Peter Sun

Founding Programme Director

While many choose to specialise in a particular field, Peter realised early on that in order to rise through the ranks and become an effective leader, he had to develop a big picture view in order to understand and guide complex organisations. 

Peter trained as a mechanical engineer, but actually got his first job in the financial world, starting as an analyst focusing on asset valuation, after doing chartered management accounting at the same time as his engineering studies.

His first taste of general management came when he joined Mast Industries, where he was responsible for several factories, moving away from a technical focus towards people management. He arrived in New Zealand in 2003, completing a PhD in Knowledge Management and Learning. Within a short period of time, he ended up working with the University of Waikato, managing their accelerated education programme. 

Key to Peter’s personal and business ethos is the belief that, more important than any major structural change, is the change you can have in the life of a single individual. Small things done to support and lift others can ripple outwards, creating a positive effect throughout the wider community. 

Today, Peter accompanies those working through the CELF Elevate Leadership Programme on their journey, ensuring that they have the knowledge and support they need to go out and make a real, positive difference in their organisations.


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