CELEBRATING TWO YEARS OF SUCCESS
Kindly hosted by PwC, on 19th November 2015, the 2nd Birthday celebration of NZ Asian Leaders was a time to reflect on the past, present and future ahead. The birthday celebration was attended by 120 guests that included members, sponsors, corporate members and supporters of NZAL complete with cake
The main session chaired by NZAL Chair Mai Chen included guests Chai Chuah, Director-General of Health, Ministry of Health and Ronnie Tan, Founder of CreditWorks (both quickly realized they were from the same Malaysian town and went to the same school!) and share with guests how cultural differences affect business in the public and private sector.
Mai Chen puts the guest speakers on the hot seat!
CONGRATULATIONS FROM NZAL AMBASSADORS
Drawing on their own experiences, NZAL Ambassadors shared their thoughts on ‘the contribution top Asian leaders can make to NZ and how to be even more successful in NZ”.
Key thoughts from Hon Philip Burdon
“As an SOE Minister I insisted on women and minority (which was really a euphemism for Asian) representation on all SOE boards. I requested National radio and television with particular emphasis on television to appoint more non-European front people so as to main stream the inclusion and automatic acceptance of NZ as a genuine multicultural society as opposed to an Asian face being seen as a rarity or indeed token oddity. It is my privilege to work alongside fellow NZAL Ambassadors, Mai Chen, NZAL Advisory Board to ensure an inclusive and diverse New Zealand for the future.”
Key thoughts from Dame Rosie Horton
“Each one is a great example of Asian New Zealanders. So many Asian New Zealanders show what can be achieved by tenacity, talent, overcoming the odds and looking at opportunities with fresh eyes and fresh ideas. Their ongoing point of view and contribution will be integral to making our country even better and making our products and innovations global successes.”
Key thoughts from Patrick English
NZAL has created a successful platform for top and emerging Asian leaders
NZAL will help deliver results for NZ’s cultural integration and economic growth agenda
Key thoughts from Paul Gestro
Paul spent 15 years working offshore in many different countries and always had to start and build a network rapidly. He said, “The key point is that Asian leaders can make a huge contribution by
deepening their networks for mutual benefit. Building a network is actually quite easy; building an effective & useful network is actually hard.”
Paul found it more obvious when living in Asia as that heightened respect for trust meant you really had to work hard at it. While starting with a NZ network in Asia, Paul quickly asked those people to introduce him to their local relationships and not people that looked and acted like him. That started with trust from your counterpart but then the hard work was to build off the local network they had introduced you to.