Dr. David Wilson is Managing Director, Cities and Regions Limited, Auckland, New Zealand. Prior to that, he was Chief Executive Officer of Northland Inc, Northland’s Economic Development Agency, Fellow and Chair of Economic Development New Zealand and a member of the New Zealand Government’s Independent Advisory Panel for its new Provincial Development Fund – a NZ$1 Billion/annum fund designed to lift productivity ‘in the regions’.
Dr. Wilson was previously Director of the Institute of Public Policy at the Auckland University of Technology where he designed and led the only academic programme in New Zealand dedicated to the practice of economic development. He was also integral in the design and implementation of the ‘Metropolitan Auckland Project’ which led to the amalgamation of the Auckland City-Region. He holds a BA in Psychology and Social Policy, a Master’s in Public Policy with first class honours, and a PhD in Governance and Regional Economic Development.
Dr. Wilson is at the forefront of efforts targeted at rebuilding New Zealand’s society and economy after the Covid-19 pandemic.