Dr Jonathan (Jon) Tanner, former International Director at the Ministry of Research, Science and Technology, is the current chief executive officer of Organics Aotearoa New Zealand (OANZ). Dr Tanner brings experience in research, international trade and rural development to the role, which involves providing coordination, leadership and strategy for the organic sector.
Europe, Asia and Africa
He has significant experience in the European, Asian and African food and agricultural sectors, and has worked with the Environment Agency Wales, UK Department for International Development and International Livestock Centre for Africa.
As International Director at the Ministry of Research, Science and Technology, Dr Tanner has worked at a senior level with government departments, researchers and primary industry groups.
Family organic farm
Having managed the production and direct marketing of certified organic lamb on his familyís organic farm in Wales, Dr Tanner has long held an interest in the organic sector, completing his PhD on increasing the potential for small scale organic farming systems in South East Asia.
Organic production is worth (2007) more than $330 million a year to New Zealandís economy. Dr Tanner brings skills and experience that OANZ needs to keep fulfill its aim of growing the organic sector to $1 billion by 2013.