Barry Coates

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Barry Coates, Executive Director, Oxfam New Zealand. "Barry's commitment to the Pacific started in Samoa in 1978, initially as a volunteer, then subsequently in promoting small business development for the government of Samoa. After doing a Masters in Management Studies at Yale University, Barry was Head of Development Policy with the World Wildlife Fund, including attending the Earth Summit in 1992 on the British delegation. He then spent seven years as Director of the World Development Movement in the UK, including playing a leading role in international campaigns on debt, arms trade, corporate social responsibility and international trade.

"Since joining Oxfam as Executive Director in October 2003, Barry has succeeded in raising the organisation's profile in New Zealand, providing a voice for development issues, increasing public funding, and developing exciting new grassroots programmes. Fundamental to this success has been building strong and respectful relationships with people and local groups, particularly in the poorest areas of the Pacific and Southeast Asia where Oxfam focuses its work... Barry is a Board member of the Fair Trade Association of Australia and New Zealand, Board member of the Global Campaign for Climate Action, past Chair of the New Zealand Council for International Development, and past Chair of Make Poverty History Aotearoa New Zealand. Barry has also been on the advisory group for the Minister of Trade for the last government and is currently on the advisory group for International Development for the current Minister of Foreign Affairs." [1]


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  1. Barry Coates, organizational web page, accessed April 15, 2012.