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The Asia Forum

The Asia Forum is a Wellington discussion group which meets roughly once a month to discuss Asian affairs. It brings together members of the diplomatic, business, official and academic communities.



Dr Farib Sos, JP, MNZM is Executive Director of the Asia Forum Executive Committee.





Our mission is to promote and facilitate New Zealand's understanding of the Asia Pacific region.



Our objectives are:

  • To facilitate and promote research on Asia/Pacific issues particularly in the fields of business, law, economics, politics, international relations, public affairs and associated disciplines.


  • To provide a forum, independent from existing institutions, for those with a scholarly interest in the Asia/Pacific to conduct research, discuss issues and exchange ideas.


  • To provide a bridge between:
    • Academics in various New Zealand educational institutions (universities, polytechnics and schools)
    • The NZ educational sector and other parts of the community, such as the legal profession, government ministries and enterprises
    • New Zealanders and foreign counterparts

Dr Tim Beal

Executive Director


Prof. Tony Angelo



Dr Farib Sos

Director (Projects)


Dr Ron Xavier

Director (Communications)

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