Patron: Her Excellency, The Right Honourable Dame Cindy Kiro, GNZM, QSO, Governor-General of New Zealand

Dr Ron Xavier

Ron XavierRon Xavier has a keen interest in the Asia Pacific region and has a passion for facilitating understanding between different fields to achieve common goals. He provides advice on communication strategies for the Asia Forum and coordinates membership communication.

Ron holds a PhD in microbiology from the University of Waikato. He has experience in the food, science research, health and the public sectors.

Ron has been a member of the Asia New Zealand Foundation’s Leadership Network since 2009. He remains connected to academia through the American Society for Microbiology and served as the Young Ambassador of Science to New Zealand, a member of the Young Leader Circle, and contributed to the strategic planning and governance restructure of the 100-year-old society at part of the Futures Project. Ron is also working as a Millennial Catalyst at International Connector, an innovation consultancy specialising in next generation engagement.