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Eminent Asian Honorary Advisers to provide insights into NZ-Asia relations

What are the trends in Asia that could have an impact on New Zealand? And how is New Zealand perceived in the region?  

Asia New Zealand Foundation Honorary Advisers

Ten influential Asian dignitaries will share their perspectives on those questions and others with New Zealand counterparts at a meeting of the Asia New Zealand Foundation’s Honorary Advisers Network in Auckland from March 11 to 13.

Asia New Zealand Foundation executive director Simon Draper says the Asia Honorary Advisers are highly distinguished individuals who can offer insights into developments in Asia. Many have long-standing ties with New Zealand.

“These people are very well-connected in their home countries and open doors for the Asia New Zealand Foundation and other agencies," he says.

"As New Zealand’s links to Asia deepen and diversify, it is important to have advocates who can provide their viewpoints on New Zealand’s relationships in the region.”

Mr Draper says the Foundation’s activities also benefit from advice and support from its New Zealand Honorary Advisers – eminent New Zealanders from a range of sectors. “The New Zealand Honorary Advisers will help us update our guests on social, political and economic developments in New Zealand.

The meeting is also an opportunity to talk about geopolitical changes in Asia, security issues, the overall trade and economic direction, business opportunities for New Zealand, and people-to-people links. 

“We know from our research that New Zealanders need to understand Asia better so they can feel more confident about interacting with its countries and peoples.  It’s important for us to bring together our Asia and New Zealand-based Honorary Advisers to talk about how they can contribute towards the Foundation’s goal of equipping New Zealanders to thrive in Asia.”

The Honorary Advisers Network is chaired by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Winston Peters, who is hosting them for dinner in Auckland on Sunday evening.

Brief descriptions of the Honorary Advisers follow; please contact us if you would like full bios or to interview any of the Honorary Advisers.

Mark Russell
Director Strategic Communications and Media
027 297 0178

Rebecca Inoue-Palmer
Media Centre Manager
027 226 8707

Asia Honorary Advisers

  • Tan Sri Rafidah Aziz, non-executive independent chair, AirAsiaX and former Minister of International Trade and Industry, Malaysia
  • Ms Pham Thi My Le, founder of Le and Associates (L&A), Vietnam
  • Mme Li Xiaolin, president, People’s Association of Friendship with Foreign Countries, China
  • Mr Guillermo M. Luz, private sector co-chairman, National Competitiveness Council, Philippines
  • Ms Heekyung Jo Min, executive vice president, CJ Corporation, South Korea
  • Dr Ng Eng Hen, Minister for Defence, Singapore
  • Mr Stanley Tan, ONZM, chief executive officer of Global Yellow Pages, Singapore
  • Dr Supachai Panitchpakdi, former Director General of the World Trade Organisation and former Secretary General of UNCTAD, Thailand
  • Dr Thitinan Pongsudhirak, director, Institute of Security and International Studies and professor of international relations at Chulalongkorn University, Thailand
  • Dr Raghupati Singhania, chairman and managing director, JK Tyre & Industries Ltd, India

New Zealand Honorary Advisers

  • Dr Alan Bollard, CNZM, executive director of the APEC Secretariat based in Singapore
  • Hon Philip Burdon, former National cabinet minister and former Asia New Zealand Foundation chairman
  • Ms Trish Carter, founding editor and bureau chief for Al Jazeera English in Kuala Lumpur
  • Mr Peter Chin, CNZM, former Mayor of Dunedin
  • Mr Rob Fyfe, non-executive chairman of Icebreaker
  • Ms Traci Houpapa, CNZM, Federation of Māori Authorities chairwoman
  • Mr Raymond Huo, Member of Parliament for the Labour Party
  • Professor Manying Ip, CNZM, Emeritus Professor in Asian Studies, University of Auckland
  • Mr Ian Kennedy, chairman of the Japan New Zealand Business Council and former Ambassador to Japan
  • Ms Melissa Lee, Member of Parliament for the National Party
  • Mr Richard Long, ONZM, former editor of The Dominion
  • Rt Hon Sir Don McKinnon, ONZ, GCVO, chairman of Regional Facilities Auckland, chairman of the New Zealand China Council and former Deputy Prime Minister
  • Mr Peter Miskimmin, chief executive of Sport NZ and two-time Olympian
  • Mr Mitchell Pham, co-founder of Augen Software Group
  • Hon Simon Power, QSO, general manager, consumer banking and wealth at Westpac New Zealand, and former National cabinet minister
  • Sir Anand Satyanand, GNZM, QSO, KStJ, New Zealand’s 19th Governor-General (2006-2011)
  • Dr Farib Sos, MNZM, executive chairman of Asia Forum

About the Asia New Zealand Foundation

The Asia New Zealand Foundation is the leading non-profit, non-partisan organisation focussed on New Zealand-Asia relations. The Foundation’s job is to equip New Zealanders to thrive in Asia. 

The Foundation works in partnership with influential individuals and organisations in New Zealand and in Asia to provide high-level forums, cultural events, international collaborations, school programmes and professional development opportunities.  Its activities cover more than 20 countries in Asia and are delivered through seven programmes.

8 March 2018