Raf Manji

Raf Manji

Christchurch City Councillor and chair of the Strategy and Finance committee (New Zealand)

Raf's main purpose in life is to help create a better world. His broad range of experience enables him to move easily between different sectors. Raf enjoys adding value wherever possible and relishes new challenges.

Raf is very passionate about developing a new generation of leaders and their disruptive technologies. He has spent many years examining the friction between the public and private space and is especially interested in the reform of our monetary, welfare and tax systems, as well as in the developing social investment and peer to peer sector. Raf is keen to develop a new social contract. His other areas of focus include: a universal basic income, overt monetary financing, participatory democracy, decentralization and a more strategic approach to policy development.

Raf is currently a Christchurch City Councillor and chair of the Strategy and Finance committee. His main focus has been the Council's financial position as well as its strategic direction and risk management.

After graduating from the University of Manchester in 1987 with a degree in Economics and Social Studies, Raf spent 11 years trading global markets for investment banks in London. In 2000, he left banking to help start up and develop Trucost, which helps companies measure their environmental footprint in monetary terms. In 2002, he moved to New Zealand with his young family and has since been actively involved as a volunteer and trustee with Christchurch Budget Services, Pillars, Volunteer Army Foundation, Christchurch Arts Festival, as well as investing in and helping out early stage companies. He has a Grad Dip Arts in Political science, and a Masters in International Law and Politics from the University of Canterbury.