Mike Bennetts

Chief Executive

Z Energy

Mike is presently the founding Chief Executive of Z Energy Ltd, having been in the role since 2010.  Mike has accumulated 35 years of experience in the global energy industry with various senior leadership roles in South Africa, China, Singapore and the United Kingdom.

Mike is the Convenor of the Climate Leaders Coalition, launched in July 2018 to promote business leadership and collective action on the issue of climate change.  On a mission to reduce emissions in Aotearoa, 122 Chief Executives (representing more than 50% of New Zealand’s emissions) have signed the pledge which commits their organisations to take voluntary action on climate change. 

Mike has served as a Director of various private and public companies and joint ventures in New Zealand, Singapore, China and South Africa.  Mike is presently the Chair of Punakaiki Fund Limited, a $50m investment fund that makes long term investments into high growth, revenue generating New Zealand companies.