Repositioning NZ trade on the world stage

Sir Graeme HarrisonFounder and chairman of ANZCO Foods, Sir Graeme Harrison, is showing his unwavering commitment to New Zealand business by personally funding a Professorial Chair in Global Value Chains and Trade at Lincoln University.

The newly created position will contribute to the research and teaching at the specialist land-based university – but it will also come with a far wider reaching remit: to help lead change in the way New Zealand businesses engage globally throughout the value chain.

Described by Lincoln University Vice-Chancellor Dr Andrew West as “an extraordinarily visionary and generous act”, the funded professorial chair will need a unique set of skills.

“As well as carrying core academic responsibilities, we see the appointee becoming a leading spokesperson on global trade, particularly around the challenges facing New Zealand’s agricultural exports,” says Dr West.

Sir Graeme Harrison has long held the view that New Zealand businesses must understand global supply chains and where they can add value. The Professorial Chair in Global Value Chains and Trade will play a key role in educating tomorrow’s business leaders as well as providing thought leadership for industry today.

“Ideally Andy Westwe’re looking for someone who has developed a high profile and strong reputation outside the academic world, but who has the ability to pass that knowledge on to students, conduct and lead quality research and collaborate with industry,” says West.

The commercial aspect of the role is seen as particularly relevant in order to capitalise on New Zealand’s advantageous position as a world leader in high-quality primary products relative to increasing global demand from the growing number of middle-class consumers.

The new role is particularly timely with work continuing on the development of the ‘Lincoln Hub’ – a partnership between Lincoln University, DairyNZ, AgResearch, Plant & Food Research, and Landcare Research to combine expertise and infrastructure to the benefit of the primary sector.

Sir Graeme’s decision to fund the professorial position is in some part an acknowledgement that the private sector – and indeed individuals – can make a contribution to the development of New Zealand’s economy. By supporting the University in this way the benefits will not only flow through to industry but also impact the students’ experience and stimulate new ideas.

Supplied by Lincoln University.

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