Introducing the ANZBC Executive Committee

The Executive Committee comprises officers and members elected by members at its Annual General Meeting and ex officios appointed within its Constitution.

Correct as of 30 August 2017

CHAIRMAN

Kenneth Leong

kenneth leong ASEAN

Occupation: Business Advisor and Company Director
Principal – Asia Business, Crowe Horwath
Director, Euroasia.

Kenneth is a Director of private businesses with involvement in ASEAN, including Euroasia (training/consulting), Edenz Colleges (export education) and SnoozeKL (accommodation services). As Principal-Asia Business at international business advisory firm Crowe Horwath, he advises senior businesspeople, including those from ASEAN, on their business dealings in New Zealand. He has a track record of facilitating business transactions across cultures, from deal origination to execution. Coupled with fluency in multiple ASEAN languages and cross-cultural skills, he has acted as commercial advisor to both large and small businesses for over 16 years. Kenneth arrived in New Zealand as an international student from Malaysia, to complete Bachelors and Masters-level qualifications in Accounting and Finance. He continues to spend time in Malaysia and Singapore regularly, to meet with clients and investors

 

VICE CHAIRMAN           

Lester Khoo

Lester Khoo

Occupation: Director, Post: Director of International Relations and Development, Auckland University of Technology, Co Director: APEC Voice of the future.

Areas of Interest: International Education Leadership and Executive training, Thailand, Vietnam and China.

 

 

 

 

 

IMMEDIATE PAST CHAIRMAN

Alister Lawrence

Alister LawrenceAlister is also the Honorary Consul for the Republic of Indonesia in Auckland.  Alister has a long history of working in and with ASEAN countries, and lived in Thailand for 3 years. He has experience in all but 1 of the 10 AEAN countries.
He has extensive experience as a CEO and Company Director. He is a Chartered Fellow of the Institute of Directors, and sits on several Boards.  He also provides Advisory Services through his company Miro Partners, working with companies who wish to raise their performance or expand into new ventures / markets. Alister is currently CEO and a Director of a company that has business interests in Thailand and is expanding into Malaysia and Indonesia in the next 12 months

 

HON TREASURER

Paul Gestro

Paul Gestro

As a specialist in international business Paul has in depth experience in global trade, cross border investment, foreign affairs and business internationalisation.

Paul previously worked for the NZ Government in Singapore and New York, multinationals in London & Sydney and founded his own export business. Paul has a business and agriculture degree from Massey University, a post graduate qualification in International Strategy & Leadership from the University of Auckland and attended Harvard Business School

 

EXECUTIVE MEMBERS

Mike Atkins:

Mike is responsible for delivery of ASB’s international trade products and services across all industry segments. His team of sales and service personnel assist in the delivery of solutions to optimise Working Capital and maximise Shareholder Returns in conjunction with the wider ASB Business Banking team to the New Zealand market place.

 

It is through this relationship that he became involved with ANZBC, taking a leading role in the sponsorship and facilitation of the inaugural joint Export NZ/ANZBC trade mission to Indonesia. Mike is passionate about the governments “NZ Inc” strategy and keen to foster this message among the NZ export and ASEAN import communities.

Jimmy Walsh:

Jimmy Walsh

Jimmy is a Principal, and Business Director for International Growth, at Beca – one of the largest employee-owned professional services consultancies in the Asia Pacific. He is responsible for the development of Beca’s international business across a range of jurisdictions. Jimmy uses his strategic, commercial and communication skills to build relationships with clients and partners across a range of market sectors including Infrastructure, Buildings, Food and Beverage Facilities, and Mining.

A Chartered Engineer by profession, he is a regular contributor to discussions on doing business in the ASEAN region. He has particular experience of the business environments in Myanmar, Singapore and the Philippines. He is currently chair of the Myanmar chapter of the ASEAN business council

 

Bernard Banks:

Bernard BanksBernard is Principal of Bernard Banks & Associates, a consultancy focused on Asia Pacific labour market regulation, and New Zealand’s international education. He also retains a role as an employment, immigration and education lawyer, at Kiely Thompson Caisley, Lawyers, Auckland and Wellington.
He is Chair of ANZBC’s Laos Chapter, and also chairs LAWASIA’s Employment Law Committee whose main activity in 2015 is co- hosting an employment law conference in Hanoi, Viet Nam.
Bernard undertakes occasional consultancy roles with ILO and ADB. He regularly visits many ASEAN nations, particularly Malaysia and the Mekong region.
He is based in Wellington, but is frequently in Auckland.

 

Peter Vile:

Director, Co-Founder and Chief Executive at Augen Software Group.  Augen has a physical presence in Ho Chi Minh City where they are extremely active in fostering greater New Zealand collaboration in the market.  Peter is passionate about fostering more New Zealand activity in the ASEAN region and assisting New Zealand businesses make their move into those markets.

 

Greg Miller:

With more than 30 years of experience in the supply chain sector globally, Greg has led many mergers, acquisitions, trade delegations, trade negotiations and divestments for private and public sector companies including IPO experience. Greg Miller is the resident Executive Director for Toll New Zealand, the lead role he has held since June 2008. Greg also works across the Toll Global Network in Asia having worked and developed significant operations in this region for the past 25 years.

Knight Hou:

Knight HouKnight manages Air New Zealand’s Community Engagement Programme with the key migrant communities and customers in New Zealand. Since 2006 he has worked in a variety of roles across the airline business, including Group IT, International Marketing and Government and Industry Relations.

Prior to joining Air New Zealand Knight completed an internship programme with Philip Morris International. Knight holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Business Administration and a Bachelor of Business and Information Management degree from the University of Auckland. Knight currently serves on the Executive Committee of the ASEAN New Zealand Business Council. He is also a member of the Asia New Zealand Foundation Leadership Network and speaks fluent English and Chinese Mandarin.

 

Mahi Tangaere:

Mahi works as an immigration lawyer for Cottrell Law.  The firm works exclusively in providing immigration expertise to people who wish to visit, study, or stay permanently in New Zealand.  Cottrell Law works with related businesses that provide translation, verification, and recruitment services.

Mahi has her own company, NZeducateme.  The company provides placements services for people wishing to study in New Zealand and a range of complimentary services from CV and interview coaching through to internship placements.

Her team of seven staff represent New Zealand’s largest international education markets – China, India, and Sri Lanka.  Mahi has recently hired her own immigration adviser.  She intends to expand the services the company offers by offering prospective clients staff who can communicate with them in their own language and with the assurance that they are dealing with a business that is New Zealand owned, operated and accountable.

Her experiences in the international education space have identified a significant number of opportunities and challenges for New Zealand.

 

Paola Neilson-Sanchez

EX OFFICIO MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS AND TRADE

Stephen Harris and Murray Bruges (alternates)

NEW ZEALAND TRADE AND ENTERPRISE

Anne Collins:

Anne CollinsAs New Zealand based Market Manager for East Asia, Anne’s role involves assisting New Zealand companies who are interested in doing business in South East Asia and North Asia. Anne is also is responsible for raising the profile of this region with New Zealand companies, developing NZTE’s strategic approach to the region and representing NZTE on the Japan New Zealand Business Council and Korean New Zealand Business Council. Prior to NZTE Anne worked in the wine industry with importers, distributors and wineries with the main focus on exporting to Europe, Australia and USA.

 

EXPORT NEW ZEALAND

Catherine Lye

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CHAPTER APPOINTMENTS (not on Executive Committee)

MALAYSIA CHAPTER CHAIRMAN

Kenneth Leong:

See Above

MYANMAR CHAPTER REPRESENTATIVE

Kelvin Keh

CAMBODIA CHAPTER CHAIRMAN

Farib Sos

INDONESIA CHAPTER CHAIRMAN

Mike Atkins

INDONESIA CHAPTER REPRESENTATIVE

Allison Scott

LAOS CHAPTER CHAIRMAN

Bernard Banks:
See above

MALAYSIA CHAPTER REPRESENTATIVE

Francis Chai

MYANMAR CHAPTER CHAIRMAN

Jimmy Walsh:
See above

PHILIPPINE CHAPTER CHAIR

Kim Campbell

PHILIPPINE CHAPTER REPRESENTATIVE

Alfonso Gaerlan

SINGAPORE CHAPTER CHAIRMAN

Rabin Rabindran

THAILAND CHAPTER CHAIRMAN

Mike Whale

VIETNAM CHAPTER CHAIRMAN

Mahi Tangaere

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ANZBC MANAGEMENT

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Liz Bell

Liz BellENQUIRIES: All enquiries for the Council and its Executive Committee should be channelled through the Executive Director. Contact details are as below.

PHONE: +64 9 5286492

MOBILE: +64 21 712 190

EMAIL: info@asean.org.nz

POSTAL: POBOX 133262, EASTRIDGE, AUCKLAND 1146