About us

NZMBA was founded by and is currently presided over by its inaugural President, Dave Ananth, with Francis Chai as Vice President.

Dave Ananth is a lawyer and Senior Tax Counsel with Stace Hammonds Lawyers in Auckland.
Stace Hammond Lawyers, a 109-year-old law firm, is also the NZMBA’s secretariat. (www.stacehammond.co.nz)

As a former director of Ernest and Young and member of the judiciary in Malaysia and the New Zealand Bar for the past 30 years, Dave helms the NZMBA who have strong connections with Malaysian key industry players.

A non-profit society, the NZMBA aims to:

1. Assist Malaysians within the society to interact and network with each other and with the wider business community in NZ

2. Promote bilateral trade and networking between Malaysia, ASEAN and NZ-based business

3. Be an inclusive business networking association, working together with associate members from the wider New Zealand business community.

4. Assist its members across diverse areas business in networking, entrepreneurship assistance in start-ups, new clients, providing advice: legal, finance, immigration and tax.


If you would like to become a member of the NZMBA or have any enquiries, do send us an email at nzmba.inc@gmail.com. Membership fees are currently waived.

We believe that a wide networking platform is beneficial and crucial to business expansion.

As such the NZMBA welcomes membership applications from those within and outside of the Malaysian community in NZ, as well as from abroad

ONLINE MEMBERSHIP APPLICATIONS can be submitted via: http://bit.ly/NZMBAmembership



President – Dave Ananth
Vice-President – Francis Chai
Secretary – Pam Louis
Honorary Treasurer: Roshidah Mangnall
Assistant Secretary: Elaine Teo


International Business Development Director – Fahreen Azfy
Events Director – Judy Ang
Marketing and Events Assistants -Jacklyn Tiong
Membership Director – Rose Smith
Membership Assistant – Deepak Ratti


Esther Wee
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