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 the Hon Richard Worth OBE, KStJ, KCCR

Deputy Chairman

Dr Worth is a 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.

Surinder Ogra

General Secretary

Surinder Ogra is a Senior Manager, Trade Finance with ASB Bank Ltd. Besides being the General Secretary of NZITA, he also serves on the board of a company in Auckland. He is also member of Institute of Directors in New Zealand. Surinder believes that when businesses seek the right advise in areas of governance specially when entering into the Indian market, can help them eliminate various international trading risks.

He believes “NZITA will have an important role to play in creating Business to Business connections and People to People interactions for the prosperity of NZ 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.

Satinder Singh

Executive Committee Member

Satinder Mohan Singh – Director & CEO – Aubade Global Resources Ltd. He has led Aubade since it commenced operations in 2013. A Corporate Leader, Board Member, and Team Builder with 23 years of experience. Global Agro-Forestry Commodities Trader with over two decades of experience spanning Ivory Coast, Ghana, Togo, Senegal, Mauritania, Gambia, Guinea Bissau, Guinea Conakry, Panama, Ecuador and New Zealand. Satinder is a Councillor on the Board of NZ Forest Owners Association and a member of NZ Institute of Forestry since 2014.

Rrahul Dosshi

Executive Committee member

Rrahul Dosshi brings more than 26 years of International Management experience to The Rainbow Corner Group of Companies. Much of his career was spent in Maritime Industry both at Sea and ashore where he served in a variety of leadership roles like Ship’s Captain, Harbour Master, Marine Officer, Health and Safety Coordinator for a port, airport and log industry and lastly Head of Faculty for a premium Educational
Institute in Auckland, New Zealand.

Having graduated in Business Management from Massey University, Auckland, Rrahul is a forward thinkers, true visionary and driver of change. The Rainbow Corner Group have created a niche chain of award-winning preschools and Homebased networks in New Zealand and overseas.

Aldrin Thayalakal

Treasurer

Aldrin Thayalakal has been associated with investments and consulting for over 20 years. His experience is spread across India, Middle east and Europe with various institutions. His key skill sets include raising capital for entities, nurturing strategy, building systems / controls and assisting in exits. Aldrin’s consulting facet focuses on ‘sustainability’ from investor viewpoint and socio-economic assessments and impacts for mainly infrastructure projects.

He is a qualified CPA, CFA and did his masters in economics. He is currently a partner with Endeavour Capital, New Zealand and also advisor to Turnkey Group, Singapore and New Zealand Dairy Products.

He is an avid trekker and mountaineer and has scaled various peaks in Asia and Africa.

Richard White

Executive Committee Member – Wellington Chapter Head

Richard White is the former New Zealand Trade Commissioner to India and is an international trade and business growth specialist with extensive public and private sector experience and global networks that encompass business, government, diplomatic and innovation communities. He have an especially strong connection with India thanks to my time there as New Zealand Trade Commissioner (and his brief but spectacular Bollywood acting career), but have also transacted business in many other parts of Asia as well as the Middle East, Australia and the United States.

Michael Henstock

Executive Committee Member – Christchurch Chapter Head

Michael is an independent consultant with 25 years experience in strategy, stakeholder
engagement, and Government Relations.

He is a trusted advisor and strategist, working with innovators, businesses and the New Zealand Government developing aligned and connected solutions. Michael specialises in developing successful stakeholder engagement initiatives and managing key commercial programme outcomes. He helps clients prioritise and effectively engage with stakeholders who matter most to their organisations and objectives.

Michael has worked with Government Ministers and Ministries, International sports teams, corporate boards. He has expertise in crisis management and risk mitigation, as well as new market development and brand building.

Anne Collins- NZTE

Ex-officio  Executive Committee Member from NZTE

Andrew Traveller- MFAT

Ex-officio  Executive Committee Member from MFAT