Dr David Cooke

Former Chair, UN Global Compact Network Australia

Following 35 years in the tech sector where David integrated his philosophy of responsible business along with strong commercial outcomes David started consulting through the vehicle of ESG Advisory.

David was previously appointed as the first non-Japanese Managing Director of Konica Minolta in Australia in 2013, and prior to that held senior management positions with Canon and Xerox. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Managers & Leaders and a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He is also Chair of UN Global Compact Network Australia and Chair of the Australian Institute for Human Rights Advisory Committee and non-executive director of Sustainalytics Australia, a Morningstar subsidiary. He is also an Adjunct Professor at UTS Business School.

He completed his doctorate in 2008. David’s dissertation was titled “The Philanthropic Contract: 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 Emerald Publishing 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. In 2020 he was awarded an honorary doctorate by Edith Cowan University for his contribution to the promotion of responsible business.

David led Konica Minolta Australia through a process of significant cultural change. This included a focus on gender equality leading to the awarding of the Workplace Gender Equality Agencies’ citation as an employer of choice for four consecutive years. David has been a strong advocate for the implementation of the UN Sustainability Development Goals (SDGs).