How have countries in North Asia responded to the pandemic? What evolving trends and structural changes are already apparent, and what will these mean for New Zealand business? What lessons might North Asian countries’ experiences offer New Zealand companies looking to adapt in an unfamiliar operating environment?

To address these questions and help New Zealand firms analyse fast-changing business opportunities and associated risks, North Asia CAPE is introducing ‘Post-Covid’, a fortnightly webinar series featuring an expert or specialist panel to provide an update on China, Japan, and Korea.

Join us for the first live webinar with David Mahon, veteran Beijing-based New Zealand business advisor, who will discuss the current situation in China, the country’s transition out of lockdown, and what it means for businesses here. Tony Browne will join as the session’s discussant.

We will be running a Q+A session with David Mahon during this webinar, giving you the opportunity to ask questions and better understand the broader commercial context.


About the speaker

Born in Auckland, David Mahon has lived in Beijing for the last 35 years and is the founder and Executive Chairman of Mahon China Investment Management Limited. Mahon China has managed five private equity funds, assisted multinationals to acquire assets and manage crises in China, and worked as strategic advisor to boards in a number of industries. Mahon China currently manages stressed assets for European banks and assists foreign companies to enter and grow in China.



China’s economy is in recovery. David Mahon will discuss the state of the economy before COVID-19, the key drivers of the recovery, and the long-term ramifications for China’s role in the global economy. He will also talk about

China’s relationships with the United States and Europe, and the risks and opportunities these present for New Zealand. Finally, David will suggest the challenges facing foreign companies operating in China after the initial impact, and now with the ongoing risk, of COVID-19.


About Tony Browne

Tony Browne served as New Zealand Ambassador in Beijing from 2003-2009 and is chair of the New Zealand Contemporary China Research Centre, a consortium of all eight New Zealand universities based at Victoria University of Wellington. His engagement with China began in the early 1970s.


Event details


When: 4:00PM – 5:00PM Tuesday, 19 May 2020

Where: Live via Zoom

Cost: Free

Discussant: Tony Browne

Moderator: Professor Paul Clark, director of North Asia CAPE

Registration Link:


Zoom details will be sent one week prior to the event on 12 May

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