David Thomas – A view to China
In a volatile and uncertain world, only two predictions can be made with any confidence. Firstly, China’s economy will double in size in the next 10 years and, secondly, China’s middle class will double from 300m to at least 600m people by 2030. These two facts alone place China firmly in the driving seat of global growth in the next decade, an opportunity for investors, entrepreneurs and business leaders which can’t be ignored.
With unprecedented economic growth over the past decade, the extraordinary rise of China is well under way. Chinese influence on how business gets done will continue to disrupt many industries, and the next decade will be pivotal to all western organisations seeking new opportunities for growth. China represents a unique opportunity to the rest of the world driving wealth and prosperity across the globe, and simply cannot be ignored. How will you and your organisation embrace a view to China?
David Thomas has carved out a reputation as a global thought leader, influencer and game changer who inspires business leaders, entrepreneurs and investors all over the world to open their minds to the business opportunity that is China. David recalls his first trip to Hong Kong at only 18 years of age when he visited the Chinese border at Lowu and took in his first view of a country that would define his life’s work. Little did he know at that time that China would become one the world’s economic super-powers.
David’s extensive career has led him to work and live in London, Asia and Sydney. He managed his own financial services company in Hong Kong, and as result, gained first hand insights into the rapidly changing markets within the Asia Pacific Region. Along with the rise of China and India, David also maintains a keen interest in the fast growing economies of Latin America and Eastern Europe driven by a passion to empower others with insights into the influence of the four “BRIC countries” (Brazil, Russia, India and China).
I remember finding only one international hotel which was described as “friendly to foreigners” and seeing more bicycles on the road than cars. I have been back to Beijing many times since and am amazed at the transformation of this great city.
Today, David is the Founder and CEO of Think Global Consulting. Think Global facilitates business and investment partnerships between developed and emerging markets, particularly in China. In essence, David is a bridge-builder providing a solid foundation for the west to do business with China in the Asia Pacific and all over the world.
Over the past 15 years, David has led and organised many missions, study tours and business delegations to China which, in addition to enhancing his reputation and standing within the region, have provided him with a unique opportunity to stay ahead of the trends that are redefining business between China and the rest of the world. This experience further solidifies David’s credibility and mastery as an expert on China for business leaders, entrepreneurs and investors looking for success in a new and abundant marketplace.
As a speaker and thought leader, David is a charismatic and warm presenter with a unique ability to demystify a country that has long been hidden to the western world. He is bold in questioning the myths that many people in the west have about embracing a view to China, and at the same time empowers audiences with clear take-aways enabling them to successfully see this opportunity for what it is.
This is undoubtedly a time where opportunity awaits for those brave enough to question belief systems, to embrace cross-cultural communication and to lead in a world that will increasingly be under the influence of an unstoppable Chinese market. All you need to do is take a new view to China.