28 September 1957 |
Calcutta, West Bengal, India
|Awards||Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit|
Wenceslaus Anthony MNZM is an Indian-born New Zealand business man, the chairman and managing director of WA Marketing Ltd (WAML Group) and the chairman and Director of Pact Industries Pty Ltd, Australia. He is a recipient of the title, Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for his services to India – New Zealand relations. He resides in Auckland, New Zealand.
Wenceslaus Vailankanni Melchoir Anthony was born on 28 September 1957 in Calcutta, West Bengal in a Tamilian family to Anthony and Gracy. He has a brother and three sisters. He did his schooling at Don Bosco, Calcutta and after graduating with B.Com (Hons), he did his M.B.A. from Loyola College, Chennai. He is married to Susan and they have a daughter, Sneha and a son, Akash.
Career in India
Wenceslaus started his career at Godrej and Boyce and subsequently moved to Hindustan Computers Ltd.. Later, he became the Deputy Director and Secretary to the Board of Studies for Loyola Institute of Business Administration in the well known Loyola College, Chennai, India.
Career and other appointments in New Zealand
Wenceslaus migrated to New Zealand in 1999 and established WAML Group with offices in New Zealand, Australia, India, Sri Lanka, Singapore and other international countries. In 2001 Wenceslaus was member of New Zealand Ministerial Delegation to India with the Rt. Hon. Paul Swain, Minister of Information Technology. He was also an important member of the Official Delegation of New Zealand Prime Minister Rt. Hon. John Key during his state visit to India in June 2011,where he attended a State Banquet with then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.
Wenceslaus is passionate about education and is also the Chairperson of Business Advisory Group of International College of Auckland THe college has instituted a student scholarship in his name.
He was the first person of Indian origin to be appointed Chair of the India New Zealand Business Council -INZBC that looks after Trade and Business between India and New Zealand and completed his term in June 2013. He is now the head of Government Relations in INZBC. He continues to be actively involved in India New Zealand trade relations. He was a special guest at the fourth anniversary of the New Zealand branch of the Global Organisation of People of Indian Origin (GOPIO) held at Alexandra Park in Greenlane, Auckland on Saturday, 27 October 2012 . The Hon'ble Speaker of India Parliament, on her official visit to New Zealand, presented a memento to Wenceslaus in appreciation of his contribution to the community.
He is also on the Advisory Board of New Zealand India Research Institute, Victoria University of Wellingtonand on the board of directors for various companies in Auckland.
He has been appointed the chairman of the recently formed Multicultural New Zealand Business Advisory Board to provide support and advocacy for small and medium businesses.
Faith and other community activities
Anthony is a practising Catholic and is involved in many church and community activities. He was appointed to the board of the Catholic Caring Foundation by the Most Reverend Patrick Dunn (bishop) Bishop of Auckland. Having known and worked closely with the late Mother Teresa he is the chairman of the Mother Teresa Interfaith Committee, which organises yearly gatherings on Mother's birthday between people of different faiths and religious leaders to honour her work of reaching out to all people irrespective of religion and background. He is also in charge of the New Zealand branch of Divine Retreat Centre, Muringoor. He is the founder Director of Conquest Club in New Zealand which aims to form young men to grow in character and virtue to be future leaders in their community. He is also a member of various other church and community organisations.
New Zealand Order of Merit Award
|New Zealand Order of Merit|
|Awarded by The Queen of New Zealand|
|Awarded for||Meritorious service to the Crown and the nation or who have become distinguished by their eminence, talents, contributions, or other merits|
Ribbon of the New Zealand Order of Merit
On 31 December 2013, He was awarded the title of the Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit by Elizabeth II in her right as Queen of New Zealand, on advice of the New Zealand Government, for his services to New Zealand – India relations. Functions to honour his achievement by the various communities he serves in were held across Auckland and in India.
- "Wenceslaus Anthony". Wamlgroup.com. 21 June 2011. Retrieved 14 July 2014.
- "Bank of Baroda appoints new director". Indian Newslink. Retrieved 14 July 2014.
- "ICA associate India with New Zealand education | International College of Auckland". Ica.ac.nz. 8 April 2014. Retrieved 14 July 2014.
- "Wenceslaus Anthony Excellence Scholarship | International College of Auckland". Ica.ac.nz. 22 November 2013. Retrieved 14 July 2014.
- "Chair Wenceslaus Anthony". INZBC. 19 May 2011. Retrieved 14 July 2014.
- "Direct flights from India a possibility – Latest National News – Keep up with Newstalk ZB". Newstalkzb.co.nz. 18 April 2012. Retrieved 14 July 2014.
- Gopio. "News " Gopio". Gopio.org.nz. Retrieved 14 July 2014.
- "Conquest " Forged in Virtue. Called to Serve". Conquestclubs.com. Retrieved 14 July 2014.
- "New Year Honours List 2014". DPMC. 19 December 2013. Retrieved 14 July 2014.
- "New Year Honours 2014: A grateful nation salutes its achievers (full list) – National – NZ Herald News". Nzherald.co.nz. Retrieved 14 July 2014.
Present and past positions
|Chairman & managing director||WAML Group||Incumbent|
|Chairman & Director||Pact Industries Pty Ltd||Incumbent|
|Chairman||India New Zealand Business Council-INZBC||Former|
|Director||Bank of Baroda NZ||Incumbent|
|Advisory board member||New Zealand India Research Institute, Victoria University of Wellington||Incumbent|
|Chairperson||Business Advisory Group, International College of Auckland||Incumbent|
- New Zealand Order of Merit