Mai Chen is Managing Partner, Chen Palmer Public and Employment law Specialists, Director, BNZ Board, Adjunct Professor at University of Auckland School of Law， Chair, New Zealand Asian Leaders, Chair, Superdiversity Centre for Law, Policy and Business, Inaugural Chair, NZ Global Women, Co-founder, Cultural Bridge, JV company with NZME and a top 10 finalist, 2014 and 2016 New Zealander of the Year. Mai is the bestselling author of Public Law Toolbox, now in its second edition.
Chen Palmer was one of NZ’s first boutique law firms and was Australasia’s first “Washington-style” law firm specialising in legislation and public policy. It has won many awards and celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2014.
Mai sat on the Securities Commission, on the NZ Board of Trade and Enterprise’s Beachheads Programme, the Asia New Zealand Foundation, the Advisory Board of AMP Life Limited (NZ), and was President of the Harvard New Zealand Alumni Association (NZ) for ten years.
Mai has a First Class Law Honours degree from Otago University, a Masters degree from Harvard Law School, is a Fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Management, and an Honorary Associate of Auckland University of Technology. She was born in Taiwan and emigrated to NZ in 1970 with her family. She became a NZ citizen in 1977.