UL International New Zealand Ltd is managed and operated by skilled employees with a wealth of technical and commercial experience both internationally and within the Australasian region.


Ken Wilson

Regional Director, Australasia

Ken has regional responsibility for UL’s activities within Australasia, including commercial operations, current service delivery and development of future opportunities.  Ken has an electrical engineering and quality management background with 25+ years’ experience in the compliance services sector.

Ken is based in Auckland, New Zealand.

+64.21.613.277 (mob) +64.9.414.9580 (DDI): ken.wilson@ul.com



Werner Sievert

Laboratory Manager, Auckland

Werner is responsible for all Auckland Laboratory operations, maintenance of accreditation requirements and meeting customer needs. He also manages laboratory development projects such as the introduction of new testing processes and new equipment. Werner has worked in the product conformity industry since 2004. Prior to joining UL, he worked in vehicle development for major automotive manufacturers in Germany. He has Information technology degree in electrical engineering from the Ostfalia University of applied sciences in Germany.

Werner is based in Auckland, New Zealand.

+64.9.414.9585 (DDI); werner.sievert@ul.com


Stuart Foster

Certification Manager, Auckland

Stuart has been involved in laboratory testing, operations, certification and standards development within the electrical product conformity industry since 2000. He is responsible for the operation of UL International New Zealand Limited’s ANZ Certification and UL-AU Mark certification programs. Prior to working at UL, Stuart worked in the medical device industry. He has a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Auckland.

Stuart is based in Auckland, New Zealand.

+64.9.414.9583 (DDI); Stuart.Foster@ul.com


Nick Penno

TS Operations Manager, Melbourne

Nick is responsible for payment card industry services and IoT cyber security globally within UL. Nick has been working in the payments and security space since 2008 in the project, quality and operations management areas.

Nick is  based in Melbourne, Australia

+61 3 8595 8446 (DDI); Nick.Penno@ul.com




Farhad Mollahagahi

Engineering Leader, Melbourne

Farhad is an Engineering Leader for renewable energy in the Asia Pacific region.  As Engineering Leader, he is responsible for overall project management, technical due diligence, construction monitoring and for operational and asset management related services.  Farhad has over 13 years of senior engineering leadership in renewable energy services.  Within UL, he is responsible for managing independent engineering projects for both wind and solar in support of project finance for new project development and acquisition, including overall project management, technical delivery and leadership. Prior to UL, Farhad held several senior engineering positions in consulting, asset ownership, asset operations and OEM supplier sectors of renewable energy and his experience covers both wind and solar. He obtained his Bachelor of Engineering degree in Mechanical Engineering from University of Adelaide, Australia.

Farhad is based in Melbourne, Australia

+61.420.391.901 (mob); farhad.mollahagahi@ul.com


Brian Hobbs

Regional Field Services Manager

Brian Hobbs is responsible for Field Services within Australia and New Zealand, covering production follow-up service inspections, lightning protection system evaluation and fire vehicle inspection services. Brian has more than 20 years experience in the compliance field including product evaluation and quality systems management.

Brian is based in Christchurch, New Zealand.

+64.21.661.720 (mob); Brian.Hobbs@ul.com