Meet our team responsible for bringing you NZCTA Young Associates' events and opportunities! You'll often see us at events and we very much look forward to meeting you in person. In the meantime, find out a little more about us below.

David Robertson


David is an Arts student at the University of Auckland majoring in Spanish and Chinese. He also works closely with business leaders and local government as a coordinator for the youth-led sustainability group Generation Zero. His time in Yunnan learning Chinese on the Prime Minister’s Scholarship further motivated David to pursue the language and explore China and New Zealand’s ever-growing and multifaceted relationship. In joining the Young Associates, David hopes to see behind the curtain when it comes to business practices in the Sino-New Zealand sphere and solidify cultural and commercial links between the two regions.

Operations Team

Business Development and Project Manager
Kate Xi

Business Development and Projects Manager

Kate has a bachelors degree in chemistry from Auckland university of technology. She has been working for Watercare for the past five years, where she monitors trade waste from different type of factories. Kate is always passion about promoting Chinese culture and connecting with motivated young professionals. Where is the YA, Kate hopes to show New Zealand more about China also support the team to strengthen the relationship with the between New Zealand and China.

Business Development and Project Manager
Shu Wang

Business Development and Projects Manager

Shu graduated from the University of Auckland with a Bachelor of Arts majoring Sociology and Statistics. She is currently working as a data analyst at Deloitte in Risk Advisory. She also has work experience in the United Nations and the Ministry of Social Development. Outside of work, Shu likes volunteering and organising events which create social impact. She is a regular volunteer at Everybody Eats and event manager at China Pride New Zealand. Born and raised in northwest China, Shu realised regional inequality of resources. She is really passionate about connecting and empowering the community.

Business Development and Project Manager
Allan Chan

Business Development and Project Manager

Allan graduated from the University of Auckland with a Bachelor of Commerce majoring in International Business and Marketing. He is currently working in sales at Samsung Electronics supporting the wider team in sales and marketing. Growing up as a New Zealand Born Chinese, Allan realised the importance of understanding his roots and culture. In 2019 he interned in China at a Marketing Agency on a Prime Minister Scholarship to Asia. With the YA he hopes to share his experiences with young New Zealanders interested in the region, develop a continuous understanding of the unique characteristics of the China market and foster greater relationships between NZ-China and the world.

Business Development and Project Manager
Jennifer Liang

Operations Associate

Jennifer, a dedicated student at the University of Auckland, pursuing her studies in International Business and Business Analytics. With a rich cultural upbringing as a person of Chinese heritage in Australia and New Zealand, she has built an impressive cultural bridge that allows her to effortlessly connect with people from diverse backgrounds. Eager to deepen her understanding of the intricate relationship between New Zealand and China, Jennifer is passionately committed to broadening her knowledge. When she enters the future workforce, her ardent desire is to play an active role in connecting and fortifying the bonds between these two nations in the times ahead.

Marketing Team

Director of Marketing
Lilia Baker

Marketing Director

Lilia is currently working at the Ministry of Business, Innovation, and Employment as an Associate Policy Advisor. She works in the Building for Climate Change team, helping shape building policy to make buildings and structures more resilient and energy efficient.

In her free time, Lilia is fascinated by New Zealand's unique position towards China. She views NZ's historically positive relationship with China as the perfect platform to expand modern relations upon. She hopes to someday work in a realm where she can facilitate stronger links between the two countries through collaboration on climate change and resilience.

Through the YA, Lilia aims to expand upon her cultural competency and understanding of China, while also developing core professional skills.


Tech Team
Christopher Tang

Marketing Associate

Christopher is a student in his fourth year pursuing a BA/BCom conjoint degree, majoring in Politics and International Relations, and Economics, at the University of Auckland. He is currently undertaking an internship at APEC, which aims to promote economic growth, trade and investment, and prosperity in the Asia-Pacific region. Christopher has built a solid intercultural communication skillset through his various experiences, which he demonstrates through volunteering with UN Youth New Zealand and promoting cultural competency through its events. Moreover, having been a recipient of the Prime Minister’s Scholarship for Asia in 2023, he undertook an overseas internship in India, further expanding and cementing his passion for Asia and the wider Indo-Pacific region.

Chris joined the YA to gain insight into the current Sino-NZ space, contribute to prospects for bilateral trade opportunities, and connect with other motivated young New Zealanders.

Milly Jantke

Marketing Associate

Milly is a student at the University of Auckland completing her Conjoint degree of Commerce and Global Studies. Milly is very passionate about China and New Zealand’s flourishing relationship. This has led to her perusing and speaking Mandarin for nine years. Milly joined the YA to gain irreplaceable experience. She also looks forward to working with like-minded individuals to develop an even greater future for those involved in the New Zealand China relationship.

Tech Team
Mia Zhang

Marketing Associate

Mia (Qi) recently graduated from the University of Canterbury with a Master's degree in Applied Finance and Economics. Through her studies and involvement with the UC investment society as a market associate, Mia developed a keen interest in trade and transactions.

Being multi-lingual and culturally sensitive, she worked as a consultant and the UC business school ambassador, providing trade strategy solutions and cultural understanding for some businesses in China and New Zealand. By joining the Young Associates, Mia hopes to expand her industry knowledge and strengthen trade and investment ties between the two countries.

Chao Xin

YA Content Creator

Chao Xin graduated from Auckland University of Technology with a Bachelor of Communications, majoring in Digital Communication. He developed a keen interest in utilising information to create informative digital designs through his studies. Chao Xin is curious about expanding his knowledge of the NZ and China relationship, to further understand the future opportunities that can be presented in NZ. Although he considers himself a Kiwi, he is always surrounded by Chinese culture and businesses that continue to feed into his curiosity. From the construction of housing to retail in technology, he is surrounded by opportunities to learn about his culture and the business aspect of NZ and China.

Technology Team

Technologies Director
Zach Wang

Technology Director

Zach Wang, a member of the NZCTA YA, holds a Master's degree in Information Technology from the University of Auckland. As the former President of the Auckland University Chinese Students Society, Zach actively worked towards integrating the local Chinese community in New Zealand. He organized events and activities that helped Chinese international students assimilate into the mainstream community and fostered strong friendships between local and international students. Recognizing the significance of economic cooperation, Zach joined the NZCTA YA to facilitate economic exchange and collaboration between the two countries. With his expertise in information technology, he aims to leverage technological innovation and digital solutions to create opportunities and advancements in bilateral trade cooperation.

Wesley Harfield 韦斯礼

Data Analyst

Wesley is a former Yenching Scholar who graduated from Peking University’s Yenching Academy in 2020 with a Masters of Economics under Baidu’s Robin Li scholarship initiative. Wesley first developed an interest in China after representing Auckland University at a research conference at Shanghai Jiao Tong University as an undergraduate in 2014. Wesley’s China experiences have included academic exchanges at Fudan University and National Sun Yat-Sen University, as well as working for BMW’s Beijing headquarters and various organisations in Shanghai and Taiwan. Wesley has been a Mandarin language ambassador for New Zealand Chinese language week and was also recognised by the Asia New Zealand Foundation as a Top 25 Young New Zealander To Watch in Education, Science, and Research. Wesley joined the NZCTA Young Associates hoping to utilise his China network and engage with like-minded Kiwi-China watchers. Wesley believes that in the current international environment, organisations like NZCTA YA are critical to influence, motivate, and drive positive growth between China and New Zealand.


*Minus a few people

Past Committee Members

  • 2023
    • David Robertson, Nicholas Bing, Melanie Quigg, Mingming Wang, Milly Jantke, Judy Zhou, Kelly Ye, Allan Chan, Chao Xin, Christopher Tang, Kate Hui, Shu Wang, Zach Wang, Wesley Harfield, Lilia Baker
  • 2022
    • David Robertson, Nicholas Bing, Melanie Quigg, Mingming Wang, Bob Luo, Shannon Lu, Milly Jantke, Kadin Su, Judy Zhou, Kelly Ye, Allan Chan, Logan Emery, Chao Xin, Christopher Tang, Kate Hui, Shu Wang, Zach Wang, Wesley Harfield
  • 2021
    • Sonja Rose, David Robertson, Nicholas Bing, Melanie Quigg, Only Zhuang, Allan Chan, Antoine Ellis , Drew McCartie, Katie Kyung, Shiquan Ji, Sichen Xi, Isabella Njohana, Kathy Liu, Concordia Xu, Doris Lien
  • 2020
    • Sonja Rose, Min-Ji Yang, Edward Smith, Marco Benvenuto, Isabella Njohana, Katie Kyung, Cindy Luo, Kathy Liu, Antoine Ellis, Sichen Xi, David Robertson, Doris Lien, Teresa Lee, Alan Wong, Han Li
  • 2019
    • Han Li, Sonja Rose, Min-Ji Yang, Edward Smith, Wei Hsiao, Liam Finnigan, Marco Benvenuto, Isabella Njohana, Kathy Liu, Miji Lee, Antoine Ellis, Teresa Lee, Sichen Xi, Rong Shi, Sherry Zhang, Min-Hung Chiang
  • 2018
    • Cindy Yuan, Jessica Liang, Chumin Yu, Han Li, Edward Smith, Allen Fan, Wei Hsiao, Liam Finnigan, Marco Benvenuto, Miji Lee, Antoine Ellis, Teresa Lee, Rong Shi, Min-Hung Chiang, Amy Ding, Julius Mataupu, Sandy Lam, Chris Hon, Victor Huang, Raymond Huang
  • 2017
    • Kevin Wei, Cindy Yuan, Chumin Yu, Jessica Liang, Han Li, Akshat Chugh, Fraser Nicholas, Edward Smith, Sandy Lam, Allen Fan, Min-Ji Yang, Min-Hung Chiang, Victor Huang, Chris Hon, Lincoln Dam, Jennifer Tate