Hihiko Webinar Series Inspires with a Cast of International Panellists and Alumni

17 December 2020

Te Kura Umanga | UC Business School hosted seven webinars throughout 2020 to inspire and inform the business community.

  • Hihiko Webinar

During 2020 Te Kura Umanga | UC Business School delivered seven webinars as part of the Hihiko Webinar Series. Hihiko means to be inspired, lively and invigorated. Three of these webinars formed the Focus on Asia series delivered in partnership with the Asia New Zealand Foundation | Te Whītau Tūhono. The Focus on Asia webinars were designed to bring together industry experts, alumni and academics to share insights with New Zealand organisations and individuals interested in developing or strengthening connections with Asia. 

Asia New Zealand Foundation executive director Simon Draper says, “We’re delighted to be partnering with UC on this series. It is more critical than ever for business to keep up with developments and innovations in Asia, as the region will be central to New Zealand’s economic and social recovery from Covid-19. It’s not just business as usual in the region, and New Zealanders will need to be very savvy in their engagement.”

2020 Hihiko Webinars Series (available on YouTube):

The Hihiko Webinar Series was established by Te Kura Umanga | UC Business School during New Zealand’s first COVID-19 lockdown as a way of continuing to engage industry, and alumni, with the academic researchers of the Business School when the regular annual programme face-to-face events was disrupted by strict gathering restrictions.

The webinars attracted over one thousand registrations and following the live events the videos have been viewed more than five hundred times.

“Like many organisations during lockdown, the UC Business School was forced to reconsider our engagement plans for 2020 and explore digital ways of bringing people together to share insights from our researchers and our extensive networks of industry experts. The Hihiko Webinars really demonstrated our ability to pivot quickly in a crisis and showcased our connections with industry both in New Zealand and Internationally through our collaboration with the Asia New Zealand Foundation.” Says UC Business School Head of School Paul Ballantine. 

Panellists and facilitators from the 2020 Hihiko Webinar Series included:

UC Alumni

  • E. Clare Fearnley, New Zealand Ambassador to China, Bejing
  • Michelle Polglase, Digital Strategist, Mindset Lab Co.
  • Warrick Cleine, Member, Asia Pacific Board and Global Council, KPMG International, Chairman and CEO, KPMG in Vietnam and Cambodia
  • Roger Sutton, Chief Executive Officer at EA Networks, former CEO of Orion Networks during the Canterbury Earthquakes of 2010/2011
  • Dr Rod Carr, Chair of the NZ Climate Change Commission
  • Sam Frost, B2B Digital Marketing Consultant, Ace Digital Marketing Ltd
  • Lloyd Mander, Deputy Chair, Institute of Directors, Canterbury Branch
  • Anzac Gallate, The Gro Up Group

Industry Experts

  • Haike Manning - Former New Zealand Ambassador to Viet Nam, Founder & Managing Director, LightPath Consulting Group
  • Linh Nguyen – Associate Director and Vietnam Lead Analyst, Control Risks
  • Mitchell Pham - Chief Sales & Marketing Officer (CSMO), Augen Software Group
  • Stephanie Honey - Senior Trade Policy Manager, Beef and Lamb NZ
  • Susan Chen - Senior Vice President: Global Head of Leadership and Talent Development (Tech and Corporate), Gojek
  • Jerry Clode – Founder, The Solution, Shanghai/Dunedin
  • Greg Au-Yeung – Senior Advisor Fudan University and former CIO (Greater China), Saxo Bank, Shanghai
  • Mike Pero - Founder and CEO at Mike Pero Real Estate
  • Jane Anthony - Chief Customer Officer, Z Energy New Zealand

UC Academics

  • Associate Professor Bernard Walker
  • Adjunct Associate Professor Venkataraman Nilakant
  • Professor Ekant Veer
  • Associate Professor Christopher Vas
  • Associate Professor Laura Meriluoto
  • Dr Anna Earl

If you are interested in featuring in our webinar series, contact Tim Winfield, Industry Engagement Manager tim.winfield@canterbury.ac.nz