Leadership Network Hanoi Hui 2024 – Call for Applications

Hanoi, Vietnam’s bustling capital city, is known for being a charming intersection between the old and the new. Combining centuries-old architecture with the bright lights of a modern-day megacity, Hanoi is the hub of dynamism among developing countries in Southeast Asia. Wandering its tree-lined lanes, Hanoi provides both a window into the past and a vision for the future.

One of the most meaningful and important opportunities the Foundation offers its Leadership Network is the opportunity to help members connect with the broader Asia region through first-hand experience.

Members can travel and attend offshore hui, growing connections and confidence along the way. This enables network members to connect over shared experiences that bring them together to influence change in New Zealand — in turn developing those all-important Asia skills needed for New Zealand’s future prosperity. 
The Hanoi Hui will include briefings, meetings, field visits, cultural experiences, and leadership-building activities. It will be tailored to showcase connections between New Zealand and Vietnam, discover Vietnam’s technology and business space, and develop closer ties between network members.

Applications have closed for this opportunity

The purpose of the hui

The hui will provide members with opportunities to:

  • increase their knowledge and confidence in engaging with Asia through first-hand experience in the region  
  • connect and build relationships with prospective partners and stakeholders in Vietnam
  • deepen their engagement with fellow network members, the Foundation, and our stakeholders 
  • gain on-the-ground, up-to-date experience in the region post-pandemic.  


  • The hui will run from 20 - 27 April, 2024 (not including travel time). 
  • Successful applicants will need to arrive in Hanoi for the start of the hui on the evening of Saturday 20 April and be available for the full programme. 
  • This opportunity is open for both New Zealand-based and offshore Leadership Network members. 

Selection criteria

Preference will be given to network members who can demonstrate the following in their application: 

  • a strong reason to attend the Hanoi Hui and learn about New Zealand-Vietnam relations
  • how participating in this opportunity will support your future career development and how you might share the learnings from this opportunity with your wider networks once the hui is over  
  • how you maintain regular engagement with the Leadership Network, and how your connections forged within the Network support strengthened ties between Asia and New Zealand. 

The Foundation will also give preference to members who: 

  • are connected/engaged in the network and the Foundation, and have demonstrated leadership in their workplace or community aligned with the network’s vision
  • haven't been on an offshore forum or hui in the last four years
  • can articulate how they can share their Vietnam experience effectively with the wider network and community. 

We are looking for a mix of members who have not been or have limited experience of Vietnam, as well as a small number who have experience in Vietnam who would provide value to the hui.  

Please note that we can provide a letter of support to employers should it be required. 

What's covered

The Asia New Zealand Foundation will fund the costs of successful applicants, including:

  • a return economy airfare
  • domestic transport
  • accommodation
  • most meals and miscellaneous expenses.   

Participants will need to cover their own spending money and insurance costs (compulsory).

If you have any questions about participating in offshore hui, please see our frequently-asked-questions page. If you have a query not covered here, please contact Linh Le via email: lle@asianz.org.nz 

How to apply

This opportunity has now closed. 


Check our frequently-asked-questions page if you have any questions about the hui or application process. If you cannot find what you're looking for there, please contact Linh Le: lle@asianz.org.nz.