Eye on Asia

This forum will be your go-to guide to increase your capability and preparedness on entering the Chinese and Indian market.

New 3 CPD points

At this forum you will collect inspirational nuggets of knowledge on how to navigate the Asian business scene. You will hear from experienced directors about their experiences with ventures in India and China.  You will understand the business competencies, behaviours and mind-set needed to succeed in your own ventures.

Course/workshop category: Short course

Duration: 7.00am for a 7.30am start. 7.30am -10.30am

Governance practices are not standardised across borders; rather they are influenced by multiple factors inherent to each country’s business environment. The Indian and Chinese culture while complementary in many ways, is separated by their varied political systems, societal norms and capital market efficiency that impacts legal protections and regulatory mechanisms and controls.

You will come away from this forum understanding the:

  • different cultural contexts in which to effectively do business in India and China
  • cultural mistakes to avoid
  • issues faced by top business leaders born in India and China who have done business in their home countries and in New Zealand
  • unconscious bias that exists so that you can manage past them to build effective business relationships in India and China

The forum is a joint venture between the Institute of Directors, NZ Asian Leaders and the Superdiversity Centre for Law, Policy and Business that aims to deepen a working knowledge of cultures and factors influencing business success in India and China. 

Doing business in China panellists: 
Dr Xiaoying Fu, Director, Kiwa Digital
Leon Fung, General Manager, Winston Nutritional Ltd
Terry Lee, Director, Milk NZ
Lisa Li, Director, China Travel Service (NZ)

China case study presenter: 
Gavin Yang, Managing Director, Trademonster Group Ltd

Doing business in India panellists: 
Jay Changlani, Director, Accounts Icon
Sameer Handa, Director, Bank of India, Patton Australia
Chandan Ohri, Global Business Services, IBM New Zealand
Nikhil Ravishankar, Chief Digital Officer, Vector

India case study presenter:
Ziena Jalil, Partner, Senate SHJ

Who should attend?

Experienced directors and chairs of boards of organisations operating or looking to operate in Indian and Chinese markets.

IoD members: $350 incl GST
NZAL members (use promo code NZALMEM17): $350 incl GST
Non-members: $400 incl GST

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Mai Chen

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David Jackson