New Zealand ASEAN Business Alliance Conference
Brought to you in partnership with the Southeast Asia CAPE
The theme this year is: The New Normal: Trends and Opportunities for People, Products and Services.
The New Zealand ASEAN Business Alliance (ABA), in partnership with the Southeast Asia CAPE, is proud to bring you our second annual business conference.
It's a 2 day, Virtual event exploring how New Zealand and ASEAN businesses can come out of the events of 2020 bigger, stronger and more resilient than ever by making the most of the ASEAN region and beyond. This 100% Virtual Conference will be held via the Whova digital platform, integrated with Zoom. We have a raft of fantastic NZ and ASEAN based speakers.
The four sessions spread over the two days will cover;
• Consumer Trends
• Regulations and Branding
• Case Studies
Held NZ time, 1pm - 5pm, both days. See the programme for more detail
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Country Manager at Jacobsview more
Tim is the Indonesian Country Manager/President Director for Jacobs Engineering and Consulting Group – one of the world’s largest technical professional service firms. Tim, a trained lawyer and former New Zealand Trade Commissioner to Indonesia (2012-2017), has both managed business operations in Indonesia and advised companies on market penetration, set-up and growth in their Indonesian operations over the last 28 years. Tim has lived in Indonesia more than 14 years and is fluent in Bahasa Indonesia. During his time as Trade Commissioner Tim helped New Zealand companies secure more than $320m of new business across multiple sectors.
Siah Hwee Ang
Director of Southeast Asia CAPEview more
Professor Siah Hwee Ang is the Director of the New Zealand’s Southeast Asia Centre of Asia-Pacific Excellence. He is also Professor of International Business and Strategy and the inaugural Chair in Business in Asia at Victoria University of Wellington. In these roles, Siah works closely with various stakeholders and companies on their strategies in Asia and Asia’s engagement in New Zealand. Beyond publishing in international top journals and an expert in strategy, competition and international business, Siah is Senior Editor of Strategy, Institutions and Research Design of the Journal of World Business, a leading international business journal, and sits on various editorial boards of international top tier journals over the years. In New Zealand, Siah sits on the national assessment panels for New Zealand Prime Minister’s Scholarships for Asia, Prime Minister’s Business Scholarships, and Marsden Fund. Before joining Victoria University of Wellington, Siah was Professor in Strategy and Associate Dean Postgraduate and International (Asia) at the University of Auckland Business School, a research fellow at Cass Business School, City University in London and the 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.
DHR Internationalview more
For over 15 years, Lukas has specialised in guiding international
companies to achieve their business goals in the Korean market, providing
strategic and tactical guidance, access to sector-specific human resources,
partners and customers. His local expertise combines with hands-on
actions to effectively accomplish the business objectives of ‘western’
companies in Korea.
● Strategic and industry-specific access to key human resources for clients in the industrial
and technology industries of Korea;
● Market engagement and development in Korea for international companies;
● Project Management and troubleshooting in Korea for international clients, across a
broad range of projects, where local contacts and a “can-do” attitude are critical to
winning, including the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, and the Avian Influenza Crisis of
Forum for the Future
GM at FSTview more
Danica is a design leader with a unique background in research, insights, strategy, marketing, branding, business development and executive management. She's worked with many of New Zealand's iconic brands both on and offshore, including Spark, Xero, phil&teds, Fonterra, Lion, Mercury Energy, Spark and TVNZ to name a few. She believes diversity in perspective and approach is a great incubator for innovative, provocative, and truly creative outcomes – whether that be a visual design or business strategy, a user experience or interaction, a product or tech solution. She's a passionate advocate for New Zealand and has been living and working in Singapore for the past four years. Danica is the General Manager Asia Pacific, for strategy-led branding agency, fst. With headquarters in the UK and offices in Singapore, Miami and Dubai, fst is an independent agency with global reach, driven by curiosity, they solve their clients problems through creative thinking and flawless, impactful design.
Eva Maureen SG Claravall
Group Head at Kantar, Philippinesview more
Eva Claravall is the Customer Experience (CX) practice lead in the Philippines with actual practice in sectors of Finance and Telecommunication covering full breadth of the practice – from customer journey mapping, transactional satisfaction, customer and employee relationships. She also provides consultative roles to companies running full Customer Experience Management programmes. On top of this, Eva plays a key role in building and maintaining client partnerships in Kantar Philippines.
Eva can already look back on a long career as a market research professional with over 20 years of experience in the field working on various industries in both a local and regional capacity. In the last decade, her focus was on content and technology related researches, founded on strong fundamental human understanding, before later narrowing her focus to studies about the connected consumers and how they navigate the digital lifestyle.
She joined Kantar in 2014 and acted as the local lead for Kantar’s foray into understanding the digital customer through the Connected Life Study. Prior to joining Kantar, Eva spent a number of years with other research agencies on both local and regional (APAC) roles, Colgate-Palmolive Philippines, and ABS-CBN Corporation.
Head of Sustainability at Zespri
Ambassador to ASEAN at Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Tradeview more
Pam Dunn became New Zealand’s second dedicated Ambassador to ASEAN, based in Jakarta, in March 2018.
Pam is a career diplomat with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade. She was posted to Beijing twice as First Secretary and then again as Deputy Head of Mission in the New Zealand Embassy to China, and Shanghai as New Zealand Consul-General. She has also had three short term assignments overseas: Bangkok, Beijing, and Kuala Lumpur.
In Wellington, Pam has worked in both North Asia Division and South East Asia Division. In 2016 she was in the Office of the Chief Executive working on Asia issues. In 2017 she was seconded as Senior Private Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs.
Pam is from Wellington. She studied at Victoria University and Beijing Normal University. She speaks Chinese and is learning Indonesian.
Managing Director, Asia of Xeroview more
Kevin Fitzgerald is the Managing Director, Asia at Xero, where he leads the growth and performance of the Asian business, spending his time between Singapore and Hong Kong offices. Kevin and his team help small businesses and their advisors across Asia embrace cloud technology to run productive, more profitable businesses.
Originally from Ireland, Kevin moved to Australia in 2011 and led the Financial Services Recruitment Business for Robert Walters in Melbourne. Previously Kevin has worked with KPMG, Royal Bank of Canada and State Street Bank in Audit, Financial Reporting and Hedge Funds. His career in Xero began in 2015 where he led the Australian sales team as Territory Manager, and developed a deep well of experience in working with SMEs, working tirelessly with his team at Xero and Xero Partners to help SMEs grow.
Regional Director East Asia of NZTEview more
Based in Singapore, Benny oversees NZTE's activities and business relationships across East Asia. He was formerly NZTE's investment director for Greater China and East Asia, where he led a team of investment specialists assisting investors to identify high performing businesses and investment opportunities in New Zealand. His team contributed to high-quality investment deals with potential Direct Economic Impact (pDEI) in excess of $1.2 billion annually accruing to New Zealand.
Benny's career in investment banking spans almost three decades. He has worked in Australia, the United Kingdom and Singapore for several large global European and United States banking institutions including as a director at Deutsche Bank Singapore, with responsibility for the sale of structured equity products and solutions to a South East Asian institutional client base. He was also previously with BNP and JP Morgan.
Dr. Yuanindita Ingardya
Victoria University of Wellingtonview more
Dr. Yuanindita Ingardya (Ardya) is a Teaching Fellow at the School of Marketing and International Business, Victoria University of Wellington (VUW). She holds a PhD in Marketing for VUW and a Masters in Finance and Accounting from Macquarie University, Australia. She shows a strong passion in branding across all her teaching areas at the Undergraduate and Postgraduate levels; including Marketing Management, Contemporary Marketing, Consumer Behaviour and Pricing Management.
Before joining VUW, she worked with Kantar Millward Brown as a Senior Research Executive in Jakarta, Indonesia. During her time with the agency she worked with clients across the telecommunication, personal care, beverages, and household/homecare industries – providing consultations in brand strategy, advertising development and optimisation and media effectiveness.
On the side, she is also an avid yoga instructor. Currently, she is the Marketing Manager of a local Hot Yoga brand in Wellington, guiding it to flourish in the ever-popular health and wellness industry.
CEO SEA of Datacomview more
Rob has lived in Kuala Lumpur for one year working for Datacom at Head of Asia and Vice President Delivery and Operations for Datacom’s Northern Hemisphere businesses. Rob has worked internationally in the fields of information technology and telecommunications, financial services and media with strong leadership experience in operations, sales, marketing, planning and executive roles as well as servicing as company director for a number of organisations.
Rob is passionate about strategic planning and execution and the relationship between organisation leadership and successful embedded change projects. He has substantial experience in operational change management.
He has two adult sons studying at University in New Zealand and is keen cook. Rob enjoys following Rugby, skiing and sailing in his hometown Bay of Islands.
CEO APAC of Rocheview more
Lance Little became the Managing Director, Region Asia Pacific for Roche Diagnostics in 2012. Prior to that, he was the Managing Director of Roche Diagnostics India (including the Indian sub-region). His experience as Managing Director extends to both Roche Diagnostics Thailand and Roche Diagnostics New Zealand.
Lance joined Roche in New Zealand in 1995 in the technical support and management division of Boehringer Mannheim’s Clinical Chemistry portfolio, before moving on to sales and marketing roles. He was appointed Managing Director of Roche Diagnostics Thailand in 2008 before returning to New Zealand to take up the role of Managing Director in 2009.
Lance started his career as a Medical Laboratory Scientist, specializing in Biochemistry at Auckland Hospital Laboratory in New Zealand. Following that, he spent some time managing the Automation Laboratory at Diagnostic Laboratories in Auckland.
CEO Inspire Group Asia of Inspire Groupview more
James is Chief Executive, Asia of Inspire Group, an international learning, people, culture and digital design company founded in New Zealand and now operating globally.
Having expanded Inspire's work in leadership and transformation throughout NZ and overseas, including the first NZ Fernmark endorsed global product solution, James is currently leading the Inspire expansion into Asia, working closely with teams in Australia and New Zealand, to grow brand presence, product innovations, teams, culture and client base internationally.
James has extensive leadership experience in the public, private and non-profit sectors. As a CEO, he has led organisations in the UK and New Zealand, and was formerly the Community Director at the City of London, where he led several city-wide restructure and transformation programmes.
He has also chaired global federations, is a regular international keynote presenter and panellist on people, culture and learning, and has a passion for the non-profit sector, which he maintains through his current trustee and Chair roles at Skylight NZ.
General Manager Sustainability at Ports of Auckland
Country Manager at Becaview more
Andrew heads up Beca’s operation in Myanmar and serves and president of the NZ-Myanmar Chamber of Commerce. Over the years he has led multidisciplinary teams to deliver major capital projects in New Zealand, Australia, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Singapore and Myanmar. Andrew specializes in complex and highly integrated buildings as well as fast-track projects. His passion for adventure led Andrew and family to a voluntary sabbatical on the Thai-Myanmar border for two years – beginning his long interest in Myanmar. Andrew is a Chartered Member of Engineering New Zealand and is currently halfway through the Global Executive MBA at the INSEAD Business School
Director of Global Sustainability at Fonterraview more
Carolyn is Director, Global Sustainability for Fonterra. Leading a business unit of over 110 passionate people, the Global sustainability function drives Fonterra’s strategic social and environmental sustainability priorities globally, manages our environmental management system and provides expert support to the business operations to reduce Fonterra’s environmental footprint across emissions, water use, packaging, waste and biodiversity.
Carolyn also leads Fonterra’s sustainable land management operations in New Zealand, comprising the Fonterra-owned farms which support each processing site, Dairy Fert, a nutrient spreading operation and Proliq, a liquid stock food business produced from lactose manufacture. These businesses turn waste into profit and circulate valuable nutrients (through crops and feed) back to our shareholder farmers.
Carolyn sits on the Steering Committee of Living Water, a partnership between Fonterra and the Department of Conservation seeking to demonstrate and scale sustainable farming among healthy ecosystem. She is the co-Chair of the Aotearoa Circle’s land & water management group and a member of the Ministry for Environment’s Chief Executive’s Advisory group.
Carolyn has an LLB and BA (Politics) from Victoria University and spent the first part of her career as a corporate lawyer, before moving into policy, stakeholder and sustainability roles in Auckland and Washington, DC. Carolyn and her husband Blair have three children bustling through school, sports and social life at their home in Auckland.
Group Head of Sustainability at QBE Insuranceview more
Janette is a recognised leader in sustainability with the proven ability to articulate the business imperative for long term, integrated thinking and connecting growth and financial performance to the effective management of customer, people, community and environmental issues. She is passionate about challenging and influencing conventional thinking and leadership to drive more innovative, high performing and sustainable business models and ensuring growth is founded on responsible business practices, quality leadership and a strategically aligned, inclusive and ethical corporate culture.
Janette’s career started in strategy consulting and she has worked in several countries as a consultant and in senior management roles related to strategy, sustainability, culture, transformation and generalist HR.
Janette joined QBE in late 2017 to establish and lead their global Sustainability function. She is also a director of the PwC Foundation, a member of the Prince of Wales Accounting for Sustainability expert panel and leads QBE’s involvement in the Australian Sustainable Finance Initiative.
Tam Poh Poh
Market Manager Southeast Asia and Taiwan at Comvitaview more
Poh Poh Tam is currently working as Market Manager for Comvita looking after Southeast Asia and Taiwan based in Kuala Lumpur. Beforehand, she worked with New Zealand Trade Enterprise Kuala Lumpur for 6 years helping New Zealand companies with food & beverage/health supplement/skincare portfolio in market entry and growth strategies. Apart from business ad trade development, Poh Poh also helped a local venture capital to manage its food & beverage portfolios from business transformation to revenue growth. Poh Poh had graduated from Maastricht School of Management with MBA major in Strategic Management in 2004. She is an enthusiastic archaeologist and passionate about growing business.
Jenny leads a competent team of counsellors responsible for enhancing market access opportunities within the South & South East Asian regions. Within Market Access she has responsibility for oversight of the horticulture sector, dietary supplements and support for the dairy sector. Her previous roles in MPI include leading the Food Science and Risk Assessment teams responsible in providing technical advice for the Minister and to underpin NZ and international food regulations. She has a technical background in human nutrition and public health and has over 20 years experience in working for the New Zealand government in nutrition policy, risk assessment and food regulations.
She leads the NZ delegation to the Codex Committee on Nutrition and Foods for Special Dietary Uses and is chairing the global work on the review on Codex standard for Follow up Formula. She also leads the NZ delegation to the Codex Committee on Food Labelling and is currently co-chairing the global review of front of pack nutrition labelling.
Thomas Rüdiger Smith
Thomas is a leader in McKinsey’s Consumer Retail practice in Australia and leads our Consumer insights practice in Australia.
Since joining McKinsey, Thomas has focused on supporting consumer and retail clients with driving commercial transformations, with a focus on growth, business strategy and category management deeply grounded in consumer insights. Recently, Thomas has led McKinsey Australia and New Zealand Consumer COVID-19 response and understanding of the next normal.
Principal Sustainability Advisory at Becaview more
Genevieve is passionate about helping clients tackle the world's most pressing environmental and social challenges. She provides strategic sustainability advisory services to Beca’s clients across the market spectrum, from organisational policy and strategy planning, business operations integration, as well as project level implementation and management. With significant experience in major infrastructure projects at all stages of project lifecycle delivery, she challenges business-as-usual norms to stimulate innovation for new approaches.
As Beca's Sustainability Manager, she also provides leadership to the business and supports the ongoing development of our strategy to create value for our business, clients and wider society. She is responsible for the management of initiatives, and works alongside Beca’s business teams to fully develop and integrate these into operations.
Dr Aladdin Rillo
ASEAN Deputy Secretary-General at ASEAN Secretariatview more
Dr. Aladdin D. Rillo is appointed as the Deputy Secretary-General for ASEAN Economic Community for 2018-2021. He will support the Secretary-General of ASEAN by providing leadership in the implementation of the AEC Blueprint 2025 and will lead the AEC Department of the ASEAN Secretariat. He will also provide strategic advice to support ASEAN’s economic integration agenda
Before assuming this role, Dr.. Rillo was a Senior Economist with the Asian Development Bank Institute in Tokyo where he designed and administered capacity building training and policy dialogue on development issues.
Prior to that Dr. Rillo worked at the ASEAN Secretariat for more than ten years where he served in various positions; the latest as Director and Chief Economist of the ASEAN Integration Monitoring Office (2010-2013), during which he spearheaded the implementation of regional economic surveillance and integration monitoring in ASEAN as well as provided high level policy and recommendation to support ASEAN economic integration initiatives.
Dr. Rillo holds PhD and MA degrees in economics from the University of Hawaii, and an AB in economics from the Ateneo de Manila University. He has also held various lecturing and senior economist positions in the region and beyond.
Dr. Rillo has written and published extensively on the ASEAN economy and on the broader economic and finance issues.
Director of New Zealand Storyview more
Rebecca is an optimistic, energetic and experienced marketer leading the Government’s New Zealand Story Group.
The New Zealand Story is an initiative that defines the distinctly Kiwi attributes that make New Zealand unique and provides a framework to help us better communicate our value to the world.
Rebecca has a unique view of how consumers and buyers offshore see New Zealand and can share insights into what we need to do, say and show to shift perceptions and trigger better outcomes – whether it be attracting people to visit, study, live, do business with or invest in New Zealand.
Rebecca is passionate about driving the success and prosperity of New Zealand and New Zealand businesses and is on a mission to make New Zealand famous for more good things.
Executive VP, Chief Beer Business Thailand & Chief Supply Chain Management at Thai Beverage Public Co Ltdview more
Mr. Suksingha joined ThaiBev in 2014 and subsequently, as the company embraces into ‘Vision 2020’, was tasked to lead the transformation of the group’s supply chain management, information technology management, and the adoption of sustainability development initiatives which earned the company DJSI’s emerging-market listing in 2016 and world-market listing, Beverage industry leader, in 2017 by RobocoSAM. In 2018, he was appointed CEO Beer Business Thailand.
Prior to joining ThaiBev, he spent 14 years in the TCC group co-founding advanced technology business (www.tcc-technology.com) starting from Tier-3 data center facilities to metro area/IP transit network, and enterprise cloud computing platform. His last position was Senior Vice President, Technical Supply Chain, at Berli Jucker Public Company Limited (www.bjc.co.th).
Mr. Suksingha also serves as Vice Chairman, The Federation of Thai Industries (FTI) and Chairman of Information Technology Management Group at Thailand Management Association (TMA).
Director of New Product Development, Scientific and Regulatory Affairs at Fonterra Brands (M) Sdn Bhdview more
Megawati has more than 25 years of experience in the food industry with well-known multinational companies. She graduated from the University of Wollongong, Australia and received an Honorary Master of Science from University Putra Malaysia. Currently, she is the Director of New Product Development, Scientific and Regulatory Affairs for Fonterra Brands (M) Sdn Bhd. Her extensive experiences in dairy innovation and product development of specialised nutrition, food and beverages products, provides her good insight into the Malaysia halal landscape and regulatory requirements. She has strong technical capability in different processing technologies, stakeholder strategy management and incidence response communication.
Jane is NZTE’s Head of Business Development for food and beverage in Thailand, and is based in Bangkok.
Her whole career is dedicated to the food industry. She started working with United States Potato Board, Thailand representative office, working to educate and increase consumption of US potatoes in different channels. Later she joined Unilever South East Asia regional office, based in Singapore, as a Regional Assistant Brand Manager for Knorr brand. There she worked for instant meal platform, covering different markets, including Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, Vietnam, Indonesia and Myanmar.
As part of her study and work, she has been working and living in different countries in Europe, Asia and the USA. It’s part of her passion to learn and gain insight of different cultures – especially their food culture.
Jane graduated with a first class honour in Liberal Arts (British and American studies) at Thammasat University. She went on to earn a Master Degree in European Business from École supérieure de commerce de Paris (ESCP Europe), where she studied in London and Paris. She has just earned an Executive MBA at SASIN School of Management in Bangkok.
Deputy Secretary Trade and Economic at Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Tradeview more
Vangelis Vitalis is Deputy Secretary, Trade and Economic, at the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade. He is also the APEC2021 Senior Officials’ Meeting (SOM) Chair for New Zealand’s host year and the Chief Negotiator for the Free Trade Agreement with the European Union.
Previously, Vangelis was the Chief Negotiator who concluded the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership and before that in 2007-2009 led the conclusion of the ASEAN-Australia-New Zealand Free Trade Agreement (AANZFTA) and the Malaysia-New Zealand Free Trade Agreement (MNZFTA).
Prior to taking up his role in Wellington in 2017, Vangelis was New Zealand’s Permanent Representative to the World Trade Organisation (WTO) in Geneva where he chaired the agriculture negotiations in a personal capacity. In this role he helped draft the text of the historic 2015 Nairobi WTO Ministerial Conference to eliminate agricultural export subsidies. Vangelis has also been the Ambassador to the European Union and NATO in Brussels and has had postings to Canberra and Moscow.
Vangelis has worked outside the Ministry including as an economist in the Secretariat of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). He is a past member of the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) Global Future Council on Trade and a member of the WEF Trade and Investment Expert network. He has chaired in a personal capacity the OECD Committee on Trade and the Environment (2008-2017), the OECD Global Forum on Trade and Climate Change and is currently the New Zealand Envoy for the Small Advanced Economies’ Initiative.
A keen saltwater land-based fisherman, Vangelis is married with three children and speaks Greek, German and Russian. He is a longstanding (and suffering) supporter of the Wellington Phoenix Football Club.
CEO of Scootview more
Mr Campbell Wilson is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Scoot, the wholly owned low-cost subsidiary of Singapore Airlines (SIA). Mr Wilson joined SIA in April 1996 and was previously the founding CEO of Scoot between 2011 to 2016, before the airline merged with Tigerair.
Prior to his current role, Mr Wilson was the Senior Vice-President Sales & Marketing of SIA, where he oversaw Pricing, Distribution, eCommerce, Merchandising, Brand & Marketing, Global Sales and the airline’s overseas offices. During his career with SIA, Mr Wilson has held positions overseas and in the head office. He started off as a Management Trainee in New Zealand in 1996, was posted to Australia in 1999 as Regional Marketing Manager South West Pacific, then to the Singapore head office in 2003, where he held Revenue Management and Network Planning roles. Following that, Mr Wilson was appointed Vice-President Canada in 2006, General Manager Hong Kong in 2008
and General Manager Japan in 2010, before returning to Singapore in 2011 to set up Scoot.
Born and raised in Christchurch, New Zealand, Mr Wilson holds a Master of Commerce (1st Class Honours) in Business Administration from the University of Canterbury in New Zealand.
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, revenue growth management, digital and advanced analytics, sales-force transformations, and supply chain. Lately, Simon has been leading our COVID-19 consumer response across APAC with a focus on the new normal and what’s next
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