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.
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. He provided consultancy services in Asia, Africa and the Pacific before being elected to Parliament in 1987. He was a cabinet minister for nine years, holding numerous ministerial positions. He served as a member of the Foundation’s board of trustees in 2001 and 2002.
Lyn Lim (Huei Min Lim) originates from Malaysia and has strong interests and involvement in commercial and community activities relating to Asia.
Lyn Lim (Huei Min Lim) originates from Malaysia and has strong interests and involvement in commercial and community activities relating to Asia. She is a director on the boards of Public Trust and Mykris Limited and trustee and deputy chair of ASB Community Trust. Lim is a council member of AUT University and a board member of Auckland Regional Amenities Funding Board and the New Zealand Shareholders' Association. Previously, Lim was a board member of New Zealand China Trade Association and Hong Kong New Zealand Business Association and a member of ANZ Private Bank External Advisory Board. She is also a member of the Institute of Directors, the New Zealand Asian Leaders organisation and the Hong Kong New Zealand Business Association. Lim is a partner of Forest Harrison, the legal firm she started in 2006. In 2017 Lim became a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to New Zealand-Asia relations and governance.
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.
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. Raf spent 11 years trading global markets for investment banks in London. In 2002, he moved to New Zealand and has since been actively involved in governance and social enterprise. He has degrees in Economics and Political Science, and a Masters in International Law and Politics from the University of Canterbury. He has spent many years examining the friction between the public and private space, and is especially interested in the reform of our monetary, welfare and tax systems, as well our political and constitutional arrangements.
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.
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. He later served in Washington from 1983 to 1987 and returned to Canberra as High Commissioner from 1999 to 2002. He was appointed as Chief Executive and Secretary of Foreign Affairs and Trade in 2002. He retired in 2009 and was awarded the Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit (CNZM) honour. Mr Murdoch' s other roles include Chief Executive of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet from 1991 to 1998. Since retirement, Murdoch has kept busy including acting as New Zealand Special Rep for Afghanistan and Pakistan until 2012. He is also an Associate of the Victoria University of Wellington Centre for Strategic Studies.
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.
Simon Watt is a partner, board member, Deputy Chair, and Chair of the Wellington office of the national law firm Bell Gully. He leads Bell Gully' s public law and climate change practices, and advises on trade law issues. He has been involved in the development of Bell Gully' s Asia strategy and is relationship partner for the Asia New Zealand Foundation and Asia Forum, as well as for MFAT in advising on preparations for APEC 2021. Simon has advised parliamentary, provincial government and commercial clients in Asia, and New Zealand businesses exporting to Asia. As a recruitment partner, chair of Bell Gully’s Staff Committee and a member of the firm’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee, Simon has promoted Asian language skills and work experience, and ethnic and other diversity initiatives in the firm.
Danny Chan is an experienced New Zealand director, with extensive accounting, finance and investment management and education experience.
Danny Chan is an experienced New Zealand director, with extensive accounting, finance and investment management and education experience. He holds a number of directorships with companies including Academic Colleges Group Limited, Farmers’ Mutual Group Limited, Abano Healthcare Limited, Flowerzone International Limited and Auckland Tourism Events and Economic Development Limited, as well as numerous companies associated with his private investments both in New Zealand and Asia. He is a Member of the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet - China Project, the NZ China Executive Council, the New Zealand Markets Disciplinary Tribunal and the Confucius Institute. He has lived and worked in Asia for a number of years and is fluent in Mandarin and Cantonese.
Chris Seed took up the role of chief executive and secretary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade in February 2019.
Chris Seed took up the role of chief executive and secretary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade in February 2019. Prior to taking up this position, Chris spent five years (2013-2018) as New Zealand’s High Commissioner to Australia. Chris first joined MFAT in 1985. He was Deputy Secretary for the Australia, Pacific, Europe, Middle East and Africa Group from 2008-2013. His earlier career included assignments in Tehran, Canberra, London and Papua New Guinea, where he was High Commissioner. Chris also spent some time in the Ministry of Defence as deputy secretary, Policy and Planning from 2004-2008. In addition to a number of roles in Wellington, Chris has served with the International Peace Monitoring Team in the Solomon Islands, the New Zealand delegation to the UN General Assembly and was seconded to the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Chris holds a Master’s Degree in History and a BA with First Class Honours from Massey University.
Fran Wilde has had a distinguished career in national and local politics, including as a Cabinet Minister, Mayor of Wellington, Chair of the Greater Wellington Regional Council and New Zealand representative on the APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC).
Dame Fran Wilde has had a distinguished career in national and local politics, including as a Cabinet Minister, Mayor of Wellington, Chair of the Greater Wellington Regional Council and New Zealand representative on the APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC). She has had many years’ experience in the New Zealand private and public sectors and has a deep knowledge of NZ foreign policy. Dame Wilde has been a director of numerous companies, and held diverse roles across the government and non-profit sectors, from Crown negotiator for Treaty of Waitangi Claims to Chair of the International Festival of the Arts. She has also had a career in the business sector as a company director and chair, and was CEO of the NZ Trade Development Board for six years. She was awarded a CNZM in 2012, a Westpac Women of Influence Award in 2015, an honorary doctor of laws from VUW in 2004 and, in 1995, a QSO and Wellingtonian of the Year.
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
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 gas industries. He has also been a lecturer at the University of Indonesia. Mr Hassan was a member of the PDIP (Indonesian Democratic Party for Struggle), but was selected by the current president (Democratic Party) to serve as ambassador to New Zealand. In parliament, he was deputy chair of Commission 1, the group responsible for foreign affairs and defence. His New Zealand connections are strong and he has continued to work closely with the country. He is chair of the Indonesia New Zealand Council, launched in Jakarta in 2009.
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
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 2001. He was foreign minister of Japan from August 2008 until September 2009, and is currently a member of the House of Councillors. His professional career began in 1986 when he was elected as a member of the House of Councillors (Liberal Democratic Party). In 1990, he served as the parliamentary vice-minister at the Ministry of International Trade and Industry. In 1993, he became chairman of the Standing Committee on Commerce and Industry, and in 1995, he served as committee chairman on women' s issues, social education and religion.
Honorary Adviser - Republic of Korea
Professor Han Sung-Joo is professor emeritus at Korea University.
Professor Han Sung-Joo is professor emeritus at Korea University. He previously served as the Minister of Foreign Affairs (1993-94), UN Secretary-General' s Special Representative for Cyprus (1996-97), as a member of the UN Inquiry Commission on the 1994 Rwanda Genocide (1999), chairman of the East Asia Vision Group (2000-2001), Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to the United States (2003-2005), and acting president of Korea University (2002, 2006-2007). Prof Han is a graduate of Seoul National University (1962) and received a PhD in political science from the University of California, Berkeley (1970). Previously, he taught at City University of New York (1970-78) and was a visiting professor at Columbia University (1986-87) and Stanford University (1992, 1995). His English publications include Korean Diplomacy in an Era of Globalization (1995), Korea in a Changing World (1995), and Changing Values in Asia (1999). He has many publications in Korean, including Nam Gwa Puk, kurigo Sekye (The Two Koreas and the World) (2000).
Honorary Adviser - Thailand
Dr Supachai served as Secretary-General of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) from 2005 to 2013.
Dr Supachai served as Secretary-General of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) from 2005 to 2013. He received his PhD (in economic planning and development) from the Netherlands School of Economics. In 1973, he completed his doctoral dissertation on Human Resource Planning and Development. In 1986, he was elected a member of the Thai Parliament and appointed deputy minister of finance. In 1988, Dr Supachai became director and adviser, and subsequently president, of the Thai Military Bank. In 1992, Dr Supachai was appointed senator, and that same year he became deputy prime minister with oversight of the country's economic and trade policy. He was active in shaping regional agreements, including Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). In 2001, he was appointed visiting professor at the International Institute for Management Development in Lausanne, Switzerland.
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.
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. She was Minister of Public Enterprises from 1980 to 1987 and Deputy Minister of Finance from 1977 to 1980. In 1976, she was appointed as Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Public Enterprises. She has also lectured at the Faculty of Economics and Administration at the University of Malaya.
Honorary Adviser - Philippines
Mr Guillermo M. Luz is an associate director of the Ayala Corporation, one of the biggest business conglomerates in the Philippines.
Mr Guillermo M. Luz is an associate director of the Ayala Corporation, one of the biggest business conglomerates in the Philippines. Up until June 2018, Mr Luz was the private sector co-chairman of the Philippine National Competitiveness Council (NCC) – a public-private sector body tasked to develop a strategy for the long-term competitiveness of the Philippines through policy reforms, project implementation, institution-building, and performance monitoring. Mr Luz was executive director (from 1987-2006) of the Makati Business Club, one of the most influential business associations in the Philippines engaged in advocacy, information services, publishing, and investment promotion. Mr Luz graduated with a BA Social Sciences degree from Ateneo de Manila University.
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.
Ms Heekyung Jo Min is the executive vice president and executive director of CSV Management of CJ Corporation in South Korea. She has vast experience in the financial sector and has worked in New York, Tokyo and London for various companies. She was previously the director general of the Business Opportunity Bureau at the Incheon Free Economic Zone (IFEZ) in Incheon, South Korea, in which role she was responsible for promoting South Korea to the world. She holds an MBA in Finance and Accounting from Columbia University, and a BA in Music from Seoul National University.
Honorary Adviser - Thailand
Dr Pavida Pananond is an Associate Professor of International Business at the Thammasat Business School at the Thammasat University.
Dr Pavida Pananond is an Associate Professor of International Business at the Thammasat Business School at the Thammasat University. She is a researcher in various business areas including emerging multinationals, competitiveness of Thai business, and foreign direct investments to and from Thailand. Dr Pavida received her Bachelor of Accountancy from the Chulalongkorn University, MBA from McGill University in Canada, and Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Reading in the United Kingdom.
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.
Thitinan Pongsudhirak is director of the Institute of Security and International Studies (ISIS) and professor of International Relations at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok. His research and publications focus on Asia’s geopolitics and geo-economics, with reference to Asean. He engages in regional think-tank activities, writes regular columns for regional newspapers, such as The Straits Times and The Bangkok Post, and provides comments for leading international media. He also provides public lectures and private briefings to leading financial institutions, multinational corporations, international chambers of commerce, and diplomatic missions, and lectures widely at local and international universities, military colleges, and international organisations. Thitinan received his master’s degree from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and PhD from the London School of Economics.
Honorary Adviser - Vietnam
As a serial entrepreneur, Le has worked in the following areas: human resources, social media, software development and vocational training.
As a serial entrepreneur, Le has worked in the following areas: human resources, social media, software development and vocational training. Le’s current job is at L & A Investment Corporation where she leads the strategy and coordinates resources to support the growth of group’s companies. Le was a valedictorian graduate of Hue University Pedagogy School. She also earned a B.A. in Business from HCMC Open University. In 2007, Le was selected by the U.S. States Department to represent Vietnam in the Program of Woman Leadership Mentoring. Le co-founded and since 2015 has served as Vice President of External Affairs of Ho Chi Minh City Association for Women Executives and Entrepreneurs (HAWEE). Since 2012, she has been Initiator and Mentor in SME Mentoring Program for start-ups in Vietnam. Previously, Le co-founded and served as Vice Chair of 2030 Businessmen Club – a Saigon Times Group of 250 business and executive members and from 2006 to 2011 was Vice Chair of the Young Business Association of Ho Chi Minh City (YBA).
Honorary Adviser - China
Mme Li Xiaolin is the president of the Chinese People's Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries (CPAFFC).
Mme Li Xiaolin is the president of the Chinese People's Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries (CPAFFC). She is also the honorary president of the Friendship Foundation for Peace and Development (affiliated to the CPAFFC), president of the Friendship Art Exchange Association (affiliated to the CPAFFC), president of the China International Friendship Cities Association and the vice-president of the China-US People' s Friendship Association. Mme Li Xiaolin graduated with a Bachelor' s in English language from Wuhan University in 1975 and then joined the Chinese People' s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries (CPAFFC), where she assumed the post of chief of the Division of US Affairs, deputy director general and director general of the Department of American and Oceanian Affairs. From 1990 to 1992, she served as first secretary of the Chinese Embassy in the United States. In 2003, she was elected into the National Committee of the Chinese People' s Political Consultative Conference.
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.
Stanley Tan Poh Leng founded Magazines Incorporated in 1978, and under his leadership the company became the largest media representation house in Southeast Asia. He is currently the executive director and chief executive officer of the Global Yellow Pages. Tan also holds several key volunteer positions. He is chairman of the National Volunteer & Philanthropy Centre and the Community Foundation of Singapore. He is also president of Beyond Social Services, vice-president of the MILK (Mainly I Love Kids) Fund, a board member of the Alola Foundation in Timor Leste and chairman of Opportunity International (Singapore).
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.
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. Prof Zhou is a graduate of Beijing University, and has spent most of his professional life as a teacher or administrator in the sciences. From 1957 to 1960, Professor Zhou was a research fellow at the Dubna Institute of Nuclear Research in Moscow. In 1961, he returned to China and worked as the chief engineer at the Ministry of Nuclear Industry. He became director of the Theoretical Physics Institute from 1982 to 1984, and president of the CAS from 1987 to 1997. Dr Zhou was elected to the Standing Committee of the 9th National People's Congress in 1998, and later became vice chairman of the committee. He serves as a fellow of various scientific institutes and academies around the world and is accredited with describing the helical state amplitude of particles for the first time in 1958. The asteroid 3462 Zhouguangzhao is named after him.
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.
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. Dr. Fung holds a number of civic and professional appointments. He is a member of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, adviser of the Infrastructure Financing Facilitation Office of the Hong Kong Monetary Authority, a member of the Economic Development Commission of the Hong Kong Government, and the chairman of the steering committee on the Hong Kong Scholarship for Excellence Scheme. He is a former chairman of the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (1991-2000); a Hong Kong representative on the APEC Business Advisory Council (1996-2003); chairman of the Airport Authority Hong Kong (1999-2008), chairman of the Council of The University of Hong Kong (2001-2009) and chairman of the Greater Pearl River Delta Business Council (2004-2013). In addition, he served as chairman of the Paris-based International Chamber of Commerce from 2008 to 2010. Born and raised in Hong Kong, Dr. Fung holds bachelor and master degrees in electrical engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a Doctorate in Business Economics from Harvard University. He was a professor at Harvard Business School for four years before returning to Hong Kong in 1976.
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.
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. In August 2004, he became the Minister of Manpower and Second Minister for Education, later assuming the role of Deputy Leader of the House. In April 2008, he was appointed Minister for Education and Second Minister for Defence. After the 2011 elections, he became Minister for Defence. He became general surgeon with a Masters of Medicine (Surgery), NUS and a Fellowship from the Royal College of Surgeons, Edinburgh. He did additional training in surgical oncology in the United States. Ng was a consultant surgeon at Singapore General Hospital from 1992 to 1997, and maintained a private practice in Mount Elizabeth Hospital as a surgical oncologist from 1997 to 2001.
Honorary Adviser - India
Dr Raghupati Singhania is the chairman and managing director of JK Tyre & Industries Limited.
Dr Raghupati Singhania is the chairman and managing director of JK Tyre & Industries Limited. He is also the chairman of JK Tornel, S.A.de C.V., Mexico and is a member of the one of India's most prominent and highly regarded business families. Dr Singhania holds prominent roles in a number of companies and is pro-chancellor of JK Lakshmipat University, Jaipur, India. Aside from his business interests, Dr Singhania has been involved with leading government bodies in India, including the Confederation of Indian Industry (member of the national council); the Associated Chamber of Commerce and Industry (past deputy president); the PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry (past president and senior member of managing committee).
Honorary Adviser, India
Dr Reuben Abraham is CEO and Senior Fellow at IDFC Institute, a think tank set up by India’s largest infrastructure finance company.
Dr Reuben Abraham is CEO and Senior Fellow at IDFC Institute, a think tank set up by India’s largest infrastructure finance company. Dr Abraham was formerly on the faculty at the Indian School of Business and continues to serve on the Next Generation Leaders Board of the school. He was a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader for 2009 and Wired Magazine’s “Smart List 2012: 50 people who will change the world.
Dr Abraham has been to New Zealand as a guest of the Asia New Zealand Foundation (2015) and NZ Treasury (2012).
Honorary Adviser - Sri Lanka
Honorary Consul (since 2009) and a successful Sri Lankan business man, whose primary interests are in the leather goods industry.
Senaka Silva has been a long-standing advocate of Sri Lanka-New Zealand relations, having served as New Zealand’s Honorary Consul in Sri Lanka since 2009, as Chair of the Australia New Zealand Business Council and through business and other connections. He has supported a number of high-level delegations from New Zealand including by the Prime Minister, and has been actively involved in a number of trade, sports and other delegations. Mr Silva is a keen photographer and advocate of stronger ties between the New Zealand and Sri Lankan education sectors.
Honorary Adviser - Indonesia
Helianti Hilman is the founder and CEO of Javara, a social enterprise focused on sustaining Indonesia’s food biodiversity heritage.
Helianti Hilman is the founder and CEO of Javara, a social enterprise focused on sustaining Indonesia’s food biodiversity heritage by introducing and bringing indigenous food products from Indonesia to the world. Ms Hilman was named social entrepreneur of the Year by EY (Earnst and Young) Indonesia in 2013 and was one of Schwab Foundation’s 35 social entrepreneurs of the year in 2015. She has a Master of Laws from the University of London. Ms Hilman has been involved in the Foundation’s ASEAN Young Business Leaders Initiative both as a participant and a host and in 2017 the Foundation brought her to New Zealand to be a keynote speaker at the Social Enterprise World Forum in Christchurch.
Honorary Adviser - Timor Leste
Adaljiza Magno is former Ambassador to Singapore and former Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs.
Ambassador Adaljiza Albertina Xavier Reis Magno, known as Adaljiza Magno, was born in January 7, 1975 and spent her early childhood early with her parents on Timor-Leste's Matebian Mountain, where her parents were involved in the struggle for independence. In 2001, she was elected as a member of Constituent Assembly in Timor-Leste at age 25 and four years later, she was appointed as the Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation. She is deeply concerned about the importance of good-governance for a new democratic society like Timor-Leste. In addition to her political role, Ms Magno has worked in the areas of human rights, democracy, women’s leadership and good governance. In 2013, she successfully concluded her Master’s Degree in Public Management from Victoria University of Wellington. In January 2016, Ms Magno was appointed as an Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the Republic of Singapore, and in October 2017 she was re-appointed to Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs of Cooperation of the Seventh Constitutional Government. She has recently worked closely with the New Zealand Embassy on WTO accession and women in leadership issues. Adaljiza Magno’s mother tongue is Tetum, while she is fluent in Bahasa Indonesia, English and fair in Portuguese.
Honorary Adviser - Hong Kong
Annie Wu Suk-ching is a senior businesswoman, educational philanthropist and women’s leader.
Annie Wu Suk-ching is a senior businesswoman, educational philanthropist and women’s leader. Her many titles include vice-chairperson of the All-China Federation of Industry and Commerce, general manager of Hong Kong World Trade Center, and first Chinese board member of the World Trade Centers Association (WTC).
Ms Wu has a keen interest in education, advocating for closer ties between Hong Kong universities and universities in mainland China. She has a longstanding relationship with New Zealand.
NZ Honorary Adviser
Sir Anand Satyanand has worked as a lawyer, Judge and Ombudsman and was New Zealand’s 19th Governor-General from 2006 until 2011.
Sir Anand Satyanand has worked as a lawyer, Judge and Ombudsman and was New Zealand’s 19th Governor-General from 2006 until 2011. He and his wife, Susan, have three children and five grandchildren. His grandparents came from India to Fiji under the indentured labour scheme and his father came to New Zealand originally for schooling and medical training. Sir Anand has maintained both professional and personal links with Fiji and India. He received the Pravasi Samman Bharatiya Award from the President of India in 2011. His current activities are in three layers: patronage of a small number of community organisations, undertaking a programme of speaking to audiences in New Zealand and elsewhere; and lastly holding a small number of offices. He was Chairman of the Commonwealth Foundation in London from 2013 to 2016, he is a Visiting Fellow at the Law School of the University of Auckland, and a Member of the International Advisory Committee of Transparency International.
NZ Honorary Adviser
Farib Sos has had wide experience in both the private and public sectors in New Zealand, spanning some 35 years.
Farib Sos has had wide experience in both the private and public sectors in New Zealand, spanning some 35 years. He has been employed in the energy, resources, health, environmental, educational and business sectors. He has worked for prominent organisations such as Comalco, BP, the Ministry of Health, and the Department of Scientific and Industrial Research (DSIR). Cambodian by birth, Sos was awarded a Colombo Plan Scholarship in 1972 and received a BSc degree from Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. Farib was a member of the NZ Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade Consultative Committee for the establishment of the Institute of Economic Development Cooperation for the Mekong Sub-Region based at Khon Kaen University, Thailand. In 2009, Farib was appointed a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit (MNZM) for services to International Relations.
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.
Dr Alan Bollard is a Professor of Pacific Region Business at Victoria University of Wellington. From 2013 to the end of 2018 he was the executive director of the APEC Secretariat based in Singapore, the body that promotes trade, investment and sustainable economic growth in the Asia-Pacific. Dr Bollard was the Governor of the Reserve Bank of New Zealand from 2002 to 2012. In that position, he was responsible for monetary policy and bank regulations, helping steer New Zealand through the global financial crisis. From 1998 to 2002, Dr Bollard was the Secretary to the New Zealand Treasury. He has served as New Zealand’s Alternate Governor to the International Monetary Fund, the Asian Development Bank and the World Bank. From 1994 – 2008, he was the Chairman of the New Zealand Commerce Commission. Prior to this, from 1987 to 1994 he was Director of the New Zealand Institute of Economic Research. He is married to venture capitalist Jenny Morel and has two sons. Dr Bollard has a PhD in Economics from the University of Auckland. In 2012, he was honoured as a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit. He has written the novels The Rough Mechanical and The Code-Cracker and the Tai-Chi Dancer and a biography of famous New Zealand economist Bill Phillips.
NZ Honorary Adviser
Hon Philip Burdon has had a distinguished career across the fields of law, business, and politics.
Hon Philip Burdon has had a distinguished career across the fields of law, business, and politics. He graduated in law from Canterbury University, working initially as a lawyer and law lecturer before moving into the private sector in 1970, with the establishment of a highly successful food processing company. Mr Burdon is a leading member of the New Zealand business community, holding positions on the boards of several New Zealand and Australian corporations. He has sat on various private sector boards. Mr Burdon began his political career in 1981 as a member of parliament for the National Party. He was appointed to the New Zealand Cabinet in 1990 and held a number of senior ministerial portfolios including Minister of Commerce, Minister for State-Owned Enterprises and Minister for Trade Negotiations. He retired from politics in 1996.
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
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 Craggy Range Winery. Fyfe was previously chief executive officer of Air New Zealand. His management style won him CAPA's Asia Pacific Airline Executive of the Year Award for 2010 and Air New Zealand was named ATW Airline of the year in 2010 and 2012. He has held management positions at PostBank, Bank of New Zealand, National Australia Bank in Melbourne, and Telecom Corporation of New Zealand. His experience includes chief operating officer and then managing director of UK' s ITV Digital, from 2000 to 2002, prior to moving to Air New Zealand in 2003.
NZ Honorary Adviser
Trish Carter was the Asia Pacific establishment editor and bureau chief for Al Jazeera.
Trish Carter was the Asia Pacific establishment editor and bureau chief for Al Jazeera. She has held senior news and current affairs management positions in New Zealand broadcasting over a career spanning 25 years. Carter has particular expertise in establishing and managing complex media projects and has specialised knowledge in legal, cultural and ethical issues, competitive news formats and team management. She is a UNESCO national commissioner, leading and advising the New Zealand National Commission on its communications mandate.
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.
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. Before returning to Parliament in March 2017, Raymond had served two terms as a list MP (2008-2014). He was Labour’s Spokesperson for Statistics, Export Education and Building & Construction as well as Associate Spokesperson for Justice and Ethnic Affairs. In April 2013 Raymond was appointed an Honorary Professor of Law at his alma mater, China University of Political Science and Law in Beijing. This appointment was matched by Victoria University in Wellington’s Faculty of Law, where he served as an Honorary Senior Associate. He is a founding trustee and co-chair of the New Zealand Chinese Language Week Charitable Trust. As part of being “Asia-literate”, he believes this will help prepare our future generations and assist them to make sense of the increasingly important Asian countries and markets. Raymond has published 7 books (as an author or co-author) and is a regular Chinese media commentator on current affairs and legal issues.
NZ Honorary Adviser
Peter Chin was born in Dunedin to Chinese parents – shopkeepers who owned and operated laundries and fish and chip shops.
Peter Chin was born in Dunedin to Chinese parents – shopkeepers who owned and operated laundries and fish and chip shops. He graduated in law from Otago University and practiced in Dunedin as a senior partner in one of the city's oldest law firms until he was elected as Mayor of Dunedin at the end of 2004. He chaired the Dunedin Chinese Gardens Trust with the support of Dunedin sister city Shanghai, which delivered New Zealand' s first authentic Chinese Garden. In 2002, Chin was appointed a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit.
NZ Honorary Adviser
Melissa Lee was born in Korea and grew up in Malaysia, settling in New Zealand in 1988.
Melissa Lee was born in Korea and grew up in Malaysia, settling in New Zealand in 1988. She has more than 20 years' journalism experience, including a five-year stint with the Sunday News. Lee has written for many New Zealand publications including the New Zealand Herald and the NZ Listener. She spent 15 years as a television presenter and producer on TVNZ Asia Dynamic and Asia Down Under programs. Lee has held many community positions including vice president of the Korean Society and vice president of the Korean Women' s Association. She was elected as a list MP for the National Party in the 2008 and 2014 elections. She is currently the National Party's spokesperson for broadcasting, communications, digital media, and ethnic affairs.
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.
Traci Houpapa specialises in strategic and economic development. She is an experienced company director and holds a number of directorships and Ministerial appointments. In 2012, Houpapa was named as one of the top ten most influential women in New Zealand agribusiness. In 2013 she was listed by the Listener as one of the top ten influencers in New Zealand and was a finalist in the Fairfax Media Westpac Women of Influence Awards (WOI). In 2014, she won the DLA Phillips Fox WOI Board and Management award and was named among the top most influential people in agribusiness by Rural News. Houpapa holds a MBA from Massey University and is a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit. In July 2018, Traci was named a non-executive director on the Treasury’s Board, an advisory body that supports the Treasury's Chief Executive and Executive Leadership Team in ensuring that its organisational strategy, capability and performance make the best possible contribution to the achievement of its goals.
NZ Honorary Adviser
Emeritus professor Manying Ip 叶宋曼瑛 CNZM came to New Zealand in 1974 from Hong Kong.
Emeritus professor Manying Ip 叶宋曼瑛 CNZM came to New Zealand in 1974 from Hong Kong. With her strong classical Chinese education at home and colonial English education at school, she grew up sharply aware of the challenges of being cross-cultural. She is Professor in Asian Studies at Auckland University and the author of several critically acclaimed books on Chinese in New Zealand. Dr Ip is a respected advocate for Chinese communities living in New Zealand, and is a sought-after commentator on Asian issues. She was awarded a Suffrage Centennial Medal in 1993. In 2008, she was elected Fellow of the New Zealand Academy of Humanities (FNZAH) in recognition of her outstanding scholarship. In 2009, she was inducted into the Royal Society of New Zealand and became FRSNZ. In 1996, Dr Ip received an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit (ONZM) and in 2018 she was named a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit (CNZM).
NZ Honorary Adviser
Ian Kennedy is Chair of the Japan New Zealand Business Council.
Ian Kennedy is Chair of the Japan New Zealand Business Council. As a former career diplomat, he was posted three times to Japan, most recently as Ambassador from 2007 to July 2012. His other overseas postings were to Solomon Islands and Vanuatu from 1992 to 1994, Turkey, Israel and Jordan (Ambassador) from 1996 to 1999, and Australia (Deputy High Commissioner) from 2004 to 2007. On return to New Zealand Ian was appointed Special Representative Japan (based in New Zealand). He is a partner with I.S.K. Associates, a consultancy business specialising in Japan. He is also a board member of the New Zealand Asia Institute, and an Honorary Chairman of the Japan New Zealand Business Council.
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.
Richard Long ONZM is a veteran journalist who spent more than 20 years in the parliamentary press gallery and is now a life member. He was editor of The Dominion newspaper for a decade before it was merged with The Evening Post in 2002. He briefly edited The Dominion Post before leaving journalism and going on to become chief of staff for National Party leader Bill English and his successor Don Brash. He was made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to journalism in the 2011 New Year Honours.
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.
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. He is the co-founder, director, board member, and head of marketing and international development of the Augen Software Group. Mr Pham has over a decade of establishing and managing business operations and partnerships between New Zealand and Asia. He has been honoured as an Asia 21 Fellow by the Asia Society, and a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. In the New Zealand business community, Pham is involved with the Ethnic People In Commerce (EPICNZ) network, the New Zealand Asian Leaders (NZAL) forum, the informal New Zealand-Asia business club, and the Venture Vietnam group.
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.
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. During his term in this role, he developed the Asia 2000 programme, which evolved into the Asia 2000 Foundation before becoming the Asia New Zealand Foundation. He was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize for his work brokering a ceasefire between Bougainvilleans and the Papua New Guinea Government, which lead to the signing of a peace agreement in 1997. Following his 21-year career in New Zealand politics, McKinnon served as Commonwealth Secretary-General for eight years from 2000 to 2008. He is currently chair of Regional Facilities Auckland, New Zealand China Council and Brain Research NZ and a trustee of the Waitangi National Trust and NZ Dementia Trust.
NZ Honorary Adviser
Simon Power is general manager, consumer banking and wealth at Westpac New Zealand.
Simon Power is general manager, consumer banking and wealth at Westpac New Zealand. He joined the company in 2012 after a 12-year career as a member of parliament in New Zealand. While in parliament he served as Minister of Justice, Minister of Commerce, Minister of State-Owned Enterprises, Minister of Consumer Affairs, Associate Minister of Finance, Minister Responsible for the Law Commission and Deputy Leader of the House between 2008-2011. In 2010, he was selected by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader and in that capacity attended Harvard University in Boston in 2011. Power sits on the Board of the New Zealand Stock Exchange (NZX) and is chair of the NZUS Council.
NZ Honorary Adviser
Chief executive of Sport NZ Peter Miskimmin has a wealth of experience as an athlete, coach and sports leader.
Chief executive of Sport NZ Peter Miskimmin has a wealth of experience as an athlete, coach and sports leader. Peter was appointed chief executive of Sport NZ in 2008. Since then he has overseen two of New Zealand’s most successful Olympic Games (Beijing and London) and driven an increased focus on community sport. Prior to his time at Sport NZ, Peter spent 17 years at New Zealand Post, where he held a number of management roles in the sales, marketing and in the commercial side of the business. A two time Olympian (Los Angeles and Barcelona), Peter has been Captain of the New Zealand Men’s Hockey Team, played 150 test matches for his country and twice won the New Zealand Hockey Player of the Year Award. He is currently a selector for the national men’s side, the Black Sticks. He has served on the Boards of the New Zealand Olympic Committee and the New Zealand Sports Foundation. He was on the New Zealand Olympic Committee’s Athletes Commission and is a past President of the Olympian Club of New Zealand.
Simon is a diplomat with extensive international background in negotiation and relationship management.
Simon Draper is an experienced diplomat with an extensive international background in negotiation and relationship management.
He joined the Foundation in September 2015, coming from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) where he has worked in various roles since 1991. Most recently he held the role of director United Nations, Human Rights and Commonwealth Division. In this role, he managed New Zealand’s engagement and policy with the United Nations in New York, the Human Rights Council in Geneva, and the Commonwealth in London. A key part of the role was to drive New Zealand's successful campaign for a United Nation's Security Council seat.
Simon has held several other leadership positions within MFAT, including New Zealand’s Consul-General to French Pacific Territories (2008-2011), director of the chief executive' s office (2005-2008) and foreign policy adviser to Rt Hon Simon Upton. Before joining MFAT, he worked in the banking and consultancy sectors. He speaks working level Korean, French and Italian.
Deputy Executive Director
Adele joined the Foundation in a management role and later became deputy executive director.
In Adele’s role as deputy executive director she manages the corporate and governance responsibilities of the Foundation and takes a coordinating role across programmes. She also oversees the Leadership Network and entrepreneurship programme.
Previously, Adele worked for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, with postings in Moscow, Brussels, New York and Singapore (with accreditation responsibilities to Sri Lanka and the Maldives). Adele has also lived and worked in Hong Kong. During a secondment to Victoria University of Wellington, Adele worked on establishing the New Zealand Centre for Strategic Studies, a think tank responsible for research, teaching and public dialogue on strategic and security issues.
Sunita joined the Foundation in 2007. She has worked in both the private and public sectors.
Sunita joined the Foundation in 2007 in the role of accountant. She has a BCA in commerce from Victoria University of Wellington, and has previously worked in Australia and England across both the private and public sectors.
Paula provides assistance to the executive director and the chairman.
Paula provides assistance to the executive director and the chairman. She has been with the Foundation since 2003. She is a management team member of the Professional Assistants to Chief Executive organisation (www.pace.org.nz).
As an AFS exchange student, Paula spent a year living in Malaysia; an experience that had a significant impact on her life.
Senior Adviser Research and Engagement
James has an academic background in Asian languages, political science, and commerce.
Dr James To has an academic background in Asian languages (Mandarin, Cantonese, and Japanese), political science, and commerce. He has lectured in Northeast Asian foreign policy, and is an active researcher of the overseas Chinese diaspora.
After completing his PhD in international relations at the University of Canterbury, James worked for NZTE at the New Zealand pavilion during the 2010 World Expo in Shanghai. He was a co-chair of the Palmerston North branch of the New Zealand Institute of International Affairs, and is currently National Secretary of the New Zealand Chinese Association.
In his spare time, James enjoys spending time with his young family, taking photographs, and developing smartphone apps.
Craig Cooper has worked in the arts sector for almost 20 years in Australia and NZ.
Craig Cooper has worked in the arts sector for almost 20 years in both Australia and New Zealand in a variety of roles.
As a producer and programmer he has worked at Sydney Opera House, Christchurch’s Court Theatre and more recently he headed the arts development programmes at Auckland Live as associate director arts programmes and later as programming manager. He also led the establishment of Auckland Fringe in 2009 where he was a founding board member.
Craig also has extensive experience in the council and funding sector as a cultural development officer, adviser and assessor. During his time with Sydney’s Inner West Council, he established the Newtown Entertainment Precinct and laid the groundwork for Sydney Fringe Festival. He was also senior programme adviser with Creative New Zealand, holding the national theatre portfolio and has been commissioned for a variety of consulting roles, most recently by Ministry for Culture and Heritage to undertake a post-earthquake study of the venue requirements for Christchurch city in 2014.
In 2014 Craig was appointed to the role of festival director of Christchurch Arts Festival for the 2015 and 2017 festivals, events that played a key role in the cultural recovery of the city after the 2011 earthquakes. In 2015 he was appointed by the Taranaki Arts Festival Trust as artistic director of both the International Arts Festival and Right Royal Cabaret Festivals.
Director Communications and Media
Rebecca has been working on media initiatives for the Foundation since 2011.
Rebecca Inoue-Palmer has been working on media initiatives for the Asia New Zealand Foundation since 2011 and was the first manager of the Asia Media Centre when it was established in 2017.
Before joining the Asia New Zealand Foundation, Rebecca worked at The Dominion Post for eight years as a feature writer and a reporter. While at Fairfax NZ, Rebecca undertook work placements at the Asahi Shimbun in Tokyo, Japan, and the Shanghai Daily in China, both supported by the Foundation. She previously worked as a teaching fellow in Chinese at the University of Otago, coordinating papers in film and Chinese language.
Rebecca has a Master of Arts with first-class honours in Chinese and a graduate diploma in journalism.
Media Centre Manager
Kay Seatter-Dunbar is the manager of the Asia Media Centre. She is a storyteller with a background in television, video and content design.
Kay Seatter-Dunbar is the manager of the Asia Media Centre. She is a storyteller with a background in television, video and content design.
After graduating with an MA (Hons) in English, she learnt her craft on the job over a period of 10 years as a writer/researcher, producer and director at TVNZ. She then went freelance to pursue her passion for documentaries. Credits include two major New Zealand history series, Our People Our Century and Frontier of Dreams, as well as numerous one-offs and factual series. An interest in new and emerging technology spurred Kay's diversification into content creation for the museum, visitor experience, brand and marketing space.
At the heart of Kay’s work is an enthusiasm for connecting with audiences using the power of storytelling and today’s technology.
Yasheeka is a former secondary school teacher.
Yasheeka Bertram is a foodie with a teaching background. She completed a Bachelor of Arts (with honours) in Education from the University of Auckland and has a post-graduate diploma in Teaching. Yasheeka taught at secondary-school level for six years and specialised in teaching Social Sciences and Health. Her interest in Asia began when she started studying Japanese at school and attended a class trip to Japan.
Sean is a former secondary school teacher who joined the Foundation in 2014.
Sean O'Connor joined the team in 2014 after being associated with the Foundation as a participant in the 2013 Business Studies Forum in Shanghai.
A secondary school teacher of economics, business and social studies, he has experience in organising school cultural exchanges in Asia and has been the leader of professional development trips for educators. Sean formerly managed the Foundation’s Educators Network, before taking on the role of Director of the Education programme.
Director Leadership and Entrepreneurship
Adam manages the leadership and entrepreneurship programmes where he equips the next generation of Kiwi leaders and entrepreneurs to thrive in Asia.
Adam McConnochie manages the leadership and entrepreneurship programmes where he equips the next generation of Kiwi leaders and entrepreneurs to thrive in Asia.
Adam has a MA in history from Victoria University, where he specialised in Indian politics. Before joining the Foundation, Adam worked in the public service in Ireland, Australia and New Zealand.
He is passionate about the development of South and Southeast Asia and is strategic adviser and board member at start-up charity, Just Peoples and a director and health and beauty start-up, Bubble Fabulous.
Director Business, Director Auckland
Felicity joined the Foundation in November 2017. She has over 10 years’ experience in diplomacy.
Felicity Roxburgh joined the Foundation as Director of Business in November 2017.
She has over ten years’ experience in diplomacy, with a focus on advancing political, security and economic outcomes for New Zealand in Asia. She has lived in China and undertaken overseas assignments in Hong Kong and New York through the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
As Acting Consul-General in Hong Kong she worked to develop connections between Hong Kong and New Zealand businesses and to help remove barriers to trade. In New York, Felicity served during New Zealand’s time on the UN Security Council, focusing particularly on peace and security issues affecting the Asia-Pacific region.
Felicity has a Master’s degree in Journalism from AUT University, speaks French and beginner Mandarin.
Receptionist and Accounts
Liz covers the reception at the Foundation as well as accounts payable and receivable and general administration.
Liz covers the reception at the Foundation as well as accounts payable and receivable and general administration. Prior to joining the Foundation in September 2013, Liz worked in secretarial and accounts roles in between bringing up two sons.
Project Coordinator Internships
BB is the Auckland team administrator and helps to run the business internships programme.
Before joining the Foundation, BB had previously worked as a programme coordinator in Korea where she managed volunteer programmes. This included sending domestic students overseas, to mainly Asian countries such as China, India, the Philippines. Prior to this, she had completed a double master’s degree (International development & Public policy). Her degree allowed her to study throughout Asia, Korea (KDI school public policy and Management), China (Tsinghua University) and Japan (National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies).
BB is able to speak Korean, Mandarin and some Japanese. She moved to New Zealand two years ago and says she has loved the experience so far, and hopes to explore more of New Zealand in the future.
Ned joined the Foundation in 2015. He has lived and worked in Taiwan and China.
Ned Wotherspoon joined the Foundation in 2015 after working for a number of years creating website content for the government agency Careers New Zealand. He has previously worked as a journalist, and has lived and worked in Taiwan and China.
Ned has a BA in English Literature from Victoria University of Wellington and a Graduate Dipploma in Journalism from Massey University.
Director Research and Engagement
Suzannah Jessep joined the Foundation in March 2018, after serving as New Zealand’s Deputy High Commissioner to India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Deputy Ambassador to Nepal and as New Zealand’s Dep…
Suzannah Jessep joined the Foundation in March 2018, after serving as New Zealand’s Deputy High Commissioner to India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Deputy Ambassador to Nepal and as New Zealand’s Deputy High Commissioner to Vanuatu. During her thirteen years in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, she also served in the Ministry’s Australia, Pacific and Europe Divisions, and in the area of Antarctic and security policy. Prior to working in the Foreign Ministry, Suzannah worked briefly in film production and is a section winner in New Zealand’s World of Wearable Arts Awards. She is a honours graduate of International Relations and Art History from Victoria University of Wellington and recipient of the Alan Robinson Memorial Prize awarded to the top International Relations student. Suzannah is passionate about Asia, and in particular building New Zealand’s connections with the fast-growing and dynamic South Asia.
Senior Adviser Research and Engagement
Karen has an academic background in Psychology, Statistics and Public Health.
Karen Schwoerer has an academic background in Psychology, Statistics and Public Health. She joined the Foundation’s research programme in August 2018.
Karen has more than a decade’s experience working in Public Health research and communications, most extensively in Māori health.
Karen is passionate about well conceptualised research, from its conception to the communication of research findings. Karen has an ability to draw people together to work towards a common goal, working easily with people from diverse cultural backgrounds.
Outside of work, Karen enjoys running around the coastlines and hills of Wellington and after her two daughters, travelling and seeking out the perfect flat white.
Tania Te Whenua (Tūhoe, Whakatōhea) is the principal of Te Whenua Law and Consulting.
Tania Te Whenua (Tūhoe, Whakatōhea) is the principal of Te Whenua Law and Consulting, assisting organisations to realise a commitment to the Treaty of Waitangi and to engage confidently with Māori culture, clients and key stakeholders.
Tania also specialises in supporting Māori social and economic development and has specialist legal expertise in Māori Land Law, Waitangi Tribunal and Māori Business. Tania is the current Maori Adviser to Tourism New Zealand and the Asia New Zealand Foundation and provides ongoing Treaty of Waitangi and Maori consulting services to a number of additional public-sector entities, tertiary education institutions and charitable organisations across New Zealand.
She is the former Programme Manager Māori for Victoria University’s Centre for Executive Development and co-wrote the Centre's Māori language resources. Tania also managed and co-wrote the Maori educational programmes for the Peace Foundation Aotearoa. Prior to this Tania held the role of senior researcher Māori at Te Papa Tongarewa, the Museum of New Zealand, where she worked across the curatorial and repatriation teams to support the generation of knowledge on Māori taonga and customary practices.
Rebecca is an experienced researcher in Asian social and media dynamics.
Rebecca Townsend is an experienced researcher in Asian social and media dynamics.
Prior to joining the Foundation, Rebecca earned her PhD in Southeast Asian History at Cornell University. Ever since travelling to the Lao PDR in 2007, Rebecca has been fascinated with the history, society, and foods of Southeast Asia. She now speaks Thai and Tagalog, has lived in Thailand, and loves making nam jim jaew (chili dipping sauce).
After moving to Wellington in 2016, Rebecca worked for the Waitangi Tribunal Unit and began exploring the city’s walking trails.
Emma joined the team at the Foundation in July 2018 as Communications Support.
Emma joined the team at the Foundation in July 2018 as Communications Support and is focused on creating digital content and social media.
She is a full-time student in her final year completing a Bachelor of Communication (Public Relations and Expressive Arts) at Massey University.
She hails from Auckland but doesn’t want to go back so is cementing herself firmly in Wellington life. Emma has travelled to Japan, Hong Kong, Malaysia and Singapore and has a keen interest in Asia and New Zealand’s ties to the region.
Ziena is an award-winning international marketing, comms, business development and reputation management strategist.
Ziena is an award-winning international marketing, communications, business development and reputation management strategist. She has advised Ministers, Boards and C-suite executives, and supported New Zealand’s leading businesses grow their reputation and revenue.
Prior to returning to Auckland in 2016, Ziena spent 10 years in Asia, as Regional Director – South & South East Asia for Education New Zealand, New Zealand Trade Commissioner to Singapore, and Head of North Asia Marketing and Communications for New Zealand Trade and Enterprise. She has received the Public Affairs Asia Gold Standard for Country/Trade Promotion twice and several other international awards for her work promoting New Zealand trade, investment and education in Asia.
Ziena is an Advisory Board Member for New Zealand Asian Leaders; an Established Member of SUPERdiverse WOMEN; and a Member of the New Zealand Institute of Directors.
Project Coordinator Leadership and Entrepreneurship
Alexis joined the Foundation in September of 2017.
Alexis Allen joined the Foundation in September of 2017 and is now working as part of the Entrepreneurship team. Originally from Taranaki, she moved to Wellington in 2016 and is a part-time student at Victoria University, entering her final year in a Bachelor of Science majoring in Psychology.
Kirsty studied at Lincoln College (way back in the 80’s), then backpacked around the world for four years before returning to settle in Gisborne. As a stay at home mum, she volunteered for many…
Kirsty studied at Lincoln College (way back in the 80’s), then backpacked around the world for four years before returning to settle in Gisborne.
As a stay at home mum, she volunteered for many community, school and sports groups before taking up a role of community sports adviser at Sport Gisborne Tairawhiti. This role included managing the Tairawhiti Rising Legends, a programme that recognises, supports and develops local talented athletes to compete on the world stage.
After a move to Auckland in 2014, Kirsty took up the role of leverage and legacy manager for the Rugby League World Cup 2017 (NZ).
Kirsty will visit Japan for the first time, as one of the expected 400,000 visitors attending the 2019 Rugby World Cup. She joined the Foundation in November 2018.
Prior to joining the Foundation’s education team in 2019, Mei worked at the Ara Institute of Canterbury as the Auckland engagement manager. Mei brings with her years of experience working in the edu…
Prior to joining the Foundation’s education team in 2019, Mei worked at the Ara Institute of Canterbury as the Auckland engagement manager. Mei brings with her years of experience working in the education sector with a wide range of stakeholders. Originally from Hong Kong, Mei worked in a news agency in there before moving to Christchurch in 2013. New Zealand is a second home to her now. She loves spending time outdoors with family and friends. Mei has a Bachelor of Business (Marketing) from LaTrobe University, Australia and a Postgraduate Diploma in Marketing from Lincoln University. She speaks Mandarin and Cantonese.
Tessa has worked in media and communications since 2002, occasionally side-tracked by other interesting things.Highlights have included writing for and editing youth magazine Tearaway, working adventu…
Tessa has worked in media and communications since 2002, occasionally side-tracked by other interesting things.
Highlights have included writing for and editing youth magazine Tearaway, working adventures in the Solomon Islands and the UK, and reporting for the Wairarapa Times-Age and The Dominion Post. She has a Bachelor of Arts in political science and history, a Diploma in Journalism and has always chased opportunities that keep her learning. When not at work she’s usually chasing her energetic young daughter.
Tessa joined the Foundation in 2019 after a year working as an investigative writer for Consumer NZ, and previously as the communications adviser for Sustainability Trust.
Digital Content Editor
Siobhan Downes joined the Asia Media Centre in January 2019 after a two-year stint in the United Arab Emirates. Before this, she worked as a reporter for stuff.co.nz, covering national news and travel…
Siobhan Downes joined the Asia Media Centre in January 2019 after a two-year stint in the United Arab Emirates. Before this, she worked as a reporter for stuff.co.nz, covering national news and travel.
In 2014, Siobhan undertook an Asia New Zealand Foundation internship at the International New York Times bureau in Hong Kong. Her internship coincided with the ‘Umbrella Movement’ democracy protests, and reporting from the occupied streets was a career highlight.
Siobhan has a Bachelor of Arts with first-class honours in Japanese and History from the University of Otago and a Postgraduate Diploma in Journalism.
Project Officer Entrepreneurship
Ryan has a passion for community building and comes to the Foundation from the fast-paced entrepreneurial eco-system of his previous role as community and partnerships manager at coworking space BizDo…
Ryan has a passion for community building and comes to the Foundation from the fast-paced entrepreneurial eco-system of his previous role as community and partnerships manager at coworking space BizDojo Christchurch.
Ryan will be working with the Foundation on the entrepreneurship programme, helping expand the Young Business Leaders Initiative into North Asia (China, Japan, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Korea).
Ryan lived and worked in Japan for four years in the snowiest city in the world, Aomori. After this, he volunteered on the Japan based NGO Peace Boat, which circumnavigates the world over three months promoting peace, sustainable use of the environment and grassroots connections.
He is a foodie, amateur potter, 80’s movie aficionado, and loves a good Kiwi onion dip.
Project Officer Leadership
Nicola has a management background in local government as well as international experience working in the UK, Indonesia and China.
Nicola has a management background in local government as well as international experience working in the UK, Indonesia and China. She has recently returned to Wellington after seven years in Beijing where she worked on projects for MFAT and for Kiwi company Highground Brands, as well as setting up her own B2C food & beverage business to promote NZ products in Beijing. Since returning to New Zealand in 2018, she has worked at New Zealand Trade and Enterprise in the G2G team facilitating overseas business and trade visits.
Having lived and worked in Asia for more than ten-years, Nicola is passionate to take the best of what New Zealand has and to connect that with Asia; creating networks, partnerships, shared visions and mutual success. She joined the Foundation in April 2019 working with the Leadership Network to focus on helping the next generation of Kiwi’s to thrive in Asia.
Advisory Board Member
Chris Henderson is passionate about growing New Zealand’s knowledge of and connections with ASEAN and South Asian communities.
Chris Henderson is passionate about growing New Zealand’s knowledge of and connections with ASEAN and South Asian communities. Chris has been a youth development planner and facilitator for UNICEF, the United Nations Environment Program, and UNESCO. He is now a Principal Consultant with Cognition Education, where he designs projects focusing on youth development and employability, education innovation, and teacher professional development. In Indonesia Chris’ clients have included Google, NGOs, and philanthropic foundations. Locally, his clients have included the Ministry of Education and Ministry of Social Development. Chris holds a Master of Education from the University of Sydney and he recently attended the Future of Learning Institute at Harvard University, where he focused on youth civic engagement and global citizenship.
Advisory Board Member
Fiona is an economist based in Myanmar, currently working with Proximity Designs, an award-winning agricultural social enterprise.
Fiona is an economist based in Myanmar, currently working with Proximity Designs, an award-winning agricultural social enterprise. She is interested in strategy and financially sustainable business models that can generate impact in rural economies. Fiona is the Vice-President of the New Zealand Myanmar Business Group, and previously worked with Castalia Strategic Advisors in Wellington. Her interests in Asia began with a student exchange to Japan, and through the Asia NZ’s business internship programme at Cambodian mobile banking company, WING. Fiona has also participated in Asia NZ’s regional and bilateral Track II forums. She holds a Masters in Philosophy (Development) from the University of Cambridge, and Bachelors of Arts and Commerce from the University of Auckland.
Advisory Board Member
Wilson has worked for the NZ Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade with a focus on Greater China.
Wilson has worked for the NZ Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade with a focus on Greater China. He's currently based in Taipei supporting New Zealand's economic and cultural interests there. He graduated from the University of Auckland with honours in law and political studies, and previously worked in ANZ Bank. Wilson's interest in all things China first came about after he taught English in northern China. He's passionate about developing the knowledge and tools that will help New Zealanders succeed in Asia. He has participated in a number of the Leadership Network's offshore, local and Track II events during his 8 years as a member. Wilson is a Chinese and Cantonese speaker.
Advisory Board Member
Rāniera joined the Leadership Network in 2017 and has had a long personal affiliation to Asia, most notably China.
Rāniera joined the Leadership Network in 2017 and has had a long personal affiliation to Asia, most notably China. Based in the Far North, Rāniera currently works for his iwi: Ngāpuhi and Ngāti Kahu Ki Whangaroa. A director on a number of iwi governance organisations, Rāniera comfortably navigates the cultural and professional environments from marae ātea to the boardroom. Rāniera seeks to promote further cultural understanding between Māori and Asia through the youth of today - ngā rangatira o āpōpō (leaders of tomorrow).
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.
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. Alice’s connection to Asia is embedded in the language of collaboration and cross-cultural critical discourse. She is an avid advocate for the Foundation’s Arts and Culture programme, which has supported her to study abroad in both traditional and contemporary Asian performance practice. Alice joined the Leadership Network in 2013, and has since participated in a number of activities including off-shore events in Thailand, Malaysia, and Timor-Leste. She is a graduate of Toi Whakaari: New Zealand Drama School (B.PA) and University of Canterbury (B.FA).
Advisory Board Member
CEO at CHIA
Florence is the CEO at CHIA, a FMCG company creating healthy bottled beverages. Florence is a lawyer by training, previously working with one of New Zealand’s leading corporate law firms and for the UN in Cambodia on the Khmer Rouge Trials. Florence has a long-standing interest in sustainability and is a founding member of youth environment organisation Generation Zero. She has also represented New Zealand in triathlon.