Jenny Shipley

Former Prime Minister of New Zealand

Dame Jenny Shipley is a Former Prime Minister of New Zealand and now an independent Director and key note speaker tracking mega trends globally with particular expertise on the Asia Pacific region. She has served as an independent Director on the Shanghai and Hong Kong listed China Construction Bank for 6 years and now chairs the NZ subsidiary China Construction Bank NZ Ltd. She also chairs the former SOE and now NZX and ASX listed company Genesis Energy and a number of other companies and organizations. Dame Jenny Shipley was the 36th Prime Minister of New Zealand holding office from 1997 to 1999 and the first woman to do so. In the preceding seven years she held a number of Senior Ministerial positions in the New Zealand Government where she took a leading role in New Zealand’s very significant economic and social reforms of that time. As Prime Minister she chaired APEC in NZ in 1999, again the first women to do so. In 2002 she retired from NZ politics having served 15years in the New Zealand Parliament and returned to the business sector. Dame Jenny is a regular visitor to China. She is a Board member of the Boao Forum for Asia and the Beijing based International Finance Forum. Her passion is working with leaders who have the courage and competence to help “shape the future” of their companies and their country