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ILSP Alumni

Mr. Nukutaurua Jones
Country: New Zealand
Year of Study: Fall 2016 
Area of Expertise: Mechanical Engineering 

Bio: Mr. Nukutaura Jones interned as an Engineering Assistant and Draughts Person with Mighty River Power in 2015, where his responsibilities included assisting engineers with commissioning, conducting maintenance checks and site inspections and a number of other specific engineering tasks. Previously, he worked as an Engineering Assistant and Document Controller with Aquaheat New Zealand Limited, which is New Zealand’s leading building services contractor. He was awarded the Tuaropaki Tertiary Scholarship Grant, Te Arawa 500 Scholarship, and Runanga A Iwi O Ngapuhi Scholarship. He recently graduated with Bachelor's of Engineering (honours) in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Auckland in 2016. 

Mr. Sha Siting
Country: China
Year of Study: Summer 2016
Area of Expertise:

Bio: Mr. Sha Siting is a junior in the Department of Chinese Language and Literature, Tsinghua University. He also majors in management. He assisted Professor Lei Jiasu, from the Tsinghua University School of Economic and Management, to publish the article “Research for Catching-up Pattern among Countries in Science-Based Industries: a Case Study on Pharmaceutical Industry”. Sha loves dancing very much and is the captain of the Tsinghua University Dance Troupe of Student Art, where he is responsible for managing the team and coordinating performances and competitions.


Ms. Mahani Hamdan
Year of Study: 
Area of Expertise:
Business, Finance, Management

Bio: Ms. Mahani Hamdan is a full-time lecturer at the School of Business and Economics at the Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD SBE). Ms. Hamdan began her career as a tutor in 2003 and has been the recipient of Brunei Government Scholarships throughout her education. She received her first degree in Accounting and Financial Management from Sheffield University in 2002 and graduated with a Master’s degree - with distinction - from Leeds University, United Kingdom, in 2004. Ms. Hamdan earned her PhD from Queensland University of Technology in 2011 and was named best research student at the School of Management. Prior to joining UBD, she worked for the Ministry of Finance as a finance officer at Employees Trust Fund. Along with teaching and research, Ms. Hamdan has a strong commitment to university, government and community-wide development.  She is a member of the Brunei Darussalam Accounting Standards Council, chairperson of the UBD SBE marketing committee, member of graduate admission and research committees, and facilitator for UBD Strategic Planning (2007-2012). Academic and administrative mentors and engagement inside and outside the university have been instrumental in her success.  

Ms. Puawai Wereta
Country: New Zealand
Year of Study: 
Area of Expertise: Public Policy, Agribusiness

Bio: Ms. Puawai Wereta’s education and career have taken unexpected pathways over the last 18 years.  With over 13 years of experience in the government and education sectors in Wellington and Auckland New Zealand, Puawai moved to Taupo to focus on Indigenous (Maori) farming governance and administration.  Whilst her undergraduate and post graduate studies and qualifications place her squarely in the public policy domain, she has found that the knowledge, skills and ways of thinking she acquired over the period equip her very well for work in the agribusiness arena.  Puawai holds a number of trusteeships on both philanthropic and corporate boards and has collaborated and participated in a number of land and farming projects in New Zealand and abroad.  More recently she has been contracted to a large multi-sector Maori Trust to project manage the development of a long term strategy for its food portfolio.  Puawai was instrumental in the Trust’s establishment of a relationship with UC Berkeley and was chosen to be their first independent scholar.  She is a firm believer in strong and meaningful relationships and attributes these relationships to the opportunities and pathways that have been laid before her.

Ms. Shruti Deorah 
Country: India
Year of Study
Area of Expertise: Renewable / Clean Energy 

Bio: Ms. Shruti Deorah is a Fellow at the Observer Research Foundation in Mumbai, India where she conducts research and analysis on renewable energy policy in India, with a specific focus on Solar Photo-Voltaic (and hybrid) applications.  At ORF, she published the policy report “Solar Mini-Grids for Rural Electrification:  A Roadmap to 100% Energy Access for India@75” in July 2013.   Prior to this role, she was Director for International Business Development at SMS GupShup, the largest social SMS platform of India.  She was also a Program Coordinator for the Clinton Climate Initiative in Mumbai, leading the transport and energy-efficient lighting programs for India. She is passionate about creating sustainable business and implementation models for clean energy technologies.  Ms. Deorah holds a Bachelor’s in Technology Degree in Electrical Engineering and a Master’s in Communications and Signal Processing from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay.


Ms. Jianping Liu
Country: China
Year of Study: 
Area of Expertise: Chinese Literature

Bio: Ms. Jianping Liu is Vice Dean of the department of Chinese Literature, Minjiang University.  Her research centers on the “culture industry” and she teaches on introduction to culture and advertisement.  In recent years her research has focused on the contrast of the “culture industry” in China and the United States.  Professor Liu received her PhD from Fujian Normal University in 2010.  In 2013 she served as chief editor for the award winning book “The Introduction of Advertisement Creativity.”

Mr. Ravi Suri
Country: India
Year of Study
Area of Expertise: Global Finance, Renewable Energy

Bio: Mr. Ravi Suri currently serves as Managing Director & Regional Head: Project & Export Finance, Europe, Middle East, Africa and South Asia, for Standard Chartered Back.  Mr. Suri has significant global advisory and financing experience in cross-border multi-billion dollar financings. He is associated with virtually all of the major financings at a lead level in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia regions in the Power, Aluminium, Refining, Petrochemical and Infrastructure sectors. He also has significant experience in renewable energy and has worked on a number of wind, solar, geothermal and waste-to-energy projects across the region.  Mr. Suri has a BSc in Chemistry, Physics and Biology from Elphinstone College, Bombay University; a BSc (Tech) in Plastic Technology from Bombay University Dept. of Chemical Technology; and an MS in Chemical Engineering – with courses in Finance from Kellogg – from Northwestern University.