Charlie Gao

Director | North Asia Centre of Asia-Pacific Excellence

Charlie Gao is the Director of the North Asia Centre of Asia-Pacific Excellence, a New Zealand Government-funded agency hosted at the University of Auckland. North Asia CAPE's misson is to support New Zealanders to become more knowledgeable, capable, connected, and ultimately more successful in the region.

Charlie previously spent ten years in the private sector, where he was the managing partner of a New Zealand-owned, China-focused investment & advisory firm. He led advisory mandates for companies such as Zespri, Weta Workshop, Les Mills International, and Fonterra, and managed assets on behalf of the development finance banks of Germany, France, and the Netherlands.

Charlie has BSc, BA(Hons), and MA(Hons) degrees from the University of Auckland, and speaks English and Mandarin as first languages.