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Rod Oram

Rod Oram has more than 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.

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

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 the NZ Journalist of the year.

In the 2018 New Zealand Shareholder Association Business Journalism Awards, Rod won the Business Commentary category for his columns in Newsroom.

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 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

Raison D’être

Rod Oram explained in his first column for Newsroom in August 2017 how a trebling of the world’s population since he was born is changing economies, business and the environment. And how it will shape his columns for Newsroom.

Given this is my first column for Newsroom, I should give you an idea of where I’m coming from. Hopefully, we’ll keep company for a long while. I tend to stick around. Two newspapers account for 34 years of my journalism to date.

One fact explains a lot about the issues I focus on. We humans have trebled to 7.5bn since I was born; and we’ll grow by a further 2.5bn or so before our global population starts to plateau around 2050.