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Welcome to the New Zealand ASEAN Business Alliance Conference 2022

Open. Connect. Balance.

Register here for ONLINE attendance for Day 2 of the ABA Conference on Wednesday 23 November, 3pm - 5pm NZ time.

The New Zealand ASEAN Business Alliance (ABA)*, in partnership with the Southeast Asia CAPE and the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, is proud to bring you our 4th annual business conference, this year with the theme "Open. Connect. Balance."

The two sessions spread over the two days will cover:

Day 1: Emerging Exports – Fresh Thinking and New Value (hybrid event)

Day 2: Foundation Value Chains – New Connections and Opportunities (online event)

Our speakers from New Zealand and across ASEAN will be speaking both in person, and virtually from Jakarta, Auckland, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur and Bangkok on a range of foundation and emerging business issues, including;

  • Sustainability; people, construction and financial models
  • Value chains; connecting ASEAN and your business
  • The future of food
  • What drives an ASEAN consumer?
  • Retail in ASEAN; current and future trends
  • Cross-border expansion; tips and tricks

Join this FREE online event from the comfort of your office or home.

*The ASEAN Business Alliance is a network of the NZ Chambers and business association in NZ and ASEAN: ASEAN NZ Business Council, NZ Singapore Chamber, NZ Thai Chamber, NZ Malaysia Chamber, NZ Vietnam Chamber, ANZCHAM Philippines, Indonesia NZ Business Steering Group


3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Opening and Keynotes
Business Keynote and Regional Trends
4:00 PM - 4:55 PM
Business Panel
FMCG Consumer Outlook, Retail and Customer Loyalty, Sustainability; a ticket to the game
(+ audience q+a)
4:55 PM - 5:00 PM
Conference Wrap Up


  • Anne Lochoff (Programme Director Singapore Agri-Food Innovation Lab of Nanyang Technological University)

    Anne Lochoff

    Programme Director Singapore Agri-Food Innovation Lab of Nanyang Technological University


    SAIL (Singapore Agri-food Innovation Lab) is a national platform, managed by NTU (Nanyang Technological University) that seeds partnerships between SAIL’s corporate partners, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), start-ups, research institutes and institutes of higher learning (IHLs) to drive agri-food innovations.

    Prior to joining SAIL, Anne was the senior advisor partnerships at the United Nations Development Programme Global Centre for Technology, Innovation and Sustainable Development in Singapore. The centre focused on sustainable finance, sustainable agriculture, and the digitalisation of cities.

    Anne’s background spans government, academia, NGOs, and private-sector businesses. Anne was the Strategic Advisor to the Executive Director of Asia P3 Hub, a partnership incubator hosted by World Vision. She was also the chair and business advisor in the New Zealand Trade and Enterprise’s Beachheads network. During her time in private sector, Anne was an Executive Director at McCann Erickson, part of the global team managing the MasterCard account for APMEA (Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa).

    Anne Lochoff is one of 9 Women rated as the Top Global Influencers of Tech Innovation in Cities featured in Inc.com in 2016.

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  • Simon Wintels (Partner at Mckinsey)

    Simon Wintels

    Partner at Mckinsey


    Simon is a Partner and a leader in our Retail and Consumer Packaged Goods Practices in Southeast Asia. Simon works with retail and consumer goods clients across Asia on a range of issues related to strategy, growth (incl. new business building) and digital and advanced analytics.

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  • Abe Levavi (Associate Partner at McKinsey)

    Abe Levavi

    Associate Partner at McKinsey


    Abe is an Associate Partner based in Sydney and leads McKinsey’s Consumer and Retail practice across Australia and New Zealand. Abe has significant experience across a variety of retailers, across most functions and formats. He supports his clients on various topics including corporate strategy, omnichannel transformation, digital marketing, loyalty and private label optimization.

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  • Lee-Ann Birch (Global Marketing Manager - Anchor at Fonterra)

    Lee-Ann Birch

    Global Marketing Manager - Anchor at Fonterra


    Lee-Ann has more than 10+ years solid background in first-class Marketing & Brand Building Strategies, consumer-centric marketing plans, and experience across trade marketing, category and sales. Lee-Ann is adept in linking strategy and planning to marketing initiatives and excel at developing and implementing engaging and innovative marketing plans, centered around robust consumer insights and focused on a strong brand story that authentically communicates and connects with the target audience.

    Lee-Ann has a Bachelor of Philosophy Honours in Marketing Management Degree and a Mini MBA in Marketing.

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  • Rommel Irwan (Head of Southeast Asia at COMVITA NEW ZEALAND LIMITED)

    Rommel Irwan

    Head of Southeast Asia at COMVITA NEW ZEALAND LIMITED


    Rommel Irwan is a Registered Pharmacist with more than 15 years of management experience in the commercial space and the Retail Pharmacy industry.
    He is currently the Head of South East Asia for Comvita New Zealand Limited, a publicly listed company on the New Zealand Stock Exchange. Comvita is the largest Manuka Honey exporter in the world and the No.1 UMF Manuka Honey producer in New Zealand
    His key role is to oversee the strategic planning of business expansion throughout the ASEAN Market. Comvita is currently present in Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, and Philippines. Rommel is focused on expanding the brand to Vietnam, Thailand, and Cambodia in the next 3 years and thus making Comvita the No.1 Manuka Honey brand in this region.
    He is passionate to inspire and empower more people to live happy & vibrant lives through nature’s most powerful gift, New Zealand’s Manuka Honey.

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  • Stella Saris Chow (Head of Sustainable Finance, International at ANZ)

    Stella Saris Chow

    Head of Sustainable Finance, International at ANZ


    Stella has over 18 years’ banking experience and has held a number of structured finance and industry coverage roles in Asia, the United Kingdom and Australia.
    She is currently the Head of Sustainable Finance, International, with responsibility across Asia, Europe and the US for ANZ, focused on originating and structuring sustainable debt product for the banks clients. Prior to this Stella was an energy and infrastructure coverage banker in Asia, and spent 15 years in project finance roles.
    In addition to her Sustainable Finance responsibilities, Stella is Co-Chair of the Asia Pacific Loan Market Association Green and Sustainable Loan Committee and is involved in setting and implementing the bank’s strategy in relation to environmental sustainability.

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  • Andrew Bayly (Founder and Owner of Emec Technology)

    Andrew Bayly

    Founder and Owner of Emec Technology


    Founder and owner of Emec Technology, a consultancy company specialising in the design of laboratories for research
    and development, bio-containment and oil and gas, and is the founder and owner of Emec Scientific, a manufacturing and contracting company making specialist laboratory equipment and the building and renovation of laboratories.
    After completing a Degree in Engineering from Canterbury
    University he has been living in Malaysia since 1993 and has worked on projects right across Asia.
    Emec Technology was started in in 2003 and clients include the Malaysian Ministry of Health, Petronas and all Malaysia’s leading hospitals. The laboratory equipment is used throughout Malaysia and Singapore and exported to Australia, India and Vietnam.
    He is currently Chair of the Malaysia New Zealand Chamber of Commerce, MNZCC is a non profit promoting business in Malaysia amongst New Zealanders and those doing business with New Zealand.
    He is also a founding member and Chair of the New Zealand ASEAN Business Alliance. NZABA is an alliance of the New Zealand chambers and business councils across ASEAN and New Zealand and works to promote business between chambers and provide an integrated network for New Zealand businesses entering ASEAN.

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  • Siah Hwee Ang (Professor and Director of Southeast Asia Centre of Pacific Excellence)

    Siah Hwee Ang

    Professor and Director of Southeast Asia Centre of Pacific Excellence


    Siah Hwee Ang is Professor of International Business and Strategy at Victoria University of Wellington. He is also the Director of New Zealand’s Southeast Asia Centre of Asia-Pacific Excellence. From 2013-2021, he was also the Professorial Chair in Business in Asia. In these roles, Siah works closely with various stakeholders and companies on their strategies in Asia and Asia’s engagement in New Zealand.

    Siah’s research centres around the connection between strategy, international business and international trade. His works have been published in international top-tier journals and have won several research awards. He is also Reviewing Editor at the Journal of World Business and Senior Editor at the Asia Pacific Journal of Management, leading international and Asia business journals respectively. Siah has sat on the national assessment panels for New Zealand Prime Minister’s Scholarships for Asia, Prime Minister’s Business Scholarships, and Marsden Fund, a prestigious fund supporting excellence in science, engineering, maths, social sciences and the humanities in New Zealand. He currently serves as executive board member at the ASEAN NZ Business Council and also board member of the Business Central & Wellington Chamber of Commerce joint board.

    Before joining Victoria University of Wellington, Siah was Professor and Associate Dean at the University of Auckland Business School, and has work experience in City University in London and National University of Singapore, where he completed his PhD in Management. Siah is Visiting Professor to a few Asian universities. He writes frequently in the media.

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  • Hayley Horan (SaaS Partner Lead at Microsoft New Zealand)

    Hayley Horan

    SaaS Partner Lead at Microsoft New Zealand


    Hayley currently works for Microsoft New Zealand as a SaaS Partner Lead. She has held a variety of board positions including Chairperson of The Herb Farm and International Trade Development Board. Previously, Hayley was New Zealand’s Trade Commissioner to Singapore.

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