, She has represented New Zealand’s interests at a number of international forums including the World Trade Organisation (WTO) and the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC).
This article has appeared in Food NZ magazine (April/May 2015) and is reproduced here with permission.