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.

Registrations are now closed for the Asia Savvy 2022 Symposium

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.


2022 Symposium: Exploring Asia’s innovation spirit

Register by 13 September 2022

Time: 9am to 2pm (including lunch)
Venue: Room 310, Level 3, Sir Owen G Glenn Building, University of Auckland Business School, 12 Grafton Road, Auckland

Asia is now becoming an innovation leader, outperforming the West in many sectors. Vast investments into research and development, a younger population and a fast-growing economy all contribute to the rising ‘innovation spirit’ of Asia.

In this year’s symposium our expert panellists will give their insights into what motivated them to pursue their ideas and how innovation was key to their success. They will share tips on how to develop an innovative mindset and we will reflect on what New Zealand can learn from the innovation spirit of Asia.

In the spirit of the theme, we invite students to be part of the innovation story by producing their own poster on innovation and how it has shaped Asia’s society. The winning candidates will be invited to give a 10-minute presentation on their posters.

The best poster presentation wins an iPad. Two runner-ups will have the opportunity for a one-on-one industry coaching session. Suggested topics include but are not limited to:

  • The new age of innovation in Asia
  • Asia innovation: business, arts, technology, other
  • Asia’s innovation journey: past, present and future
  • Discover possibilities: adapting from Asia’s innovation spirit

More details are available on the registration page.

Building cross-cultural intelligence – LEGO Serious Play workshop, Wednesday, 27 July 2022

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 Mai Pham.

Date:   Wednesday, 27 July 2022
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 Management and International Business Department at The University of Auckland Business School. Antje is also teaching in the Business School’s MBA programme. Her research interests include growth and internationalisation of firms, with a focus on emerging Asia, and employment relations. She is Deputy Director of the New Zealand Asia Institute and a member of the Academic Advisory Team of the Southeast Asia Centre of Asia-Pacific Excellence.

Mai Pham, The University of Auckland Business School
Mai Pham is a doctoral candidate in the Marketing Department at the University of Auckland Business School. Her PhD research revolves around branding and value co-creation theories, focusing on the context of nation branding. Her general research interests are situated within branding, place branding, regional development, and mindful consumption. Prior to joining the University of Auckland Business School, Mai worked in different positions in the policy consulting industry.


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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.