Global NY South Africa Office Director Richard Zurba presenting during a meeting.

Meet Global NY’s Foreign Office Directors

With representatives around the world and programs offering export funding and assistance, Global NY helps New York businesses enter or expand their presence in the global marketplace. Our global network of trade directors provide local expertise for the markets they represent by conducting customized research, facilitating connections and identifying potential distributors and agents for New York companies abroad. Global NY’s six foreign office directors are currently located in Canada, China, Europe, Israel, Mexico, and South Africa.

Madhur Aggarwal

Global NY Director, India

Madhur has over 18 years of experience in economic development, cross-border investment, international trade, corporate finance, and government relations.

In the past, Madhur has led teams and worked with organizations representing the Government of Australia, Government of British Columbia (Canada), Government of the United Kingdom, KPMG Australia, Merrill Lynch Bank of America, JP Morgan and SREI Group, India’s largest non-banking financial institution. He has advised public and private sector organizations in several markets on expansion strategies throughout North America, Europe, Asia, and Australia. Madhur has successfully managed multiple cross-border investment transactions ranging from USD 25 million to USD 2 billion. His experience ranges across sectors and companies and includes advising foreign government missions and businesses in aerospace, automotive, energy, mining, infrastructure, telecom, information and digital technology, healthcare and life sciences, financial services, agribusiness among others.

Having worked in several international markets, Madhur has first-hand knowledge of developed vs developing markets, leading to an expertise in formulating FDI attraction strategy from Asia. Madhur holds multiple degrees including Master of Business Administration (MBA) in Finance, MSc (Finance), and Master of Information Technology from United Kingdom (London School of Economics) and Australia (University of New South Wales, University of Technology Sydney).

Wendy Chen

Global NY Director, China

With experience in business consulting and government relations,  Wendy has assisted many private enterprises, government bodies and NGOs in carrying out their business development strategies in China. She has represented the Empire State Development China Office since 2014. Before that, she worked for Pennsylvania’s Department of Community & Economic Development office in Shanghai and also in a China entry strategy role with a private consulting firm at the beginning of her career. Throughout her career, Wendy has engaged in trade promotion, investment attraction and government relationship in several American states; and worked with private companies and NGOs in the semi-conductor, automobile, bio, advanced materials, aerospace, agriculture, food trading, financial services, architecture design and real estate sectors. She earned her Master’s degree in the U.K., majoring in the Management of Training and Development at the University of Edinburgh.

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Barbara Grunewald

Global NY Director, Europe

Barbara has over 15 years of experience in economic and social business development, project management, strategic analysis and client relationship management in a range of industries including the financial sector, the aviation industry, and international development. She holds a master’s degree in English, Business Administration and International Law, as well as a Master of Advanced Studies in International Development and Cooperation.

In the past, Barbara established a regional office in Brazil for a global SME operating in the aviation industry. She liaised directly with a broad range of stakeholders including customers, investors, small business organisations and government agencies. After successful market entry and a sharp increase in sales, a local representative took over the local operation. Barbara moved on to give strategic and operational support to the US office, overseeing the development of a growth strategy which led to an increase in international trade. 

Throughout her career, Barbara has developed strong business acumen and an extensive knowledge in trade and investment of SMEs and global corporations. She has lived and worked in Europe, North and South America and is fluent in English, German, Spanish, Portuguese and French.   

Benjamin Kalman

Global NY Director, Canada

Benjamin holds a Master’s degree from Concordia University in Montreal. He has spent the majority of his career in economic development, having become a subject matter expert in investment attraction. He has extensive experience leading teams of Economic Development Associates on behalf of state and federal government clients in multiple sectors, including automotive, aerospace, advanced manufacturing and materials, life sciences, AI and advanced technology, clean tech, and tourism. He has also developed specialized programs with Fortune-level companies which has led to longstanding business relationships with renowned organizations and significant FDI projects for a multitude of clients with companies such as Equinix, Instacart, Intel, Microsoft, Mondelez, Mouser Electronics, Nordstrom, Twitter and WeWork.

Efren Flores Rangel

Global NY Director, Mexico

Efren holds degrees from California State University Northridge and  ITESM in Monterrey, Mexico. As an international business development consultant, he travels widely throughout the U.S. and Latin America addressing marketing strategies and opportunities to do business in Mexico. He’s consulted with federal and state governments in Mexico and overseas, as a representative of the World Trade Organization for the Ministry of Economy, a member of APEC negotiation board and a senior trade specialist for a recognized consulting firm. He is General Director of Global Business Partners Mexico, S.C., a firm he founded in 2006. Efren has participated in 45 trade missions to Mexico and has worked with more than 1,500 U.S companies from Pennsylvania, Michigan, Kentucky, New York and Wisconsin as well as European companies to establish business ties in Mexico. He’s been recognized for skills in negotiation, international business development, business culture, international trade and investment, market strategy, strategic planning, international sales and business management. Efren’s expertise spans a range of industry sectors including: automotive, environmental, agricultural products and equipment, heavy machinery, telecommunications, civil and general security, medical, plastics and chemicals.

Gerry Stoch

Global NY Director, Israel

Gerry has been a business and economic development consultant based in Israel—and  since 1998,  Director of Global NY’s Office in Israel promoting exports from New York State to Israel and foreign direct investment from Israel to New York.  In this role, Gerry has organized several Technology Cooperation Agreements between the State of New York and Israel.  He has led several delegations of Israeli companies to New York and hosted visiting delegations. Most recently, he hosted a Global NY delegation, identifying potential distributors and import partners.  Eight of the 10 companies signed agreements within six months.  From 2003-2010, Gerry also managed the back office of a major Private Equity Fund. Gerry  works closely with foreign investors, including U.S.-based semiconductor designer, Advanced Micro Devices. Gerry is a board member of the Friends of the Volcani Institute, the Israeli Government’s arm for Agricultural Research and Development and International cooperation, the Israel-America Chamber of Commerce in Tel Aviv and the Orthodox Chamber of Commerce. Gerry previously worked for the Israeli Government Ministry of Finance, both in Israel and in the U.S. He has an M.S. in Agricultural Economics and Management from the Hebrew University at Rehovot and a B.A. in Economics and Psychology from the University of Cape Town in South Africa.

Richard Zurba

Global NY Director, South Africa

Richard is the Director of Zurcom International (Pty) Ltd, the contracted representative for the Great Lakes St. Lawrence Governors & Premiers, representing ESD/Global NY in sub-Saharan Africa since 1999. Richard came to Africa in 1993, and worked on humanitarian projects in the D. R. Congo for World Vision Relief before moving to South Africa in 1996 as an export manager selling into 20 African countries.  In 1999, Richard opened the Great Lakes St Lawrence Governors & Premiers Africa Trade Office in Johannesburg, representing several U.S. state governments in international business development.  Richard is Coordinator for the IBG Global partnership, providing trade network services through 22 partner companies in 56 countries servicing more than 150 country markets. Zurcom has worked with approximately 3,700 companies on international trade projects, with staff in South Africa, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Tanzania and Zimbabwe. Richard has a B.A. and M.A. in International Relations (University of Alberta; the London School of Economics) and an M.B.A. in International Business (University of Western Ontario).  Prior to his move to Africa, Richard led development projects in Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Guatemala, Austria, Malawi and the Bahamas.