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Business journalist and columnist.


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.

Current work

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.

Previous experience
For more than a decade, Rod helped 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. Rod is an adjunct professor at AUT; and Bridget Williams Books has published his latest book, Three Cities: Seeking Hope in the Anthropocene.

In 2010, Rod was the winner in the individual category in the Vero Excellence in Business Support Awards.
In the 2018 New Zealand Shareholder Association Business Journalism Awards, Rod won the Business Commentary category for his columns in Newsroom
In Citigroup’s annual global journalism awards, Rod was the winner in 2019 in the General Business category in the Australia and NZ region for his columns in Newsroom on Fonterra; and he was Citigroup's NZ Journalist of the year.

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 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.

Rod Oram was great, he engaged the audience so quickly and presented them with information that they can utilise. The facts and figures he provided are exactly what our consultants need to be aware of when working with potential clients to get a better understanding of the current economic environment that they are selling in. We continue to receive extremely positive feedback from our consultants and business owners with regards to Rod's presentation, particularly the way he built on the information provided from the previous years. The New Zealand Home Loan Company Ltd

Excellent as always. Rod provides valuable insight to our network about the state of the local and global economies. It's great having him back each year as he’s able to build on and reflect on what he told us last year. Loved his entrance on the bike!

New Zealand Home Loans

"Our network always enjoys Rod’s insight into their industry and the economic climate."

New Zealand Home Loans

Took time to prepare and ensure the talk was right for our audience and aims. Was very flexible on the day when timings meant the talk had to be given in parts and shortened. Was very well received by the audience.

New Zealand Post Limited

Rod is engaging, professional, friendly and very easy to work with. One of our panellists, Vic Crone (Chief Executive of Callaghan Innovation) had this to say about him: "I really enjoyed the conversation and as always could have kept discussing these important topics. And thanks Rod for excellent facilitation once again."

The University of Auckland

Rod crafted an engaging presentation that was specifically targeted to our audience. It was very clever and informative, and one of our staff said that it was his favourite one of the conference. He also took time to talk to our sponsors and delegates which was very much appreciated. He was an excellent choice for our conference, thank you.

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