David Woods

AuthorDavid Woods

Born in Ireland, David has spent the last 30 years working in various management and governance roles at financial service organisations around the globe. Earning a Bachelor of Arts from Harvard University, David held leadership positions in financial service organizations across various cultures and countries including in the United Arab Emirates, as CEO of Rasmala, a regional investment bank, as well as roles in Ireland, Scandinavia, Japan and the Middle East at ABN AMRO. David's most recent role was Managing Director of Oikocredit International, a large microfinance organization based in the Netherlands, which supports financial inclusion, agriculture and renewable energy in the developing world – investing in people so they can build a better livelihood. A recent immigrant to New Zealand, David has developed local networks aiming to drive sustainable change and progress to scale. David is Deputy Chair of the Impact Investing Network and a Director of the Whai Rawa Fund Limited creating a better future for Ngāi Tahu whānau through greater wealth and well-being.

Making sense of purpose for corporate New Zealand

Many of you will have seen the recent letter entitled Sense of Purpose by Larry Fink, CEO of Blackrock, one of the largest fund management companies in the United States. A similar letter came from Bill McNabb, CEO of Vanguard, with an announcement about the formation of the Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy. Both letters argue that companies must have a social purpose to achieve their...

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