Dr David Cooke joined the Male Champions of Change in 2017
David was appointed as the first non-Japanese Managing Director for Australia of global technology firm Konica Minolta in 2013. His career in the IT industry spans over 30 years.
David completed a doctorate in 2008 entitled “Building Social Capital though Corporate Social Investment” which dealt with the role of profit–making corporations in furthering the work of the NGO sector. His work was awarded the Globally Responsible Leadership award for Social Impact in 2011 and in 2014 he was awarded the Top Alumnus of the last 20 years by the Southern Cross University Business School.
David is actively engaged in working with the community through a range of not-for-profit partnerships and has sought to establish a work environment that fosters equity, diversity and inclusiveness. In 2016, Konica Minolta was the first in industry to receive the Workplace Gender Equality Agency’s Employee of Choice for Gender Equality citation.
He served on the Federal Government’s multi-stakeholder advisory group on business and human rights and is the Chair of the UN Global Compact Network Australia and of the Australian Human Rights Institute Advisory Committee. He is also a non-executive director of Sustainalytics, Cambodian charity AFESIP, UNSW Australian Human Rights Institute and an Adjunct Professor at UTS Business School.