Chris Linton, President

Consultant, Duncan Cotterill (a national full service law firm) 
Honorary Consul for Finland in Auckland.

Corporate/commercial/tech lawyer, with Celtic/Scandinavian connections (my mother’s family is from the Shetlands - historically dominated by Vikings). I like the Scandinavian approach to business, life and family, and their outward looking focus. There are deep similarities between New Zealand and Scandinavia.

Interests include swimming, family, a lifestyle block, and music.

Mobile:  +64 21 885 559

James Clague, Vice President & Treasurer

Founder & Funds Manager, Pacific Wealth Creators Ltd, since 2000.

Member of the NZSBA Executive Committee since 2007. Have a personal interest in understanding the ‘Nordic way’; drivers of that independent Nordic thinking, treading the virgin path so-to-speak – be it in Government, business or life - pushing the boundaries of Design and management thinking.

Have a passion for ‘investing as a discipline’ and evolving boutique private client funds manager Pacific Wealth Creators into an entity that embodies those Nordic traits of fairness, integrity and longevity.

Hobbies: running and family where 2 young kids keep me firmly grounded. Laughing at TV ‘News’ coverage in NZ that gives more time to cricket than business!

Mobile: +64 21 480 600

Jolene Gibbs Nielsen, Secretary

Business Development + Corporate Key Account Manager at Scan Global Logistics.

I have worked in the Freight Forwarding industry for approx. 25 years. Ten of those years were spent living and working in Denmark, with my Danish husband.  During my time in Denmark, I learnt to speak the Danish language. 

After returning home (New Zealand) in 2014, I enjoy being involved in the Danish/Scandinavian culture through; work, networking and the various Associations.

Coby Duggan

General Manager at Volvo Cars New Zealand (Scandinavian Vehicle Distributors Ltd)

During 16+ years in the automotive industry I have been lucky enough to represent a number of premium brands spanning German, Japanese and Czech heritage, but since joining Volvo Cars in December 2015 I have a deeper appreciation of the Scandinavian design ethos and the many values which the Nordic region shares with New Zealand, despite the distance between us. 

Volvo’s authentic and unwavering focus on people is summed up by our tagline - ‘Designed Around You’ - which reinforces that everything we do is geared towards making our customers lives safer and more convenient. Volvo’s intuitive functionality is packaged in a unique and premium Scandinavian way, which has resulted in numerous industry accolades and remains a powerful point of difference that New Zealand has a real affinity with.


Frank Olsson {Swedish}

Swedish Honorary Consul
Chair of Auckland Chamber Orchestra

Long career in banking. Lived and worked in seven countries. Passion to bring people together and humanize business. Keen reader and tennis player.

Mobile: +64 21 989414

Kristin Smith {Norwegian}

Student at Auckland University of Technology
ANSA Auckland Representative

I moved to New Zealand with my kiwi husband in January 2018 and started my Bachelor of Business with major in Finance and Marketing at AUT University. I value good relationships and love meeting new people. As the future workforce, I believe students are valuable team players that can bring great value to business in the long run. Apart from being engaged with ANSA events and studies I enjoy spending time with family, travel and live a healthy lifestyle.

ANSA is an non-profit association for Norwegian students abroad that aims to voice educational, cultural, political and economic interests of Norwegian students. They also promote the value students can bring to domestic employees by studying abroad. By being a part of NZSBA we can help students connect and create valuable relationships to relevant people in business with similar business perspective.

Mobile: 0275007933

Christina Riisnes {Norwegian}

Norwegian corporate lawyer, now part of JBWere’s compliance team.  

After completing a Master of Law (LLM) from Auckland University in 2010, I moved back to Oslo with my kiwi partner where I worked as a corporate lawyer for over five years. We returned to Auckland in 2015 and are now enjoying family life with our young daughter and son. I greatly appreciate the similarities between New Zealand and Scandinavia. I am happy to be part of an association that promotes and encourages networking and business opportunities between New Zealand and Scandinavia.

Mobile: 0274801008

Bill Carrig

Managing Director, Design Denmark


Taino Bendz {Swedish}

Founder & digital well-being advisor, Phone Free Day 
IT Manager, Probotics 

Ever since I spent an exchange year in the deep South (Milton, South Otago) in 2005, a part of my heart has belonged to Aotearoa. I have distant cousins who emigrated from Sweden to NZ early 1900s and I did the same (well surely with some quite large differences!) in 2018 with my partner and two young boys for a change of lifestyle and an adventure!  I love building personal connections with people and although at opposite ends of the world, NZ and Scandinavia have a lot in common which I want to cultivate as a part of NZSBA.


Linda Fransson {Swedish}

International business development consultant 

After a couple of years living in London and Sydney, my kiwi partner and I moved to Auckland late 2019 with our newborn son to be closer to family and strengthen our cultural ties to New Zealand. So far I love it and have found many similarities between Scandinavia and New Zealand that I greatly value. 

Previously based at the Swedish Trade and Invest Council, I hold +5 years experience in strategic consulting and supporting companies to establish and grow in the UK, Australia and New Zealand. With a passion for teamwork I’m excited to be a part of NZSBA to promote and facilitate networking and business opportunities between New Zealand and Scandinavia. 

I enjoy family time, coffee, the outdoors, running and plant-based cooking/baking.


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