ICE believes the world of work and emerging talent has changed extensively, with organisations needing to more urgently build agile people strategies, to meet their people acquisition and development needs, both present and future.
ICE works with its customers to design strategic Talent / people programmes relevant to the world of work today, that provide strong core competencies, traits and characteristic development – with the added benefit of being adaptable to the moving parts of your organisation.

ICE achieves this this through focus on the following core factors for success:

  • People mapping
  • Design, Re-design and evaluate
  • Graduate Programmes
  • Internship Programmes
  • High School leaver Programmes
  • Returnship programme
  • High Potential People Programmes
  • Employer Branding Campaigns
  • Social & Digital Campaigns

Nuwanthie Samarakone


Nuwanthie is the CEO of ICE, an early in careers people consultancy firm specialising in designing, delivering and developing schemes for organisations looking to build talent pipelines for the future.

She believes that young and aspiring individuals represent the future of the organisational environment and will be responsible for driving the seismic shift in both workplace culture and functionality that we will begin to witness emerge over the coming years. Due to this phenomenon, it is critical that organisations look forward towards future thinking that both aligns and proofs their strategic talent schemes.

Moving beyond the traditional graduate processes and explore new alternatives for how we can develop emerging young professionals in this constantly changing world of work is critical. Approaching these issues holistically has enabled the development of having offices across 6 markets with the team of specialist thinkers, designers and consultants. Some of the clients ICE partner with are FTSE 500, Forbes top 100 brands and across Government Agencies here in New Zealand and overseas.

Wendy Baker

Partner, ICE Asia

Wendy Baker is a Fellow of the UK’s CIPD and has worked in Human Resources for more than twenty years in the United Kingdom, Australia and Singapore.

Wendy has worked across organisations such as American Express, JLL (HSBC), CBRE and Carter Holt Harvey to name a few, in regional and global roles. Her experience includes greenfield and transformation projects, strategic HR and business partnering for blue chip organisations, experience on both the client and service provider sides for outsourcing, and most recently M&A.

Wendy joined ICE in 2018, to support, manage and build the APAC operations of the business. She sees this move a natural alignment of her passion for bringing talent into an organisation and her understanding of People strategy as a commercial imperative.

Wendy is on the Board of the New Zealand Chamber of Commerce in Singapore, and is the Chair for the newly formed Māia NZ Women’s Network Asia. She is also a Graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.