YES Mentors

Find the right Mentor, for you.

Having a mentor is a vital part of any startup business. We appreciate that it may be hard for your students to reach out and find this kind of support during their YES year, so, we’ve brought back our Chamber Mentors support network, to help them make these valuable connections.

Here you can search to find the perfect mentor to suit your needs.

Anita Va'afusuaga

Managing Director

I am the Managing Director of DNA 1st Solution, we are a solution business for the manufacturing sector in Auckland since 2012. We operate a contract packing business, a 3PL warehouse management system (WMS), a staff agency and other services. We work with big, medium, small and start-up businesses, we work with high volume products but not limited to. Being opportunists has led us to being a diverse company. We feel empowered when we face challenges, we brainstorm, mind map, and commit our strategies to this game. As a for profit business since 2012, we have implemented a social impact programme into our business to help our communities, we employ unskilled/unqualified youth, empower females to leadership roles, employ youth with disabilities etc We are a family business and if you want to work with your own family, we can give advice in this area. If I miss your call/email, one of my team will be able to help. Please email first then we can go from there.

Over the last nine years, as part of global teams, she has gained a deep understanding of the dynamics of digital collaboration, co-creation, emerging disruptive technologies and its impact on our societies.

At Tech Futures Lab, as a member of the faculty and Director of Innovation, Priti shares her vision and perspectives on the future of work, business and society introducing individuals and businesses to possibilities around emerging disruptive technologies.

At ItsNoon, Priti activates inclusive networks with their human empowerment technology digital and social frameworks that enable people and organisations to activate meaningful relationships with their communities, customers and stakeholders.

Prabha Chullian

Chief Executive Officer

I am the CEO & Managing Director of Santo Industries Ltd. We manufacture & promote New Zealand made Office Furniture, Hospitality Furniture and Table Tennis Tables. I have been an employee of major multi national companies here in NZ and overseas for many years. My last role was here in NZ as senior position in Sony Corporation just before retired. I bought this running company Santo Industries about 16 years ago few million dollars and running successfully even after facing global GFC and terrible Covid-19 as well. Of course these were very challenging and that's what the real test of a CEO to adopt and survive against any tides.

Over the last nine years, as part of global teams, she has gained a deep understanding of the dynamics of digital collaboration, co-creation, emerging disruptive technologies and its impact on our societies.

At Tech Futures Lab, as a member of the faculty and Director of Innovation, Priti shares her vision and perspectives on the future of work, business and society introducing individuals and businesses to possibilities around emerging disruptive technologies.

At ItsNoon, Priti activates inclusive networks with their human empowerment technology digital and social frameworks that enable people and organisations to activate meaningful relationships with their communities, customers and stakeholders.

Leatuao Larry Tupa'i-Lavea

Founder of Aiga Energy Limited

My name is Leatuao Larry Tupa’i-Lavea.

My mother’s parents are Lavea Feterika and Matauaina from Safotu, Savai’i and my father’s parents are Tupa’i Logovi’i and Ana from Niusuatia, Upolu.

I am married and have four children 3 boys and a girl, the eldest of 5 and an uncle and cousin to many.

• An entrepreneur of several businesses in Auckland.
• Creating pathway(s) for Pasefika people, particularly young person’s/adults to be business owners in NZ and Pacific Islands.
• Ordained priest (Non-Stipendiary) in the Anglican Church of Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia and licensed to the Bishop of Polynesia as the non-stipendiary Archdeacon of the Episcopal Unit of the Diocese of Polynesia in Aotearoa and New Zealand.
• Sit on various religious, community and organisation boards (unpaid), volunteer in various community activities and projects.
• Mentor young people to break cycles, expectations and become better human-beings contributing positively to society and being financially security.

Rachel Yang

Angel Investor

I am an entrepreneur and angel investor at Ice House. I like to help start-up business to grow and reach their real potential. I have accounting, tax, risk and compliance experience in New Zealand. I also have knowledge of how to commercialise a business idea. I am the founder of Ysquared Consulting, Ysquared Chartered Accountants, Ysquared Education and Trusted AML Services. In 2020, I was awarded by Chartered Accountants of Australia and New Zealand as Regional Advocate of New Zealand in Auckland and Northland region. My company was the finalist for Westpac Auckland Business Awards for ‘Excellence in Marketing’, ‘Excellence in Strategy and Planning’ and ‘Excellence in Community Contribution’. Giving back to the community, I work as volunteer in many areas. I am the committee member for the University of Auckland Society, the founder of the University of Auckland Chinese Alumni Club, mentor for the University of Auckland Business School and Law School's Women Mentoring Programme, mentor for the International Office Workplace Insight Programme, and mentor for Center of Innovation etc. Outside work, Rachel enjoys spending time with her family, travel, ski, kickboxing, boxing, Taekwondo and making legos.

Grant Plimmer

Retired Entrepreneur

When asked at School what profession you were going to do, my answer, "run my own business". I was told you can't do that! Well, after a year at AUT doing Management & 5 years in Finance doing lending on capital equipment, I was into my first business. 7 businesses later (everyone different), from owner operated to one employing 40 staff & some Business Broking, I was able to retire early. Happy to help you with your ideas & give positive feedback or meet your team person.

Alanah Malkani

Business Programme Facilitator

I have been in educational leadership for the past 20years. Successfully implemented and managed several new business programmes both in New Zealand and overseas at the undergraduate and post-graduate level. In my educational career I have mentored business students in their innovation and entreprenuership based projects.

Gol Khadem

Kiwisaver and Insurance Specialist

Kiwisaver and Insurance Specialist, we education people on their Kiwisaver, on how to maximise and make the most of their Kiwisaver, to potentially help purchase their first home and have a good extra amount for retirement. We also do insurance comparisons with the major Banks and Insurance Companies in NZ.

Jacqueline Ironside

Business Owner & Coach

I am an experienced business owner and coach, working in the accounting profession. I am passionate about helping others achieve their goals, and support many local and international charities and not for profit organisations by sharing my knowledge and encouragement. We have found that our most successful business clients have three things: An Annual Business Plan, An Annual Budget Forecast and Regular Reporting and Accountability Coaching with an independent business coach.

Peter Brooks

Auckland Council

Highly professional inspirational organisation leader, with strong skills and competencies across:  Staff leadership and management  Strategic planning and team development  Project planning, governance, establishment and management  Investigation and regulatory reporting, audit and quality assurance for the management of water operational incidents  Change management in complex setting  Business and contract management  Financial management  Cost control/budget management  Risk and commercial control management  Health and Safety leadership  Business model development  Business process mapping

Pamela Araya

Auckland Council

I am a financial business partner taking care of infrastructure & environmental services in local government. My expertise is in financial advisory and strategic management accounting. I also have my bachelor in law and bachelor in commerce majoring in accounting so can give advice regarding university experience.

John Loau

Public Speaker & Business Development

My specialist experience within the business enterprise sectors spans 20+ years, working across private & government campaigns focusing on People & Productivity. Most recently, in the Covid19 environment, I have increasingly moved into public speaking, joining business & community panels, speaking on business continuity, business development, strategy, leadership and people. With 10 years international experience developing pathways to military, law enforcement, and police training programs, I have partnered with the education & public safety sectors to deliver these programs.

Denym Bird

Marketer & Entrepreneur

Award-winning full-stack marketer and ethically minded entrepreneur with over 6 years of experience in building and scaling cutting edge marketing for category-leading B2B SaaS businesses, Xero, A2X and Tradify. Practising what I preach, I co-founded, and drive growth at Paintvine. Now Aotearoa's largest creative events business hosting over 700+ events annually. During the covid-19 lockdown, I created Aotearoa's leading food delivery directory, Delivereat. Helping over half a million Kiwis connect with over 1000+ independent businesses that were delivering during lockdown. Acquired by Mobi2Go. Accredited member of the Marketing Association of New Zealand, The Institute of Directors in New Zealand (Inc) and the New Zealand Events Association.

Arun Jacob

Chief Executive Officer & Founder

Arun Jacob is the Founder & CEO of one of the leading education and migration companies based in New Zealand. Inspired by his own journey of moving abroad and settling in New Zealand, Arun started AJV Global with the purpose to create an honest and transparent immigration company.

Yi Zhang

Technology Consultant

I am a technology consultant, working with New Zealand’s leading organisations on digital strategy and capability; I have worked extensively on strategic technology procurement and operations projects. My rmasters degree in business and analytics equipped me to solve complex problems in a structured way and communicate quantitative insights with impact.

Wesley Binedell

Business Mentor

Hi and congratulations on your current success!! I've acquired over 13 years of experience in the Hygiene Industry with a focused background in B2B Sales, Business Development, Product Procurement and day to day operations!! As a business owner, I love working with new ideas, re-inventing the wheel and working with people who believe in what they do. Feel free to reach out with any questions you have and I'll do my best to guide you.

Dr. Dhia Alchalabi

Associate Professor

I am associate professor, in Agricultural Engineering Technology. From Michigan State University, USA. Animals’ production Automation. 20 years at Baghdad University, college of Agriculture. supervisor for 4 Master of science. Worked with Tegel Foods ltd. For project in improving poultry performance, and ventilation of poultry house. Now CEO of AgroTech International Ltd. For Organic Insecticides and Repellents. Bio and Eco friendly products. 100% Botanical.


Chartered Accountant

Chartered Accountant who wants to work with driven business people who have found their passion and wanting to realise their potential and reach their goals

Helene Wilkinson

Marketing Lecturer

I have over 35 years experience in hospitality, including owning and operating multiple café/restaurants. I am passionate about small business and have a good depth of skills in small business start-ups. I am a marketing lecturer and am able to assist in the operations, marketing and development of business. I'm happy to assist with any stage of product/service development and planning.

Cherrie Yang

Senior Accounting Lecturer

Cherrie Yang is a Senior Lecturer in Accounting at Auckland University of Technology. Cherrie is a co-leader of the Accounting for Social Impact Research Group and was appointed as the academic judge for the 2021 New Zealand Charity Reporting Awards organised by Chartered Accountant Australia and New Zealand. Prior to joining AUT, Cherrie worked in the accounting industry for more than 8 years.

Rongmei Zhang

Digital Marketer

Sommer Kapitan

Marketing Lecturer

Sommer has her PhD in business from the University of Texas at San Antonio, and has taught marketing for 6 years at AUT. She gets most excited about sustainable consumer solutions, influencer marketing, consumer psychology and social marketing.

Peter Elbourne

Managing Director of Hoopoe

I have worked for 18 years in aviation trained as an aircraft engineer originally before transitioning into corporate/ business arm of aviation taking on roles such as fleet management, lean & agile project lead engineering customer service manager, business development, sales, asset leasing and strategy. In recent years I returned to university as a mature student taking on a double major in Economics & International Business (Hons). Currently the Managing Director of Hoopoe Ltd (pronounced “who-po”). As a business we focus on business advisory and support. Helping business build confidence, run their business. Strategic focus, transformation and advisory is how we help, wether it be at start up, growth, scaling or exit. We focus on to optimisation of business performance.

Mitchell Carlyle

Velocity (UOA Student Organisation)

A Bachelor of Commerce and Property conjoint student, currently in my third year of studies, majoring in Marketing and Management. I have been involved in YES before (albeit to a limited extent) and am currently Challenges Lead in Velocity; the University of Auckland's Innovation and Entrepreneurship Programme, which is similar to YES in a number of ways. Through work and studies I have been put in touch with valuable contacts and learned some profound things regarding start-ups and entrepreneurship. I am also close friends with a handful of entrepreneurs.

Zahn Trotter

Sales and Marketing Specialist

I've built two businesses: Smoke provides event photography and video to discerning corporate clientele. Fable operates event industry websites and We help NZ's wedding and event venues and suppliers fill their calendars with bookings. My expertise is in sales, marketing, and time-efficiency.

Andrew Bramston

Marketing and Finance

Marketing and Finance was my former career when i worked in the business field, i have also been trained in sales and leadership. My teaching career has spanned 10 Years in Business, Accounting and Economics as well as working with Multiple Young enterprise teams.

Ron McKenzie

Accountant and Solicitor

Qualified Accountant, Solicitor. Currently Practice Manager of a mid tier Legal firm. 40 years experience in commerce. Qualified as a Teacher last year, teaching Business Studies & Accountancy (including some YES) then returned to Law. 58 years old.

David Ross

Chemical & Materials Engineer

I am retired now after 45 years in industry, mainly building materials manufacture and distribution, but also some time spent in the dairy processing industry. I am a Chemical & Materials Engineer, but have spent a lot of my career in management and leadership. I used to mentor in the YES programme several years ago, more recently I have been mentoring small business owners through Business Mentors NZ and the Auckland Chamber of Commerce.

Taj Shaikh

Masters in International Relations

I did my Masters in International Relations. I am running a spices and grocery retail business. I have a wide range of experience in customer service, product knowledge and business basics.

Carley Nicholson

Sales and Marketing Specialist

I have 20 years of sales and marketing experience and have more recently been a small business owner and leader. I now specialise in resilience training and coaching for business professionals.

Shaun Gear

Educational Leadership

Future Shaper who works in Education. Enabling the integration and thought leadership between young people, educators, business, employers, and industry. Programme design, Event design and delivery, Partnerships, Relationship management, Strong understanding of the Education System and landscape in Aotearoa.

Roanna Dowman

Employment Coordinator

Employment Coordinator and qualified career guidance counsellor. Deal with employers on a day to day basis to assist with recruitment needs.

Rahul Chopra

Founder of New Zealand Sustainability and Policy Leaders Forum

I am the founder and editor of the New Zealand Sustainability and Policy Leaders Forum. The forum publishes research that contributes to us being a more inclusive, fair, and sustainable society. We do so by gathering and communicating evidence from academics industry experts on global and local sustainability challenges. I will be happy to communicate with our young and youth on topics of the United Nations Sustainable Development goals and also hear their perspectives.

David Nathan

Business Development and Marketing

Highly experienced business development & marketing professional with a background in investment banking too. 20 years experience developing European markets. EdTEch, FinTech focused.

Geoffrey Clarke


I’ve got 25 years of sales experience. 15+ years managing people both frontline and middle managers. I’ve led sales channels, go to market campaigns, and expansion projects as well as have experience running large recruitment drives. I’m passionate about being curious and helping others explore potential opportunities.

Pearl Sharma

Executive Office Administrator

Hi, I come with over 10yrs of executive office administration experience, helping managers, directors and CEOs thrive in their day to day running of the offices. I also have 4yrs of NZ Human resources experience, registered with HRNZ and now expanding in payroll and finance administration in business as well. Would love to help young entrepreneurs grow and soar in their roles too. "Nothing is difficult to achieve, if you put your mind to it".

Ron Lal

CEO of Momentum Mind Lab

Kia Ora, I'm the Founder and CEO of Momentum Mind Lab where we use Design Thinking to create business strategies and drive Innovation. What we love doing is helping young entrepreneurs create creative and impactful businesses by being Human centered through Journey Maps, Strategy sessions, Design Sprint and many more to solve complex problems and reframe them into opportunities.

Tyler Handcock

Marketing Manager

I am the Marketing Manager of Silverfin Capital, a property syndication company currently managing a $485mil portfolio. Having worked in mostly independent marketing roles across the commercial property sector, I am happy to answer any questions around marketing and communications, including brand development and market segmentation.

Kelly Douglas

National Events & Sponsorship Manager

Currently National Events & Sponsorship Manager at Massey University; ex Army Officer within the Military Police.

Lisa Coleman

Importing, Exporting & Freight

I have 25 years of experience in import, export, customs & freight. I have owned and managed an international freight forwarding company for the last 7 years, and have alot of experience advising people on business set up for import and export plans. I was also in the Young Enterprise Scheme when I was at school and loved the experience.

Ozgur Deniz

Turkish Kebab

We are specialized on setting up food business like take away and restaurant /cafes also doing international business importing and exporting.

Sarah Rea

Freedom Furniture Manager

Past Regional Coordinator YES familiar with coaching YES students. 20 years+ FMCG experience in non food sector across category management, key account management, national sales management. Primarily in health and beauty areas. Currently managing Freedom Furniture Sylvia Park.

Gary Gonsalves

Co Founder of Broca Consultancy Services

Co founder of Broca Consultancy Services enabling businesses to leverage technology and accelerate growth. I help businesses document their current process, reimagine a new process and utilise automation technology to achieve effectiveness and efficiency. I develop compelling business cases to ensure the right project is selected for automation and delivers on ROI. I have managed to transition my career and reinvent my profession.

Katie West

Business Owner

Business owner for six years and business partner in another for three years. I have a long history in the media industry and a working knowledge of diverse marketing disciplines from media to agency, and a wealth of experience in strategy planning, managing multi-discipline campaigns for radio, newspaper and magazines and consumer/ people PR. .

Anne Lofts


I’ve had a 20 year career in professional services here and abroad, primarily focused on business development, client experience and strategy. I now run my own consulting business as a strategy advisor to fast growing businesses. I was actively involved in Young Enterprise in Wellington when I was at school back in the late 1980’s. I know how much of an amazing impact it can have, so if love to help.

Ben Reynolds

Strategy, sales & operations.

Young enterprise alumni from 2011. Now based in New York City and building Spalk. We help leading TV Networks like ESPN and Sky remotely produce live sports commentary. We have raised more than $3m in venture capital and employ 15 people around the world. My area of expertise is in strategy, sales & operations.

Omer Hazer

Digital Marketing Strategist

I’m an E-commerce and digital marketing strategist and consultant. I’ve run an influencer marketing agency that got acquired as well. My expertise lies within marketing, customer acquisition, business growth, digital media and ecommerce. Happy to help!

Quinn Moffat

Marketing, Market Research and Strategy

Hailing from a small town in the Far North of New Zealand, I made the move to the "big smoke" of Auckland where I studied Economics at Massey University. I currently work for Te Taurapa Tūhono (New Zealand Trade and Enterprise) as a Market Research Analyst. I am data-driven and customer centric and work with many broad companies. Ask me about Marketing, Market Research and Strategy

Krish Naidu

Senior Lecturer at OP

I'm a Senior Lecturer at OP - Auckland Campus. I have taught and mentored students studying entrepreneurship as part of our Bachelor degree. We also run dragon's Den at the institute (similar to YES) In addition I also run two business and feel my background will be helpful to the students.

Syrus Islam


I am a senior lecturer of Accounting at the Auckland University of Technology. My expertise lies in product/service costing, cost management, profitability analysis, break-even analysis, and financial reporting and management.

Kiyara Jia

Banking Professional

Banking professional currently working in the Institutional banking sector. Focused on customer relationship management as well as analytical and risk management skills. BCOM background majoring in Accounting & Commercial Law.

Gordon Gillan


A communications professional with more than 15 years' experience working as an editor and public relations practitioner in New Zealand. Experience across internal and external communications with a passion for Community Partnerships, Social Media, Internal Communications and Marketing Communications.

Belinda Hope


- entrepreneurship, business plan writing - startups

Darroch Todd

Risk Manager

I'm currently a Risk Manager for Auckland Council, and have owned my own business, as well as teaching Business Studies, Accounting and Economics at MAGS. I have a very good understanding of owning and running a business, as well as knowing how YES runs.

Jessica Hopkins

Marketing and Management

Currently working towards a Bachelor of Arts and Commerce conjoint degree, specialising in Communication, and majoring in Marketing, and Management. I am a member of the University of Auckland's student-run Innovation and Entrepreneurship programme, and I am an Arts and Career mentor. Outside of University, I am a dance teacher, and have been a telephone counsellor for Kidsline.

Paul McGrath

Business Mentor

My background is in computers. I have been involved in selling, installations, installing software and servicing.
Other areas of experience include, logistics, sourcing, Importing and inventory control.
For the last 23 years I owned a company which specialised in commercial laser printers, which I have now sold.
I am currently also involved with mentoring business clients, planning and implementing Ecommerce Websites.

Chrissy Marshall

Director for The Finance Marshall

Customer and marketing experience Establishing and running a business Business planning and networking Product development

Gillian Craig

Finance Director at Aroha Funerals

Have taught Accounting at AUT since 1990. Specialise in teaching first-year students. Now working part-time for AUT. Have worked as an Auditor with KPMG in London and Auckland, and as Financial Accounting for XIVth Commonwealth Games in Auckland in 1990. Currently working part-time as Finance Director for Aroha Funerals, a business in which I am a part-owner.

Kathlynn Lee

Marketing and Communications

Marketing and communications specialist with a focus on customer centricity in the digital and growth marketing landscape. Confident in customer behavior analysis, using customer insights, digital marketing and market validation. Industry experience in oil & energy, publishing, influencer marketing, start-ups and advertising.

Bernard Leong

Network Development

I have been a part of BP for over 13 years working at various roles within bp including improving processes, systems admin and more recently being in the Network Development team looking for investment opportunities, completing due diligence and financial models and more importantly pitching the business case to various stake holders both in New Zealand and Australia. Privately, I am involve in a start-up called Skillsme where we are reinventing how programmers (coders) gain experiences and are recruited through a validation process. I have a passion for start-up and entrepreneurship and I am willing to help our younger generation where ever i can. Thanks

Rob Lyver

Capability Development Specialist

A Capability Development Specialist focussing on business development, sales, communication, and productivity skills, using adult learning principles for coaching, mentoring, teaching, and workshop facilitation. Delivering impactful, relevant, and simple capability development initiatives for organisations across SME, Mid-Market, and Corporate, with revenues from ‘pre-profit’ to $300 million, and for coaching hundreds of Professional Services Partners and staff across New Zealand and Australia.

Yong Han

Chief Risk Officer for HSBC Bank

20 years+ in financial services, currently the Chief Risk Officer for HSBC Bank in NZ. Can offer expertise in terms of all the key risks a business may face, funding, business planning. Also have a broad network of contacts if there is anything I don't know, across NZ and globally to tap into.

Arun Devta

Sales and Marketing

I have 14 years experience in Sale & Marketing . Industry exposure Pharmaceutical , Insurance , FMCG & Banking . I can work on NPD , Digital Media , Sales & Marketing.

Irene Susantio

Financial Advisor

I graduated as Bachelor of Computer Science however life brought me to another direction of banking. I am familiar with topic of international trade, banking, credit worthiness analysis of a company, and now I am also learning about financial institutions. Back in my country, I had my own business of wedding organizer, barbershop, and drawing course so I consider myself quite entrepreneurial.

Amy Lee

Bioscience Enterprise Specialist

Currently completing my Masters in Bioscience Enterprise – business and commercialisation degree and completed my undergraduate degree at University of Auckland in Bachelor of Pharmacy (Hons). I have a broad range of healthcare experience and the different aspects of running a business. Through completing accelerator programmes and innovation challenges, I have knowledge around the process of building a business from scratch and creating an innovative product/service. I am also happy for students to reach out to me if they want to know more about university life, academics, career prospect or life after secondary education.

Tarang Saxena

Operations Supply Chain Management

I am a previous participant and qualifier in YES and have competed in Entrepreneurs In Action business activities. I can bring a personal touch in bringing confidence in pitching and more importantly presenting yourself to others. Currently majoring in Economics and Operations Supply Chain Management (3rd Year) I can provide a piece of knowledge concerning the economy and how businesses operate.

Gursirat Tapia

Technology Consulting Analyst

I’ve recently graduated with a Bachelor in Commerce (majoring in Accounting, Commercial Law & Information Systems) from the University of Auckland. Since, I have joined PwC as a Technology Consulting Analyst & have had a key focus in ICT strategy & architecture.

Meghshyam Prakash


I am a first-year business student at the University of Auckland and I currently am running my own startup/project. I have worked on several startups two years ago under the Young Enterprise Scheme. My expertise is wide-ranging from strategy, branding, marketing all the way to management, finance and general startup works. I also know how to network and team culture and building.

Keeha Oh

Law & Commerce Specialist

Keeha is currently in her final year of a Law (Honours) and Commerce (Accounting and Finance) degree at the University of Auckland. She has previously worked in the legal, professional services and insurance sector, and also has a strong interest in marketing. She has won several university business case competitions, including the Management Consulting Club Deloitte Open Case Competition (2018), Energy Case Competition (2019) and the International Chamber of Commerce Mediation Competition held in Paris (2020).

Komal Singh


I'm a Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Commerce conjoint student, majoring in Psychology and Marketing at the University of Auckland. I have been involved with mentoring positions in the past - as a UniGuide for 3 years at UoA, and now as a UniGuide Leader, mentoring new UniGuides. I am also heavily involved with Velocity, the University of Auckland's innovation and entrepreneurship program, as one of the Marketing Leads, mentoring a team of 8 individuals. With the help of Velocity, I have learnt a lot about start-ups and entrepreneurship through. I would love to help out any way I can by providing any guidance on any thoughts or ideas, or if anyone would like advice about university and university life in general!

Richard Li

Strategy and Transaction Analyst

Strategy and Transaction Analyst with experience working across Financial Transactions, Logistics Planning, Asset Management and Real Estate Development. BCom (Business Analytics/Information Management and Finance) Graduate from the University of Auckland.

Ashley Harris

Computer Science and Statistics

I am a third year Computer Science and Statistics student at The University of Auckland with a passion for all things tech and business! I have experience working as a data analyst consultant at EY, and as a product manager and developer for a startup called Own My Data. I am knowledgeable in areas of technology including data science, software engineering, and computer science, and I am also in the Challenges Committee for Velocity, the University's Innovation and Entrepreneurship Club. I would love to offer advice on innovation, starting a business, technology, navigating university effectively, and career pathways in business and technology. Thanks!

Chris Scullin


I have over 30 years of business experience ranging from self employment as a Commercial Photographer to Senior Management in two multi - national companies - Roles including Sales , Marketing and Operational Management give me a broad range of skills. I am passionate about innovative ideas and challenging the status quo. For me the best way forward involves confidence and a positive attitude.

Brayden Print

International Business, Information Systems and Legal Specialist

I am a 5th-year Law (Honours) and Commerce conjoint student, majoring in International Business and Information Systems. I have 16 months of consulting experience at KPMG and this year I begin a new role at one of New Zealand's largest law firms, MinterEllisonRuddWatts. I am fortunate enough to be the Alumni Team Lead for Velocity, which is the innovation and entrepreneurship programme at the University of Auckland. I am here to help with anything that you may need - whether that is related to your business or to university more generally - please feel free to reach out to me!

Doug Lloyd

Entrepreneur/Marketing Specialist

In private practiced Doug is the Founder and the Managing Director of his own company, The Third Age Consultancy Limited, specializing in the business of aging and marketing and advertising communications. He is the past Chair of Autism New Zealand and is a Board member Autism New Zealand Charitable Trust He was Senior Lecturer (above the Bar) in Marketing and Advertising at Auckland University of Technology, for 15 years, teaching on the University’s Bachelor of Business Undergraduate and MBA degrees. Specialist Academic Teachings include:  Marketing Communications and Organisation  Marketing and Organisational Management  Strategic Advertising Management  Strategic Brand Management  Advertising Management and Planning  Evaluating Advertising Effectiveness and Stakeholder Relationship  Special Forms of Advertising  Advertising and Society  Brand Management and Planning

Lavisha Gopaldasani

Information Systems and Marketing

A Bachelor of Commerce student majoring in information systems and Marketing. I have done a marketing internship at Xero and am currently tutoring a paper in databases and business intelligence at UoA. I am also involved with Velocity - UoA's innovation and entrepreneurship organisation so have learnt a lot about start-ups and entrepreneurship. Feel free to reach out to me regarding any kind of help related to your idea/pitches or even if you just want someone to talk to about university- advise with courses or uni life in general 🙂 Good luck and stay safe x

Sam Kerry

Financial Advisor

Kia Ora! I'm Sam, a psychology and economics major who works in consulting at EY. I'm based in the financial sector, which basically means I work with banks and insurers (which probably sounds uninteresting to you and I would have thought the same at school). I'm happy to help you and your team get that elusive excellence in your project and have a few laughs along the way. Look forward to hearing your ideas!

Eric Short

Business Coach

One on one professional training or coaching plus business mentoring, advisory and facilitation services (self generated). I like SME business owners and prospective entrepreneurs to draw on my experience across a wide range of business sectors and all disciplines, retail marketing excluded, for guidance and added value.

Chye Lu Lee

Transaction Advisor

Previous external auditor and management accountant from the media industry, I now work in the transactions advisory team at EY. I provide a range of transactional services to clients such as due diligence and seller support services.

Mike Mead

Innovation & Growth Coach

Having run and grown a successful company for over 25 years my area of expertise is very much common-sense and hard work ! I have no tertiary qualifications but can give down to earth help and advise - there are no short cuts. Stock management, cash flow, pricing , identifying business opportunities, sponsorship, marketing

Tony Lambert

Auckland Business Chamber Mentor

I am an Auckland Business Chamber mentor. Previously a mentor with Buinsess Mentors NZ for 5 years. Experience in managing small businesses for 20 years. Previously Sales and Marketing Director for Compaq Computer NZ. Expertise in understanding issues, seeing the big picture and helping people/companies discover ways to solve issues or see the light at the end of the tunnel. Simply help people help themselves.

Cindy Yin

Assurance Services

I'm currently in the Assurance service line at EY. My client portfolio includes businesses from a variety of industry sectors (eg. banks, private equity funds, logistics and listed companies). I'm also part of the digital assurance team, which will help the transition from traditional audit techniques to be more data-focused so we can gain valuable insights from client data.

Jay Jaiganesh


Education sector knowledge Mentoring/Volunteering experience

Sarah Postlethwaite

Management Consultant

I am a Management Consultant at EY, focusing on technology transformation in the financial services sector. I have a strong background in marketing, with expertise in marketing automation, digital marketing, communications, social media management, and copy-writing. I bring business acumen, and experience in business case preparation, public speaking and pitching.

Gagan Waraich


Graduate in Accounting & Finance from UOA Graduate diploma in Business Management & Marketing from AUT. Working as an Auditor in Ernst & Young.

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