Dear Leaders, here's your edition of the NZAL newsletter!
June 27, 2016
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The inaugural NZAL Leadership Training Programme developed by the Superdiversity Centre for Law, Policy and Business was a resounding networking success with participation from 26 established and emerging leaders, a bespoke course breaking through barriers to greatness for diverse leaders. 

A training programme unlike any other, the NZAL Leadership Training Programme was created to make diverse leaders aspire to go from good to great, to leverage off their differences and create a network of like-minded leaders. The training programme managed to create a strong network of individuals working towards and helping each other in their goals.
Above captions from left-right: Hon. Paul Goldsmith, Dr Harold Hillman and Mai Chen, Mervin Singham, Mai Chen and Tapua Hori-Senior Quarantine Officer, Ministry of Primary Industries.
Participants included a mix of public and private organisations:
ASB Bank Limited, Auckland Council, Bank of New Zealand, COSCO NZ, Education NZ, Ernst & Young, Fonterra, FutureCOL, Innovative Excellent Limited, Mary Potter Hospice, Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, Ministry of Education, Ministry of Primary Industries, National Tertiary Education Consortium, Oregon Group Limited, Perpetual Guardian, Scanpower Limited, SKYCITY, Titan Funding NZ Limited, Trademonster Limited, Wellington City Council
Above captions from left-right: Marisa Fong, Director, Masimaya and Rodney Wong, Director, Scanpower Ltd, Marina Matthews, CEO, Superdiversity Centre, Michelle Boag, Director, Boag Allan SvG, James Mora with Mary Lambie
Mai Chen, Founder and Chair, NZAL and The Superdiversity Centre began by raising the bar high setting the scene, helping the participants understand their goals, strengths, weaknesses and 'Leveraging off their difference and breaking through the bamboo ceiling'.

The sessions and speakers of the programme were leaders in their field and included:
Hon. Paul Goldsmith who spoke on the 'Becoming a person of influence'
Dr. Harold Hillman A recorded video interview with Mai Chen who spoke about his journey and books 'The Impostor Syndrome' and 'Fitting and Standing out'.
Michelle Boag; Public relations practitioner, who gave tips on 'How to network from Good to Great'
James Mora and Mary Lambie; participants had a chance to learn key tips on 'How to work with the media'
Marina Matthews, by the CEO of SUperdiversity Centre for Law, Policy and Business shared a 101 session on 'Working with the Government' and 'Understanding the importance of Maori dimension'
Mervin Singham, Deputy Chief Executive Strategy and Governance, Department of Internal Affairs, Mei-Fern Johnson, Partner, Russell McVeagh and Stan Balar, Founding President, Managing Director, Group Chair of Balars Group of Companies, shared their journey and the key turning point that helped them embrace their differences as Asian leaders
Rodney Wong, Director, Scanpower Ltd and Marisa Fong, Director of Masimaya Limited shared their thoughts on the qualities of a good Board Director and how to get there.

The final powerful address was given by Mai Chen challenging all participants on how to pursue the journey towards their goals taking them from good to great.

With exceptional positive feedback from all the participants, NZAL and the Superdiversity Centre look to establishing and training diverse leaders and provide a mentoring programme for all participants.

"A leadership training programme that is tailored for Asian, Maori and Pacific Island leader, future focussed programme - well done"
"How to network followed by the networking session most valuable"
"A great opportunity to meet high calibre and similar background successful individuals"
"The motivation and enthusiastic seeds planted in my head from the inspirational leaders and fellow participants"
"Longer sessions! Can't get enough of this"
"The vast number of different leaders from different sectors/areas of business - great networking and sharing opportunity"
I liked the fact that it was different from generic leaders courses - with a high calibre of speakers, I could relate to"
Rebecca Needham; NZAL International Member
New Zealand Consul-General, Guangzhou

Rebecca joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade in 1991 and has served at the New Zealand Embassy in Beijing, the New Zealand Consulate-General, Shanghai, and the New Zealand High Commission in Kuala Lumpur.  Her work at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has focused on New Zealand’s relations with Asia, including leading implementation and review of the first year of the New Zealand Inc China Strategy.
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Raveen Jaduram; NZAL Established Member
Chief Executive Officer, Watercare

Raveen Jaduram was appointed as the chief executive of Watercare after performing the role in an acting capacity since February 2014. He rejoined Watercare in 2013 as General Manager of the Maintenance Services business unit that provides operations and maintenance support within Watercare.
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Helene Wong; NZAL Established Member
Author - Being Chinese

In May, Helene Wong’s book Being Chinese: A New Zealander’s Story was published to widespread acclaim.  And when Helene gave the Michael King Lecture at the Auckland Writers Festival, her words were greeted with a sustained standing ovation from more than 400 people.   Titled ‘Inside Outside’, her reflections on being Chinese and at the same time a New Zealander – of feeling part of this place and yet set apart – have resonated with a great many people throughout New Zealand.   
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Daniel Oh; NZAL Established Member
Director of Finance; NZ, Fiji and French Polynesia - Accor Hotels

Daniel is a commercially driven, strategic Senior Director of Finance with experience in growing companies, new acquisitions and new infrastructure developments. Leads by collaborating with key stakeholders and cross functional teams to deliver on vision, objectives and effect positive change. Daniel is currently the Director of Finance for AccorHotels with responsibility for New Zealand, Fiji and French Polynesia.
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Deepak Veerasamy; NZAL Emerging Leader
Technical Manager/IP Network Architect - Northpower

Deepak has a passion for Technology and prides himself on matching the business needs to emerging technology. Self driven and dedicated professional, with extensive experience across most areas of IT, FTTx, RF and Satellite technologies. 
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We are delighted to announce Attitude Trust as a new NZAL Corporate Member

Each year, the Attitude Trust holds New Zealand’s Attitude Awards to recognize accomplished artists, entrepreneurs, talented young people, elite sportsmen and women and people who inspire us by rising above daily challenges. 

This year, they are seeking to introduce the New Zealand Asian Community to the 2016 Attitude Awards and invite members and businesses to collaborate with them to ensure we positively impact the lives of all New Zealanders - of all cultures - who live with disability.
Know more about the Attitude Awards
Asian Leaders in Governance
Interviews with top Asian leaders as Board of Directors and discussion on "disruptors on Boards"

NZAL members only session

Tuesday July 26 at SKYCITY
Save the date in your calendars; 
You will receive your invitation in the next few weeks!
NZAL Ambassador Carl Worker - "Sharing insights on his time in China"
NZAL members only session

Tuesday August 2 at Auckland Policy Office
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You will receive your invitation in the next few weeks!
Living in a globalized world by Sir Anand Satyanand
Sir Anand Satyanand, Patrol of the Superdiversity Centre writes
"The work being done by the Superdiversity Centre in New Zealand sometimes makes one think that our country is on a journey of its own with the absorption of new people into the community at a rate in excess of any time previously."
"It is a relief to read that this is not so and there are many other countries and communities doing this.  An example is India and the following quotation from a speech by Mohammed Hamid Ansari, Vice President of India since 2007, called "Accommodating Diversity in a Globalising World: The Indian Experience" at the Mohammed V University in Rabat, Morocco on 1st June 2016 makes the point well."

- Sir Anand Satyanand, Patron
 Mohammed Hamid Ansari, Vice President of India
“Globalization”, he said, “ has many facets – economic, political and cultural. All necessitate the emergence of a set of norms, values and practices that are universally accepted. A sociologist has defined it as ‘the compression of the world and the intensification of consciousness of the world as a whole.’ An obvious implication of this would be assimilation and homogenization. In a world of intrinsically diverse societies at different levels of development, this could only result in denial of their diversity and imposition of uniformity. Such an approach can only result in conflict.

The challenge for the modern world is to accept diversity as an existential reality and to configure attitudes and methodologies for dealing with it. In developing such an approach, the traditional virtue of tolerance is desirable but insufficient; our effort, thinking and practices have to look beyond it and seek acceptance of diversity and adopt it as a civic virtue.

We in India are attempting it, cannot yet say that we have succeeded, but are committed to continue the effort. We invite all right-minded people to join us in this endeavour.”
NZAL Advisory Board and Established member, Mitchell Pham has been formally inducted into the World Class New Zealand network by KEA
Mitchell shared the below thoughts with us:
"World Class New Zealand is a global network of high achievers and industry leaders who lend their influence and insight to help internationally-minded Kiwi businesses and individuals succeed on the world stage.
Network members are united in their love of New Zealand and in their belief that, for Kiwis who aspire to achieve internationally, there should be no such thing as a cold call.

As the World Class New Zealand network grows, so too does its importance as a strategic tool in the development of New Zealand’s global standing.

By providing globally minded New Zealanders access to the advice and meaningful connections they need to get to market faster and smarter, the network is in turn creating a platform to promote Kiwi excellence to the world."
Know more about the launch of the Kiwi Connection Tech Hub Opening in Ho Chi Minh City
PwC and MyFarm, both corporate members of NZAL, teamed up at the National Field days to talk about “Resetting for Profitability”

a discussion focused on the need for dairy farmers to reset their farm businesses to be sustainable at lower milk prices.
The dairy industry is suffering from the prospect of three years of lower milk prices and farmers are responding to the situation by reducing on-farm costs.
The main purpose was to highlight that farmers and the industry may need to reset for the medium term as dairy commodity prices look to recover slowly as a result of high levels of debt being held on farms.

New Zealand is one of the food baskets for Asia with 55% of our whole milk powder marketed to the greater Asian region in 2015.  The industry is innovative, needs more capital and there are opportunities for investment and partnership.  MyFarm provides investment and management services for investors and PwC are one of New Zealand’s leading farm accounting and financial advisory providers.
IPANZ to host seminar on  Integrated Data Infrastructure, 30 June and Realising Potential - Your Contribution to New Zealand
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Mai Chen
Chair - NZ Asian Leaders
NZ Asian Leaders Advisory Board Members

Thomas Song - Deputy Chair
Dr Xiaoying Fu
Bharat Guha
Sameer Handa
Ziena Jalil
Carolyn Luey
Mitchell Pham
Ming Lim-Pollard
Brijesh Sethi
David Tse
Karinia Lee - General Manager
Priti Garude - Marketing Assistant
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