Chief Executive, Economic Development, Northland Inc
David has been involved with a wide variety of projects in local and regional economic development, metropolitan, business and industry sector development, corporate citizenship, governance, sustainable economic and socio-economic development.
David Wilson, who since 2007 has been director of the Institute of Public Policy at AUT University, took up his new Whangarei-based role leading the regional economic development agency and tourism organisation in September 2013.
As director of AUT’s Institute of Public Policy, Dr Wilson designed and lead an academic programme dedicated to economic development professionals. He holds a PhD in regional economic development.
Dr Wilson comes from a commercial background including experience in small, medium and corporate businesses in sales, marketing, product management and business unit management and also owned and operated his own Takapuna-based surf retail business for 15 years.
As an academic he played a key role in the design and implementation of the ‘Metropolitan Auckland Project’ which formed the basis for the Auckland region’s economic development plan 2006-2010. He was also on the Metro governance team and the Auckland Regional Economic Development Forum overseeing the plan’s implementation.
In his private time, he’s a keen basketballer – both coaching and playing – who also enjoys fishing and has surfed around the world.
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