Alan leads a relatively new team in NZTE to develop business-led coalitions. These are coalitions of companies who want to collaborate to develop their international business. Currently, the team is intensely developing 20 coalitions across a range of sectors and markets.
Previously Alan has headed NZTE in the South Island and has been NZTE's Regional Director for South and Southeast Asia based in Singapore. There, he led New Zealand's trade development in South and Southeast Asia, and oversaw offices in Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam, the Philippines and India.
His collaborative work started as an international cluster development consultant. His role in cluster development gained international recognition as Vice-President (AP) of The Competitiveness Institute (TCI) in Barcelona. Alan then joined NZTE in 2001 and developed and implemented the clusters and networks programme. The programme provided support and advice to established and new industry clusters, including biotech, forestry, food and ICT.
Prior to NZTE, Alan was involved in the start-up of two communications companies. He has an MA (Hons) in Political Science from Canterbury University, New Zealand.