Honorary Degree Ceremony for David Mace, Deputy Chair of CBR Advisory Board

31 January 2019
David Mace

David Mace, Deputy Chair of the Centre for Brain Research Advisory Board, and a prominent philanthropist, has been conferred an Honarary Doctor of Laws (LLD) by the University of Auckland.

Honoris Causa degrees are one of the highest honours the University can bestow and recognise individuals who have made a significant contribution to the University’s own work and the communities they serve.

Mace joins a list of distinguished graduates including the former Governor-General, Sir Anand Satyan, the former Prime Minister, Helen Clark, and businessmen Douglas Myers and Hugh Fletcher. Just 50 such degrees have been awarded by the University since 1963. 

Mace, who studied accounting and commerce at the University of Auckland, is a chartered accountant and former senior partner with Ernst & Young in both New Zealand and Hong Kong/China, where he was responsible for major corporate restructures and liquidations. He then served as a commissioner for the United Nations Compensation Commission who were responsible for overseeing reparations for the 1991 Gulf War. The Commission, who reported directly to the UN Security Council in Geneva, dealt with $US330 billion worth of claims.
Mace, who was awarded a New Zealand Order of Merit for services to the community in 2011, has a particular interest in education and medical research.

Mace is already recognised with a Distinguished Alumni Award, and has provided support and philanthropy to the University over many years, most recently in his personal areas of interest - education and brain research.