Ziena is an award-winning business and public sector leader, with 20 years of experience working in New Zealand and Asia. She consults on strategy and stakeholder engagement, and is a keynote speaker and commentator on Asia business, nation branding, leadership, diversity, equity, and inclusion. She is also a board member of Education New Zealand, the Asia New Zealand Foundation, Unitec, Manukau Institute of Technology, DNA, and the Cancer Society of New Zealand.
Recognised by Campaign Asia Pacific as part of its 2020 Women to Watch, a group of 40 outstanding women in the Asia Pacific, Ziena has received several international awards for her work promoting New Zealand trade and education in Asia, and advises businesses looking to grow in the region. Her previous roles include Regional Director (South and Southeast Asia) for Education New Zealand, New Zealand Trade Commissioner to Singapore, and Head of North Asia Marketing and Communications for New Zealand Trade and Enterprise.
Purposeful Global Citizens Caring for People and Place
If COVID-19 has taught us anything – it is how interconnected the world is. A virus, originating in one country, has impacted the whole world in a way most of us could not have imagined. Globally – we are facing a trifactor of challenges – climate change, COVID-19, and conflict. We are seeing a breakdown in trust, in values, and shared understanding. Education can play a significant role in developing future leaders focused on collaborative problem-solving. Our future leaders need to be globally connected. They need to be able to appreciate and embrace diversity. They need to be open to the new. Hear how education can help build global citizens working together to create more productive, inclusive, and sustainable societies.