Rod Oram has 40 years’ experience as an international business journalist. He has worked for various publications in Europe and North America, including the Financial Times of London.

Rod and his family emigrated from the UK to New Zealand in 1997.

He contributes weekly to Nine to Noon, and Newstalk ZB. He is a frequent public speaker on deep sustainability, business, economics, innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship, in both NZ and global contexts.

For more than a decade, Rod has been helping fast-growing New Zealand companies through his involvement with The ICEHOUSE, the entrepreneurship centre at the University of Auckland’s Business School.

Penguin published in 2007 his book on the New Zealand economy, Reinventing Paradise. He was named the Landcorp Agricultural Communicator of the Year for 2009.

In 2010, Rod was the winner in the individual category in the Vero Excellence in Business Support Awards.

Rod was a founding trustee and the second chairman of Akina Foundation, which helps social enterprises develop their business models in areas of sustainability. He remains actively involved with the foundation and the ventures it supports.

Rod is an adjunct professor at AUT; and Bridget Williams Books has published his latest book, Three Cities: Seeking Hope in the Anthropocene, details at

Rod is in the inaugural cohort of the Edmund Hillary Fellowship, This bold programme brings together innovators and investors from here and abroad to help foster global change from Aotearoa-New Zealand.

Harv and Rod have been chatting for the past month or so, and Harv thought it would be great to have him as our dinner speaker at CQ's 10th Anniversary Celebration on March 10th.

They thought it would be cool to invite CQ members to have input into the briefing document for his talk.  

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* 1. You are having a cuppa with Rod Oram. What's the conversation you want to have?