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Board of Trustees

Ziena Jalil

Ziena Jalil became a trustee of the Asia New Zealand Foundation Te Whītau Tūhono in October 2021.

Ziena is an award-winning business and public sector leader, focused on deepening New Zealand’s engagement with the Asia Pacific, and improving outcomes for those with diverse cultures, abilities and experiences. 
With nearly 20 years’ experience working in New Zealand and Asia, Ziena consults on strategy and stakeholder engagement, and is a keynote speaker and commentator on Asia business, nation branding, leadership, and diversity, equity and inclusion. She is a board member of Toka Tū Ake Earthquake Commission, Education New Zealand, Unitec, Manukau Institute of Technology, DNA Design, and the Cancer Society of New Zealand.

Recognised by Campaign Asia Pacific as part of its 2020 Women to Watch, a group of 40 outstanding women in the Asia Pacific, Ziena has received several international awards for her work promoting New Zealand trade, investment and education in Asia, and advises businesses looking to grow in the region. Her previous roles include Regional Director (South and Southeast 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.  

 Ziena is a member of the New Zealand Institute of Directors and Global Women.