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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 YES Mentors support network, to help them make these valuable connections.

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

Email: [email protected]

Tel: 021 054 0833

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.

Email: [email protected]

Tel: 027 917 3081

Roanna Dowman

I come to you with a wealth of knowledge on employment relations, talent acquisition, and working with employers and job seekers daily. I am currently undergoing HR studies and also have qualifications in adult teaching and learning as well as career guidance. I enjoy seeing people succeed and if there is any assistance, I can offer you to make your business venture a success I would love the opportunity.

Email: [email protected]

Tel: 022 028 4342

Antje Fiedler

Coming soon.

Frank Gilbert

Retired Entrepreneur

Qualified as a medical technologist and then started my first company making stereo systems. In the 80's, I worked for welcome Pharmaceuticals and Broadbank Corporation (marketing). 1988-2020. Bought and sold a computer company, an ice cream manufacturing company and a software development company. Retired in 2022.

Email: [email protected]

Tel: 027 262 2213

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.

Email: [email protected]

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!

Email: [email protected]

Tel: 027 890 0363

Taghreed Hikmet


Taghreed has extensive experience in the field of international Business management through her roles as a consultant, both in New Zealand and overseas. She provided SMEs manufacturers development support to businesses across a wide range of High-tech industries. Taghreed assisted New Zealand companies in developing business in China market by Setting the grounds for establishing a New Zealand – China business, especially for a New Zealand manufacturing base in China.

Email: [email protected]

Tel: 021 294 9458

John Howard

Coming soon.

Guy King

I have had over 50 years of diverse Business Experience both in New Zealand and Australia ranging from electronics to packaging, consumer goods, engineering and new technologies. 20 years in high-end inbound tour operator specialising in inbound luxury.

Email: [email protected]

Tel: 021 575 201

Sanjay Kumar

Coming soon.

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.

Email: [email protected]

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.

Email: [email protected]

Tel: 07 391 0014

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.

Email: [email protected]

Tel: 027 705 5572

Mark O'Brien


Director of Aluro Healthcare focused in Sales and Marketing in the Medical device market. Previously Director Sales and Marketing Astra Zeneca.

Email: [email protected]

Tel: 029 770 3710

Grant Plimmer

Retired Entrepreneur

Former owner of various businesses. Retired early. Plenty of time to assist you with your ideas & bring a positive attitude.

Email: [email protected]

Tel: 027 494 2856

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.

Email: [email protected]

Tel: 021 266 0619

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.

Email: [email protected]

Tel: 027 497 2274

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.

Email: [email protected]

Tel: 027 581 2998

Adrian St John


Founder of 360 Strategies Limited and CPA with a passion for Small Business Strategy.

Email: [email protected]

Tel: 027 262 2213

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.

Email: [email protected]

Tel: 027 521 1100

Katie West

Business Owner

Since 2015, I have owned a boutique consumer PR company, based in Auckland. We specialise in natural, organic, ethical & sustainable brands & products. I also launched another general PR company in 2021 to work with companies that do not operate in these categories. In 2021 our PR business was a PR company of the Year Finalist.

Email: [email protected]

Tel: 027 439 0804

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.

Email: [email protected]

Tel: 021 897 464

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.

Email: [email protected]

Tel: 021 198 6518

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