The ASEAN New Zealand Business Council is pleased to announce the formation of a “Next generation Strategy Group” as part of its ongoing programme to broaden its association with the ASEAN Nations.
The ANZBC recognizes the reality that many of the ASEAN Nations have significant levels of population under the age of thirty. Therefore if we are to engage positively and successfully with the Asean Nations in the coming years, it is imperative that we must establish a link with young professionals in New Zealand who come from the same generation, and by doing so lay the groundwork and increase the understanding of the role of organizations like the ANZBC and their value in promoting business, cultural and trade ties between the ASEAN Nations and New Zealand.Asean Trade Stats ASEAN org nz

The inaugural group of participants has been formed from a selection of high quality young professionals that have a diverse reach over as many relevant sectors as possible. We are confident that this group will provide a platform for them to bring a fresh youthful perspective to the continuing development of relations between New Zealand and the ASEAN Regions “ASEAN Economic Community”.

The Executive Committee of the ANZBC will provide a mentor for the group.
The group itself will have a rotational format with the next round of applications for involvement being held in the early part of 2016.

Members of the group will be involved with the ANZBC at all levels, but particularly will be able to provide services to our members. More on this soon!
If you have any questions on the NGSG please contact ANZBC Director, Liz Bell.

The members of the inaugural group are:

Richard Dunsheath (NZTE) Vice Chair

Richard DunsheathRichard is the acting Market Research Director at New Zealand Trade and Enterprises (NZTE). The research team he leads provides New Zealand businesses with global market insights enabling them to make better business decisions.

Richard has spent over nine years working for public and private organisations in China, Australia and New Zealand. Prior to his current role, Richard was a Customer Manager, helping a portfolio of New Zealand technology and services companies grow in international markets. Before NZTE, Richard worked in the waste management and franchising sectors.

Richard holds a Master of International Business from the University of Auckland, a Bachelor of Commerce and a Bachelor of Physical Education from the University of Otago, and has undertaken additional study at universities in Singapore, India and Germany. Richard is interested in Asia, entrepreneurship, sport, travel and social enterprise.

Mike Cao (Crowe Horwarth)

Mike CaoMike is an Advisor in the Business Advisory team at Crowe Horwath and is currently studying to become a Chartered Accountant. His role within the team involves helping his clients in a wide range of business services such as tax compliance, preparation of financial statements, cash flow forecasts and accounting software assistance. Mike prides himself in ensuring his clients get the best service and their interests are well looked after.
Mike has a strong passion for the ASEAN region, specifically Vietnam as his family came to New Zealand shortly after the end of the Vietnam war. Mike still has strong family ties to Vietnam and is very keen to expand his knowledge and experience in the country.

Vijay Patel (Beca)

Vijay PatelVijay Patel is a Senior Associate at Beca Limited working as a Structural Engineer in the Auckland Office. Vijay has 12 years’ experience as a structural engineer working in New Zealand since graduating from the University of Auckland. Vijay has worked on an extensive range of projects, ranging from very tall towers to low lying structures. He has experience with a wide range of buildings, from apartments and hotels, to commercial office spaces, to storage facilities, hospitals, sports stadiums and residential buildings. Vijay has particularly strong skills in project delivery from design through to construction, with specialised skills in the structural and seismic design of multi-storey buildings and structures. Vijay was one of three finalists of the coveted New Zealand Engineering Excellence Young Engineer of the Year in 2015, and is also the Chairman of the Auckland Structural Group (ASG) Committee.

Kam Weng Yuen (Beca)

Kam WengDr Weng Yuen Kam is an Associate – Structural Engineering with Beca Ltd, a leading engineering consultancy firm with over 3000+ staff across the Asia-Pacific region. Kam is an expert in seismic risk mitigation and structural earthquake engineering, particularly relevant to New Zealand and ASEAN region (which is located at the intersection of three major tectonic plates). He has worked across a number of significant projects in New Zealand (NZ International Convention Centre / Hobson St Hotel / seismic projects throughout NZ), Singapore (Marina One) and Dubai (Meydan Racecourse).

Growing up in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, prior to moving to New Zealand for his studies, Kam has a good understanding of the cultural, socio-economics and political nuances of the NZ business operation in ASEAN, vice-versa. Coming from a unique background of academia research and professional services consultancy, Kam brings a fresh perspective and innovation into problem solving in his day job as well as to the ASEAN Next-Gen group. He has a particular interest in exporting New Zealand engineering expertise and services to the ASEAN market. Kam has a PhD and degrees in Civil Engineering and Economics from the University of Canterbury.

Katherine Jull (ANZ)

Originally a scientist, Katherine Jull kick-started her finance career by being selected into the ANZ Graduate Programme. Rotating around various business units, she found great reward working with corporate customers in the Commercial &Agri division and became a Relationship Associate in this space. This role involved working with customers on all aspects of their business including working capital, term debt, transactional efficiencies, and international trade. In early 2015, Katherine changed focus and became a Manager of Trade & Supply Chain specialising in working capital. This role focuses specifically on international trade and funding the gap in the cash conversion cycle.
At ANZ, we are focused on the future. With a proud heritage spanning more than 175 years and a foot print across the majority of Asia-Pacific we are committed to delivering institutional, commercial, retail and wealth solutions– but more importantly, building lasting relationships with our clients. ANZ’s presence in Asia extends more than 40 years and with 5,700 employees in the wider area, the ASEAN region is an extremely important focus. With its vibrant culture and unique ways of conducting business ASEAN can provide growth opportunities for all.

Thomas Sheng (Export Credit Office)

Thomas ShengI am originally from Shanghai and arrived in Dunedin in early 2000 as an international student. I am currently working for New Zealand Export Credit Office (NZECO). We are New Zealand’s official export credit agency and our purpose is to support the growth of New Zealand exports through the provision of Government backed trade credit insurance and financial guarantees. My role at NZECO is to work with exporters, banks and other government agencies to identify these growth opportunities and provide solutions. Prior to joining NZECO, I spent almost 10 years working for ANZ in Wellington and Societe Generale in Beijing across various roles including Trade Finance, Cash Management and Relationship Banking.

John Mollo (Education New Zealand)

John MolloJohn is currently the International Market Manager for South East Asia at Education New Zealand having joined in 2012 from Datacom Employer Services. He has responsibility for strengthening education links and key relationships between New Zealand and South East Asia. John has a Bachelor of Commerce and Administration in Economics, Marketing and Commercial Law from Victoria University of Wellington.


Janti Gunawan (Power Tech ASEAN)

Janti is a Global Supply Chain Manager at Power Technology ASEAN, Ltd. Her passion is in the international business and she is a member of ASEAN Next Generation group, where she contribute her knowledge to support better linkage between the New Zealand and ASEAN businesses, especially Indonesia.

Yun Jae Lee (Comvita)

Stephanie Chan (NZ Customs Service)

Adam McConnachie

adam mcconnachieAdam is into history, fashion, South and Southeast Asia, hip hop and ranting about politics. A bureaucrat and historian by training, he facilitates trade and builds networks between entrepreneurs and business leaders in Southeast Asia and New Zealand with the Asia New Zealand Foundation, managing the ASEAN Young Business Leaders Initiative. He is also the strategic advisor at Just Peoples, a start-up charity that inspires people to raise money for life changing projects, primarily in South and Southeast Asia.