Councillor for Waimairi Ward.
Raf is the Christchurch City Councillor for Waimairi. He is a second term Councillor and the Finance spokesperson for the Council.
He chairs the Finance and Performance Committee and is Deputy Chair of the Audit and Risk Management Committee. He also sits on the board of Transition Holdings Ltd, the Council’s new economic development and tourism body. His main 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, 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, and Refugee Resettlement Services, 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.
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 and a more active approach to citizenship. His other areas of focus include: a universal basic income, overt monetary financing, participatory democracy, decentralization and a more strategic approach to policy development.