Dear Leaders, Welcome to 19th edition of NZAL Newsletter
November 17, 2015
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NZAL Chairperson, Mai Chen invites you to the final NZAL function of 2015. We are celebrating our 2nd birthday and will discuss our plans for 2016. Take a look and we'll see you Thursday!
Click here & RSVP to Priti Garude, NZAL
  • NZAL 2016 calendar
  • NZAL Upcoming Event
  • Welcome to our new members
    • Ronnie Tan
    • Edward Low
    • Franco Pang
    • Garrett Wong
    • Jasmine Loh Tietjens
    • Lijun Alan Zhu
    • Wayne Lee
    • Georgina Geotina
    • Peter Ngan
  • Corporate Member Announcement
    • Auckland Policy Office
  • NZAL Sponsor News
    • New look NZI liability unveiled
  • Superdiversity Centre News
    • Overview of launch
    • Feedback request on Stocktake Report
    • Leaders Council
Planning for the 2016 NZAL Calendar is well underway and will include four major sessions in Auckland and two sessions currently planned for Wellington.  The sessions will continue to be topical with the first main session "understanding the internet behaviour of the growing Asian consumer market" hosted by NZME, 25 February 2016 - mark this date in your diary now!

Taking into consideration feedback from NZAL members, in
March 2016 we will hold our first lunchtime session:
- Hosted by BNZ, a lunchtime working session will be held and Head of Digital - Stephen Bowe will discuss BNZ's approach to digital, customer and user experience.  BNZ has one of the leading digital teams of any company in NZ and the BNZ YouMoney app is award winning.  This session will be limited to the first 15 NZAL members.

A snapshot of the remainder of the sessions yet to be confirmed include:
April Wellington Public sector session
How to build Asian cultural capacity in the public sector
May Auckland NZ Asian Leaders Business Summit
August Auckland How to grow SME's - "upscaling Asian SME to maximise thier potential for NZ's economy"
September Wellington Public sector session
Maintaining NZ’s High Transparency/Low Corruption Culture
November  Auckland Asian/Pasfika/Maori Forum
NZAL End of the Year function
Thursday, November 19, 2015

Time: 5:30pm - 7:30pm (Main session 6pm-7pm, followed by networking, refreshments, canapes)
Venue: Level 22, PwC, 188 Quay Street, Auckland
Kindly hosted by NZAL corporate member PwC, the Chair and Advisory Board of New Zealand Asian Leaders are delighted to invite you to the NZAL end of year function. (....)

Guest speakers:
Chai Chuah, Director-General of Health, Ministry of Health who will speak on "the significant contribution Asian leaders can make in the public sector" and Ronnie Tan, Founder/Managing Director of CreditWorks will speak on "how Asian New Zealanders can grow NZ's economy".

We will also share with you thoughts from NZAL Ambassadors - Dame Rosie Horton, Paul Gestro and Patrick English on "the contribution top Asian leaders can make to NZ and how to be even more successful in NZ" (drawing on their own experiences to date)
Click here & RSVP to Priti Garude, NZAL
Ronnie Tan, NZAL Established Member
Founder/ MD, CreditWorks
Ronnie established CreditWorks in 1998 with a small, dedicated team to provide Credit Management Outsourcing services to the corporate world, the first of its kind in NZ - a pioneer in Credit Management Outsourcing – portfolio size now over NZ$850 million annually (...)
Edward Low, NZAL Emerging Leader
Business Development Manager, Dove Electronics Ltd

Edward has been involved in the IT industry since 1999.

He built his own business at 26 and has a 15 year career reflecting pioneering experience and performance in the IT industry. His current role is at Dove Electronics Ltd, a local NZ company. Originally from Malaysia Edward attended the University of Waikato and completed a Bachelor’s Degree of Management Studies, majoring in Business Management Systems and Communications. (...)
Franco Pang, NZAL Emerging Leader
Senior Business Improvement Specialist / Process Lead, New Zealand Post 

As a business improvement and transformation professional, Franco's expertise is to lead portfolios of improvement initiatives to achieve strategic goals and drive business process maturity at an organisational level.
Originally from Hong Kong, Franco has built an international career profile with working experience in China, India, the Middle East, the UK and, now, New Zealand. (...)
Garrett Wong, NZAL Emerging Leader
Senior Accountant, BNZ
Accounting professional with over fifteen years of experience in industry full cycle accounting and public practice auditing. Direct hands-on and project leading experience with IFRS/GAAP conversion and implementation. Strong people management and technical skills (including technical advice, financial analysis and financial reporting), developed from working with a diversified base of clients including manufacturing, property management and retail. (...)
Jasmine Loh Tietjens, NZAL Emerging Leader
Corporate Counsel, New Zealand Trade and Enterprise (NZTE)

Jasmine has 15 years of significant private and public sector experience. She is currently the corporate counsel at New Zealand Trade and Enterprise and is responsible for providing a full range of legal services to NZTE’s 46 offices in NZ and across 7 regions worldwide. Jasmine and her team contribute to NZTE’s purpose of helping NZ businesses grow bigger, better and faster in international markets. (...)
Lijun Alan Zhu, NZAL Emerging Leader
CEO, Fundstar
Alan possess the ability to assume multiple responsibilities and innovation to consistently meet objectives. He is fully driven and highly self-motivated to his commitments. He loves to find creative solutions and think out of the box. In addition, he believes good communication creates wonder, and enjoys a vibrant working environment cluttered with brilliant ideas. (...)
Wayne Lee, NZAL Emerging Leader
Senior Manager, Business Advisory Services and Corporate Finance, BDO
Wayne is a Business Advisory and Corporate Finance Senior Manager based in the Auckland City office. He joined BDO in May 2011 and had originally trained in a mid-tier accounting firm in Auckland. 
Wayne divides his time between his Corporate Finance role and providing sound commercial advice to his Business Advisory clients, who benefit from the experience he gained in his Corporate Finance work. (...)
Georgina Geotina, NZAL Young Member
Advisor for the Leadership and Talent Hub at the State Services Commission
Georgina is currently an Advisor for the Leadership and Talent Hub at the State Services Commission wherein her key responsibility is to deliver a talent management information system to support talent management across the State service. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Victoria University of Wellington. She is a member of the IPANZ New Professionals leadership team since March 2015. (...)
Peter Ngan, NZAL Young Member
Junior business analyst, Greater Wellington Regional Council
Peter is currently a junior business analyst (BA) that works in a project coordinator role at Greater Wellington Regional Council (GWRC). He has completed a Bachelor of Commerce with honours in Information Systems at Victoria University of Wellington (VUW). His energy, drive, and passion for information technology are reflected in his postgraduate studies, and career path. (...)

We have pleasure in announcing the first publc sector corporate member to NZAL.  The New Zealand Government Auckland Policy Office is led by the State Services Commission and houses the following agencies:

State Services Commission
Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment
Ministry for the Environment
Ministry of Transport
Ministry of Social Development
Ministry of Pacific Island Affairs
Department of Internal Affairs
Environmental Protection Agency

The purpose of the office is to:

  • Provide an informed Auckland perspective on the development of central government policy.
  • Identify and develop Auckland-specific policy initiatives that will make a significant impact on Auckland and national economic growth.
  • Coordinate a collaborative approach for central government engagement in key regional development forums/projects.
  • Offer a source of intelligence on Auckland – both issues and stakeholder

"We know the partnership with NZAL will enhance the work of central government agencies in Auckland and beyond" says Lewis Holden, the State Services Commission's Deputy Commissioner, Auckland.  "New Zealand and most especially Auckland, has seen a huge shift in the make-up of our population. The increase in the number of Aucklanders of Asian descent is of particular significance.  For government and New Zealand to benefit from this change it is critical that our state sector agencies appreciate and reflect the diversity of our communities. For the Auckland Policy Office and the agencies it represents, joining NZAL is one tangible way we can build connections and grow our collective understanding of the issues and opportunities ahead.”  
New look NZI liability unveiled
NZI’s new national underwriting manager for Liability Ryan Clark launched his new look Liability team on October 7, 2015 (...)
The Superdiversity Stocktake: Implications for Business, Government and New Zealand written by Mai Chen, Chair of the Superdiversity Centre for Law, Business and Government and NZAL chairperson, was launched on 3 November 2015 in Auckland.
As members and supporters of NZAL, we want to know what you think about the results and findings from the stocktake! 
Please click 
here to download the full copy of the report and send us your thoughts (no more than 200 words) Your feedback will feature in an upcoming NZAL update and on NZAL website.
NZAL Ambassador, Tony Browne shares his views on the Stocktake

Sharing his thoughts on the Stocktake, NZAL Ambassador and Executive Chair of the New Zealand Contemporary China Research Centre and chair of the Victoria University of Wellington Confucius Institute said, "New Zealand’s capacity to embrace and capitalise on the challenges and opportunities of our diverse society is constrained by our relentless monolingualism. (...)   
Your thoughts on the Stocktake

New Superdiversity Leadership Council of ethnically diverse top leaders

The Superdiversity Centre for Law, Policy and Business has announced the formation of a Superdiversity Leadership Council following the successful launch of Superdiversity Stocktake: Implications for Business, Government and New Zealand andSuperdiversity, Democracy and New Zealand’s Electoral and Referenda Laws in Auckland last week.

Since the Superdiversity Stocktake’s release on 3 November 2015, the full report has been downloaded 44,757 times and the pdf documents including full report plus all the partial sections have been downloaded 65,219 times.  You can view the Superdiversity Stocktake online at or let us know if you would like to order a hard copy version.

The Superdiversity Leadership Council, together with the Centre’s Patron former Governor General Rt Hon Sir Anand Satyanand, will guide the future work of the Superdiversity Centre. The Council is comprised of top ethnic leaders who are committed to the success of New Zealand Inc with established and well-recognised market credentials as deliverers of successful business outcomes.

The inaugural members of the Superdiversity Leadership Council are senior Maori, Pasifika and Asian leaders Sir Tipene O’Regan, Mike Pero, Naomi Ballantyne, Mark Tume, Adrian Orr, Graeme Wong, Lisa Li, Tarun Kanji, Parekawhia McLean, Mitchell Pham, Mavis Mullins and Caren Rangi. 

Superdiversity Centre Chair Mai Chen said, “these 12 leaders were appointed because they embody the future face of business leadership in ethnically superdiverse New Zealand. Each member is recognised in their field and has established credentials of success. They lead by example, and show the contribution that ethnically diverse New Zealanders make to this country every day at the coalface of business and their communities. They show what leadership with cultural intelligence looks like and the Superdiversity Centre will benefit from their experience and wisdom”.

“The Council will provide guidance to the work of the Superdiversity Centre, and serve as a forum through which Council members can provide leadership on ethnic superdiversity issues,” said Ms Chen.

For more information about the Superdiversity Centre, go to

Mai Chen
Chair - NZ Asian Leaders

NZ Asian Leaders Advisory Board Members
Thomas Song - Deputy Chair
Dr Xiaoying Fu
Bharat Guha
Sameer Handa
Richard Leung
Ming Lim-Pollard
Debbie Sew Hoy
David Tse
Shane Zhan
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