Meet the SEA CAPE Team

Blair McRae
Blair McRae
Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Engagement)
blair.mcrae@vuw.ac.nz

Blair McRae is a member of the Centres of Asia-Pacific Excellence Management Committee.

He took up the role of Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Engagement) in March 2019. In this role, Blair leads the University's efforts to deepen its engagement with alumni, benefactors and communities. Prior to joining the University, Blair served as Commercial Director for the University of Technology Sydney (UTS). This experience, along with developing projects in Asia with the World Bank, means Blair has maintained close working relationships within the region with a focus on China. 

Professor Siah Hwee Ang

Professor Siah Hwee Ang

Director
Professor Siah Hwee Ang
Professor Siah Hwee Ang
Director
siahhwee.ang@vuw.ac.nz

Professor Siah Hwee Ang is the Director of the Southeast Asia Centre of Asia-Pacific Excellence. He is also Professor of International Business and Strategythe inaugural Bank of New Zealand Chair in Business in Asia at Victoria University of Wellington, and chairs Victoria University’s Enabling Our Asia-Pacific Trading Nation Distinctiveness Theme. He writes bi-weekly columns for www.interest.co.nz and www.stuff.co.nz on business in China and Asia respectively. 

Previously Siah was Professor in Strategy and Associate Dean Postgraduate and International at the University of Auckland Business School. Siah has researched at Cass Business School, City University in London, and holds a PhD in Management awarded at the National University of Singapore, where he was both a teaching and research fellow. 

Siah’s main research interests are in the areas of alliances and acquisitions, competition, technology strategy, international business strategy, reputation and international and strategic human resource management. Siah’s works have been published in international top-tier journals such as the Strategic Management Journal, Journal of Management and Journal of Management Studies. He has written two books, one on international business and the other on business and management research designs. Five research awards are testimony to quality research work by Siah 

Siah is Senior Editor of Strategy, Institutions and Research Design of the Journal of World Business, a leading international business journal. He also sits on the editorial board of seven other international journals, and has been on the editorial board of the Academy of Management Journal, a prestigious journal for six years. Siah has also been the Assistant Editor of Long Range Planning for six years. He served on the NZ’s Performance Based Research Fund Business and Economics panel (2012), NZ’s Marsden Fund Economics, Human and Behavioural Sciences Panel (2015-2018), Prime Minister’s Scholarships for Asia panel (2016-2018) and Prime Minister’s Business Scholarships (2018).  

Siah teaches strategy, international business, and research design and methods courses at the executive, postgraduate and undergraduate levels. He has supervised over 75 postgraduate students and has published papers with a number of them. He is actively engaged in executive education and projects, working and has worked with executives from Fonterra, Fletcher Building, Fairfax Media, Cranleigh Merchant Bankers, BioPacificVentures, TCI Network (Spain), Ernst & Young (Germany), Civil Service College (Singapore), Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, New Zealand Customs Service, Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, New Zealand Trade and Enterprise, AucklandPlus, Ministry of Research, Science and Technology, TV New Zealand, Genesis Energy, and New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants.  

 

Dr Michelle Renton
Dr Michelle Renton
Deputy Director
michelle.renton@vuw.ac.nz

Dr. Michelle Renton is a lecturer at the School of Marketing and International Business at Victoria University of Wellington. Her research interests include marketing innovation, strategic marketing, brand management and branding in SMEs. Michelle teaches undergraduate courses in marketing principles, marketing communications and business to business marketing. She was named Victoria Business School’s Top Lecturer by VUW’s Student Association in 2018.

Katrina Walsh

Katrina Walsh

Programme Manager
Katrina Walsh
Katrina Walsh
Programme Manager
katrina.walsh@vuw.ac.nz

04 463 4762

Lai Ching Tan

Lai Ching Tan

Programme Manager
Lai Ching Tan
Lai Ching Tan
Programme Manager
laiching.tan@vuw.ac.nz

04 463 9691

Brona Kerr

Brona Kerr

Programme Coordinator
Brona Kerr
Brona Kerr
Programme Coordinator
brona.kerr@vuw.ac.nz

04 463 6550

Holly McDavitt

Holly McDavitt

Programme Coordinator
Holly McDavitt
Holly McDavitt
Programme Coordinator
holly.mcdavitt@vuw.ac.nz

04 463 9723

Academic Advisory Team

Professor Siah Hwee Ang
Professor Siah Hwee Ang
siahhwee.ang@vuw.ac.nz

Professor Siah Hwee Ang is the Director of the Southeast Asia Centre of Asia-Pacific Excellence. He is also Professor of International Business and Strategythe inaugural Bank of New Zealand Chair in Business in Asia at Victoria University of Wellington, and chairs Victoria University’s Enabling Our Asia-Pacific Trading Nation Distinctiveness Theme. He writes bi-weekly columns for www.interest.co.nz and www.stuff.co.nz on business in China and Asia respectively. 

Previously Siah was Professor in Strategy and Associate Dean Postgraduate and International at the University of Auckland Business School. Siah has researched at Cass Business School, City University in London, and holds a PhD in Management awarded at the National University of Singapore, where he was both a teaching and research fellow. 

Siah’s main research interests are in the areas of alliances and acquisitions, competition, technology strategy, international business strategy, reputation and international and strategic human resource management. Siah’s works have been published in international top-tier journals such as the Strategic Management Journal, Journal of Management and Journal of Management Studies. He has written two books, one on international business and the other on business and management research designs. Five research awards are testimony to quality research work by Siah 

Siah is Senior Editor of Strategy, Institutions and Research Design of the Journal of World Business, a leading international business journal. He also sits on the editorial board of seven other international journals, and has been on the editorial board of the Academy of Management Journal, a prestigious journal for six years. Siah has also been the Assistant Editor of Long Range Planning for six years. He served on the NZ’s Performance Based Research Fund Business and Economics panel (2012), NZ’s Marsden Fund Economics, Human and Behavioural Sciences Panel (2015-2018), Prime Minister’s Scholarships for Asia panel (2016-2018) and Prime Minister’s Business Scholarships (2018).  

Siah teaches strategy, international business, and research design and methods courses at the executive, postgraduate and undergraduate levels. He has supervised over 75 postgraduate students and has published papers with a number of them. He is actively engaged in executive education and projects, working and has worked with executives from Fonterra, Fletcher Building, Fairfax Media, Cranleigh Merchant Bankers, BioPacificVentures, TCI Network (Spain), Ernst & Young (Germany), Civil Service College (Singapore), Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, New Zealand Customs Service, Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, New Zealand Trade and Enterprise, AucklandPlus, Ministry of Research, Science and Technology, TV New Zealand, Genesis Energy, and New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants.  

 

Dr Antje Fiedler
Dr Antje Fiedler
a.fiedler@auckland.ac.nz

Dr Antje Fiedler holds a PhD in Management and is a senior lecturer at the University of Auckland Business School. Her research interests include business engagement with Asia, innovation and entrepreneurship, and diversity of capitalism.

Dr Benjamin Fath
Dr Benjamin Fath
b.fath@auckland.ac.nz

Dr Benjamin Fath holds a PhD in Management and is a senior lecturer at the University of Auckland Business School. His research interests include innovation, entrepreneurship and SME growth. Benjamin has been centrally involved in research on business engagement with Asia and growing New Zealand businesses.

Dr Eldrede Kahiya
Dr Eldrede Kahiya
eldrede.kahiya@vuw.ac.nz

Prior to joining academia Eldrede spent a combined eight years as a practitioner in international logistics (imports/exports operations) and retail management. This work experience is spread across diverse environments which include Zimbabwe, USA, and New Zealand.

Eldrede is a member of the following international associations; Academy of International Business and International Entrepreneurship scholars

He is collaborating with researchers in and outside New Zealand on a series of projects including;

  • The globalization/internationalization/cross-cultural diffusion of sport.
  • The role of SMEs and policymakers in driving New Zealand’s export growth agenda.
  • Internationalization of retail activities (from an emerging market perspective).
  • Inter-organizational supply chain collaboration.

Eldrede’s research interests centre on the following broad subjects and he welcomes enquiries and collaboration.

  • Firm-level export development
  • National-level export promotion
  • Internationalization 
  • Emerging and bottom of the pyramid markets
Dr Thu Phuong Truong
Dr Thu Phuong Truong
thuphuong.truong@vuw.ac.nz

Phuong’s research interests include financial regulation, corporate governance, corporate disclosure, corporate strategy and firm valuation, and she has been a member of the management committee of the Quantitative Accounting Research Network in New Zealand since 2012. Her teaching areas include financial accounting, financial statement analysis, research methodology, and finance at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Phuong is a member of both CA Australia and New Zealand (CAANZ) and CPA Australia, and has passed CFA Level 1 and 2 Examinations.

Prof. Yothin Jinjarak
Prof. Yothin Jinjarak
yothin.jinjarak@vuw.ac.nz
Dr Michelle Renton
Dr Michelle Renton
michelle.renton@vuw.ac.nz

Dr. Michelle Renton is a lecturer at the School of Marketing and International Business at Victoria University of Wellington. Her research interests include marketing innovation, strategic marketing, brand management and branding in SMEs. Michelle teaches undergraduate courses in marketing principles, marketing communications and business to business marketing. She was named Victoria Business School’s Top Lecturer by VUW’s Student Association in 2018.

Fandy Tjiptono
Fandy Tjiptono
fandy.tjiptono@vuw.ac.nz

Dr. Fandy Tjiptono is a Senior Lecturer at the School of Marketing and International Business, Victoria University of Wellington (VUW). Before joining VUW, he worked at Monash University Malaysia and Universitas Atma Jaya Yogyakarta (Indonesia). He has more than 23 years of marketing teaching experience at both undergraduate and graduate levels at several universities in Indonesia, Australia, and Malaysia.

His main research interest is consumer behavior and marketing practices in Southeast Asia, especially in Indonesia. His work has been published in respected journals in marketing including Journal of Business Ethics, Marketing Intelligence and Planning, International Journal of Consumer Studies, Internet Research, Social Responsibility Journal, Young ConsumersJournal of Promotion Management, and Asia Pacific Journal of Marketing and Logistics. He has also published several best-selling marketing and management textbooks and reference books in Bahasa Indonesia, some have been widely adopted and cited in Indonesia.

His more than 12 years of consulting experience covers a wide range of industries, such as FMCG, publishing, telecommunication, and banking. During his academic career, he has served in various leadership and administrative roles at the university, faculty and department levels.

Yuanindita Ingardya
Yuanindita Ingardya

Dr. Yuanindita Ingardya (Ardya) - Teaching Fellow at the School of Marketing and International Business at Victoria University of Wellington.

Ardya holds a PhD in Marketing and a Masters in Finance and Accounting. She teaches undergraduate and postgraduate courses in Marketing Management, Contemporary Marketing, Consumer Behaviour and Pricing Management. Before joining Victoria University, she worked with Kantar Millward Brown as a Senior Research Executive in Jakarta, Indonesia, providing consultations on brand strategy, advertising development and optimisation and media effectiveness. Ardya is also an avid yoga instructor and the Marketing Manager of a Hot Yoga brand in Wellington.

Grigorij Ljubownikow
Grigorij Ljubownikow

Dr Grigorij Ljubownikow - Lecturer at the Graduate School of Management, University of Auckland

Greg has a research interest in competitive strategy with a particular focus on competitive dynamics and growth strategies. His research has been published in international journals, and he has more than ten years of university teaching experience at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Lately, he has been teaching at the University of Auckland Business School in the Business Master’s, MBA, and Executive Education programmes. In his Strategy Capstone course, he and his students work with NZ companies to address their domestic and international strategy challenges.

Matevz Raskovic
Matevz Raskovic

Dr Matevz (Matt) Raskovic – Senior Lecturer at the School of Marketing and International Business at Victoria University of Wellington

Matt’s research lies at the intersection of international business, economic sociology and social identity. He also publishes comparative research between East Asia (China, Japan, South Korea) and Central and Eastern Europe. Prior to joining Victoria University, he worked as Assistant Professor of international business at the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia. In 2019 he was the recipient of the Victoria University Teaching Excellence Award.

The CAPEs Advisory Board

The CAPEs Advisory Board offers guidance on the strategic direction and approach of the CAPEs, ensuring that our work is underpinned by a wealth of expertise and experience across national and international business, trade, education and cultures.

Meet the CAPEs Advisory Board

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