David Cooke first entered the IT industry in 1980. He was appointed as the first non-Japanese Managing Director of Konica Minolta Australia in 2013. He has served on the NSW committee of the Australian Information Industry Association and has been a national judge for the IT industry’s iAwards in the sustainability and e-community categories. He is also a non-executive director of the UN Global Compact Network Aust and Cambodian anti-human trafficking NGO Together One Heart.
He received an MBA from the AGSM at the UNSW in 2000 and went on to complete a doctorate at Southern Cross University in 2008. David’s thesis was titled The Philanthropic Contract: Building Social Capital though Corporate Social Investment, and entailed research into the positive value for profit-making companies who form long-term sustainable partnerships with the not-for-profit sector. His work was awarded the Globally Responsible Leadership award for Social Impact in 2011. In 2014 he was awarded the Top Alumnus of the last 20 years by the SCU Business School.
David has campaigned strongly for the introduction of an Australian Modern Slavery Act and has implemented a program within Konica Minolta’s to ensure the company’s supply chain is free of modern slavery and other human rights abuses.
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