The Speakers Bureau includes Asia New Zealand Foundation trustees and staff, members of the foundation's Leadership Network and academics and professionals who have recognised expertise in Asia. Members of the bureau can present on a range of topics, including the four categories listed below.
Speakers and topics include:
New Zealand's relations with Asia
SIMON DRAPER, executive director, Asia New Zealand Foundation
Simon Draper took over as the executive director of the Asia New Zealand Foundation in 2015. Draper joined the Foundation from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and trade, where he had worked in various roles since 1991. Most recently he held the position of director United Nations, Human Rights and Commonwealth Division.
JEFF JOHNSTONE, director education, Asia New Zealand Foundation
Jeff Johnstone joined the Foundation in August 2013 after five years as principal of Willow Park School in Auckland. He has also worked at schools in New Zealand, China and the United Kingdom. He is passionate about learning and leadership that equips young New Zealanders to thrive in the Asian Century.
DR ROBERT PATMAN, professor, international relations, University of Otago
Robert Patman is a Fulbright senior scholar; a senior fellow at the Centre of Strategic Studies, Wellington; honorary professor to the New Zealand Defence Force Command and Staff College, Trentham; and provides regular contributions to the national and international media on global issues and events. He is the author or editor of nine books. He is co-editor for the Praeger Series on The Ethics of American Foreign Policy, and an editor for the journal International Studies Perspectives.
CHARLES FINNY, partner, Saunders Unsworth
Charles Finny’s work at Saunders Unsworth has to date focused on tertiary education policy, international trade, aviation policy, ports and shipping policy, infrastructure policy, government procurement, telecommunications policy and natural resources policy. Prior to his current role, Finny was CEO of the Wellington Regional Chamber of Commerce. He has also worked for the Prime Minister’s Department, Department of Trade and Industry and Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade. His particular areas of expertise are China, US politics and trade policy, and Australia, Asia and international trade. He also speaks Mandarin.
PROFESSOR ALEX TAN, professor, political science, University of Canterbury
Alex Tan is a professor of political science and associate head of the School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Canterbury. He is also the associate director of the New Zealand Contemporary China Research Centre, senior fellow at the John G Tower Centre for Political Studies at Southern Methodist University (Texas, USA), and research associate of the Election Study Centre at National Chengchi University (Taiwan). Tan has represented New Zealand at numerous Track II dialogues on Asia-Pacific security, political and economic issues.
History and politics in Asia
SEKHAR BANDYOPADHYAY, professor of Asian history, Victoria University of Wellington
Sekhar Bandyopadhyay taught at the University of Calcutta for about 15 years before accepting a position at Victoria University. He has held a number of positions there, including head of the School of History, Philosophy, Political Science and International Relations and the chair of the Asian Studies Institute Council. He is the current president of the New Zealand Asian Studies Society. Bandyopadhyay’s research focuses on modern Indian history, and he has published extensively on caste, minorities and nationalism in colonial and post-colonial India. He is also interested in the history of the Indian diaspora, particularly that of New Zealand’s Indian community.
DR DAVID CAPIE, senior lecturer in international relations, Victoria University of Wellington
David Capie’s research focuses on conflict and security issues in the Asia-Pacific region, and New Zealand's foreign relations. He has authored or co-authored three books and numerous articles and book chapters. His research has been supported by the Rockefeller Foundation, the East-West Centre and the Royal Society of New Zealand's Marsden Fund. His current research examines regional security institutions in the Asia-Pacific region, with a particular interest in defence diplomacy.
Studying, working and living in Asia
NIC KEATING, technology and process consultant, PwC New Zealand
Nic Keating studied international business, management, Japanese and tourism management. In 2006 he worked as a hotel management intern in Vietnam. Japanese colleagues at the hotel inspired him to return to New Zealand to study Japanese. In 2007 he travelled to Japan as a Rotary scholar where he lived with and learned from Japanese business owners. In 2008 he returned to Japan to study Japanese at Osaka University. He joined the Asia New Zealand Foundation Leadership Network in 2010 and was chosen for an internship at Japan Rail Kyushu. He is the youth chair of the Japan New Zealand Business Council.
JORDAN LEE, sales excellence graduate, Fonterra
Jordan Lee graduated from the University of Auckland with a BA in Chinese and a Bachelor of Commerce in accounting. He has also studied at the University of Melbourne and Fudan University in Shanghai. He has worked in both China and Vietnam and is currently working for Fonterra Co-operative Group in Auckland. Lee was a recipient of the New Zealand-China Scholarship and is the current chairman of their scholars’ network. He is also a member of the New Zealand-China Trade Association’s Young Associates.
MICHAEL MOORE-JONES, student, Yale-NUS College in Singapore
Michael Moore-Jones completed the International Baccalaureate Diploma at Scots College in Wellington in 2012, and was admitted as a member of the inaugural class to Yale-NUS College in Singapore, where he is majoring in philosophy, politics and economics.
Anita Perkins previously worked in the environment division of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade. She has a PhD in German from the University of Otago and has been a member of the Asia New Zealand Foundation Leadership Network since 2008. She has lived in various parts of Japan, including Hokkaido and Tokyo – where she taught English.
ALICE WANG, New Zealand Rhodes Scholar
Alice Wang was born in Beijing, China, and grew up in New Zealand. She has been a member of the Leadership Network since 2010. She has a degree in law and economics from the University of Auckland. Prior to taking up the Rhodes Scholarship at Oxford University, she was a judge's clerk in the Supreme Court of New Zealand.
Doing business in/with Asia
JASON TE BRAKE, financial accountant for AFFCO Group
Born and raised on a family farm in the Waikato, Jason Te Brake has always had a passion for the New Zealand agriculture industry. Based at AFFCO’s Horitiu plant, Te Brake sees the red meat sector both from the point of view of a large processing company and that of the farmers and processors. He also has an interest in governance within the New Zealand agriculture industry, is a board member for New Zealand Young Farmers and is a co-opted member of the Beef + Lamb New Zealand Farmer council.
LUKE QIN, manager, ANZ international trade and supply chain central region
Luke Qin is a former international student who played 1st XV rugby in his first year in the country – despite having no prior knowledge of the game’s rules. He has a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Canterbury and a Master of Applied Finance from Victoria University of Wellington. He speaks Mandarin and several Chinese dialects. Qin is an executive committee member of the New Zealand-China Trade Association and a member of the Asia New Zealand Foundation Leadership Network. He also serves as a Justice of the Peace and a volunteer fireman.
LUKE RIKITI - iwi cadet, Westpac NZ Ltd
Luke Rikiti has a BCA in international business/Māori business from Victoria University of Wellington.
* This is not an exhaustive list and other trustees, staff and Leadership Network members are also available to speak. By contacting Paula McLaughlin, we can match the topic you are interested to a speaker.