Karlene is New Zealand’s Consul General Designate and Trade Commissioner to Viet Nam, responsible for facilitating and promoting trade and investment and maintaining an extensive network of business relationships relevant to New Zealand businesses. Karlene will take up her role based in Ho Chi Minh City in early December 2016.
Karlene has held a number of other international roles at NZTE since 2003, including Regional Director for South America based in Sao Paulo; Trade Commissioner for Thailand, Cambodia, Myanmar and Laos based in Bangkok; and International Market Manager for South and South East Asia. There she was instrumental in developing strategies for expanding NZTE's services in the East Asia region.
Karlene has held senior management roles in the public and private sectors across strategy, business unit establishment, project management, change management and private sector risk management.
Most recently she was NZTE’s Director of International Operations, leading the development of systems and processes to help NZTE’s international teams support New Zealand companies overseas.
Karlene holds a Master of Business Administration from Victoria University in Wellington.