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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Dr John Sinclair

Senior Consultant

Dr John Sinclair specialises in strategic public policy. Dr Sinclair has worked as a political speechwriter, a Treasury official, and roving public policy consultant. Dr Sinclair has worked on major writing and public policy projects with the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, the Ministry for the Environment, the Ministry of Education, Westpac Bank and the Commission of Inquiry into Police Conduct. In 1995 he lived in Harbin, China, as a Visiting Fellow at the Heilongjiang Academy of Social Sciences, courtesy of the Asia Foundation of New Zealand.

John Dickson

Senior Consultant

John is an experienced economist and has provided business and regulatory economic advice and analysis in the private and NGO sector. He has also been a senior policy manager for Government departments. John has significant private and NGO governance experience, with a focus on mental health providers. John is the former Manager of Government Relations for the New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants and Manager of Social Service Providers Aotearoa.

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