Mr. Donald Jenkin was born New Zealand in 1947. He has a BSc and MSc(Hons) in chemistry from the University of Auckland. He continued his studies at the University of California, Berkeley, completing a PhD in Wood Science and Technology. Upon his return to New Zealand in 1976 he worked as a research scientist at a government research institute for nine years.
In 1985 he joined Westralian Forest Industries in Perth, Western Australia, where he held a number of senior management positions in technology and operations. In 1994 he was appointed CEO of Dyno Industries (WA) Pty Ltd which was the first of a series of positions and directorships held with the Dyno (subsequently Dynea) group of companies in Australia, New Zealand, Singapore and China. He also served on a number of industry and technical committees including as chairman of the ISO subcommittees for particleboard and medium density fibreboard. During his time in Australia he completed an MBA at Curtin University in Perth.
At the end of 2011 he retired from Dynea but remained as a director of Dynea Pakistan Limited. To meet the requirements of directors in Pakistan he undertook a course at the Pakistan Institute of Corporate Governance to become a certificated director in April 2013.