Key Personnel

Rt Hon Sir Anand Satyanand


The Patron of the Superdiversity Centre is the former Governor-General, Judge and Ombudsman, the Rt Hon Sir Anand Satyanand. He was awarded the New Zealand 1990 Commemoration Medal and made a Knight Grand Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2009.

Mai Chen


Mai Chen is the Managing Partner of Chen Palmer New Zealand Public and Employment law Specialists, Australasia’s first specialist public law firm which she co-founded in 1994. Mai is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Auckland School of Law; a Director on the Board of BNZ; Founder and Chair of New Zealand Asian Leaders; Founder and Chair of Superdiversity Centre for Law, Policy and Business; Inaugural Chair, NZ Global Women; and Co-founder, Cultural Bridge, a joint venture between Chen Palmer and NZME. Mai was a top 10 finalist for the 2014 New Zealander of the Year Awards.

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Shireen Chua

Shireen Chua is a Malaysian-Chinese Kiwi who has been educated in New Zealand, at Massey University and has spent most of the past 25 years in New Zealand, with frequent visits back to South East Asia.  Her personal experience of moving between the East and the West led her to explore how culture can have an impact in working and personal relationships. This led her to pursue further study in the area of Cultural Diversity and Intercultural Competence of individuals and organisations. She recently completed her MBA from Southern Cross University, with her research project focusing on “Culture Matters: How NZ Organisations develop Intercultural Competency”.

Her previous experience in Project and Research Management has provided an excellent foundation in gaining invaluable experience of managing multicultural teams as well as understanding factors that shape organisations and institutions ability to develop and grow cultural diversity in their organisations.  She has also been on several boards of governance and trustees for the past 15 years.

Shireen has managed several multicultural teams, and coached professionals relocating to Asia. She is certified by the Cultural Intelligence Center as a CQ Trainer (Advanced).  This allows her to facilitate “Developing Cultural Intelligence workshops and to administer the Cultural Intelligence (CQ) assessment tool.   The CQ tool is one of the few evidenced based tools in measuring a person’s ability to function effectively across cultures.  She is also about to be certified to administer the Intercultural DISC profile that equips leaders and teams to work in culturally diverse teams.  Shireen will receive her ACC coaching credentials through the International Coaching Federation by the end of July after logging 100 coaching hours and sitting an exam.

Marina Matthews

Special Counsel

Marina has over fourteen years experience providing legal and public policy advice on a range of issues.

Marina has a LLB and Diploma for Graduates in Arts from the University of Otago, and was admitted to the Bar in 2002. Marina joined the public service, firstly with the Transition Tertiary Education Commission, then the Tertiary Education Commission. She was seconded to Parliament as the tertiary education private secretary for four senior Ministers of the Crown. She then moved back to the Tertiary Education Commission as a Senior Manager.

In private practice, Marina has significant experience in advising institutes of technology and polytechnics, industry training organisations, universities, wananga and private training establishments as well as early childhood education services, schools and students’ associations.

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Carol Anderson

Senior Associate

Carol combines skills from a background in law and education. Following a successful career in secondary teaching in New Zealand and overseas, she qualified as a lawyer in 2005 and has worked in commercial and civil litigation and public law.

Carol rejoins Chen Palmer after working more recently as a consultant governance and management adviser to schools and boards of trustees, in both state and state integrated schools. Carol has worked for the Education Review Office, is a trained mediator, and has been involved with the Kohanga Reo movement.

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Zong-Pei Zhou

Special Counsel

Zong-Pei Zhao was born in China and speaks fluent mandarin.

Zong-Pei was a civil servant for over 10 years before joining the private sector. He has a solid understanding of the machinery of government and was previously a lead evaluator at NZQA. He has also worked in various capacities for the following government organisations:

  • Department for Courts
  • Ministry of Justice
  • New Zealand Qualifications Authority
  • Executive Government Support, Department of Internal Affairs
  • Department of Building and Housing
  • Wellington City Council

Outside work, Zong-Pei is a life member of the New Zealand Chinese Writers Association, a division of the World’s Chinese Writers Association, where membership is by invitation only. He is also a keen musician and plays a number of instruments.

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