15 August 2016

Diversity in Action: Meet our panelists


Meet the panel




As Head of Diversity and Inclusion for BNZ Lana’s work focuses on ensuring the bank has a high performing workforce that is diverse and inclusive both now and into the future. Through her career she has worked in New Zealand, Australia, and Samoa in banking and private health insurance. Lana is proud of her heritage as a Kiwi Samoan. Growing up in Auckland, she describes herself as part-islander – part-mainlander acknowledging her father from Samoa and her mother who hails from Dunedin.



Steve is a leader in the engineering community and the managing director of the professional services firm he founded, Abley Transportation Consultants. The firm has grown over the last 13 years to now be a significant leader and a national and international provider of specialist advice. Steve is a Fellow of IPENZ and a member of the Institute of Directors Canterbury Branch Committee. He has previously served on the IPENZ’s governing board where he continues to have a leadership role.



Wai Yie received her PhD in Electrical Engineering (Hons I) from the University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia in 2005. She has authored six book series and more than 100 papers that highlight innovation in Electronics and Biomedical Engineering. Wai Yie is currently Chair of the Women Engineers’ Section, Malaysia; The ASEAN Federation of Engineering Organisations (WEAFEO) and Healthcare Research Group at Taylor’s University.



Leigh is a self-employed government relations and communications advisor. She is a former journalist with TVNZ, Radio NZ and Radio Deutsche Welle. She was Manager of Trade Policy Liaison at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade and has contracted to a range of government agencies and businesses. Leigh is also a former Chair of the Parliamentary Press Gallery.