Rod Oram

Panel MC

Journalist Rod Oram

Business journalist Rod Oram brings his environmental passion and knowledge to Crazy & Ambitious 2 as MC of the panel: Will the ‘predator free movement’ result in an increase in environmental activism?

Environmental activism is a growing phenomenon in Aotearoa New Zealand and it’s being fuelled by the debate about whether 1080 should be used to manage small mammal predators that are threatening many of our native bird species.

The panel is part of the Monday morning session that’s focused on whakamana (empower) and entitled: Empowering people to protect and restore te taiao (the environment).

The panellists debating this hot topic are:

  • Jessi Morgan: Predator Free NZ Trust
  • Tame Malcolm: BioHeritage Challenge
  • Wendy Rakete-Stones: Cape to City and Hawke’s Bay Regional Council
  • Dr Fabien Medvecky: Otago University
  • Karen Williams: Federated Farmers

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

He contributes weekly to Nine to Noon, and Newstalk ZB, is a writer, plus frequently speaks on deep sustainability, business, economics, innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship – in both Aotearoa New Zealand and in global contexts.

An adjunct professor at AUT, in 2009 Rod was named Landcorp Agricultural Communicator of the Year.

For more than a decade, he has helped fast-growing New Zealand companies through his involvement with The ICEHOUSE, plus he’s a founding trustee of Akina Foundation that helps social enterprises develop business models in areas of sustainability.

Rod has also had long-term involvement in the Edmund Hillary Fellowship – a bold programme that brings together innovators and investors to help foster global change from Aotearoa.

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