25 to Watch


Businessandentrepreneurship
Amelia Morgan,
23, Christchurch

A Law and Arts student at University of Canterbury, Amelia has developed a strong connection with China.

Businessandentrepreneurship
Angad Nayyar,
25, Auckland

Angad is the CEO and co-founder of tech start-up StrutFit.

Businessandentrepreneurship
Brad Olsen,
22, Wellington

Brad is a senior economist at leading economic consultancy Infometrics.

Businessandentrepreneurship
Fergus Grenfell,
23, Wellington

Fergus is currently completing his International Business, Marketing and Anthropology degree, before beginning full-time as the executive officer for ExportNZ Wellington later this month.

Businessandentrepreneurship
Jacinta Gulasekharam,
23, Wellington

Jacinta is a social entrepreneur and advocate working in Wellington on national-scale projects.

Businessandentrepreneurship
Olivia Moore,
16, Taupō

Olivia Moore is the CEO and founder of two food-related businesses, which help to strengthen New Zealand-Asia relations through food and nutrition.

CommunityandNot-For-Profit
Dewy Sacayan,
25, Auckland

Dewy is a litigation lawyer by day and a climate activist by night.

CommunityandNot-For-Profit
Irihapeti Edwards,
20, Whangarei/Auckland

Iri was awarded the 2019 New Zealand Youth Leadership Award and one of the youngest recipients of the Prime Minister's Scholarship to Latin America.

CommunityandNot-For-Profit
Nina Santos,
20, Auckland

Nina hails from the bustling streets of Manila, where her passion for social justice and sustainability is rooted.

CommunityandNot-For-Profit
Serena Lim-Strutt,
20, Hamilton

Serena is studying neuroscience and philosophy at Duke University, though is currently undertaking a semester in Copenhagen.

CommunityandNot-For-Profit
Sophia Meilee Nem,
18, Hutt Valley

A New Zealand-born Chinese/Cambodian, Sophia actively works with the Philippine Embassy to engage young people in her community in leadership, politics and global citizenship.

CommunityandNot-For-Profit
Tharaka Munidasa,
23, Auckland

Tharaka is currently working as an Infrastructure Advisory Consultant at Aurecon and Project Manager/Advisor for the Glenn Family Foundation Programme in Sri Lanka.

Education,ScienceandResearch
April McLennan,
22, Christchurch

April is the founder and team lead for Limitless, an organisation which aims to equip young people to hold greater agency over their future career pathways.

Education,ScienceandResearch
Arina Aizal,
20, Dunedin

Inspired by her primary school experience in Aotearoa, Malaysian student Arina returned to this country to study at the University of Otago.

Education,ScienceandResearch
Elora Chang,
22, Dunedin

Elora is a technologist, entrepreneur and passionate advocate for women in STEM.

Education,ScienceandResearch
Logan Williams,
23, Ōtautahi/Christchurch

Logan, Ngai Tahu, is the director of technology and innovation at the New Zealand Merino Company where he is leading a multimillion-dollar R&D portfolio, dedicated to generating higher-value for farmers.

Education,ScienceandResearch
Shalini Guleria,
25, Hamilton

Born in India and raised in New Zealand, Shalini is currently pursuing a PhD at Olivia Newton John Cancer Research Institute in Melbourne.

Education,ScienceandResearch
Wesley Harfield,
24, Auckland

Wesley is the first New Zealander to be selected to study at the prestigious Yenching Academy of Peking University, where he is currently completing a Master of Economics under a Robin Li (founder of Baidu) scholarship.

Media,Arts,CultureandSports
Alvin Cheung,
23, Auckland

Alvin has been working closely with the Asian community in the North Harbour region in Auckland over the last two years with his roles at Northern Football Federation and Harbour Sport.

Media,Arts,CultureandSports
Jessie Chiang,
24, Auckland

Jessie has been a reporter for Radio New Zealand since early 2017 and has a keen interest in South Auckland stories.

Media,Arts,CultureandSports
Pounamu Wharehinga,
17, Gisborne

Pounamu, Te Aitanga-ā-Māhaki, Rongowhakaata, Te Whānau-ā-Iritekura and Ngāti Uenukukōpako -Te Arawa, is a graduate of the Pao Pao Pao Māori music academy.

Media,Arts,CultureandSports
Sheryne Lok,
25, Auckland

With more than five years’ experience in the sport and recreation sector, Sheryne currently works as a Parks, Sport and Recreation Consultant.

Media,Arts,CultureandSports
Xavier Breed,
23, Auckland

Xavier is an international advisor at the University of Auckland with a portfolio for Māori and Pasifika, the director of Manu Collective, and an independent choreographer and artist.

PublicSector
Connie Minett,
25, Wellington

Connie has long had an interest in Chinese culture and language and started learning Chinese by moving to Taiwan directly after finishing high school.

PublicSector
Mabel Ye,
24, Wellington

Mabel is a Chinese New Zealander who is passionate about building connections.