Giri Gupta

QSM, Chairman

Mr Gupta is a successful businessman with interests in hospitality, travel and tourism and media and respected personality of the New Zealand Indian community. An alumnus of the Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani, India, and the University of Texas, Mr Gupta has worked as an engineer in the automotive industry in the United States. He has also owned businesses in India before moving to New Zealand two decades ago.

Dr Richard Worth

Deputy Chairman

Dr Worth is a practising lawyer based in New Zealand. He is a company director and former Minister of the Crown. He is actively involved in international trade with a focus on Asia and is the past Chairman of business associations with a focus on India, Korea, and Hong Kong. He has a longstanding relationship with the Indian community in New Zealand. His interests include Mountain climbing with high altitude ascents in the Eastern Himalayas, the South American Andes and East Africa. He serves as the Head of Mission for the Government of Monaco in New Zealand.

Dr Don Brash

Deputy Chairman

Dr Brash has had broad experience in the public and private sectors. Currently chairman of the New Zealand subsidiary of the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China, he was Leader of the National Party in Parliament for more than three years, and prior to entering Parliament was 14 years Governor of the Reserve Bank of New Zealand. He has worked as an economist with the World Bank, has undertaken consulting assignments on economics and taxation in many countries, mainly in Asia, and has been the CEO of an investment bank, the New Zealand Kiwifruit Authority, and a large retail bank.

Sunil Kaushal

General Secretary

Sunil Kaushal is a Company Director with interests in Business, Commerce and International Trade particularly focusing on India. He previously held senior roles in ANZ Bank New Zealand Limited including the Head of India Relations where he was responsible for the development of the strategy and execution for the Indian market. He has first-hand on the ground experience in guiding New Zealand firms expand into India. He is frequently invited by industry and academia for comments on New Zealand and India.

Stephen Brown

Executive committee member – Sports

Stephen is one of New Zealand’s leading players of first class cricket. He has played with cricket legends such as John Wright for many years.

Edwin Paul

Education

Edwin is a serial entrepreneur whose expertise is a combination of Entrepreneurial skills, Technology smarts, International business and Consultancy. An academic by accident and a marketer by choice, he is currently a Business Development Consultant for the International Higher Education industry in New Zealand. Edwin’s forte is his knowledge and expertise in consulting for transnational businesses, gained through experience in starting up businesses both in India & New Zealand. Currently on the Board of Directors of multiple companies in both India and New Zealand, he enjoys doing business as a Kiwi in India & an Indian in Aotearoa. As an old school audiophile his interests includes vintage audio equipments, vinyl collection and the pursuit of pure sound.

Pawan Arora

Treasurer

Pawan is a student pursuing a conjoint degree in Law & Commerce that has interests ranging from forex trading to playing tennis. In addition to his studies, he works as an Accounts Manager for a number of New Zealand owned companies. Over the past few years Pawan has sat on several youth and student run boards from which he has gained invaluable experience, which he plans on using in his current role. Mr Arora is the youngest member of ITA’s core group.

Jeremy Hall

Ex Officio : Ministry of Foreign Affair and Trade 

Jeremy Hall is a Senior Adviser, Export Markets at the Auckland office of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade. He joined the Ministry in late 2015, following a six year stint at New Zealand Trade and Enterprise. His professional experience includes time in the gestating digital industry in the UK and several years working in the media (TVNZ, National Business Review). He holds and MA (Distinction) in Political Studies from the University of Otago, and an MSc in Electronic Publishing from City University, London.

Maria Gray

Ex Officio : New Zealand Trade and Enterprise

Maria Gray is the Market Manager for India , Middle East and Africa ( IMEA) at New Zealand Trade & Enterprise. She has a history of experience in business, marketing and international trade. For the past 14 years, Maria has worked with NZ businesses looking to enter new markets or grow in existing markets. She has worked in Asia, co-running a timber business and working with the education sector and is now focused on her role as the NZ contact point for IMEA. She works closely with NZInc partners and helps resolve issues NZ businesses have with the IMEA region, including India, supporting the Trade Commissioners and Regional Director to achieve their goals of growing NZ businesses bigger better faster in their region. On a daily basis Maria advises on IMEA issues and concerns, develops programmes for visiting government delegations and gives input to the NZTE teams offshore within IMEA. Maria has a Bachelor in Business Studies and a Post Graduate Diploma in Marketing.