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Tech in Asia – why should we care?

Mitchell Pham joins us to discuss the latest Asian tech trends that are shaping the new economy and impacting society, and why New Zealand businesses should pay attention.

Mitchell Pham, Alistair Crozier
12:15pm — 2:00pm, 27 July 2021
Trailways Hotel
66 Trafalgar Street, The Wood, Nelson 7010
Price members
$45.00 incl GST
Price non-members
$60.00 incl GST


Asia has bounced back from COVID-19 quicker and stronger than most areas of the globe. The International Monetary Fund (IMF) predicts China’s economy will grow by over 8% in 2021. China could account for 20% of global GDP by 2050 and India 15%, while US declines to 12% and the EU to 9%.

Even if you are not a tech company or only focus on the NZ market, you need to monitor Asia tech and stay ahead of the curve as more and more Asia tech trends will arrive here.

Mitchell Pham

Mitchell Pham is a cofounder and director of the Augen Software Group in New Zealand and Vietnam, and cofounder of the Kiwi Connection Tech Hub – a platform for NZ technology businesses to accelerate presence & engagement in South East Asia.  He currently chairs technology industry bodies NZTech and FinTechNZ, as well as government advisory entity Digital Council for Aotearoa NZ.  Mitchell is an Honorary Advisor at the Asia New Zealand Foundation, chair of the NZ Asia Institute and also the ASEAN Business Alliance.  Internationally, he is recognised as an Asia 21 Fellow and Global Council member of the Asia Society, and a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum.

Alistair Crozier

Alistair Crozier is the South island Manager and Business Programme Director at the Asia New Zealand Foundation.  He established a permanent South Island presence for the Foundation in early 2020, based in Christchurch.

Before joining the Foundation, Alistair established and led New Zealand’s new Consulate-General in Chengdu, Southwest China (2014-18), and served as New Zealand Deputy Ambassador to Viet Nam and Deputy High Commissioner to Papua New Guinea. He was also New Zealand’s first education counsellor to China, and has lived in Japan and Taiwan. After returning home, in 2019 Alistair worked as Chief of Staff to the Christchurch Mayor. 

Alistair holds degrees in law and Japanese language from the University of Canterbury, and is a fluent Chinese speaker.

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