Sheena is a tri-lingual and tri-cultural individual who was born and raised in Japan with Indian parents. After her international English school education, she was chosen to host a bi-lingual (English and Japanese) drive time morning show called “Good Morning Kobe” for Kiss FM in Kobe city out of the many who auditioned. She used her language skills to research,translate and read the current news, conducted interviews in both languages, and hosted the show for 8 years from 1990 to 1998. The show gained international attention during the 1995 Great Hanshin Earthquake, as Kiss FM became the sole provider of information during a time when there was no power in the disaster sticken city of Kobe. Sheena played a large role in relaying relief information in both languages to the 1.5 million Japanese and international residents of Kobe city.
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Sheena also hosted numerous TV shows including the Japanese version of MTV. Her radio and TV work also gave her the opportunity to host a large number of events, including the events held in honour of Lady Margaret Thatcher during her visit to Kobe after the earthquake.
Because Sheena has a deep understanding of minority issues stemming from her multi-cultural background, she lectured on human rights issues from 1995 to 2006, and these were sponsored by the Japanese government, the Japan Education Bureau, as well as private sectors.
After moving to New Zealand in 2006, she has hosted many Japan and Asia related events including the annual Japan Day Festival (4 years running), The Japan Festival of Wellington, and the Welington South East Asian Festival sponsored by the NZ Asian Foundation. She is now looking to increase her portfolio as Events host by branching out into non- Asia specific events.
Through her media contacts in Japan, she also coordinates filming for Japanese TV stations in New Zealand. She won the contract to coordinate the filming of the Rugby World Cup 2011 for J-Sports Japan (Sky sports Japan) and is currently working to do the same for Sky Spots NZ for the upcoming RWC 2019 in Japan