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Why and How ASEAN with Mitchell Pham ONZM - Wednesday 22 March, 5:30-6:30PM NZT - Online.

Welcome to a new event series - Why and How ASEAN.

This event series will spotlight a prominent business leader within the New Zealand-ASEAN community with a discussion around Why and How ASEAN. For this first event, we welcome guest speaker Mitchell Pham ONZM, a Vietnamese-Kiwi business and social entrepreneur, and Co-Founder and Director of CodeHQ. The discussion will be facilitated by Nga Blanchard, NZiFOCUS and ANZBC Executive Committee Member, and will be around how to leverage technology to overcome barriers and enhance productivity and develop an action plan for implementing those strategies. Mitchell and Nga will also explore some of the common challenges that businesses may encounter when conducting business with ASEAN countries, such as cultural differences, legal and regulatory disparities, and logistical hurdles.

The discussion will be followed by an online networking session between attendees - 'ASEAN Speed Dating' - an opportunity for individuals and organisations to connect with each other across and between the ASEAN region and New Zealand.

We look forward to seeing you online!


  • Mitchell Pham ONZM (Director of CodeHQ)

    Mitchell Pham ONZM

    Director of CodeHQ

    MITCHELL PHAM is a director of CodeHQ (aka Augen Software Group) in New Zealand and Vietnam, and cofounder of the Kiwi Connection Tech Hub – a platform for NZ technology businesses to accelerate presence & engagement in South East Asia. He is experienced in information management, software products & services, sales & marketing, international operations, strategy development, collaborative partnerships and business growth through innovation.

    In New Zealand, Mitchell served as chair of the Digital Council of Aotearoa NZ (DCANZ), NZ Technology Industry Association (NZTech) and the NZ Financial Innovation & Technology Association (FinTechNZ), co-founder of the NZ Health IT Cluster (NZHIT) and the Global InsurTech Alliance (GITA), board member of Health Informatics NZ (HiNZ), trustee of the Asia New Zealand Foundation, and Beachheads Advisor for New Zealand Trade & Enterprise (NZTE).

    Internationally, Mitchell is a member of the Strategic Alliance Vietnamese Ventures International (SAVVi) network and an executive of the global Vietnamese diaspora business network (BAOOV). He is recognised in leadership as a World Class New Zealander by KEA, an Asia 21 Fellow and Global Council Member by the Asia Society, a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum, and Honorary Fellow of CPA Australia (FCPA).

    In 2023, Mitchell received a royal honour as an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit (ONZM) in recognition of his services to the technology sector and New Zealand-Asia relations.

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  • Nga Blanchard (Founder and Director of NZiFOCUS)

    Nga Blanchard

    Founder and Director of NZiFOCUS


    Nga, with over 20 years of experience across different industries such as education, fashion accessories design, importing, and exporting, has established herself as a highly passionate entrepreneur.

    As the founder and director of NZiFOCUS, Kiwi Buddy, Road 2 Success, she has a wealth of knowledge and expertise in cross-border business development between New Zealand, Vietnam, and Cambodia.

    Nga's passion for helping young people shines through in all aspects of her work. She is a positive and ambitious entrepreneur who strives to empower youth by helping them identify their passions, find solutions, and gain guidance to build a better future.

    In her role as a PIHMS Business Partner, Nga specializes in developing and delivering international partnerships between universities and schools in New Zealand, Vietnam, and Cambodia.

    Nga serves as an executive board member of the New Zealand ASEAN Business Council, where she focuses on connecting businesses between New Zealand and other ASEAN countries through various events and networking opportunities.

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