About Raf


I am currently the Christchurch City Councillor for the Waimairi ward. I chair the Finance and Performance Committee and am Deputy Chair of the Audit and Risk Management Committee. My focus has been the Council's financial position, as well as its post-earthquake strategic direction and risk management. 



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



I'm very passionate about developing a new generation of leaders and their disruptive technologies. I have spent many years examining the friction between the public and private space and am especially interested in the reform of our monetary, welfare and tax systems, as well as in the developing social enterprise and peer-to-peer sector. I'm interested in the debate around a new constitution, a new social contract and a more active approach to citizenship. My other areas of interest include: a universal basic income, overt monetary financing, participatory democracy, decentralization and a more strategic approach to policy development.