Rod Oram

Rod is an award winning financial journalist and will tailor make all presentations to suit your specific requirements.
Rod was Editor of the Business Herald section of the New Zealand Herald, 1997-2000, and is an adjunct professor in the Business School at Unitec. He has won numerous media and journalism awards and is a very knowledgeable business speaker with a lay touch. Rod uses his skills in journalism, management and leadership to help New Zealanders face some tough economic challenges and seize some exciting business opportunities.

With more than 30 years’ experience as an international financial journalist, Rod Oram has worked in Europe and North America for leading publications such as the Financial Times of London. He is currently a columnist for the Sunday Star-Times; is a regular broadcaster on radio and television; and a frequent public speaker on business and economic issues.

From 1975-1979 Rod held various journalist positions in Canada. His Financial Times career spanned 18 years (1979-1997) as an editor and writer based in London and New York. Rod has also travelled extensively in North America, Europe and Asia. Rod Oram and his family emigrated from the UK to New Zealand in 1997.

Rod has won the following awards: · 2000 Qantas Media Awards: Best columnist (business and finance)· 2000 WestpacTrust Awards, runner up best business feature writer· 2001 WestpacTrust Columnist of the Year In the 2004 Qantas Media Awards, Rod was a triple winner as Newspaper Columnist of the Year and Magazine Feature Writer of the Year (both in the business category) and recipient of New Zealand Trade & Enterprise’s Travel Scholarship in recognition for his writing on NZ innovation. In the 2006 Westpac Business & Financial Journalism Awards Rod won the Reporting on Corporate Responsibility, Sustainability and Community Engagement category.

In 2007, Penguin published in Australia and New Zealand his book: ‘Reinventing Paradise: How New Zealand is starting to earn a bigger, sustainable living in the world economy’.

Rod Oram uses his skills in journalism, management and leadership to help New Zealanders face some tough economic challenges and seize some exciting business opportunities.

Book Rod Oram to speak at your next conference or event.

Presentations: 

  • New Zealand and global economics and business trends
  • Economic development policy at home and abroad
  • Entrepreneurship and innovation
  • Technology trends
  • Journalism and media
  • Big issues eg, globalisation, sustainable development, climate change, genetic modification, corporate governance, social responsibility and ethical investment

Rod conducts meticulous research before any presentation he makes. Every presentation is thus tailor-made specifically for that audience on that date.