Karl Gradon


Seedling Advisory

Born and raised in the Bay of Plenty, I have spent most of my career offshore with Fonterra in leadership positions within markets such as Brasil, USA, France and Singapore. Today I am a Director on several organisations allocated across New Zealand, largely in the Impact environment. I also work with the Eastern Bay Economic Development Agency, Toi EDA, to create a better future for the next generations.

I am a big believer in the Eastern Bay region, its potential and the amazing people that live here. I believe that my international experience in business development and strategy can assist in the regional development and the strategic direction of the Chamber. My networks across the region and exposure to central government and global businesses allows me to bring a unique perspective to the Chamber. I have a vested interest in making this region a success for the next generation of local leaders. I mentor several businesses in growth phases and also am active in the angel investment and funding community, which may benefit some members. As a result, I bring a breadth of experience in start up scenarios, medium sized businesses and also corporate environments.