IDEM 2022: 8 - 10 April 2022


Arish Naresh

New Zealand

Mr Arish Naresh, Masters in Health Science (Distinction), Post Grad Dip in Health Service Management. Diploma in Dental Therapy (Honours)

Currently nominated for Queen’s Services Medal(NZ Honours) for his services to ethnic communities and Oral Health professions.

Graduated from Fiji with honours in Dental Therapy in 2006 and moved to New Zealand. He then completed his postgraduate education in Leadership and Management, then Masters in Health Science with Distinction and currently manages the dental services for Tairawhiti District Health as well as providing professional advisory and strategic leadership to 41 allied and technical disciplines.

He is also Board trustee of UNICEF NZ.

He has also chaired the board of NZ Dental and Oral Health Therapist Association. Arish was awarded “Tairawhiti Men of the Year” for his services to community development and recognised with the local hero medal and civic award for the region. He was awarded the University of Auckland certificate of high achievement in the Kiwi bank Young NZ’er of the Year 2015 awards.

Currently key focus areas are public health, social entrepreneurship, health/social inequalities, multiculturalism, responsible leadership and human capital development. He has also founded the brand “Opportunities without Discrimination” that has over 10,200 likes on Facebook.