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Eric Hansen 

Director  | Global Dairy Trade 

Eric's career spans more than 25 years in 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 co-led the design and implementation of Global Dairy Trade in 2008 and continues to spearhead the market and business development of the platform.  

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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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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Jared McConachie

General Manager Market Design & Performance | Global Dairy Trade

Jared joined GDT in 2016 and leads projects designed to enhance GDT's price discovery role and data initiatives. Jared previously headed up both the GDT Events and GDT Insight service lines as well as being responsible for the financial management of GDT.

Jared is an experienced financial and dairy markets professional whose background in customer management and strategy in roles across both Australia and New Zealand has helped inform the operational functions of the GDT Events and GDT Insight services.

Jared is a natural leader, experienced in all aspects of business leadership and strategic decision making. 

Jared holds a Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Property from the University of Auckland.

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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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Yasmine Bendjafer

General Manager Service Delivery & Operations | Global Dairy Trade

Yasmine joined GDT in 2011 and is responsible for leading the delivery and improvement of BAU services to customers.

Yasmine previously headed up the development and management of GDT’s digital products, with a strong focus on strategy, planning, development and implementation of all technology used within Global Dairy Trade. 

With over 15 years experience in the international dairy industry working in North Africa, Middle East and New Zealand, Yasmine is a valuable asset to the GDT Leadership Team and has led the implementation of the robust, secure technology platforms that support the expanding base of bidders and sellers on GDT.

Yasmine holds 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).

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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