Asia Savvy 2021


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.

Wilson Chen, University of Auckland, Registrations/IT Officer

I was born in mainland China and have recently, as of 2019, arrived in New Zealand as an international student. Prior to my journey to Aotearoa, I was an admitted lawyer in the People’s Republic of China and have an abundance of judicial experience working as a Court Clerk and Assistant Judge. I hold a J.M. (Juris Masters) from 北京大学 (Peking University) and an LL.M (with Distinction) from the University of Auckland. I am also currently working on a certificate of proficiency in preparation for being admitted as a lawyer in New Zealand. With my broad legal and social understandings, I am dedicated to fulfilling my role as the Registrations/IT officer for the 2021 Asia Savvy Symposium and to contribute my unique experience to the diverse communities of New Zealand.

Dinah Towle, Project Lead

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 work on development of annual themes and innovating formats for the Asia Savvy annual conference as well a providing administrative support. I enjoy working with an energetic team of students who are clearly passionate about the importance of being Asia Savvy, crafting a topical conference and bringing our audience a relevant, innovative and thought-provoking event.


Sanika Jain, Communications

I am an international student from India, currently pursuing my Master of Marketing from the University of Auckland. Prior to my journey to New Zealand, I have completed my bachelor’s in International Business. In addition, I have also completed a research methodology project which puts light on the Export and Import of MNC. As an IB student, I was always interested learning about different cultures and working in a culturally diverse team. In a former Office Assistant role, I worked on social media management and multi-tasking. I am passionate about painting, dancing and enjoy playing basketball. I look forward to being part of this year’s Asia Savvy committee.

Tiare Ngata, Committee and Ambassador Lead

I am a Māori student currently in my penultimate year of a Law and Arts conjoint and a Diploma of Languages in Mandarin. Having studied and travelled extensively throughout Asia, I have developed a keen interest in the potential reconciliation of indigenous, namely Māori, and East Asian medium education/epistemologies and the role this could play in enhancing the political and social landscape of Aotearoa and the Pacific. I have also spent several years as both a tutor and volunteer with numerous youth and university-led initiatives aimed at assisting international students in integrating themselves into the social fabric of Aotearoa’s local communities.

The Asia Savvy Symposium exemplifies this aim as it carves out a space for participants to extend and establish further cross-cultural understandings. I credit my overseas experience for sparking my ‘Asian cultural awakening’ and am motivated by a desire to inspire and witness all New Zealanders succeed both nationally and internationally. As the Committee and Ambassador lead for 2021, I am delighted to be working alongside a team of diverse and passionate individuals and I welcome the opportunity to engage in meaningful discussions with our attendees regarding the theme for this year’s symposium: Strengthening Resilience!

Jason Liuicky Hu, Ambassador

Hey everyone! My name’s Jason, and I’m currently in my final year of a Bachelors in Mechatronics Engineering (Hons). Although both of my parents are Chinese, I was born and raised in New Zealand. Because of this, I’ve always felt a disconnect from my home country and am often conflicted over my identity; am I fully Chinese or fully Kiwi? I know this is a struggle that a lot of New Zealand born Asians face too. The Asia Savvy Symposium shines light on this struggle, and on the implications of it beyond mere personal feelings. It demonstrates the importance of understanding the different cultures that exist in our world, allows opportunities to do so in various fields, and even though it will be an intense day, it’s an event really worth participating in. Putting effort into understanding the people around us is something that everyone can and should do regardless of who they are or what they do. With all that said, I am excited for the journey ahead as an Ambassador for the conference, and I hope to see you all there!

Lydia Joyce, Victoria University of Wellington

Lydia is a British Singaporean who has made windy Wellington her home. One of her favourite things about New Zealand is that it’s such a melting pot of diverse people. She wants to help to make new cultural experiences even more accessible to everyone through her involvement in Asia Savvy this year. Lydia has both studied in Japan and worked in China. She can’t wait to share some of the cultural lessons she has learned from those experiences. Currently Lydia is studying for a Bachelor of Law and a Bachelor of Music, so her passions span across a variety of disciplines. The arts are an excellent starting point for anyone to learn more about a new culture – the rabbit hole only grows deeper from there!

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