Florence is recognised as a sustainable business leader in Aotearoa New Zealand and internationally, ranking in Forbes’ 30 Under 30 for Asia-Pacific in 2019. She joins NZTE after six years at Nelson-based exporter Chia Sisters, an accredited Living Wage, Zero Carbon, Climate Positive and B Corp drinks company which she co-founded with her sister Chloe.
Both co-founders were recently announced as finalists in the United Nations’ 2022 WE Empower UN SDG Challenge, which celebrates innovative women entrepreneurs advancing the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals through business.
Florence has been appointed Head of Sustainability at New Zealand Trade and Enterprise | Te Taurapa Tūhono, the government’s international business development agency.
supporting exporters to adopt sustainable and purpose-led approaches as part of their international growth. She will also guide NZTE’s own ongoing journey towards sustainability as a global organisation.
Florence will retain an active directorship with Chia Sisters following her appointment to NZTE.