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.

Announcement: Asia Savvy 2022 Symposium date confirmed Saturday 17 September 2022 – in person!
In the meantime, join us for our ‘networking event, details below:

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, 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.