Izania Downie



Tel 0800 787 256

Izania graduated from Auckland University in 2001 with a Bachelor of Commerce, double major in Marketing and Management.  She has since completed Post Graduate studies in Strategy Development and Leadership through Harvard Business School. Following over a decade working at multinational corporates in the UK leading sales, marketing, and product teams, Izania returned home to NZ in 2014. She is adept at developing strategic plans that deliver a pragmatic and strong return on investment. Her background includes CEO of the European Events Industry Association, multiple Board Directorships within the Global Tourism industry and the NZ Software Association, and leading industry strategy within the US Digital Technologies industry (software as a service). A dedicated learner, she further updated her skills in digital transformation through Unitec’s applied Digital Technologies programme. Izania is passionate about sustainability and gained a distinction in the Certificate of Sustainable Marketing in 2017.

Izania joined Ruralco in 2018 with a passion for driving brand and digital transformation and has since been collaborating with the Board and Executive team to achieve Ruralco’s vision to become the partner of choice for rural NZ. In July 2021 she gained the Certificate in Company Direction from the Institute of Directors.


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