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Luke Qin

August 13, 2020

Luke Qin leads Kiwibank’s International Trade Finance strategy and offering, supporting established exporters and importers with working capital funding and risk management to help make Kiwis better off. Born in Sichuan and now based in Auckland, Luke first arrived in Christchurch as a high school student, representing Linwood College in Lion Foundation Young Enterprise Scheme, National Business Review Business Management Game for Accounting, and First XV Rugby, winning Lincoln University Prize for Commerce, First XV Rugby Blazer Award, and Special Academic Prize – The Most Valuable Contribution by an International Student. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Canterbury, a Master of Applied Finance from Victoria University of Wellington, and has qualifications in Sustainable Finance, Te Reo Māori, Medical Co-Response, Citizen Diplomacy, and Urban Fire & Rescue.

Luke currently serves as an Elected Board Member of the New Zealand Institute of International Affairs, Executive Committee Member of the New Zealand China Council, National Executive of the New Zealand Chinese Association, Board Advisor for Global Cities New Zealand, Cultural Ambassador for the Hurricanes Super Rugby team, and an Elected Board Director of Transparency International New Zealand, serving as Treasurer, Chair of Affiliations Committee, and Deputy Chair of Audit & Risk. He is a member of the Institute of Directors, Asia New Zealand Foundation Leadership Network, and Australia New Zealand Leadership Forum Emerging Leaders Programme. Luke has extensive experience contributing to Chinese and English language media, and is a freelance writer for Asia Media Centre New Zealand.

He is also an experienced community advocate, serving as a Rotarian, White Ribbon Ambassador, ESOL Home Tutor for refugee families, Wellington City Ambassador, Volunteer Community Patroller, Chair of Wellington Chinese Association, Chair of Hutt City Council Community Funding Panel, and Panel Member of Ministry for Ethnic Communities Development Fund. He became a Life Member of the New Zealand China Friendship Society, and a Justice of the Peace for New Zealand. He initiated New Zealand China Trade Association’s “50 over 50” project to celebrate 50 years of commercial relationship between New Zealand and China 1972-2022. Luke was awarded a Community Service Award by Multicultural New Zealand, a Long Service Medal by Fire and Emergency New Zealand for his service as a Qualified Volunteer Firefighter and successfully completed the Firefighter Sky Tower Stair Challenge to raise funds for charity.

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