Congratulations to Sameer Handa

Our Board Trustee Sameer Handa has been awarded a New Zealand Order of Merit in the Queen’s Birthday Honours 2021.

Sameer Handa has been admitted as a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for his services to business and New Zealand-India relations.

Sameer is being recognised as a businessperson who has promoted bilateral trade between India and New Zealand for more than 15 years. Below is Sameer’s citation for this prestigious honour.

Mr Handa became Chair of the India New Zealand Business Council in 2018, having been a Board member since 2013. He is a Board member and Deputy Chair as of 2018 of New Zealand Asian Leaders. He has been part of multiple Ministerial Trade delegations to India, Thailand, Philipines and Sri Lanka since 2010.

He is Managing Director of Glowbal NZ ltd, importing innovative products to New Zealand and, for 19 years, was CEO and Director of Patton Ltd from 1998 to 2017, a large corporate in the cold chain industry covering New Zealand, Australia, Thailand and India. He has been a Board member of Bank of India (New Zealand) Ltd since 2013 and heads the Audit and Risk Committee. He uses his business and management experience to mentor young entrepreneurs and guide those wishing to engage in trade between India and New Zealand.

Mr Handa is involved with charitable causes as a member of the Refrigerant Recovery Board for 14 years and more recently as a Trustee of the Auckland Hospital Foundation.