Michael Vukcevic has resigned from the Middle East
Business Council after revelations he claimed to have a law
A New Zealand Herald investigation revealed that Mr Vukcevic
did not have a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) as stated on the
curriculum vitae he submitted when applying to be the chief
executive of the Baldwins law firm two years earlier.
The next day he released a statement which confirmed he does
not hold a LLB "from any university in New Zealand and [had]
never worked in a legal role".
Mr Vukcevic was chairman of the Middle East Business Council,
which works closely with Government ministers and agencies to
foster trade negotiations in the region.
This morning he resigned from the executive committee
Deputy chairman Stewart Germann announced today that the
council had accepted the resignation and he would take over
as chairman until the next annual general meeting.
"Mr Vukcevic has been an energetic and committed participant
of the council during his more than six years of involvement,
and was in fact a founding member of the organisation," he
"Mr Vukcevic offered to resign because he did not want any
adverse publicity to reflect on the good work that the
council has done over many years under his leadership and the
council is appreciative of that."
- Jared Savage of the New Zealand Herald