Mr Colborne, who is moving to Auckland from Sydney with his partner Catherine to take up the role from January 18, 2016, has previously worked in the microfinance sector with nonprofits Good Return and Opportunity International Australia.
He is committed to poverty alleviation and views microfinance as a powerful tool to contribute to this vision. His passion for microfinance stems from firsthand experience in the field, seeing the empowerment it can bring people to pull themselves and their families out of poverty.
Mr Colborne comes to ADC with the goal of achieving and demonstrating the significant social impact of microfinance. He would like ADC to advocate and be a leader in best practice, social performance and client protection.
“ADC is in a good position, with its group of passionate staff and supportive members and donors, to empower many more people and be a leader in the microfinance industry,” he says.
Mr Colborne's appointment is part of a move towards properly resourced and professional operational leadership of the organisation, seen by the Board as essential for realising ADC’s goal of transforming lives and communities through microfinance.
Outgoing Executive Director Andrew Colgan will work alongside Mr Colborne until the end of March 2016, after which he intends to remain involved with ADC in a voluntary capacity.
"Zac's appointment marks a significant and exciting milestone for ADC,” Mr Colgan says. “The decision to invest further in our New Zealand operations is not one taken lightly, and I'm very grateful to the ADC Board, Members and Operations team for their support for this process.
“I'm confident that Zac will provide the passion, professionalism and expertise needed to take ADC to the next level. I'm really looking forward to working with him, and to the new perspective he'll bring to leading ADC's operations."
We look forward to introducing Mr Colborne to you at one of the exciting events we have planned this year. In the meantime, you can follow him on Twitter.