Vanessa O'Neill

  • Trade Commissioner and Consul General, Melbourne

Vanessa is NZTE’s Trade Commissioner and Consul General, based in Melbourne. Most recently Vanessa was an Enterprise Consulting Director with KPMG in Auckland, following their acquisition of her consulting business Estute+ in 2016.

Vanessa was responsible for coaching companies on their growth and export strategies, with additional responsibility as KPMG Sector Lead for Food & Beverage.  In addition to her recent advisory roles, Vanessa’s industry experience spans technology, telecommunications, seed and venture capital, FMCG, large format retailing, foodservice and packaging.  Vanessa also has Australian experience having held national roles for CSR – Sugar Australia and Carter Holt Harvey Packaging, as well as Trans-Tasman marketing roles with Hallensteins Glassons and Daymon / Progressive Enterprises now owned by Woolworths Australia.  Vanessa’s additional international roles have been with The Body Shop UK, Marks and Spencer and Debenhams in various strategy and marketing roles. 

Vanessa has a passion for self-development having studied and gained a BComm and MBA from University of Canterbury, a post graduate diploma in strategy and innovation from the University of Oxford, as well as attending the Global Agribusiness Programme at Harvard Business School.  She has been an advisory board member for the Amplified Programme with the Canterbury Development Corporation, Advisory lead coach with the Icehouse Owner Operator Programme, Advisory Board member with UC Executive Education MBA and a Venture Partner – Commercialisation with Powerhouse Ventures Ltd.

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