David Downs

Global Connections 2017 MC

General Manager, Internal Partners.

David runs the corporate services for NZTE, incorporating marketing and events and other core functions such as finance, IT, HR and legal. In this role, David is responsible for successful delivery of key events such as the New Zealand International Business Awards.

David joined NZTE in August 2012 and has worked in the customer team, and as General Manager of NZTE’s programmes and services area. David is an experienced ICT senior executive with more than 20 years' experience in both multi-national corporations and small and medium business, in developed as well as emerging markets.

Prior to joining NZTE, David spent 13 years with Microsoft, where he held a number of roles, most recently as their Regional Director Professional Services South East Asia based in Singapore. Previous roles at Microsoft included leading their professional services, marketing and customer and partnerships divisions in New Zealand.

David is also a published author (including books on innovation in New Zealand), and an award winning radio and TV presenter. He has a passion for working with companies that will help propel New Zealand into a position of world-leading innovation and success.

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