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Hitachi Energy – Grid Automation and Grid Integration Sales & Market Manager, New Zealand and Pacific Islands


In his current role he maintains strong links to the Pacific region; particularly the development of renewable energy infrastructure.


Devin has developed extensive experience in the Pacific Region and leading teams. This experience grew out of the development of Northpower’s contracting business (in 2009) to target the build and expansion of critical grid and generation electricity infrastructure within the Pacific Island countries of Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Kiribati, Tonga, Fiji and Samoa. To facilitate these projects the establishment of a local entities was required, providing insights into the risks associated with operating a business in the Pacific Region. Eighty percent (80%) of the projects were funded by international funders such as the Asian Development Bank, World Bank, various government AID programmes, or a combination of these parties, which developed an in-depth understanding of drivers, funding and procurement processes. An executive committee member of the NZPBC since 2012, Devin has held various roles with in the organisation, inclusive of Chair (fixed tenure, 2016 -2018). During this period, he has promoted and developed opportunities with New Zealand businesses who are looking to establish themselves or expand current activities in the Pacific Region. In addition, Contributions to the organization in conjunction with the Executive Committee, include:

  • Rewriting and adoption of the constitution to align it with current focus of the NZPBC.

  • Embracing New Zealand’s own Polynesian Heritage by the formalization of a Maori name as well as implementing Maori values within the organization

  • Investment into the website to bring it in line with modern business tools.

  • Reestablishment of business missions for NZPBC members. (Vanuatu, Solomon Islands and Cook Islands.

  • Lead strategic sessions and plan on how the organization will deliver value to its members.

Over the last four years Devin has had the privilege to attend two New Zealand government ministerial visits to the Pacific Region, both in his private sector capacity and as Chair of the NZPBC. In his current role he maintains strong links to the Pacific region; particularly the development of renewable energy infrastructure.

Devin Brown

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