Speaker and Networking Event with Hon Priyanca Radhakrishnan, Minister for Diversity, Inclusion and Ethnic Communities, and Youth

The final Speaker and Networking event for 2022 took place on Thursday 13th of October at KPMG Auckland with the Hon Priyanca Radhakrishnan.

Hon Priyanca Radhakrishnan is the Minister for the Community and Voluntary Sector, Minister for Diversity, Inclusion and Ethnic Communities, Minister for Youth, Associate Minister for Workplace Relations and Safety, and Associate Minister for Social Development and Employment and MP for Maungakiekie. She is the first person of Indian origin to become a Minister in New Zealand and was appointed in November 2020.

Born in India, the Minister went to school in Singapore and then moved to New Zealand to further her education. She has spent her work life advocating on behalf of people whose voices are often unheard: survivors of domestic violence and migrant workers who have been exploited. She strongly believes that everyone has the right to live with dignity. That means equitable access to affordable housing, quality education and decent, secure work.

The fireside chat was moderated by Multiethnic Young Leaders Member Shahin Najak. Shahin is a graduate policy advisor at the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment. Shahin was also the Chair of the UNESCO Aotearoa Youth Leaders in 2021.

At the fireside chat, the Minister spoke passionately about the importance of authenticity, allyship and mentorship. She also shared about the impact of People of Colour amplifying each other’s voices and striving towards a shared goal. For a recording of the fireside chat, please visit our Videos or Resources page.

The 2022 Speaker and Networking series is brought to you by Multiethnic Young Leaders NZ and made possible through the generous support of KPMG New Zealand. The Series aims to inspire, educate and empower the next generation of ethnically diverse leaders in Aotearoa, normalise the presence of underrepresented peoples in positions of influence, and further the discourse on diversity, equity and leadership in the workplace.