North Asia

Meet Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington's alumni contacts in China, Hong Kong, Japan, and Korea.

China (Shanghai)

Local contact: David Wei (BCA/Dip Accy)

Email: alumni@vuw.ac.nz

David has worked for various companies in both New Zealand and China. He is currently senior manager at PwC Business Training based in Shanghai where he is responsible for developing and providing practical training courses to students and young professionals to gain business and cross-cultural skills in China. David has a Bachelor of Commerce and a Graduate Diploma in Professional Accounting from Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington. Find out more about David on his LinkedIn profile.

Hong Kong

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Local contact: Jeremy Cheng (IMBA)

Email: jeremies_cheng@yahoo.com.hk

International Master of Business Administration graduate Jeremy Cheng has long been the first port of call for Victoria University of Wellington alumni in Hong Kong.

He is the founder of GEN+ Family Business Advisory & Research, an independent advisory firm working with Asian family businesses. In this role Jeremy advises families on their governance setup and implementation and help them tailor family offices and other structures to fit their generational development.

In addition to his IMBA from Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington, Jeremy has a number of qualifications from the Chinese University of Hong Kong including a Bachelor in Social Science, MA in Linguistics, and an Advanced Diploma in Professional Financial Planning.  He also holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Research and Professional Studies in Education from the University of Bristol.

Jeremy is currently studying towards a PhD at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, focusing on the topic of Asian family businesses.

He is a member of the Executive Committee of Victoria International MBA Alumni Association of Hong Kong. Find out more about Jeremy in his Q&A or take a look at his LinkedIn profile.

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Regional ambassador: Rob Kaiwai

Email: alumni@vuw.ac.nz

Rob graduated from Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington in the early 1990s with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and History. He went on to study and work in Japan before returning to New Zealand to join the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

He spent many years with MFAT, serving as New Zealand’s representative in Hong Kong, Hawaii, the Federated States of Micronesia, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, the Republic of Palau and Kiribati. Rob also served as deputy director of the New Zealand Commerce and Industry Office in Taiwan, and as deputy director and acting director of the Middle East and Africa Division at MFAT.

Rob has been based in Hong Kong since 2011.

Find out more about Rob on his LinkedIn profile.

Japan

The New Zealand government has launched an alumni network in Japan for people who’ve studied in New Zealand. The New Zealand Alumni Club of Japan (NZACJ) connects former Japanese students of New Zealand, as well as New Zealanders currently living in Japan.

To get involved, first register your interest on the Education New Zealand website then join NZACJ’s Facebook page for members.

Korea

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Local contact: Lukas Beech

Email: lukasbeech@gmail.com

Based in Seoul, Lukas is well connected into Kiwi–Korean networks, having sat on the board of The New Zealand Chamber of Commerce in Korea (The Kiwi Chamber) for several years. He also acts as the KEA World Class New Zealander representative for South Korea. Lukas is an executive recruitment partner in Korea for recruitment company DHR International. He holds a Bachelor of Music in Classical Performance from Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington.

Find out more about Lukas on his LinkedIn profile, or take a look at the Kiwi Alumni—New Zealand Alumni Association Korea Facebook page.