Mai Chen

Mai Chen is managing partner of Chen Palmer Public and Employment Law Specialists, and Adjunct Professor in commercial and public law at the University of Auckland Business School. Chen Palmer won the Best Boutique Law Firm in 2010, and the Best Public Law Firm in the New Zealand Law Awards in 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2013, and was a finalist in the Employment Law Awards in 2011.

Mai is also the best-selling author of Public Law Toolbox and Transforming Auckland: The Creation of Auckland Council. She is the inaugural chair of New Zealand Global Women. She recently founded New Zealand Asian Leaders, connecting top Asian NZ CEOs and emerging leaders with New Zealand companies doing business in Asia to enhance their success. She also helped to establish the Pasifika Leadership Academy at BEST Pacific Institute of Education, led by Beatrice Faumuina. Mai was in the Top 10 finalists for 2014 New Zealander of the Year.

Mai has a First Class Law Honours degree from Otago University, a Masters degree from Harvard Law School, is a Fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Management, and an Honorary Associate of Auckland University of Technology.