Simone Smith MBA

ASEAN Regional Programmes Manager

As the ASEAN Regional Programmes Manager, Simone is responsible for managing the offshore activities of Wellington UniVentures' English Language Programmes—funded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Trade (MFAT)—in Laos, Cambodia, Indonesia, Myanmar, Timor Leste and Viet Nam.

This involves building and maintaining relationships with offshore subcontractors, MFAT and other stakeholders from partner countries.

Prior to joining Wellington UniVentures in 2010 as Executive Assistant to the Managing Director, she was involved in two business partnerships—firstly, supplying cut flowers to the largest wholesaler in the lower North Island, and secondly, running a storage rental company.

Simone, who was promoted to her current role in 2017, holds a Master in Business Administration (MBA) degree from Victoria University of Wellington—which she completed while working for Wellington UniVentures.