Ziena Jalil

Partner, SenateSHJ

Ziena doesn’t believe in boxes and is hard to put into one. She consults on strategy and stakeholder engagement, and is a board member of Manukau Institute of Technology, Unitec, DNA Design, and the Cancer Society Auckland Northland.

She is also a keynote speaker, facilitator and commentator on a range of topics including diversity and inclusion, Asia business, nation branding, leadership and politics.

A New Zealand Women of Influence awards finalist, Ziena was also recognised by Campaign Asia Pacific as part of its 2020 Women to Watch, a group of 40 outstanding women in the Asia Pacific.

She has received several international awards for her work promoting New Zealand trade and education in Asia, while in the roles of Regional Director (South & South East Asia) for Education New Zealand, New Zealand Trade Commissioner to Singapore, and Head of North Asia Marketing and Communications for New Zealand Trade and Enterprise.

Ziena has helped some of New Zealand’s largest businesses build their reputation and revenue, advised Ministers, and worked at the grassroots supporting the growth of Māori and Pacific young people in professional careers. She continues to mentor and coach several young leaders.

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