Asia Savvy 2019


Marie Ysabel Landingin, Team Lead

I am a “Filipino-Kiwi” based in West Auckland who migrated to New Zealand just over a decade ago and a third-year Bachelor of Urban Planning (Honours) student. I am deeply interested in Asia and cultural diversity in the urban and global context.
I am delighted to be part of the 2020 Asia Savvy team. I believe that the emerging presence of Asian communities, particularly in Auckland, demands further open-minded exploration into Asia’s influence on shaping New Zealand’s increasingly cosmopolitan and urban future. This opportunity to engage with a diverse group of global-thinking change makers creates an invaluable platform to explore this exciting future. I look forward to learning from like-minded people with inspiring stories and ideas to share.

Deepika Jindal, Project Manager

I am a Professional Teaching Fellow at the University of Auckland’s Graduate School of Management. I earned my Phd in May 2018. My thesis focused on the impact of implementation of human resource management (HRM) practices, by the supervisors, on work engagement, job crafting, and job performance of the employees. Prior to my doctoral studies, I have worked for a large Indian manufacturing conglomerate (Trident Ltd.) for around 10 years in the HRM area. I have been working at the University of Auckland Business School since February 2014, on various courses related to business, general management and HRM. I have also been involved with various research projects related to HRM and organisational behaviour in the past years. I am the project manager for the Annual Asia Savvy conference (2019). My role is to manage different activities related to the conference, provide support to the committee and organise sponsors/speakers. I look forward to meeting a diverse set of participants at the conference and engage in meaningful discussions around this year’s theme: building a successful career in the Asian century.

Dinah Towle, Adviser

My role in the University of Auckland is Coordinator for New Zealand Asia Institute. I have been involved with the Asia Savvy conference since its inception in 2011, mostly in the role of project management. I am privileged to be part of the on-going development of Asia Savvy, giving me the opportunity to work with a diverse range of students who are clearly passionate about the importance of being Asia Savvy. I thoroughly enjoy working through the challenges we face each year crafting a topical conference with our student committee and bringing our audience a relevant, innovative and thought-provoking event.

Deepika will bring a new flavour to this year’s event with some exciting new workshops and a great student committee.

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