Luigi Wewege www.luigiwewege.com
Luigi Wewege is the President and CEO of Vivier Group a multinational financial services group of companies, providing its products worldwide through representation in jurisdictions across Africa, Asia, Oceania, Europe and South America. The group of companies is comprised of Vivier & Co, Vivier Capital, Vivier Developments, Vivier Investments, Vivier Ventures, and launching shortly Vivier Growth Fund.
Outside of Vivier he serves as the Non-executive Chairman of Nikau Global Ltd an Auckland based international trade firm; as Partner/Director of Palmetto Global Ventures a bespoke financial management consultancy firm headquartered in South Carolina; and as an invited member of Boston, Massachusetts based non-profit the YEC.
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Luigi has previously held several senior advisory and management positions and was a former Non-executive Director of New Zealand China Development Group; Investment Partner of House of Pies which was mainland Europe’s - first fast food pie restaurant and franchise; Senior Consultant at The Braintrust Network (merged with CMEA) an international consultancy firm based in Budapest; Commercial Advisor to LexisNexis - New Zealand; and as a Senior Advisor - Feasibility for Auckland Tourism, Events & Economic Development with his primary focus on assessing the economic feasibility of major events for the Auckland Region.
Other previous positions include being the Commercial Manager - Media of Investment Research Group which produces the New Zealand: Investor magazine and the Investment yearbook; General Manager - Corporate Affairs of OS Tires Ltd a global tire manufacturer which markets its own brand of Off-The-Road tires used in the construction and mining industry; and conducting credit research for the Federal Trade Commission during one of the most serious financial times for the American economy. The report focused on determining the accuracy of the three major credit bureaus in the USA, and Luigi served as co-author documenting his findings which were presented before the United States Congress in late 2008.
Education wise Luigi has a Master of Business Administration in international business from the MIB - School of Management in Trieste, Italy. He also holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with majors in finance, international business and management cum laude from the University of Missouri - St. Louis. He is a multiple recipient of the Dean’s list, Coaches and Athletic Director honor rolls, as well as being recognized as a Great Lakes Valley Conference Academic All-Conference honor recipient. Other notable academic achievements include being formally inducted into the Financial Management Association - National Honor Society; and the Epsilon Eta Pi - International Business Honor Society.
One of Luigi’s passions is to create development opportunities that empower young people to create positive change, which lead him to serving as a Director and Trustee of the India based Doing Good Fellows for several years. The organization uses technology to facilitate an ecosystem where accomplished professionals use their skill set and networks to solve the various challenges of non-profits. He is also the past President of Junior Chamber International - Metro, which is the only worldwide non-political and non-sectarian youth service organization. Luigi’s presidency included various fundraising initiatives to assist with JCI’s partnership with the United Nations Foundation - Nothing But Nets campaign to prevent malaria deaths by purchasing, distributing, and teaching the proper use of mosquito bed nets.
Outside of work Luigi’s interests include travelling internationally, and participating in a variety of sports, several of which he has played at a high level. Some of his notable athletic achievements include being a former national junior champion in swimming; and an NCAA collegiate golfer on scholarship in Missouri.