David Downs

General Manager at NZTE
David is an IT professional, turned senior government official. In his role at New Zealand Trade and Enterprise, David helps companies grow internationally for the benefit of NZ. He's not as boring as he sounds though, he's also an author, reformed comedian, writer and sometimes coder. David worked for many years at Microsoft, in NZ and Asia, which added to his eclectic set of life experiences and re-affirmed a belief that the skills you learn in IT can be translated to many industries. Fun fact '“ David used to be a fan of '˜choose your own adventure' books, a factoid that may be relevant in his talk'¦