Joining the Leadership Network

The Leadership Network equips New Zealand’s best and brightest to thrive in Asia. We support members to achieve, lead and learn about Asia so that New Zealand can succeed in this fascinating, challenging and important region.

Why join the network?

Leadership Network member Xavier Breed talks about the benefits of joining the network

As a member, you will:

  • join a global network of young professionals that connect New Zealand with Asia
  • develop professionally through a curated programme of initiatives and activities in New Zealand and Asia
  • develop your leadership skills and have access to professional development opportunities including the Individual Leadership Pathway, a development tool tailored specifically for members
  • meet representatives from leading organisations in New Zealand and Asia
  • network with influential decision makers, entrepreneurs and key industry leaders
  • learn more about New Zealand-Asia relations
  • take part in community events and activities
  • forge lasting relationships.


Who we're looking for

We are looking for thinkers, innovators, community leaders, artists and change makers.

We want to support you to become the best leader you can be with the ultimate aim of building your confidence to thrive in and with Asia. Our network is diverse, global, driven, innovative and ambitious – all the best qualities that Kiwis possess.

Applicants must:

  • Be aged between 20 and 30 at the time of application
  • Be a New Zealand citizen/permanent resident
  • Be committed to building New Zealand-Asia relations
  • Have evidence of leadership in your area of interest
  • Have achieved success in your chosen field, or show the potential to be successful in your chosen field
  • If short-listed, be available for a short interview
  • If successful, be available to attend a two-day induction programme.

How to apply

The 2019 application round to join the Leadership Network has now closed. The next round will open in mid-2020.

Selection process

  1. All applications will be reviewed by a panel of Asia New Zealand Foundation staff.
  2. Shortlisted candidates will meet with the selection panel.
  3. Foundation staff will make the final decision on successful applications.
  4. If your application is successful, you will need to attend a weekend induction programme in Wellington.


Successful applicants must be available to undertake a two-day induction programme.

  • New Zealand-based applicants should be available to attend an induction in Wellington.
  • Offshore-based applicants may attend the induction programme, with travel to New Zealand at their own cost.
  • Successful applicants are not eligible to take up membership opportunities until an induction has been undertaken.


For more information, please email [email protected].