Brad joined the Leadership Network in 2018. He is a senior economist at Infometrics, a leading New Zealand economic consultancy.
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.”
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.”
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.”
Lingi joined the network in 2017. He is programme manager of entrepreneurship at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade.
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 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.”
Bing joined the network in 2015. She is senior advisory for market access north asia at the Ministry for Primary Industries.
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.”
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.”
Harry joined the Leadership Network in 2018. He is a Mechanical Engineer at Beca and was previously based in Jakarta.
Harry is a mechanical engineer with Beca Group, a multi-disciplinary employee-owned engineering professional services firm in the Asia-Pacific region. Having lived and been educated in Thailand, Japan, Indonesia and New Zealand, Harry has aspirations of working on industrial and infrastructure projects in Southeast Asia.
As a Leadership Network member, Harry has taken advantage of many of the opportunities that the network provides, including attending a sustainability hui, regional meet-up events, and an agribusiness hui, where he got to connect with eight leading North Asian agribusiness entrepreneurs around Fieldays.
Harry says, “Getting to meet Leadership Network members from a diverse range of career backgrounds, and rubbing shoulders with visiting young business leaders from Asia through the foundation’s YBLI [Young Business Leaders Initiative] programme has certainly made me more conscious of things like export markets, trade policy, and Asian business culture, all of which are becoming more and more relevant in my own field of work, especially in Indonesia.”
Mabel joined the Leadership Network in 2016. She is a policy officer at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade.
Mabel is a policy officer at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade. She studied Law at Victoria University of Wellington and was awarded a Prime Minister’s Scholarship to Asia, allowing her to exchange to the National Taiwan University for a semester. She is passionate about exploring and learning about the world and had already travelled to 30 countries before the age of 23.
Mabel is an active Leadership Network member and has been involved in a number of network events and activities, including the 2017 Rethinking Leadership Hui, the 2018 Sustainability Hui, and the offshore hui to Manila in 2018 alongside 11 of her fellow members.
On her experience in Manila, Mabel says, “I’ve been able to understand the culture and history of the Philippines in a completely different way from coming in a tourist, learning about it online or at school.
“I’ve been able to connect with other Leadership Network members in a different way as well. We’ve been able to learn about the Philippines together, and also learn about each other’s backgrounds and areas of expertise. Every person who has attended this hui has learnt lot about themselves, about other people, and about the Philippines itself.”
In 2019, Mabel interned at the New Zealand Consulate-General office in Chengdu through the Foundation's business internship programme.
Chris joined the Leadership Network in 2012. He is an education consultant at UNICEF.
Chris Henderson is currently an education consultant at UNICEF, and previously worked at the University of Waikato as Associate Director of Te Whai Toi Tangata. In this space, Chris has worked internationally for the World Bank and United Nations agencies and is a member of the New York-based Teachers in Crisis Contexts Collaborative.
Chris has taken part in a number of opportunities provided by the Leadership Network, including attending a social innovation hui and the offshore hui to South India in 2018. Chris has always looked for ways to give back to the network and was chair of the network’s Advisory Board for 2017/18.
On his experience in South India, Chris says, “Overall, this was a hugely enriching experience. More so than expected. I learned as much about my own leadership and professional goals as I did about South India. And I think this is the beauty of experiences like this; it’s the connections we make with others on the delegation and those we engage with across all walks of life that challenge us, inspire us, and uplift us to do more and do it better”.
In 2020, Christ was awarded fellowships to study in the united States at Columbia University.
Areti joined the Leadership Network in 2009. He is chief executive of Te Kupenga.
Areti is Chief Executive of Te Kupenga, a tertiary education organisation. He is of Māori and Pasifika heritage and has experience as a strategic advisor, researcher and senior manager in the government and high education sectors in Australia and New Zealand and is a director on a number of boards.
Areti has taken part in a number of network opportunities, including participating in an Australia Hui – a hui for our Australian-based members – and has travelled to five Asian countries as a representative of the Network including South Korea in 2017.
On his experience in South Korea, Areti says, “While my trip to South Korea was insightful because of the many interesting elements of Korea’s great culture – the language, the regional politics, the arts, the cuisine, the noraebang (karaoke), and not to mention the soju! – it was particularly meaningful to me because it showed how much the network, and perhaps our country in general, has grown in its understanding and engagement in tikanga and te reo Māori.
Sarah joined the Leadership Network in 2018. She is an Associate at the Boston Consulting Group.
Sarah Novak is an Associate at the Boston Consulting Group and is currently based in Australia. Sarah completed her undergraduate honours degree in politics, philosophy and economics at Yale-NUS College in Singapore. She has also worked in the New Zealand Parliament, in public consulting and with the New Zealand Chamber of Commerce in Singapore.
As a Leadership Network member, Sarah has attended multiple networking events, been the recipient of a travel grant, and has visited China with seven of her fellow network members as part of the 2019 China Hui.
On her experience in China, Sarah says “The week-long trip was jam-packed with activities, meeting new people, spicy food, and countless unexpected and surprising moments. What stood out to me more than anything, however, was the unique way in which China told its own story, and how that grounded its rapidly developing contemporary identity.”