Mai Chen is a thought leader, direction setter and a futures thinker. Born in Taiwan and arriving in New Zealand as a child with barely any English, she is now one of New Zealand’s top public and constitutional law experts specialising in central and local government. Mai has been managing partner of her firm Chen Palmer for more than 20 years. Chen Palmer was among the first boutique law firms in NZ and was the first public law specialist firm in Australasia. Holding countless governance and advisor roles, Mai works to empower women, champion diversity and inspire leaders across New Zealand.
Having completed her Masters at Harvard Law School, Mai now is a professor at the University of Auckland, in between chairing NZ Global Women and NZ Asian Leaders among many other leadership roles. Mai founded ‘My Bucket List’ which makes fiduciary services and wills available online and she recently launched MyAdvice.Legal which creates an online market place where clients with legal problems can find lawyers with the right expertise to pitch for their legal work. Twice a finalist in the New Zealander of the Year Awards, Mai embodies a world class leader in every way.