The role of a mentor is to act as a point of contact to offer advice, coach, teach, help you and your business throughout your Young Enterprise year and facilitate genuine connections to the Auckland Business community.

To help you with your YES Business journey, we have a great list of volunteer Mentors who a willing to give up they free time to help you achieve your YES Business goals. Don’t be shy to get in touch with any of the Mentors below by contacting them via contact details given.

Become a YES Mentor



Rachel Yang

Company: Ysquared Consulting Limited
Phone: +64 211 986 518

I am an entrepreneur and angel investor at Ice House. I like to help start-up business to grow and reach their real potential.

I have accounting, tax, risk and compliance experience in New Zealand. I also have knowledge of how to commercialise a business idea.

I am the founder of Ysquared Consulting, Ysquared Chartered Accountants, Ysquared Education and Trusted AML Services. In 2020, I was awarded by Chartered Accountants of Australia and New Zealand as Regional Advocate of New Zealand in Auckland and Northland region.

My company was the finalist for Westpac Auckland Business Awards for ‘Excellence in Marketing’, ‘Excellence in Strategy and Planning’ and ‘Excellence in Community Contribution’. Giving back to the community, I work as volunteer in many areas.

I am the committee member for the University of Auckland Society, the founder of the University of Auckland Chinese Alumni Club, mentor for the University of Auckland Business School and Law School's Women Mentoring Programme, mentor for the International Office Workplace Insight Programme, and mentor for Center of Innovation etc.

Outside work, Rachel enjoys spending time with her family, travel, ski, kickboxing, boxing, Taekwondo and making legos.



Leatuao Larry Tupa'i-Lavea

Company: Aiga Energy Limited
Phone: 0274 124 156

I am Samoan-born Kiwi raised in Hamilton since 1978. The youngest person to work at McDonald's Corporation of NZ in Hamilton for Bryan Old at the age of 12 years and 9 months. I continue to work for McDonald's NZ, Australia & Singapore for 15 years.

I am an ordained priest for the Anglican Church of Aotearoa, New Zealand & Polynesia, and am a non-stipendiary Archdeacon for the Episcopal Unit of the Diocese of Polynesia in Aotearoa, New Zealand for the Diocese of Polynesia.

I am the owner of Aiga Energy Limited that operates 8 Z Energy service stations in Central South Auckland and have been in Fuels Retail since 2007.

My passion is to help as many Pasefika young persons into entrepreneurship possibilities.



Prabha Chullian

Company: Santo Industries Ltd
Phone: 021 708 908

I am the CEO & Managing Director of Santo Industries Ltd. We manufacture & promote New Zealand made Office Furniture, Hospitality Furniture and Table Tennis Tables.

I have been an employee of major multi national companies here in NZ and overseas for many years.

My last role was here in NZ as senior position in Sony Corporation just before retired.

I bought this running company Santo Industries about 16 years ago few million dollars and running successfully even after facing global GFC and terrible Covid-19 as well. Of course these were very challenging and that's what the real test of a CEO to adopt and survive against any tides.


Gol Khadem

Company: Ikonik
Phone: 0220 990 866

Kiwisaver and Insurance Specialist, we education people on their Kiwisaver, on how to maximise and make the most of their Kiwisaver, to potentially help purchase their first home and have a good extra amount for retirement.

We also do insurance comparisons with the major Banks and Insurance Companies in NZ.



Alanah Malkani

Company: ICL - Graduate Business School
Phone: 022 419 6410

I have been in educational leadership for the past 20years.

Successfully implemented and managed several new business programmes both in New Zealand and overseas at the undergraduate and post-graduate level.

In my educational career I have mentored business students in their innovation and entreprenuership based projects.



Grant Plimmer

Phone: 0274 942 856

When asked at School what profession you were going to do, my answer, "run my own business".

I was told you can't do that! Well, after a year at AUT doing Management & 5 years in Finance doing lending on capital equipment, I was into my first business.

7 businesses later (everyone different), from owner operated to one employing 40 staff & some Business Broking, I was able to retire early.

Happy to help you with your ideas & give positive feedback or meet your team person.



Pamela Araya

Company: Auckland Council
Phone: 0211 231 678

I am a financial business partner taking care of infrastructure & environmental services in local government.

My expertise is in financial advisory and strategic management accounting.

I also have my bachelor in law and bachelor in commerce majoring in accounting so can give advice regarding university experience.



Peter Brooks

Company: Auckland Council
Phone: 021 227 4722

Highly professional inspirational organisation leader, with strong skills and competencies across:

  • Staff leadership and management
  • Strategic planning and team development
  • Project planning, governance, establishment and management
  • Investigation and regulatory reporting, audit and quality assurance for the management of water operational incidents
  • Change management in complex setting
  • Business and contract management
  • Financial management
  • Cost control/budget management
  • Risk and commercial control management
  • Health and Safety leadership
  • Business model development
  • Business process mapping



Jacqueline Ironside

Company: KGA Accounting Plus
Phone: 0274 544 633

I am an experienced business owner and coach, working in the accounting profession.

I am passionate about helping others achieve their goals, and support many local and international charities and not for profit organisations by sharing my knowledge and encouragement.

We have found that our most successful business clients have three things: An Annual Business Plan, An Annual Budget Forecast and Regular Reporting and Accountability Coaching with an independent business coach.



Arun Jacob

Company: AJV Services Ltd
Phone: 0221 935 344

Arun Jacob is the Founder & CEO of one of the leading education and migration companies based in New Zealand. Inspired by his own journey of moving abroad and settling in New Zealand, Arun started AJV Global with the purpose to create an honest and transparent immigration company.

He moved to New Zealand in 2001 and his own experience as a migrant added a whole new perspective to the business of moving abroad. And as he always says, “The real journey begins once you land in the new country”. Thus the idea was born to not only to help people move to new countries in a hassle-free manner but to provide an ecosystem for them to settle into the new environment. Unlike most other companies in the sector.


Denym Bird

Company: Paintvine
Phone: 0211 055 833

Award-winning full-stack marketer and ethically minded entrepreneur with over 6 years of experience in building and scaling cutting edge marketing for category-leading B2B SaaS businesses, Xero, A2X and Tradify. Practising what I preach, I co-founded, and drive growth at Paintvine.

Now Aotearoa's largest creative events business hosting over 700+ events annually.

During the covid-19 lockdown, I created Aotearoa's leading food delivery directory, Delivereat.

Helping over half a million Kiwis connect with over 1000+ independent businesses that were delivering during lockdown. Acquired by Mobi2Go.

Accredited member of the Marketing Association of New Zealand, The Institute of Directors in New Zealand (Inc) and the New Zealand Events Association.


John Loau

Company: Pacific ENDZ
Phone: 021 0820 4551

My specialist experience within the business enterprise sectors spans 20+ years, working across private & government campaigns focusing on People & Productivity.

Most recently, in the Covid19 environment, I have increasingly moved into public speaking, joining business & community panels, speaking on business continuity, business development, strategy, leadership and people.

With 10 years international experience developing pathways to military, law enforcement, and police training programs, I have partnered with the education & public safety sectors to deliver these programs.


Dr. Dhia Alchalabi

Company: AgroTech International Ltd
Phone: 021 064 4150

I am associate professor, in Agricultural Engineering Technology. From Michigan State University, USA.

Animals’ production Automation. 20 years at Baghdad University, college of Agriculture. supervisor for 4 Master of science. Worked with Tegel Foods ltd.

For project in improving poultry performance, and ventilation of poultry house. Now CEO of AgroTech International Ltd. For Organic Insecticides and Repellents. Bio and Eco friendly products. 100% Botanical.



Wesley Binedell

Company: Offshoot (NZ) Ltd
Phone: 021 190 1223

I've acquired over 13 years of experience in the Hygiene Industry with a focused background in B2B Sales, Business Development, Product Procurement and day to day operations!!

As a business owner, I love working with new ideas, re-inventing the wheel and working with people who believe in what they do.

Feel free to reach out with any questions you have and I'll do my best to guide you.



Yi Zhang

Company: PwC
Phone: 0224 523 956

I am a technology consultant, working with New Zealand’s leading organisations on digital strategy and capability.

I have worked extensively on strategic technology procurement and operations projects.

My rmasters degree in business and analytics equipped me to solve complex problems in a structured way and communicate quantitative insights with impact.



Cherrie Yang

Company: Auckland University of Technology

Cherrie Yang is a Senior Lecturer in Accounting at Auckland University of Technology.

Cherrie is a co-leader of the Accounting for Social Impact Research Group and was appointed as the academic judge for the 2021 New Zealand Charity Reporting Awards organised by Chartered Accountant Australia and New Zealand.

Prior to joining AUT, Cherrie worked in the accounting industry for more than 8 years.



Helene Wilkinson

Company: Auckland University of Technology
Phone: 021 897 464

I have over 35 years experience in hospitality, including owning and operating multiple café/restaurants.

I am passionate about small business and have a good depth of skills in small business start-ups.

I am a marketing lecturer and am able to assist in the operations, marketing and development of business.

I'm happy to assist with any stage of product/service development and planning.




Company: KGA Warkworth Limited
Phone: 021 283 8877

Chartered Accountant who wants to work with driven business people who have found their passion and wanting to realise their potential and reach their goals.


Peter Elbourne

Company: Hoopoe Ltd
Phone: +64 21 982 649

I have worked for 18 years in aviation trained as an aircraft engineer originally before transitioning into corporate/ business arm of aviation taking on roles such as fleet management, lean & agile project lead engineering customer service manager, business development, sales, asset leasing and strategy.

In recent years I returned to university as a mature student taking on a double major in Economics & International Business (Hons). Currently the Managing Director of Hoopoe Ltd (pronounced “who-po”). As a business we focus on business advisory and support.

Helping business build confidence, run their business. Strategic focus, transformation and advisory is how we help, wether it be at start up, growth, scaling or exit. We focus on to optimisation of business performance.


Sommer Kapitan

Company: Auckland University of Technology
Phone: 0275 664 553

Sommer has her PhD in business from the University of Texas at San Antonio, and has taught marketing for 6 years at AUT.

She gets most excited about sustainable consumer solutions, influencer marketing, consumer psychology and social marketing.



Rongmei Zhang

Company: Auckland University of Technology
Phone: 021 148 0818

Digital marketing


David Ross

Company: Novus Orsa Ltd
Phone: 021 266 0619

I am retired now after 45 years in industry, mainly building materials manufacture and distribution, but also some time spent in the dairy processing industry.

I am a Chemical & Materials Engineer, but have spent a lot of my career in management and leadership.

I used to mentor in the YES programme several years ago, more recently I have been mentoring small business owners through Business Mentors NZ and the Auckland Chamber of Commerce.


Zahn Trotter

Company: Smoke
Phone: +64 211 563 386

I've built two businesses: Smoke provides event photography and video to discerning corporate clientele. Fable operates event industry websites and

We help NZ's wedding and event venues and suppliers fill their calendars with bookings. My expertise is in sales, marketing, and time-efficiency.


Mark c Sorensen

Company: Made Possible
Phone: +64 21 444 603

The founder of The CleanCleaner Project and Made Possible, Mark has had the pleasure of working with some of the most exciting businesses around - from start-ups to corporates and government - as a business owner, investor, advisor, leader, and engineer.

He has created opportunities for impact, investment and innovation in New Zealand and around the world.

He brings all this, along with a whole heap of hands-on experience, to develop strategy, articulate ideas, find partners, and get the funding you need to realise your most exciting opportunities.


Shaun Gear

Company: Ministry of Education
Phone: 027 827 0154

Future Shaper who works in Education. Enabling the integration and thought leadership between young people, educators, business, employers, and industry.

Programme design, Event design and delivery, Partnerships, Relationship management, Strong understanding of the Education System and landscape in Aotearoa.


Carley Nicholson

Company: Vitality Unlimited
Phone: 021 901 193

I have 20 years of sales and marketing experience and have more recently been a small business owner and leader.

I now specialise in resilience training and coaching for business professionals.


Taj Shaikh

Company: T.M. Shaikh Management Ltd
Phone: +64 274 552 224

I did my Masters in International Relations. I am running a spices and grocery retail business.

I have a wide range of experience in customer service, product knowledge and business basics.


Tim Lynch

Company: Monocrane 2010 Ltd
Phone: 021 716 962

Manufacturing, sales, and marketing experience gained from 30 years in the Engineering industry.

Many contacts in the industry. I have a very pragmatic approach to solving world class problems with kiwi ingenuity, and an engineers analytical mindset.


Rahul Chopra

New Zealand Sustainability and Policy Leaders Forum
Phone: 021 054 0833

I am the founder and editor of the New Zealand Sustainability and Policy Leaders Forum.

The forum publishes research that contributes to us being a more inclusive, fair, and sustainable society.

We do so by gathering and communicating evidence from academics industry experts on global and local sustainability challenges.

I will be happy to communicate with our young and youth on topics of the United Nations Sustainable Development goals and also hear their perspectives.


Roanna Dowman

Company: Ministry of Social Development
Phone: 0292 014 727

Employment Coordinator and qualified career guidance counsellor. Deal with employers on a day to day basis to assist with recruitment needs.


Brett Hancock

Company: Born Digital
Phone: 09 302 0385

Founder and Managing Director of Born Digital, a Software and Web Development Studio based in Auckland. 22 years Digital Experience.


Patrick Deane

Company: Cambridge Road Ltd / Rylands Manufacturing Ltd
Phone: 021 265 8761

Currently managing a pet manufacturing wholesaler/retailer and managing the sales/marketing of boutique furniture manufacturer.

My YES business was based on the food industry and am currently studying a Bachelors Management Studies (Hons) with a major in strategic management and a double minor in marketing and international management.


Yun Liu

Company: NZ Trade Forum
Phone: 021 883 567

I specialise in start-ups, SMEs, social enterprises, social services business strategy and funding acquisitions, especially in the growth phase.

I’m currently the founder and director of NZ Trade Forum and Arture Skincare, I’m also on the board of Inspiring Communities.

I’m a member of the Institute of Directors and established member of New Zealand Asian Leaders.


Mike Audi

Company: Fresha Export
Phone: 021 448 852

Down to earth entrepreneur - started first Business at 21Yo Background & experience predominantly in FMCG (Fast Moving Consumer Goods).

Currently export food across the Pacific. Have mentored my sons start up business last year and they ended up making a healthy profit.

Love the think outside the box mentality. "when god hands you lemons make Lemonade".


Kristinna Singh

Company: Auckland Council
Phone: 021 082 66901

I’m a Environmental Health Officer and I run my own e-commerce store.

I used to be a student of YES and learnt a lot and it would be a good opportunity to give back from my current role as a online business owner as due to Covid a lot things have moved online.


Andrew Bramston

Company: Avondale College
Phone: 021 180 4019

Marketing and Finance was my former career when I worked in the business field, I have also been trained in sales and leadership.

My teaching career has spanned 10 Years in Business, Accounting and Economics as well as working with Multiple Young enterprise teams.


Geoffrey Clarke

Company: Eat My Lunch
Phone: +64 279 173 081

I’ve got 25 years of sales experience. 15+ years managing people both frontline and middle managers.

I’ve led sales channels, go to market campaigns, and expansion projects as well as have experience running large recruitment drives. I’m passionate about being curious and helping others explore potential opportunities.


Lee Taylor

Company: Leading Solutions
Phone: 022 130 8848

Highly experienced business development & marketing professional with a background in investment banking too.

20 years experience developing European markets. EdTEch, FinTech focused.


Sheetal Rana

Company: Star Global Solutions
Phone: 021 460 026

Director of Star Global Solutions for 5 years.

I hold Bachelor of Computing Systems and have over 15 years of experience in IT industry.

Have worked with numerous multi-national companies and has been a tertiary level IT lecturer and Mentor.


Tyler Handcock

Company: Silverfin Capital
Phone: 027 387 3877

I am the Marketing Manager of Silverfin Capital, a property syndication company currently managing a $485mil portfolio.

Having worked in mostly independent marketing roles across the commercial property sector, I am happy to answer any questions around marketing and communications, including brand development and market segmentation.


Ron Lal

Company: Momentum Mind Lab
Phone: 021 157 1585

I'm the Founder and CEO of Momentum Mind Lab where we use Design Thinking to create business strategies and drive Innovation.

What we love doing is helping young entrepreneurs create creative and impactful businesses by being Human centered through Journey Maps, Strategy sessions, Design Sprint and many more to solve complex problems and reframe them into opportunities.


Pearl Sharma

Company: Techspace Consulting Limited
Phone: 021 086 80324

I come with over 10yrs of executive office administration experience, helping managers, directors and CEOs thrive in their day to day running of the offices.

I also have 4yrs of NZ Human resources experience, registered with HRNZ and now expanding in payroll and finance administration in business as well. Would love to help young entrepreneurs grow and soar in their roles too. "Nothing is difficult to achieve, if you put your mind to it".


Kelly Douglas

Company: Massey University
Phone: +64 21 110 2161

Currently National Events & Sponsorship Manager at Massey University; ex Army Officer within the Military Police.


Annieliza Hermsen

Company: ELE Group
Phone: 027 641 9183

My expertise is Human Resources, Sales and Marketing and Immigration Processing. I am also very good in Customer Relationship and People Management.

Ron McKenzie

Company: Denham Bramwell Lawyers
Phone: 09 985 6919

Qualified Accountant, Solicitor. Currently Practice Manager of a mid tier Legal firm. 40 years experience in commerce. Qualified as a Teacher last year, teaching Business Studies & Accountancy (including some YES) then returned to Law. 58 years old.


ozgur deniz (jahn)

Company: Ataturk Entreprises Ltd
Phone: 021 222 2612

We are specialized on setting up food business like take away and restaurant /cafes also doing international business importing and exporting.

Rebecca Irvine

Company: Auckland Business Chamber
Phone: 021 223 2347

I have sales and finance knowledge over 5 different industries including, automotive, retail, education, farming and management.

I have recruited, trained and educated many many individuals through the years.


Lisa Coleman

Company: Rocket Freight
Phone: +64 921 89409

I have 25 years of experience in import, export, customs & freight.

I have owned and managed an international freight forwarding company for the last 7 years, and have alot of experience advising people on business set up for import and export plans.

I was also in the Young Enterprise Scheme when I was at school and loved the experience.



Katie West

Company: Bare PR
Phone: 0274 390 804

Business owner for six years and business partner in another for three years.

I have a long history in the media industry and a working knowledge of diverse marketing disciplines from media to agency, and a wealth of experience in strategy planning, managing multi-discipline campaigns for radio, newspaper and magazines and consumer/ people PR.


Gary Gonsalves

Company: Broca Consultancy Services
Phone: 021 276 6636

Co founder of Broca Consultancy Services enabling businesses to leverage technology and accelerate growth.

I help businesses document their current process, reimagine a new process and utilise automation technology to achieve effectiveness and efficiency.

I develop compelling business cases to ensure the right project is selected for automation and delivers on ROI. I have managed to transition my career and reinvent my profession.


Sarah Rea

Company: Freedom Furniture
Phone: 021 242 7628

Past Regional Coordinator YES familiar with coaching YES students. 20 years+ FMCG experience in non food sector across category management, key account management, national sales management.

Primarily in health and beauty areas. Currently managing Freedom Furniture Sylvia Park.


Quinn Moffat

Company: New Zealand Trade and Enterprise

Hailing from a small town in the Far North of New Zealand, I made the move to the "big smoke" of Auckland where I studied Economics at Massey University.

I currently work for Te Taurapa Tūhono (New Zealand Trade and Enterprise) as a Market Research Analyst. I am data-driven and customer centric and work with many broad companies. Ask me about Marketing, Market Research and Strategy.

Ben Reynolds

Company: Spalk
Phone: +1 646 659 6509

Young enterprise alumni from 2011. Now based in New York City and building Spalk. We help leading TV Networks like ESPN and Sky remotely produce live sports commentary.

We have raised more than $3m in venture capital and employ 15 people around the world. My area of expertise is in strategy, sales & operations.

Anne Lofts

Company: Lofts Consulting
Phone: 021 240 7661

I’ve had a 20 year career in professional services here and abroad, primarily focused on business development, client experience and strategy.

I now run my own consulting business as a strategy advisor to fast growing businesses. I was actively involved in Young Enterprise in Wellington when I was at school back in the late 1980’s.

I know how much of an amazing impact it can have, so if love to help.


Kiyara Jia

Company: HSBC Bank New Zealand
Phone: 09 368 8558

Banking professional currently working in the Institutional banking sector. Focused on customer relationship management as well as analytical and risk management skills. BCOM background majoring in Accounting & Commercial Law.

Lavisha Gopaldasani

Company: University of Auckland
Phone: 021 0877 1983

A Bachelor of Commerce student majoring in information systems and Marketing.

I have done a marketing internship at Xero and am currently tutoring a paper in databases and business intelligence at UoA. I am also involved with Velocity - UoA's innovation and entrepreneurship organisation so have learnt a lot about start-ups and entrepreneurship.

Feel free to reach out to me regarding any kind of help related to your idea/pitches or even if you just want someone to talk to about university - advise with courses or uni life in general.


Krish Naidu

Company: Otago Polytechnic
Phone: 0277 055 572

I'm a Senior Lecturer at OP - Auckland Campus. I have taught and mentored students studying entrepreneurship as part of our Bachelor degree. We also run dragon's Den at the institute (similar to YES) In addition I also run two business and feel my background will be helpful to the students.


Darroch Todd

Company: ATEED (Auckland Tourism Events and Economic Development)
Phone: 0275 211 100

I'm currently a Risk Manager for Auckland Council, and have owned my own business, as well as teaching Business Studies, Accounting and Economics at MAGS. I have a very good understanding of owning and running a business, as well as knowing how YES runs.


Belinda Hope

Company: TenForward
Phone: 021 288 9323

Entrepreneurship, business plan writing - startups.

Gordon Gillan

Company: bp New Zealand

A communications professional with more than 15 years' experience working as an editor and public relations practitioner in New Zealand. Experience across internal and external communications with a passion for Community Partnerships, Social Media, Internal Communications and Marketing Communications.


Chrissy Marshall

Company: BNZ and Director for The Finance Marshall

Customer and marketing experience Establishing and running a business Business planning and networking Product development.


Paul McGrath

Company: POD 95 Ltd
Phone: 021 910 014

Web site, etailing, General business structure.

Chye Lu Lee

Company: Ernst & Young
Phone: 022 177 6222

Previous external auditor and management accountant from the media industry, I now work in the transactions advisory team at EY.

I provide a range of transactional services to clients such as due diligence and seller support services.



Company: AUT Faculty of Business & Law
Phone: 021 828 180

I am a lecturer in Marketing, sales, Advertising, Innovation and creativity.

Kathlynn Lee

Company: bp New Zealand

Marketing and communications specialist with a focus on customer centricity in the digital and growth marketing landscape. Confident in customer behavior analysis, using customer insights, digital marketing and market validation. Industry experience in oil & energy, publishing, influencer marketing, start-ups and advertising.

Gillian Craig

Company: AUT University
Phone: 021 202 7299

Have taught Accounting at AUT since 1990. Specialise in teaching first-year students. Now working part-time for AUT. Have worked as an Auditor with KPMG in London and Auckland, and as Financial Accounting for XIVth Commonwealth Games in Auckland in 1990. Currently working part-time as Finance Director for Aroha Funerals, a business in which I am a part-owner.


Paul McGrath

Company: POD 95 Ltd
Phone: 021 910 014

I have been involved in the YES programme for the last 4-5 years and taken part in the local judging.

I have also being a Business Mentor for the last 12 years. I recently sold my business which I had for 23 years. My expertise lies in general business and starts up, but specialising in technical/IT type organisations.

Prefer a School in the West Auckland Area to work with.

Rob Lyver

Company: ATEED (Auckland Tourism Events and Economic Development)
Phone: 027 838 8939

A Capability Development Specialist focussing on business development, sales, communication, and productivity skills, using adult learning principles for coaching, mentoring, teaching, and workshop facilitation. Delivering impactful, relevant, and simple capability development initiatives for organisations across SME, Mid-Market, and Corporate, with revenues from ‘pre-profit’ to $300 million, and for coaching hundreds of Professional Services Partners and staff across New Zealand and Australia.

Bernard Leong

Company: BP Oil NZ
Phone: 021 216 5806

I have been a part of BP for over 13 years working at various roles within bp including improving processes, systems admin and more recently being in the Network Development team looking for investment opportunities, completing due diligence and financial models and more importantly pitching the business case to various stake holders both in New Zealand and Australia. Privately, I am involve in a start-up called Skillsme where we are reinventing how programmers (coders) gain experiences and are recruited through a validation process. I have a passion for start-up and entrepreneurship and I am willing to help our younger generation where ever i can.


Tarang Saxena

Phone: 021 084 07707

I am a previous participant and qualifier in YES and have competed in Entrepreneurs In Action business activities. I can bring a personal touch in bringing confidence in pitching and more importantly presenting yourself to others. Currently majoring in Economics and Operations Supply Chain Management (3rd Year) I can provide a piece of knowledge concerning the economy and how businesses operate.

Brayden Print

Company: University of Auckland
Phone: 021 144 2275

I am a 5th-year Law (Honours) and Commerce conjoint student, majoring in International Business and Information Systems. I have 16 months of consulting experience at KPMG and this year I begin a new role at one of New Zealand's largest law firms, MinterEllisonRuddWatts.

I am fortunate enough to be the Alumni Team Lead for Velocity, which is the innovation and entrepreneurship programme at the University of Auckland.

I am here to help with anything that you may need - whether that is related to your business or to university more generally - please feel free to reach out to me!


Farhan Ali

Phone: 0272 007 199

I am an Accounting and Marketing graduate from The University of Auckland. I have been working in marketing since 2018 as an intern and have successfully been working in full-time marketing positions since June 2019.


Keeha Oh

Phone: 022 153 4707

Keeha is currently finishing up a Law (Honours) and Commerce (Accounting and Finance) degree at the University of Auckland. She has previously worked in the legal, professional services and insurance sectors, and has a strong interest in marketing. In 2020, she and her peers founded University of Auckland Women in Business - a society aimed at empowering women to pursue their business goals - and continues to vest a strong interest in uplifting young business leaders. She has won several university business case competitions, including the Management Consulting Club Deloitte Open Case Competition (2018), Energy Case Competition (2019) and the International Chamber of Commerce Mediation Competition held in Paris (2020).


Meghshyam Prakash

Phone: 022 510 9310

I am a second-year Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Management and Operations and Supply chain management student and I currently am running my own startup/project. I have worked on several startups two years ago under the Young Enterprise Scheme. My expertise is wide-ranging from strategy, branding, marketing all the way to management, finance and general startup works. I also know how to network and team culture and building.

Gursirat Tapia

Company: PwC
Phone: 022 029 2720

I’ve recently graduated with a Bachelor in Commerce (majoring in Accounting, Commercial Law & Information Systems) from the University of Auckland. Since, I have joined PwC as a Technology Consulting Analyst & have had a key focus in ICT strategy & architecture.


Warwick McCormack

Company: The Centre Ltd
Phone: 021 688 185

Warwick McCormack is one of New Zealand and the Pacific’s top business coaches and has extensive experience - he specialises in business direction, marketing, sales, branding, entrepreneurial and innovative customer service business approaches.

His main skill sets are his ability to think creatively and problem solves regardless of the circumstances. He can plan how to market a company for $1 or $1,000,000!

Previously he was immersed in the advertising industry, with extensive working experience in the UK, Australia, Hong Kong and New Zealand.

His client list has included many of the worlds most important companies and covers most industries.


Richard Li

Company: Ernst & Young
Phone: 021 081 29239

Strategy and Transactions Analyst with experience working across transactions and corporate finance, technology consulting, entrepreneurship and real estate development.

BCom (Business Analytics, Finance and Information Systems [First Class Honours]) Graduate from the University of Auckland. Microsoft Certified Data Analyst Associate. Alteryx Designer Advanced Certified.

Mike Mead

Phone: 021 281 3029

Having run and grown a successful company for over 25 years my area of expertise is very much common-sense and hard work!

I have no tertiary qualifications but can give down to earth help and advise - there are no short cuts. Stock management, cash flow, pricing, identifying business opportunities, sponsorship, marketing.

Chris Scullin

Phone: 027 497 2274

I have over 30 years of business experience ranging from self-employment as a Commercial Photographer to Senior Management in two multinational companies - Roles including Sales, Marketing and Operational Management give me a broad range of skills.

I am passionate about innovative ideas and challenging the status quo. For me, the best way forward involves confidence and a positive attitude.

Tony Lambert

Company: LF Communications
Phone: 021 935 563

I am an Auckland Business Chamber mentor. Previously a mentor with Business Mentors NZ for 5 years.

Experience in managing small businesses for 20 years. Previously Sales and Marketing Director for Compaq Computer NZ.

Expertise in understanding issues, seeing the big picture and helping people/companies discover ways to solve issues or see the light at the end of the tunnel.

Simply help people help themselves. Talk via email to start then phone.