Advisory boards in AUT Business School

Connections with business are vital for ensuring that the AUT Business School remains relevant to the world of practice. We welcome the advice and input of local and globally based business people and alumni. We appreciate the commitment of all our advisory board members and recognise the high value of their contribution to the AUT Business School.

Industry Advisory Board

Through the broad local and international experience and perspectives of its members, this Board:

  • Provides strategic advice on the AUT Business School’s vision and direction
  • Informs on trends in business practice and employment
  • Advises on initiatives to enhance the student learning experience


Alin Ungureanu
CEO of Chelmer Limited

Professor Alireza Tourani Rad
Deputy Dean and Associate Dean International and Engagement
AUT Business School

Danica Hape-Tiria
Head of People & Culture
Tower Insurance

Gary Blick
Chief Economist
Auckland Council

Professor Kate Kearins
Pro Vice-Chancellor and Dean
AUT Business School

Kate Tulp
Country Manager

Lisa Tai
Partner and Pås Peau Lead

Llori Valenzuela
Director of Equipment and E-commerce
Les Mills International

Matt Knight
Founder & Managing Director

Meriem Beveridge
Head of Resourcing
Air New Zealand

Monica Briggs
CEO of Child Cancer Foundation

Peter Vial
Group Executive, NZ and the Pacific
Chartered Accountants Australia and NZ

Richard Catherall
Innovation Investment Manager
Auckland Council

Santiago Aon
General Manager, Product Portfolios

Vena Crawley
Independent Director/Executive/Entrepreneur

International Alumni Reference Group

This group enables the AUT Business School to engage with alumni around the world. Through the experience and perspectives of its members, as both business professionals and alumni, the reference group provides input on matters that are of interest to alumni and that support the strategic objectives of the School.

We send the International Alumni Reference Group members an email communication three times a year with questions or topics to gather alumni input, opinions, and views on matters of interest to alumni and support the strategic objectives of the Business School. This approach allows us to explore topics of mutual interest flexibly and efficiently without the constraint of time zones.

If you are an AUT Business School alumni based outside of New Zealand and would like to be added to this group to share your insights, please contact Melanie Barr, Partnerships Director, at

Contact us

If you're interested in engaging with our students or staff at the AUT Business School, contact:

Melanie Barr
Director Student, Business and Community Partnerships
Phone: +64 9 921 9999 ext 9336

Nirisha Niranjan
Partnerships Manager
Phone: +64 9 921 9999 ext 5809
Mobile: +64 21 07 00 901

Darshana Patel
Partnerships Coordinator
Phone: +64 9 921 9999 ext 7567