Savvy welcomes students from all tertiary institutions throughout New Zealand, including Asia Savvy alumni and friends as well as new undergraduate and post-graduate students. Our conference and other networking events provide the opportunity for students to connect by sharing ideas and experiences.


Students engage in an informal learning environment with professional speakers from industry and experts from academia and the public/NGO sectors,. Speakers discuss key issues and challenges relevant to the conference topic, sharing their stories, insights and knowledge from on-the-ground experience in Asia.


Applicants submit a 300 word essay to secure a place at the conference. Prizes are awarded for best essays along with the chance to be published in our conference e-book. The conference provides ample opportunity for students to engage in lively discussions and share ideas and experiences.

Increase your leadership potential by being Asia-Savvy AND…

  • Learning from and interacting with experts from academia, industry, government and NGO sectors in lively discussions and workshops.
  • Networking with like-minded students in discussions and workshops.
  • Having the opportunity to have your essay published.

Building cross-cultural intelligence – LEGO Serious Play workshop, Friday, 26 March 2021

For all tertiary students – join us for this unique opportunity to boost your cross-cultural intelligence with fellow students.

The idea of LEGO Serious Play was developed in Switzerland by two academics in conjunction with the LEGO CEO in the 1990s. It is a style of learning, applicable over a variety of themes, designed to improve your creative thinking and communication skills.

The workshop will be run by Dr Antje Fielder (Accredited LEGO Serious Play Facilitator) and Dr Deepika Jindal.

Date:   Friday, 26 March 2021
Time:   2-3.30pm  (workshop followed by refreshments)
Venue: UnLeash Space (Room 450), Faculty of Engineering, (Building 402, University of Auckland, 20 Symonds Street, Auckland

About the Faciitators:

Antje Fiedler, The University of Auckland Business School
Antje is Senior Lecturer in the Graduate School of Management (GSM) at The University of Auckland. Antje is teaching in the MBA and Business Master programme at the Graduate School of Management. Her research interests include growth and internationalisation of firms, with a focus on emerging Asia, and employment relations. Antje is a member of the New Zealand Asia Institute and the Director of the China Studies Centre of the University of Auckland. She is a member of the Academic Advisory Team of the Southeast Asia Centre of Asia-Pacific Excellence.

Deepika Jindal, The University of Auckland Business School
Deepika is a Professional Teaching Fellow at the Department of Management and International Business. She earned her PhD from the University of Auckland Business School and teaches Human Resource Management and Strategic Management courses in the Business Masters programme (Graduate School of Management). Her research interests are in the areas of human resource management, work engagement and job crafting.

Places limited


The COVID-19 pandemic caused considerable disruption worldwide. People needed to adjust to different ways of operating in their home and work life and there was enormous uncertainty about the future.

This year’s Asia Savvy symposium will look at how individuals and companies survived and flourished by adapting o this changing environment with creativity and resilience – valuable skills to learn for a purposeful work and personal life.

A hands-on workshop will provide the opportunity to practice some resilience-building skills in a group environment.

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This student-led conference is organised and supported by the New Zealand Asia Institute of the University of Auckland. It aims to attract a dynamic group of students from New Zealand universities nationwide. This presents attractive sponsorship opportunities for business and organisations whose participation would enhance the event.


The Asia Savvy Ambassador Programme provides students with the opportunity to act as liaisons between Asia Savvy and their respective universities.