David is the Executive Director of ESG Advisory. He worked in the IT industry for over 30 years, most recently as the Managing Director and Chair, Australia New Zealand, of global technology firm Konica Minolta.
He was awarded a doctorate in 2009 for his research doctorate entitled “Building Social Capital through Corporate Social Investment” and his work was awarded the Global Social Impact Award in 2011. In 2014 he was awarded the Top Alumnus of the last 20 years by Southern Cross University Business School.
In 2022 he was awarded a doctorate honoris causa by Edith Cowan University for the implementation of responsible business initiatives including addressing modern slavery within corporate supply chains. He is currently an Adjunct Professor at UTS Business School.
David has Chaired UN Global Compact Network Australia and the UNSW Australian Human Rights Institute Advisory Committee, is a former non-executive director of Sustainalytics Aust (a Morningstar company) and has served on the Federal Government’s multi-stakeholder advisory group on business and human rights.
“David, you speak with such passion and understanding, I only hope more people hear your wise and kind words”– Rohan Bentley, Director, Salesforce
”Dr David Cooke is an extraordinary leader and speaker with real world application stories to share. I highly recommend him as a keynote speaker and to support your organisation to create an ethical and inspiring culture”– Alison Cameron, Founder New Millennium Leadership
“I was asked to suggest a potential keynote speaker for the Better Boards Conference in Adelaide. I suggested David in light of the fact that he is an International Thought Leader in CSR. He was subsequently invited to present, and the feedback was exceptional”– Robert Gordon, Executive Chair Board Accord.
“You can hear a pin drop every time you speak”– Natalie Symonds, Founder Barefoot Citizens