Rod Oram has 25 years experience as a journalist, change manager, line manager and corporate strategist. He is at present Adjunct Professor, New Zealand Centre for Innovation & Entrepreneurship. The centre is a high-tech company incubator in the business school of Unitec, NZ’s tertiary technology institute.
Ros is involved in giving presentations to corporates on the economy and innovation, and is a member of the centre’s Industry Advisory Board.
From 1997 – 2000 Rod was Editor, Business Herald, Auckland. He worked closely with the Editor of the Herald and other senior colleagues to launch the section in April 1997. He was responsible to the Editor for the Business Herald team of 25 journalists and as a member of the Editor’s senior management committee, was involved in paper-wide strategic and management issues. Under his editorship the Business Herald was at the forefront of the economic debate and a champion of NZ’s high technology future. It tackled domestic business and economic issues but always within a full international context. In previous years Rod held various journalist positions in Canada and from held a variety of posts at the Financial Times, London and New York.
As a journalist, Rod Oram worked on complex business and economic stories in North America, Europe and Asia Pacific to demanding daily deadlines and exacting international standards. At the heart of journalism is a skill set widely applicable to many fields: the ability to use knowledge and contacts to dig deeply into subjects to bring clarity to confusing issues; and to work with others to develop and act on a clear vision. Rod is also currently Contributing Editor for Unlimited Magazine published by IDG of Boston, USA and devoted to the development of the new economy. He writes major features on economic, political and corporate topics and is also writing a monthly column on innovation. He also contributes to a weekly column on business and economic issues for the Sunday Star-Times. He writes for the Financial Times of London, and contributes to radio and televisions programmes.
Rod has won the following awards:
Rod uses his skills in journalism, management and leadership to help New Zealanders face some tough economic challenges and seize some exciting business opportunities.