Simon Draper,
Executive Director

Simon Draper is an experienced diplomat with an extensive international background in negotiation and relationship management.

Adele Mason,
Deputy Executive Director

Adele manages the corporate and governance responsibilities of the Foundation and takes a coordinating role across programmes.

Paula McLaughlin,
Executive Assistant

Paula provides assistance to the executive director and the chairman. She has been with the Foundation since 2003.

Sunita Soma,

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.

Elizabeth Basalaj,
Receptionist and Accounts

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

Sean O'Connor,
Director Education

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.

Dara Choo,
Project Officer (Education)

Dara is from Singapore. She came to New Zealand in 2019 and has come to accept wind-swept hair as the daily look.

Alistair Crozier,
Director Business, Manager South Island

Alistair Crozier started working for the Foundation in January 2020, with responsibility for establishing a permanent presence for the Foundation in the South Island.

Ethan Jones,
Senior Adviser (Business)

Ethan (Ngāi Takoto, Te Aupōuri) has recently joined the Foundation in the business programme and is based in Auckland.

BoBae Wilson,
Project Coordinator Internships

BoBae is currently away on maternity leave.

Linh Le,
Project Coordinator Internships

Linh came to New Zealand from Vietnam in 2016 and completed her Master's degree in International Tourism Management at AUT.

Suzannah Jessep,
Director Research and Engagement

Suzannah Jessep joined the Foundation in March 2019, 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 …

James To,
Senior Adviser Research and Engagement

Dr James To has an academic background in Asian languages (Mandarin, Cantonese, and Japanese), political science, and commerce.

Jordan King,
Senior Research Adviser

Jordan is a Senior Research Adviser in the Foundation's research and engagement team. He has an academic and public sector background.

Craig Cooper,
Director Arts, Director Auckland

Craig Cooper has worked in the arts sector for almost 20 years in both Australia and New Zealand in a variety of roles.

Adam McConnochie,
Director Leadership and Entrepreneurship

Adam McConnochie directs the Foundation’s leadership and entrepreneurship programmes where he equips the next generation of Kiwi leaders and entrepreneurs to thrive in Asia.

Gillian Latu,
Project Coordinator - Leadership

Gillian is from Toronto, Canada and moved to New Zealand in 2008. She has a BA in Literature from the University of Toronto and an advanced diploma from George Brown College Ontario.

Alexis Allen,
Project Officer Leadership and Entrepreneurship

Alexis Allen joined the Foundation in September of 2017 and is now working as part of the Entrepreneurship team.

Kirsty Sharp,
Sports Adviser

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.

Rebecca Palmer,
Director Communications and Media

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.

Phoebe Taylor,
Communications Coordinator

Phoebe is the Communications Coordinator at the Foundation, and a recent graduate from Massey University. She completed a Bachelor of Communications, majoring in Public Relations and minoring in Expressive Arts/Media Studies.

Shireen Shariff,
Communications Adviser

Shireen has joined the Foundation as the Communications Adviser, after spending five years working in the education sector.

Tania Te Whenua,
Māori Adviser

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.

Graeme Acton,
Media Centre Manager

Graeme Acton joined the team at the Foundation in February 2020, moving from the position of Foreign News Editor with RNZ in Wellington.

Eleanor Wenman,
Media Adviser, Asia Media Centre

Eleanor joined the Asia Media Centre as a media adviser in 2020, fresh from the newsroom.

Lee Seabrook-Suckling,
Media Adviser, Asia Media Centre

Lee Seabrook-Suckling comes to the Asia Media Centre as media adviser after a decade in journalism and public relations.