Ikhlaq Kashkari

As the President of NZMA and member of FIANZ Council I work closely with our diverse community of 60+ ethnicities. I represent our community at various government agencies including INZ, OEC, DIA, DPMC, Auckland Council, NZ Police etc. I have been working interfaith communities like NZ Diversity Centre and Auckland Interfaith Council towards building better understanding between faiths.

I have held senior management positions in NZ and overseas helping organisations improve their business performance and governance. I have worked with Board members and “C” level management teams to help build robust business processes and governance structures which are aligned to their business & operational strategies.

I own and operate a number of successful business. I have been involved with supply chain transformation for over 25 years. I led successful business transformation projects across the globe. The key focus being to help organisations develop their internal supply chain capabilities. My supply chain experience covers a wide range of industries, including Manufacturing, Retail, Dairy, Airline, Agriculture, Pharmaceuticals, Apparel, FMCG, 4PL, Petrochemical and Defence.

My dealings both at the professional and community leadership level has provided me a wide understanding of diverse cultures in today’s connected world. Having lived in 7 countries and worked in over 15 countries has helped me learn and appreciate working and living with diverse cultures.

Islamophobia

"Social media platforms have become online hate factories that dehumanise fellow human beings, spread hate, prejudice, incitement to violence and atrocities against minorities and social discord.

In some countries more than three-quarters of the cases involving dehumanisation and hate speech target minorities, yet efforts to combat on-line hate speech seldom recognise dehumanisation and it contribution to social discord and violent extremism.

The consequences of the lack of effective legal and other responses by public authorities and social media platforms continue to be tragic to the point of being lethal, leading to massive atrocities and violations of human rights and the creation of conditions for potential conflict.

This highlights an urgent need for civil society and public authorities to recognise and effectively address the dangers posed by online dehumanisation and hate speech."

Ikhlaq Kashkari