Geoffrey Moss : Background

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After serving in the Royal New Zealand Navy, Geoffrey Moss studied at Canterbury and Massey University Colleges and later at Colorado State University and Victoria University of Wellington.

After experience as a Farm Advisory Officer and Chief Advisory Officer (Extension) in the Department of Agriculture, he studied communication technology as an Eisenhower Fellow in the United States of America. He returned to New Zealand to set up the Information Services of the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries and later became Director of Management Services.

In 1985, he was appointed Senior Planner/Programmer (Agricultural & Rural Development) for the United Nations Development Programme for Development Training and Communication Planning for Asia and the Pacific, based in Bangkok. Later he was appointed to Massey University as a Senior Lecturer and seconded to the University of the South Pacific’s Alafua Campus in Samoa.

He is an Honorary Fellow and a Past President of the New Zealand Institute of Agricultural and Horticultural Sciences.

He has been an active Toastmaster for over 40 years and has served as the President of the Wellington Club and Area E1 Governor. He was awarded the Distinguished Toastmaster award. He is also a Fellow of the New Zealand Speech Board and was its Vice-Chairman for a decade. In 2008 he was presented with the Golden Jubilee Award by the New Zealand Guild of Agricultural Journalists and Communicators in recognition of outstanding services to the Guild.

Over 2,300 people have attended his Asian and Pacific workshops. He has run 31 three-day workshops at the Singapore Institute of Management.

Eighty six editions of his books have been published by 31 publishers in 18 countries and in 11 languages. He has carried out jobs in 16 countries, some many times. Ten missions to Sri Lanka, 10 missions to Bangladesh, 4 to Samoa and carried out aid missions for four countries and 3 United Nation agencies.

 

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