Mike Burrell

Executive Director

Mike joined the Sustainable Business Council in January 2020.

The Sustainable Business Council (SBC) is a CEO-led membership organisation with over 100 businesses from all sectors, ambitious for a sustainable New Zealand. Our members represent more than $87 billion of collective turnover, 28% of GDP, and nearly 160,000 fulltime jobs. Our network gives our members unparalleled influence and the ability to take large-scale collective action.

Mike’s previous role was New Zealand’s High Commissioner to South Africa, with accreditations across the Southern Africa region.

Before this Mike was the Director of Sustainable Economic Development for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade. He also served in Myanmar as Acting Ambassador.

Prior to this role Mike was CEO of Aquaculture New Zealand, representing New Zealand’s marine farming industry. Before that he was with the international consulting firm LECG, where he advised industry, government and international agencies.

Mike has over 25 years’ experience in leadership and consulting roles in New Zealand and internationally.

Mike has degrees from the London School of Economics and the University of Canterbury. He is married with two children.


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