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Our leadership team

Eric Hansen 

Chief Executive  | Global Dairy Trade 

Eric developed the concept of Global Dairy Trade in the mid-2000s and brought together a team to design and successfully launch the platform in July 2008.  As Chief Executive, Eric continues to spearhead innovations to further develop the business and the globally traded dairy market.

Eric's extensive career spans the public and private sectors, with senior roles in central banking, government ministry of finance, economics consulting, venture capital, wholesale electricity market, and the dairy industry.  Eric’s roles had a strong focus on strategy and policy covering the gambit from corporate strategy, finance and capital structure reform, industry governance, pricing incentives and cost allocation, competition and regulatory policy, monetary policy, economic modelling and forecasting,  to Crown asset and liability management. 

Eric studied economics and mathematics at the University of Waikato, New Zealand, and holds a Ph.D. in economics from the London School of Economics & Political Science.

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Yasmine Bendjafer

General Manager Service Delivery & Operations | Global Dairy Trade

Yasmine joined GDT in 2011 and is responsible for the delivery and improvement of GDT services to customers and stakeholders across all platforms.

Having headed up the development and management of GDT’s digital products, Yasmine has excelled in leading the strategy, planning, development and implementation of all technology used within Global Dairy Trade. 

With over 15 years of experience in the international dairy industry working in North Africa, the Middle East and New Zealand, Yasmine is a valuable asset to the GDT Leadership Team. She has led the implementation of GDT’s robust and secure technology platforms, providing support to the ever-expanding bidder and seller customer base. With business operations now included as part of her portfolio, Yasmine is using her experience and knowledge of the GDT digital platforms to help deliver a more cohesive GDT experience.

Yasmine holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Business Administration, a Master of Business Administration from the University of Auckland and a Bachelor in Translation and Interpretation from the University of Algiers (Arabic/French/English). Passionate about languages, Yasmine likes to practice her Spanish and Te Reo Maori when the opportunity arises.

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Shaun McCauley

Chief Technology Officer | Global Dairy Trade

Shaun joined GDT in 2011 and is responsible for GDT’s overall technology vision and developing a deep pool of technology partners globally to deliver on that vision.

Shaun came to GDT after more than twenty years’ in executive and senior technology and business roles in Europe and New Zealand. With a background in large corporations such as IBM and BP and also technology start-up businesses, Shaun has masterminded the implementation of the robust secure technology platforms that support the expanding base of Sellers and Bidders on GDT.

Shaun holds a Bachelor of Science (Computer Science) from Victoria University, New Zealand and a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Warwick, United Kingdom.

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Jen O'Hara

General Manager Innovation & Marketing | Global Dairy Trade

A career marketer with over 20 years’ experience in both business and consumer markets, Jen joined GDT in 2015 to manage all aspects of branding, marketing, sales and customer communications for GDT.

Jen leads the e-commerce innovation strategy and develops customer-centred initiatives for GDT.

Jen is passionate about new and emerging technologies, having spent most of her career developing and launching new services in the telecommunications and IT sectors. Her move to dairy five years ago has been focused on the creation of service offerings that wrap around ingredient product, and the channels through which these products and services are sold. 

Jen holds a Bachelor of Business Studies from Massey University.

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Our customer-facing team

Our team are here to support customers through registration, technical and operational support of our services. Contact them at help@globaldairytrade.info