James Shaw is a Green Party list MP and spokesperson on Economic Development, Sustainable Business, Small Business, Tourism, Trade & Investment, Commerce, State Owned Enterprises and Open Government & Democracy.

James first stood for Parliament as a Green Party list candidate in the 2008 general election, campaigning for the expat vote in London, UK, where he lived at the time. He subsequently stood as the Greens’ candidate for Wellington Central in 2011 and again in 2014, when he was elected to Parliament as a list MP.

James’ career prior to Parliament was in management consulting. Over the course of 15 years he worked with groups in over 30 countries around the world as a facilitator, coach, trainer and speaker.

Born in Wellington in 1973, educated at Wellington High School and Victoria University, James started his career at the Electricity Corporation of New Zealand (ECNZ).

He moved to Europe in 1997, where he lived for 13 years. Based primarily in London, he worked as a manager in the Global Chairman’s Office of PricewaterhouseCoopers, where he helped to develop the firm’s sustainable development strategy.

In 2001 he went freelance and was involved with three start-ups, one of which is he remained a partner in until his election to Parliament in 2014.

After returning home to Wellington’s Aro Valley in 2010, James worked with the Ākina Foundation to support New Zealand’s growing social enterprise sector.

James holds an MSc from the University of Bath School of Management in sustainable development and business leadership. He is an alumnus of the global student organisation AIESEC and served on the staff of the international office in Brussels, Belgium, in 1997.

James is a keen skier and snowboarder, traveller and movie buff.


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