Emerging Talent Network 

The Emerging Talent (ET) Network has been established by Infrastructure NZ to develop the next generation of infrastructure leaders. The ET Network facilitates cross-sector networking opportunities for young leaders under the age of 35, provides practical career development advice, and fosters a greater understanding of the wider infrastructure landscape.

ET Network's objectives
  • Nurture emerging talent – Provide an opportunity for young infrastructure professionals under the age of 35 years to meet and learn from experienced practitioners and develop long standing professional networks across the infrastructure industry.

  • A forum for discussion – Encourage, and provide a forum for constructive discussion around infrastructure challenges facing New Zealand, as well as international trends emerging in infrastructure.

  • Shine a light on infrastructure – Provide young professionals both within and outside ETN an insight into the world of infrastructure, including the various professions involved, the type of work available, and job market characteristics.
  • A voice for young professionals in infrastructure – Provide a medium for young professionals within the organisation to articulate their thoughts on particular topics to the wider industry, under the auspices of Infrastructure NZ
  • Grow the network – Increase the number of young professionals within the infrastructure sector.

ET 2020 Essay Competition 

The inaugural ReBuilding Nations 2020 Emerging Talent Network Essay Competition, sponsored by Anthony Harper, asked "What should New Zealand do to seize the crisis and build back better?".

Thank you to all who entered and Congratulations to our winner Kate Slater, from Russell McVeagh.
You can read Kate's essay 'The Digital Future of Infrastructure' here.

ET Members in Focus

The Emerging Talent Network has been established by Infrastructure New Zealand to develop the next generation of infrastructure leaders. In this changing COVID-19 landscape we will be profiling a different ET member working in a different part of the industry each week. If you would like to be featured, please contact Paige Hallam.

Profiles To Date:

Adam Brown, Downer
Gracen Luka, TSA Management
Andrew Schoultz, Aurecon
Simon Fenton, WSP
Ngahuia Leighton, Crown Infrastructure Partners 
Alex Saifiti, Auckland Transport
Emily Aiken, KPMG
Thomas Parackal, Citycare
Laressa Mills, Dentons Kensington Swan
Paul Curry, Higgins
Kate Slater, Russell McVeagh

How to Join ET

Membership is complimentary for individuals employed by an Infrastructure New Zealand member organisation. If you are not currently employed by an Infrastructure New Zealand member organisation (refer to graphic below), the annual Emerging Talent membership fee is $290 per annum. Members are eligible to attend four ET events per year which are organised for young leaders by young leaders.

To join the ET Network,

… if your organisation is a member of Infrastructure NZ, please email office@infrastructure.org.nz.
… if your organisation is not a member of Infrastructure NZ click here to register for the Emerging Talent Network.

To find out more about ET, please contact office@infrastructure.org.nz.

ET Organising Committee Members

  • Gracen Luke - Fletcher Building (Chair)
  • Jonathan Chambers - Harrison Grierson (Deputy Chair)
  • Georgia Sweet - EY
  • Laressa Mills - Dentons Kensington Swan
  • Alex Saifiti - Auckland Transport
  • Ngahuia Leighton - Crown Infrastructure Partners 
  • Adam Brown - Downer
  • Andrew Schoultz - Aurecon (Chair)
  • Nicola Robbins - Russell McVeagh
  • James de Hamel - The Treasury
  • Aimee Digges La Touche - KiwiRail

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