The North Asia CAPE team is dedicated to supporting the success of New Zealanders engaged with North Asia.
Charlie Gao is the Director of the North Asia Centre of Asia-Pacific Excellence. His focus in the role is to improve Aotearoa's well-being, prosperity, and sustainability through enhancing New Zealanders' knowledge of and ability to succeed in Asia.
Charlie brings more than ten years of experience in the private sector, where he led multicultural teams and advised businesses and organisations at a senior level on strategic and commercial matters.
Prior to joining North Asia CAPE, Charlie was the managing partner of a New Zealand-owned, China-focused investment & advisory firm. He led advisory mandates for companies such as Zespri, Weta Workshop, Les Mills International, and Fonterra, and managed assets on behalf of the development finance banks of Germany, France, and the Netherlands.
Charlie has BSc, BA(Hons), and MA(Hons) degrees from the University of Auckland, and speaks English and Mandarin as first languages.
Dean has seven years’ experience with Executive Education at the University of Auckland Graduate School of Management where he managed accounts and key relationships. His background includes planning, organising, and delivering programmes at the tertiary level both in New Zealand and overseas.
Joining NA CAPE enables him to continue his passion for education by supporting educators and students to improve their knowledge, language and cultural understanding of North Asia.
Dean graduated from the University of Auckland with a Bachelor of Arts in Japanese, Chinese, Labour Relations and Management. He has lived and worked in Japan for several years and is a fluent speaker of the Japanese language.
Catherine comes to North Asia CAPE having gained her technical and professional experience through on-the-job learning in a variety of administrative and financial roles.
Catherine has worked for SME businesses, a not-for-profit organisation, a secondary school international student department, and at both the University of Auckland and Victoria University of Wellington. These experiences serve Catherine well to cover a range of duties at North Asia CAPE.
She enjoys working in people-oriented environments and takes pride contributing to positive outcomes for all North Asia CAPE stakeholders.