Next Generation – Alexandra Badley
Alex is a seasoned professional, currently specialising in governance, risk, and architecture within Spark New Zealand’s cyber defence team, leveraging over 7 years of experience in the telecommunications and technology industry. She not only brings technical expertise but also a strategic and visionary approach to her roles.Alex has demonstrated her leadership acumen by guiding teams through complex projects and ensuring the delivery of impactful initiatives across multiple organisations. Her ability to navigate the rapidly evolving landscape of technology and telecommunications showcases her adaptability and forward-thinking mindset.
Her academic journey began at Massey University, where she earned a Bachelor of Information Sciences. Alex specialised in Information Technology and developed proficiency in the Chinese language through a minor in Chinese studies. This unique combination of technical skills and cultural understanding laid the foundation for her multifaceted career.
Alex is passionate about fostering stronger connections between New Zealand and China, particularly in the technology sector. She is a two-time recipient of the Prime Minister’s Scholarship for Asia, a prestigious award recognizing her efforts to enhance her knowledge of Chinese culture, language, and business. This commitment to cross-cultural understanding underscores her dedication to building bridges between the two nations.
Beyond her professional pursuits, Alex positions herself as a thought leader in addressing crucial societal issues. Alex is a dedicated advocate for social impact, including mental health awareness, diversity and inclusion, and the empowerment of women in technology. She volunteers across various not-for-profit organizations, contributing her skills and time to roles ranging from mentorship to website creation and design. Engagement in these activities reflects a broader commitment to making a positive difference in her community and beyond.