Senior Economist, Infometrics
Brad joined the Leadership Network in 2018. He has recently attended the China Hui in 2019, travelling to Asia for the first time in his life.
Brad joined the Leadership Network in 2018. In 2019 he travelled to Asia for the first time when he attended the network's China Hui.
Brad is a senior economist at Infometrics, a leading New Zealand economic consultancy. He regularly speaks to media, local government leaders, and business groups about current events and their effect on the economy. In 2019, the Foundation named him one of the 25 under 25 to watch.
Brad is an active member of the network having attended the Te Ao Maori Hui, spoken at one of our Asia After Five events, and in 2019 he travelled to China for a week-long visit alongside seven of his fellow members.
Brad says, “I am extremely grateful to the Asia New Zealand Foundation for the opportunity to attend the China Hui to extend my understanding of, and connection with, Asia.
“Immediately apparent throughout the entire China Hui was that there exists more scope for deeper relationships between New Zealand and China.”
Social Media Coordinator, MfE
Nina joined the network in 2018. She is a social media coordinator at the Ministry for the Environment.
Nina is a social media coordinator at the Ministry for the Environment. She has previously been involved with the Sir Peter Blake Trust, New Zealand Youth Parliament, and the Ministry of Youth Development, and was named one of the Foundation’s 25 under 25 to watch in 2019.
Nina has taken advantage of many of the opportunities that the network provides, including speaking at the Sustainability Hui, running a workshop at Festival for the Future, and travelling to Japan in 2019 for a week-long visit alongside 15 of her fellow members.
Nina says, “I've always loved Japan, but this trip has reaffirmed my commitment to Asia-New Zealand relations. Whether its through sports diplomacy, food or business, its important to harness the value from the relationship between New Zealand and Japan, and New Zealand and Asia.”
Final year of BA/LLB (Hons)
Raphael joined the network in 2019. He is in his final year of his BA/LLB (Hons) conjoint degree at the University of Auckland.
Raphael is in his final year of his BA/LLB (Hons) conjoint degree at the University of Auckland.
Raphael has partaken in a number network events, including attending the Rethinking Leadership Hui, Te Ao Maori Hui, and interviewed the next intake of Leadership Network members in 2020.
On his experience at the Rethinking Leadership Hui, Raphael says, “Having two solid days of literally rethinking ideas and concepts of leadership, away from our busy schedules and in a supporting environment, really enabled us to challenge our own perspectives and build on our ideas.
“As a young student now transitioning into my professional career, I sometimes feel a bit unsure about my future, but talking to amazing leaders in various industries was a golden opportunity that could not be replicated in a book or podcast.”
Programme manager of entrepreneurship, MFAT
Lingi joined the network in 2017. He is programme manager of entrepreneurship at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade, connecting entrepreneurs between New Zealand and Germany.
Lingi is programme manager of entrepreneurship at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade, connecting entrepreneurs between New Zealand and Germany. He is passionate about connecting like-minded individuals to spark innovative ways of thinking and problem solving.
As a Leadership Network member, Lingy has attended the Social Enterprise Hui, Te Ao Maori Hui and visited India as part of the South India Hui.
On his experience on the South India Hui, he says, “The chance to get out and experience a different culture to grow your knowledge base as well as learning to appreciate what we may take for granted in New Zealand has been invaluable”.
Fine joined the network in 2018. Fine, who is of Tongan descent, was born and raised in Auckland and is currently studying at the University of Auckland for a PhD in Art History.
Fine is of Tongan descent, was born and raised in Auckland but has also lived in Christchurch. She is currently studying at the University of Auckland for a PhD in Art History.
Fine has attended the Te Ao Maori Hui, helped to run a session at Festival for the Future and visited Japan as part of the Japan Hui.
On her experience at the Japan Hui, Fine says, “I don’t think I’ve ever conversed so intensely with people in my life before – I appreciated the opportunity to network and learn more about networking by observing fellow hui participants in action.”
Senior Advisor, MPI
Bing joined the network in 2015. She has a strong passion for international affairs and sustainable development.
Bing is senior advisory for market access north asia at the Ministry for Primary Industries. She has a degree in political science, international relations and media studies, with a strong passion for international affairs and sustainable development.
As a Leadership Network member, Bing has attended the Agribusiness Hui, Korea Hui, and Te Ao Maori Hui.
On her experience at the Agribusiness Hui, Bing says, “The weekend away with such a group of inspiring individuals highlighted to me the importance of capitalising on our future generation’s passion, drive and globalised thinking to shake up all parts of the agriculture sector, from producer to regulator and to exporter.
“Not only did I form great connections with the Asia New Zealand Foundation leadership network and young business leaders during the weekend, it also cemented my passion for the industry and the future growth of New Zealand’s primary sector.”
NZ Institute of Food Science and Technology
Margie joined the network in 2018. She is currently the Auckland Board Chair at the New Zealand Institute of Food Science and Technology.
Margie is currently the Auckland Board Chair at the New Zealand Institute of Food Science and Technology. She has a passion for farming and has experience throughout the supply chain, from harvest and production through to the development of value-add consumer-ready products.
Margie is an active Leadership Network member and has taken part in a number of network opportunities, including attending the Rethinking Leadership Hui, Agribusiness Hui and Japan Hui.
On her experience at the Agribusiness Hui, Margie says, “Perspectives changed with deepened understandings of everyone’s backgrounds, cultures, and industries. This can only be described as an enriching experience to enhance the way that we personally approach our own work in our respective enterprises.
“I left feeling inspired and in awe of the incredible achievements everyone has made in their careers and in life. It is clear that despite the hurdles, everyone has forged their own path and are incredible change makers in their own right.
“Often it is hard to articulate the real value of these experiences as it is not until later that we become truly aware of the knowledge, relationships, and deepened understanding that we have when we find ourselves faced with new opportunities.”