About Us

Mikee Santos

Chair, Migrante Aotearoa Mikee Santos is the Chair of Migrante Aotearoa, a grass-root, non-profit organisation that advances the rights and welfare of Filipino Migrants in New Zealand. After his move to Auckland from Manila in 2013, his vulnerability as a […]

Sameer Handa

Deputy Chair

Director, Investor & an experienced Business Leader Sameer is a Mechanical Engineer by trade with an MBA from Sydney University.  Sameer has extensive experience in management and leadership roles in various countries through several industries. Sameer possesses a good knowledge and […]

Nikhil Ravishankar

Chief Digital Officer, Vector Nikhil Ravishankar has been appointed by Vector in the executive role of Chief Digital Officer. The new role will be responsible for managing Vector’s IT function and digital strategy and will work across the group to […]

Tony Falkenstein ONZM

Tony Falkenstein is a the CEO and major shareholder of publically-listed Just Water International Ltd and a director and shareholder of PureSEO Ltd. He is a member of the AUT Business School Advisory Board, and has been prominent in business […]

Mitchell Pham

Co-founder, Director and head of Sales & Marketing of the Augen Software Group in New Zealand Mitchell Pham is a Vietnamese-Kiwi business & social entrepreneur.  He is a Co-founder, Director and head of Sales & Marketing of the Augen Software […]

Ziena Jalil

Consulting Partner, SenateSHJ Ziena is an award-winning brand, communications and reputation management strategist, and has supported some of New Zealand’s biggest businesses to grow their reputations and revenues. She has advised Ministers, senior officials, and C-suite executives. Before joining SenateSHJ, […]

Tony Browne

Tony Browne is Executive Chair of the New Zealand Contemporary China Research Centre and chair of the Victoria University of Wellington Confucius Institute.  He is a member of the Executive Board of the New Zealand China Council and chair of […]

Paul Gestro

Director, William Partnerships Paul is responsible for leading the bank and its customers to financial services, networks and business opportunities throughout Asia. As a specialist in international business Paul has in depth experience in issues relating to global trade, cross […]

Patrick English

Patrick English has been involved with China and international trade since 1989. He has a BA in Chinese studies and International Relations and a Masters in International Management and Chinese from the University of Waikato and was one of the […]

Michael Powles

Michael Powles has headed New Zealand diplomatic posts in the Asia (as New Zealand Ambassador to China, and before that, as Ambassador to Indonesia) and the Pacific (as High Commissioner to Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru and Tuvalu). He was Deputy Secretary […]

Carl Worker

New Zealand Consul-General, Hong Kong and Macau Carl Worker is a veteran New Zealand diplomat with specialist expertise in China and South America. Carl recently concluded an extended term as New Zealand Ambassador to China where he led 300 staff […]

Dame Rosie Horton DNZM, QSO, QSM

Dame Rosemary Horton DNZM QSO QSM is a philanthropist and mentor for New Zealand charities. Her passion and focus, over 40 years, has been women and children. Founding Chairman of the following: Friends of Aotea Trust, The Aotea Centre Performing […]