Giri Gupta, QSM


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.

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.

Aldrin Thayalakal

Executive Committee Member

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.

Surinder Ogra

Executive Committee Member

Surinder Ogra is a Trade Specialist with ASB. He is also member of Institue 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, like country risk, settlement risk, payment risk, exchange risk, commodity, pricing and performance risks.

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.