Ziena Jalil


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Diversity advocate and Consulting Partner at SenateSHJ

Ziena Jalil is a business and public sector leader with nearly 20 years experience working in New Zealand and Asia. A former diplomat, she is now based in Auckland with a focus on international marketing and business development, communications and stakeholder engagement, and diversity and inclusion.

Ziena has received several international awards for her work promoting New Zealand trade, investment and education in Asia and advises businesses looking to grow in the region. She has also been recognised as a finalist in the global category of the New Zealand Women of Influence Awards.

Ziena regularly presents and advises on diversity and inclusion, including publishing internationally in the book Workforce Diversity: Global Perspectives.

She is a Board Member of Auckland Tourism, Events, and Economic Development (ATEED), and the Cancer Society Auckland Northland; an Advisory Board Member of New Zealand Asian Leaders; a Member of Global Women, the New Zealand Institute of Directors, Asia 21, and the Asia New Zealand Foundation Leadership Network.

Combining her two passions – Asia and diversity – in May 2019, Ziena, in partnership with the ASEAN NZ Business Council and New Zealand Asian Leaders, launched the New Zealand chapter of MĀIA – the network for Kiwi women working in and with Asia.