Business | Motivational

David Downs

David Downs is a distinguished New Zealand figure whose career spans various fields including business, public service, writing, and comedy.

Known as a "Genetically Modified Optimist," he currently serves as the CEO of The New Zealand Story, a government-funded organisation dedicated to marketing New Zealand globally.

David's career has been multifaceted and impactful. He has a background in business leadership, public service, and consulting, and serves as a director on several boards, including as Chair of The Icehouse, a renowned business growth hub. His diverse skill set is further highlighted by his past as a comedian, TV and radio actor.

Notably, David was a semi-finalist for New Zealander of the Year, an accolade that recognises his significant contributions to the country. His battle with advanced blood cancer, which he faced head-on with optimism and resilience, is another testament to his strength of character. David documented his journey through cancer in his writing, sharing his experiences to inspire others.

As an author, David has published several books, including "No.8 Re-wired," "No.8 Recharged," "A Mild Touch of the Cancer," and "Silver Linings." His literary work reflects his experiences, insights, and his optimistic outlook on life.

Additionally, David founded SOS Business, a successful not-for-profit initiative aimed at supporting cafes and small businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic. This initiative underscores his commitment to social entrepreneurship and community support.

David Downs' speaking engagements are marked by his unique blend of humour, real-life experiences, and business acumen. In 2023, he continues to engage audiences as a keynote speaker, sharing his insights on business, technology, and personal resilience. His involvement as the Chairman of the Hi-Tech Trust, where he celebrates the growth and diversity of New Zealand's tech sector, is a notable highlight of his current activities.

For conference organisers or event planners, David Downs offers a unique perspective, blending his experiences in business, public service, and his personal journey of overcoming adversity. His ability to connect with a wide range of audiences, combined with his storytelling and comedic skills, makes him an engaging and motivational speaker for any event.

Duration: 45 minutes. 15 minutes Q and A.

Essential Talent arranges a prep call with David Downs prior to the event, and provides an industry standard agreement for peace of mind.