Vivier Group, President and CEO – Luigi Wewege brings a tremendous amount of executive experience to his role. The position is specialized in banking, financial services, and with a large focus on international trade. Within Vivier, Luigi is responsible for the management of all the groups divisions, while also overseeing growth forecast reports for planned expansion across Europe, South America, Asia, Africa and Oceania.
Mr. Wewege earned his MBA from the MIB – School of Management which is in Trieste, Italy. His masters focused on international business, and his undergraduate degree impressively was in three majors which were: finance, international business and management at the University of Missouri – St. Louis. In addition to his work with Vivier Group, Luigi is also a dedicated philanthropist who works with a large number of non-profit organizations in support of a wide range of international vital causes.
1.What do you do for work?
I currently serve as the Chief Executive Officer of Vivier & Co, also known as Vivier Financial Services. The boutique firm offers a complete financial package which includes: current accounts, savings accounts, debit cards, an online platform, and international money transfers.
2. Why did you choose to pursue a career in the field in which you currently work?
I have always been interested in international business, finance and trade, so was immediately fascinated by the long-term stability of New Zealand’s banking sector. I felt that global investors deserved access to the attractive rates there, as well as the inherent stability available to them through New Zealand’s financial markets.
3. In what way does your professional role make it possible for you to have a positive impact on others?
Through Vivier offered products and services, investors from all over the world are now able to receive a greater sense of security while benefiting from the superior deposit rates available in New Zealand.
4. What is it that you enjoy most about living in Auckland, New Zealand?
It has such a broad appeal, from the culture to the truly idyllic surroundings. Trying to identify one single aspect would be a disservice to the multitude of qualities that make Auckland a great place to live.
5. What do you do for recreation?
I enjoy participating in a variety of sports, several of which I played at a high level, which include: being a former national junior champion in swimming, and an National Collegiate Athletic Association golfer on scholarship in Missouri, USA.
6. If you could travel anywhere outside of Australia, where would you go and why?
We do a lot of business in Asia and more specifically Japan. I love experiencing the unique culture and history associated with their cities, and always learn plus experience something new each time I visit.
7. Aussie rules football, cricket, rugby or something else?
I love a good rugby match, but I’d much rather play than watch.
8. Is there an Australian you admire or who has had a profound influence on you personally or professionally? Explain.
There have been a large number of Australian economists to date, who have all had fascinating financial research published, and thus not sure I could limit my choice to just one single individual.
9. What advice would you give to a first-time visitor to Australia?
I would advise making an effort to find the out-of-the-way places that really demonstrate the more unique qualities possessed by Australia, but please note that this does requires quite a bit of patience and research.
10. What is the funniest or strangest question a tourist has ever asked you about Australia?
Most of the visitors I have encountered on my travels there have certainly been curious about the more unique aspects of Australian culture, but I can’t recall offhand having ever been asked anything overly strange or comical.