Our people


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Hon John Luxton,
Chairman

Hon John Luxton is the chair of a number of businesses and organisations including Pouarua Farm, Waikato River Authority and Marire Holdings Ltd and Associated Companies.

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Hon Steve Maharey,
Deputy Chairman

Hon Steve Maharey was the member of parliament for Palmerston North from 1990-2008 and a senior cabinet minister from 1999-2008.

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Lyn Lim MNZM,
Trustee

Lyn Lim (Huei Min Lim) originates from Malaysia and has strong interests and involvement in commercial and community activities relating to Asia.

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Raf Manji ,
Trustee

Raf is a two term Christchurch City Councillor. As Chair of the Finance Committee, his main focus has been the Council's financial position, as well as its post-earthquake strategic direction and risk management.

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Simon Murdoch,
Deputy Chairman

Simon Murdoch is a graduate of Canterbury University and received an Honorary Doctorate from the University in 2012. He joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1972 and was posted to Canberra from 1974 to 1977.

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Brook Barrington,
Trustee

Dr Brook Barrington is Chief Executive and Secretary of Foreign Affairs. He has held a number of roles at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT).

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Simon Watt,
Trustee

Simon Watt is a partner, board member and chair in the Wellington office of the national law firm Bell Gully, and leads Bell Gully' s public law and climate change practices.

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Danny Chan,
Trustee

Danny Chan is an experienced New Zealand director, with extensive accounting, finance and investment management and education experience.

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HE Mr Amris Hassan,
Honorary Adviser, Indonesia

HE Mr Amris Hassan served as Indonesian Ambassador to New Zealand from 2006 to 2010. He has also served in parliament (2004-2007) and as chairman of a family business (PT Pelangi Niaga Mitra Internasional, which provides offshore services to the oil and g

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HE Mr Hirofumi Nakasone,
Honorary Adviser - Japan

Mr Nakasone is the son of former Japanese prime minister Yasuhiro Nakasone. Nakasone himself followed a career in politics, and served as the Minister of Education, Science, Sports and Culture and Minister of State for Science and Technology from 1999 to

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Professor Han Sung-Joo,
Honorary Adviser - Republic of Korea

Professor Han Sung-Joo is professor emeritus at Korea University.

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Dr Supachai Panitchpakdi,
Honorary Adviser - Thailand

Dr Supachai served as Secretary-General of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) from 2005 to 2013.

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Tan Sri Rafidah Aziz,
Honorary Adviser - Malaysia

Hon. Rafidah Aziz serves as the non-executive independent chairman of AirAsia X. She is a member of the Malaysian Parliament and was country’s longest-serving Minister of International Trade and Industry, having served in that capacity from 1987 to 2008.

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Mr Guillermo M. Luz ,
Honorary Adviser - the Philippines

Mr Guillermo M. Luz is an associate director of the Ayala Corporation, one of the biggest business conglomerates in the Philippines.

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Ms Heekyung Jo Min,
Honorary Adviser - South Korea

Ms Heekyung Jo Min is the executive vice president and executive director of CSV Management of CJ Corporation in South Korea.

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Dr Pavida Pananond,
Honorary Adviser - Thailand

Dr Pavida Pananond is an Associate Professor of International Business at the Thammasat Business School at the Thammasat University.

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Dr Thitinan Pongsudhirak,
Honorary Adviser - Thailand

Thitinan Pongsudhirak is director of the Institute of Security and International Studies (ISIS) and professor of International Relations at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok.

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Ms. Pham Thi My Le,
Honorary Adviser - Vietnam

As a serial entrepreneur, Le has worked in the following areas: human resources, social media, software development and vocational training.

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Mme Li Xiaolin,
Honorary Adviser - China

Mme Li Xiaolin is the president of the Chinese People's Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries (CPAFFC).

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Mr Stanley Tan ONZM,
Honorary Adviser - Singapore

Stanley Tan Poh Leng founded Magazines Incorporated in 1978, and under his leadership the company became the largest media representation house in Southeast Asia.

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Prof Zhou Guangzhao,
Honorary Adviser - China

Prof Zhou is a highly respected physicist. His life's work, including advancing the theory of spiral amplitude of particles, has earned him widespread recognition and numerous awards.

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Dr Victor K Fung,
Honorary Adviser- Hong Kong

Dr Victor K Fung is group chairman of The Fung group and chairman of the advisory board of the Asia Global Institute at the University of Hong Kong, a multi--disciplinary think-tank co-established with the Fung Global Institute in 2015.

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Dr Ng Eng Hen,
Honorary Adviser - Singapore

Dr Ng Eng Hen of the People's Action Party was elected into Singapore's parliament as MP for the Bishan-Toa Payoh Group Representation Constituency in 2001.

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Dr Raghupati Singhania ,
Honorary Adviser - India

Dr Raghupati Singhania is the chairman and managing director of JK Tyre & Industries Limited.

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Rt Hon Sir Anand Satyanand GNZM QSO KStJ

Sir Anand Satyanand has worked as a lawyer, Judge and Ombudsman and was New Zealand’s 19th Governor-General from 2006 until 2011.

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Farib Sos,
NZ Honorary Adviser

Farib Sos has had wide experience in both the private and public sectors in New Zealand, spanning some 35 years.

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Dr Alan Bollard,
NZ Honorary Adviser

Dr Alan Bollard is the executive director of the APEC Secretariat based in Singapore, the body that promotes trade, investment and sustainable economic growth in the Asia-Pacific.

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Hon Philip Burdon,
NZ Honorary Adviser

Hon Philip Burdon has had a distinguished career across the fields of law, business, and politics.

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Rob Fyfe,
NZ Honorary Adviser

Rob Fyfe is the non-executive chairman of Icebreaker. Fyfe has additional non-executive roles on the board of international jewellery company Michael Hill International, as a director on the board of Antarctica New Zealand and as strategic advisor to Crag

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Trish Carter,
NZ Honorary Adviser

Trish Carter was the Asia Pacific establishment editor and bureau chief for Al Jazeera.

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Raymond Huo,
NZ Honorary Adviser

Since arriving in New Zealand from Beijing in 1994, Raymond has traversed successful careers in journalism, as Asian affairs reporter for the New Zealand Herald and law, as a Partner at Shieff Angland Lawyers.

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Peter Chin,
NZ Honorary Adviser

Peter Chin was born in Dunedin to Chinese parents – shopkeepers who owned and operated laundries and fish and chip shops.

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Melissa Lee,
NZ Honorary Adviser

Melissa Lee was born in Korea and grew up in Malaysia, settling in New Zealand in 1988.

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Traci Houpapa,
NZ Honorary Adviser

Traci Houpapa specialises in strategic and economic development. She is an experienced company director and holds a number of directorships and Ministerial appointments.

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Professor Manying Ip,
NZ Honorary Adviser

Emeritus professor Manying Ip 叶宋曼瑛 CNZM came to New Zealand in 1974 from Hong Kong.

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Ian Kennedy,
NZ Honorary Adviser

Ian Kennedy is Chair of the Japan New Zealand Business Council.

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Richard Long,
NZ Honorary Adviser

Richard Long ONZM is a veteran journalist who spent more than 20 years in the parliamentary press gallery and is now a life member.

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Mitchell Pham ,
NZ Honorary Adviser

Mitchell Pham is a Vietnamese-New Zealand business, technology and social entrepreneur, who originally came to New Zealand as a refugee at the age of 13.

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Rt Hon Sir Don McKinnon,
NZ Honorary Adviser

Sir Don McKinnon was first elected to parliament in 1978. He was sworn in as Deputy Prime Minister in 1990 and became the longest-serving Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade in New Zealand's history.

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Hon Simon Power,
NZ Honorary Adviser

Simon Power is general manager, consumer banking and wealth at Westpac New Zealand.

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Peter Miskimmin,
NZ Honorary Adviser

Chief executive of Sport NZ Peter Miskimmin has a wealth of experience as an athlete, coach and sports leader.

Staff
Simon J Draper,
Executive Director

Simon is a diplomat with extensive international background in negotiation and relationship management.

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Adele Mason,
Deputy Executive Director

Adele joined the Foundation in a management role and later became deputy executive director.

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Sunita Soma,
Accountant

Sunita joined the Foundation in 2007. She has worked in both the private and public sectors.

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Paula McLaughlin,
Executive Assistant

Paula provides assistance to the executive director and the chairman.

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Pip McLachlan,
Director - Engagement and Research

Pip joined the Foundation in February 2016 from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

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Felicity Roxburgh,
Director - Business

Felicity joined the Foundation in November 2017. She has over 10 years’ experience in diplomacy.

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Craig Cooper,
Programme Manager - Arts

Craig Cooper has worked in the arts sector for almost 20 years in Australia and NZ.

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Rebecca Palmer,
Acting Director - Strategic Communications and Media

Rebecca has been working on media initiatives for the Foundation since 2011.

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Sean O'Connor,
Director - Education

Sean is a former secondary school teacher who joined the Foundation in 2014.

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Kay Seatter-Dunbar,
Media Centre Manager

Kay is the manager of the Asia Media Centre.

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Adam McConnochie,
Programme Manager (entrepreneurship and leadership)

Adam manages the leadership and entrepreneurship programmes where he equips the next generation of Kiwi leaders and entrepreneurs to thrive in Asia.

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Elizabeth Basalaj,
Receptionist/Accounts

Liz covers the reception at the Foundation as well as accounts payable and receivable and general administration.

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BoBae Wilson,
Team Administrator, Auckland

BB is the Auckland team administrator and helps to run the business internships programme.

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Francine Chen,
Digital Content Editor, Asia Media Centre

Fran joined the Asia Media Centre in April 2017 as Digital Content Editor.

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Yasheeka Bertram,
Education Adviser

Yasheeka is a former secondary school teacher.

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Ned Wotherspoon,
Website Manager

Ned joined the Foundation in 2015. He has lived and worked in Taiwan and China.

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James To,
Senior Adviser (Research)

James has an academic background in Asian languages, political science, and commerce.

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Karen Schwoerer,
Senior Adviser - Engagement and Research

Karen has an academic background in Psychology, Statistics and Public Health.

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Tania Te Whenua,
Māori Adviser

Tania Te Whenua (Tūhoe, Whakatōhea) is the principal of Te Whenua Law and Consulting.

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Masina Taulapapa,
Project Officer (Leadership)

A born-and-bred Wellingtonian, Masina is obsessed with good food, great coffee, and the colour black.

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Rebecca Townsend-Hill,
Researcher

Rebecca is an experienced researcher in Asian social and media dynamics.

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Lynda Chanwai-Earle,
Researcher - Asia Media Centre

Lynda Chanwai-Earle has a background in public broadcasting.

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Emma Rzepecky,
Communications Support

Emma joined the team at the Foundation in July 2018 as Communications Support.

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Ziena Jalil,
Contractor

Ziena is an award-winning international marketing, comms, business development and reputation management strategist.

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Alexis Allen,
Project Coordinator (Entrepreneurship)

Alexis joined the Foundation in September of 2017.

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Chris Henderson,
Advisory Board Member

Chris Henderson is passionate about growing New Zealand’s knowledge of and connections with ASEAN and South Asian communities.

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Fiona Natusch,
Advisory Board Member

Fiona is an economist based in Myanmar, currently working with Proximity Designs, an award-winning agricultural social enterprise.

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Wilson Chau,
Advisory Board Member

Wilson has worked for the NZ Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade with a focus on Greater China.

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Raniera Kaio,
Advisory Board Member

Rāniera joined the Leadership Network in 2017 and has had a long personal affiliation to Asia, most notably China.

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Alice Canton,
Advisory Board Member

Alice Canton is an award-winning independent performer and theatre-artist of Chinese and Pākehā descent. Her collective practice, White_mess, is an open structure concerned with developing robust performance processes to create distinctive, live theatre.

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Florence Van Dyke,
Advisory Board Member

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