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.

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

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

VICE 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

 
 
 
 
 

IMMEDIATE PAST CHAIRMAN

Stuart Walbridge

Stuart WallbridgeStuart is an Honorary Life Member of the ANZBC after having served as Chair of the Council for five years until 2013. He has a background in consultancy and corporate finance spanning a career of forty years in senior positions in the corporate world living in several continents including several years in South East Asia. He is a keen supporter of the Council’s work believing that there is huge potential and reward for New Zealand to strengthen its business and cultural ties with the ASEAN region.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

HON TREASURER

Paul Gestro

Paul Gestro

Paul is Head of Asia Business at the Bank of New Zealand (BNZ) and 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 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:

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.

 
 
 
 
 

Guy Slocum:

Guy SlocumAfter an initial role as an RAF pilot, Guy embarked on a career in International Investment Banking. For the last 30years Guy has run his three businesses, involving International Investment, a Global Loyalty card and a consultancy offering meaningful assistance to young, and occasionally old businesses, passionate to secure their future growth.

He is currently exercising his strong belief that New Zealand is a uniquely suitable base to penetrate the markets of ASEAN. Guy enjoys practicing his long proven skill at developing cold markets from a situation where no presence exists.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Lester Khoo:

Lester KhooOccupation: 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.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Knight Hou:

Community Relationship Manager, Government and Industry Affairs, Air New Zealand

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

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

Khoa Truong Nguyen

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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

 
 
 
 
 

COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR

Neil Kennedy:

Neil Kennedy ASEANSOccupation: Facilitator, Consultant Marketing and Communications
Post: Owner/ Director Black Swan Marketing Limited
Areas of Interest : Promotion of NZ developed niche technology into Asean region, Thailand, reading and writing, music and yachting.