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Asia After Five - It's more fun in the Philippines!

Event Details


Thu 30 Aug 2018


05.30pm until 07.00pm


Asia New Zealand Foundation DLA Piper Tower 2, Level 6 205 Queen St Auckland, 1010



Mix and mingle over drinks and nibbles, hear stories from inspiring individuals and get a taste of the many strands of the New Zealand-Asia relationship.

This Asia After Five features two of the Foundation’s Leadership Network members who have recently travelled to the Philippines for the Manila Hui. The Manila Hui brought together 12 of New Zealand's most promising young leaders for the purpose of growing their leadership skills in a different cultural context and to deepen their understanding of the Philippines and of New Zealand-Philippines relations. They will share their insights on the economic, political and social challenges that the country faces and their experience exploring the capital city, Manila.

Ben Trieu is a New Zealander of Chinese and Vietnamese origin, and has called Auckland home for most of his life. He holds BEng and MSc degrees, the latter of which he obtained at the Georgia Institute of Technology on a Fulbright Scholarship. Ben works for Air New Zealand in the Corporate Finance team, where he is responsible for developing the long-term fleet strategy for the airline. Ben is passionate about refugee issues, and is an active member of the refugee resettlement community.

Janelle Danielson is proud of her multi-ethnic background - her Samoan, Dutch and Indonesian heritage. She graduated from the University of Auckland in 2015 with a BCom/LLB and works as an in-house lawyer for a Private Tertiary Education provider based in Auckland. Prior to practising law, Janelle worked in banking as a Finance Analyst, where she was also actively engaged in initiatives promoting diversity and inclusion, and advocated for Pasifika and millennial interest groups in diversity forums. She is a member of the Pacific Lawyers Association, is the Human Rights Advisor for the Successor Generation Initiative Advisory Board and a Rotary Youth Leadership Award alumna.

The Leadership Network is a global network of young leaders enabling a New Zealand confident in and with Asia.