Luigi Wewege is the President and CEO of Vivier Group a multinational banking and financial services group of companies, providing its select services worldwide through representation in jurisdictions across Africa, Asia, Oceania, Europe and South America. The group of companies comprise of Vivier Bank, Vivier & Co, Vivier Capital, Vivier Developments, Vivier Investments, Vivier Ventures and launching shortly Vivier Growth Fund.
Luigi’s primary focus within Vivier is to manage and grow the banking & financial service divisions where he manages both Vivier Bank and Vivier & Co as the Chief Executive Officer. Outside of the Group he serves as Executive Chairman of Nikau Global an Auckland based international trade firm, the Managing Partner of Palmetto Global Ventures a bespoke financial management consultancy firm headquartered in South Carolina, and is a member of Boston, MA based non-profit The YEC.
Luigi has previously held several senior advisory and management positions and was a former Non-Executive Director of the New Zealand China Development Group, Founding Partner of House of Pies, Germany’s first fast food Pie Restaurant & Pie Franchise, Senior Consultant at The Braintrust Network (merged with CMEA) an international consultancy firm based out of Budapest, Commercial Advisor to LexisNexis New Zealand and Senior Advisor to the Auckland Tourism, Events & Economic Development where he was part of a team that assessed the economic feasibility of major events for the Auckland Region.
Other previous positions include being the Commercial Manager of Investment Research Group – Media which produced the New Zealand Investor Magazine and the New Zealand Investment Yearbook, past Managing Director of OS Tires Ltd. a company formed to market its own brand of OTR tires worldwide and extensive research for the US Federal Trade Commission at one of the most serious financial times for the American economy which focused on the accuracy of credit bureaus. Luigi served as co-author documenting his research for a publication that was 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 and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration of which he triple majored in Finance, International Business & Management cum laude from the University of Missouri – St. Louis. At UMSL he was a multiple recipient of the Dean’s List, Coaches & Athletic Director Honour rolls, GLVC Academic All-Conference and was inducted into the Financial Management Association – National 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. DGF uses technology to facilitate an ecosystem where accomplished professionals use their skill set and networks to solve challenges of non-profits. He is also a past President of Junior Chamber International – Metro, which is the only worldwide non-political and non-sectarian youth service organization. Luigi’s core focus for his presidency included various fundraising initiatives to assist with JCI’s partnership with the UN Foundation – Nothing But Nets campaign to prevent malaria deaths by purchasing, distributing, and teaching the proper use of mosquito bed nets.
To relax he immerses himself in sport, he has played several sports at state level and was an NCAA collegiate golfer on scholarship in the USA. Besides sport he enjoys spending time with his beautiful wife Alexandra and their Parson Russell Terrier – Tallia any moment he can.