Mark Ingram

Chief Executive Officer

Mark Ingram is the founding CEO of Business for Development and is recognised for charting the strategic direction of the organisation since its inception. Under his leadership, Business for Development has become both a leading practitioner and voice of inclusive business in the region. His tenure with the organisation has seen him engage directly with a breadth of key stakeholders including CEOs and regional heads of some of the world’s largest companies, Government Ministers all the way through to some of the poorest communities in the region.

Prior to being appointed CEO, Mark served as the New Zealand Consul General to Victoria and Trade Commissioner for Biotechnology from 2003 – 2007. During this period, Mark brokered the establishment of the Australia New Zealand Biotech Alliance, founded the New Zealand Victoria Business Group, and led the first official visit of the Victorian State Premier to New Zealand in over 50 years.

How does Mark want to make a difference: “I want to help solve the most intractable development problem facing the world today – how to link smallholder farmers with markets in a way that enables them to exit poverty on a long term basis.”