Catching up with SEA CAPE friends and alumni

On this page we feature individuals or groups who have been involved in SEA CAPE activities.

Here they can share their experiences with our stakeholders and reflect on their learnings to show the resonating benefits of SEA CAPE's many programmes.

Nina Santos

Nina Santos

Student - Law, Politics & International Relations
Nina Santos
Nina Santos
Student - Law, Politics & International Relations
September 2019

Who are you and what do you do?

Mabuhay! I’m Nina Santos. I was born and raised in the bustling streets of Manila, the Philippines. I’m now based in Auckland where I balance my Law, Politics & International Relations degree with my work at the Ministry for the Environment. 

What is your connection with SEA CAPE?

I was lucky enough to join the Tertiary Market Immersion Programme to Vietnam, Thailand and Singapore in 2019. 

Tell us about your favourite SEA CAPE memory? 

Visiting the Facebook Asia-Pacific Headquarters in Singapore is an experience I’ll brag to my future kids about. It was amazing to be hosted by gracious kiwi employees who gave us a “crash course” on how the global giant operates. I use Facebook and Instagram everyday, so being in the epicentre of it was pretty cool. 

If you could drop everything and travel to any Southeast Asian country right now, which one would you choose, and why?

The pearl of the orient, the Philippines of course! Top notch hospitality, best food in the world, lush beaches and buzzing cities  - what’s not to love? (If you haven’t been, book a flight and thank me later!) 

Antje Fiedler
Antje Fiedler
Senior Lecturer - Graduate School of Management, University of Auckland
October 2019

Who are you and what do you do?

I am Antje Fiedler, a Senior Lecturer at the Graduate School of Management, University of Auckland. I teach on both the MBA and Masters program in the area of international business and strategy. I also have done extensive research on growth, innovation and internationalization of NZ SMEs, with a particular focus on emerging Asia. 

What is your connection with SEA CAPE?

I have been involved in the development and delivery of business workshops for the Market Readiness Programme (MRP). These workshops provide an opportunity for practitioners to deepen their understanding of doing business in Southeast Asian markets, and to share their own experience with peers. I am also an academic advisor of the Southeast Asia CAPE.

Tell us about your favourite SEA CAPE memory? 

This is difficult to pick because I have plenty of good memories. My favourite memories would be the many conversations with New Zealand exporters sharing their stories of doing business in Southeast Asia markets. I have learned many valuable, down-to earth practical lessons that really helped me to better understand this diverse and dynamic region.    

If you could drop everything and travel to any Southeast Asian country right now, which one would you choose, and why?

Without a doubt Cambodia. Set in a lush rain forest, the temples of Angkor Wat are magical. The energy and light is difficult to describe, but gave me a real sense of adventure and peace at the same time. Also, Cambodians are very warm and friendly which made my trip to Cambodia unforgettable, and I would love to go back anytime. 

Senthil Danapalan
Senthil Danapalan
Head of the Corporate & Government Segment - Enterprise Business at Maxis
November 2019

Who are you and what do you do?
My name is Senthil Danapalan and I’m Head of the Corporate & Government Segment - Enterprise Business at Maxis. I oversee the revenues/P&L in these two major business segments. Our activities span the connectivity and tech value stack, ranging from pure connectivity, fixed, cloud, and managed services to advanced smart solutions.

What is your connection with SEA CAPE?
I was selected as a SEA CAPE ASEAN@50 fellow in 2018.

Tell us about your favourite SEA CAPE memory? 
During the ASEAN@50 fellowship, I met students, business and government stakeholders across New Zealand. It was fascinating to hear their ambitions, and learn about what the future holds for ASEAN & NZ as they find ways to maximise synergies in their bilateral relationships. I specifically enjoyed engaging with students and I'm confident they will be a key catalyst to drive this.

If you could drop everything and travel to any Southeast Asian country right now, which one would you choose, and why?
Malaysia (unbiased, of course!): the ultimate fusion of cultures. It offers so much in terms of food, nature, sightseeing, and shopping. 

Laurie Ingle

Laurie Ingle

Associate at L.E.K Consulting
Laurie Ingle
Laurie Ingle
Associate at L.E.K Consulting
December 2019

Who are you and what do you do?
Hi, I'm Laurie Ingle a recent law and commerce grad from Victoria University of Wellington. I’m currently living in Sydney working as an Associate at L.E.K. Consulting.

What is your connection with SEA CAPE?
I participated in the Tertiary Market Immersion Programme (TMIP) in 2019 and have spent the year attending SEA CAPE alumni events.

Tell us about your favourite SEA CAPE memory? 
At the end of TMIP 2019, we presented our business pitches from the trip to a panel of judges in Singapore. It was a great capstone display of everything we’d learned over the trip and I loved seeing what everyone had come up with and how well we worked together as groups of newfound friends, given we’d only met a few weeks prior.

If you could drop everything and travel to any Southeast Asian country right now, which one would you choose, and why?
I’m really interesting in how technology is changing the world, so it would have to be Singapore. It’s a global technology and start-up hub and that really excites me.

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