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External Relations Manager
Ben is the External Relations Manager for the New Zealand Initiative. He works closely with media and stakeholders to increase awareness of the Initiative’s research and thought leadership.
He has more than a decade of experience working in public relations, communications and campaign management. Before joining the team, Ben worked as a public relations consultant where he advised multinationals, cooperatives, charities and NGOs on how to attain their objectives.
Ben worked for the New Zealand Initiative between 2016 – 2018 as Project Coordinator. He is the co-author of #LocalismNZ: Bringing power to the people.
He holds a Bachelor of Arts in politics and philosophy from Victoria University of Wellington, and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Communication from Massey University.
Phone: 022 079 2788
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