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 Tara.

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, the annual Emerging Talent membership fee is $250 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

ET Organising Committee Members

  • Nick Molcsan - RCP (Chair)
  • Jonathan Chambers - Harrison Grierson (Deputy Chair)
  • Gracen Luka - HRL Morrison (Deputy Chair) 
  • Georgia Sweet - EY
  • Sam Clement - Bank of New Zealand
  • Alex Saifiti - Auckland Transport
  • Ngahuia Leighton - Crown Infrastructure Partners 
  • Adam Brown - Downer
  • Alex Lipski - Russell McVeagh (Chair)
  • Andrew Schoultz - Aurecon (Deputy Chair)
  • James Murch - Advisian
  • Rosa McPhee - Chapman Tripp
  • Priya Grewal - HRL Morrison

Event Gallery

Upcoming events

No events available

Past events

03 Dec 2020 ET Auckland Impact Workshop: Future Proofing Infrastructure
19 Oct 2020 Emerging Talent Network: The Inner Circle
29 Sep 2020 ET Webinar: Implementing Inclusion in the Workplace
30 Jul 2020 Emerging Talent Network: The Inner Circle
12 Jun 2020 Emerging Talent Network: The Inner Circle
08 Jun 2020 Emerging Talent Network: The Future of Procurement in New Zealand
04 Mar 2020 ET Auckland: The Inner Circle
05 Dec 2019 ET Auckland - Project Impact Workshop: Capturing Broader Outcomes for Infrastructure Projects
20 Nov 2019 ET Auckland: The Inner Circle
31 Oct 2019 ET Auckland: October Social Networking Event
26 Sep 2019 ET Wellington: The Future of Transport in Wellington
03 Sep 2019 ET Auckland: Sustainability in Action
01 Aug 2019 ET Auckland: The Inner Circle
31 Jul 2019 ET Wellington: Inaugural Pub Quiz
11 Jul 2019 ET Auckland: America's Cup Site Visit
20 Jun 2019 ET Auckland: June Social Networking Event
18 Jun 2019 Launching a New Young Leaders Network for Wellington - a discussion with Minister Shane Jones
14 May 2019 ET Auckland: The Inner Circle
04 Apr 2019 ET Auckland: Infrastructure Funding and Financing - Crown Infrastructure Partners
27 Mar 2019 ET Auckland: The Inner Circle
14 Mar 2019 ET Auckland: March Social Networking Event
06 Dec 2018 Emerging Talent Network: Homelessness Hackathon
06 Sep 2018 Emerging Talent: Millennials Leading the Way
26 Jul 2018 Emerging Talent - July Social Networking Event
23 May 2018 Emerging Talent Network: Innovation, Technology & Optimising Cities
21 Feb 2018 Emerging Talent Network: Building Your Brand
07 Dec 2017 Emerging Talent Network: CRL Site Tour & End of Year Event
19 Sep 2017 Emerging Talent Network: Tamaki Regeneration Project - Experiences, Insights & Lessons Learned
28 Jun 2017 Emerging Talent Network: Public Speaking Tips, and How to Succeed in the Infrastructure Industry
18 Apr 2017 Emerging Talent Network: The secrets of successful networking
09 Mar 2017 Emerging Talent - Organising Committee
13 Dec 2016 Emerging Talent in Infrastructure Networking Evening

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