David will take you on a journey to identify and build long-term business and investment relationships in Asia with a savvy understanding and experience of the way business is conducted. By emphasising a series of strategic approaches, David shows that building trust through relationships is critical for new ventures as well as existing trade & investment arrangements. Commercial success which includes the re-negotiation of existing trade contracts, such as recent examples in agriculture, aquaculture, mining and wine exports, can be epitomised by his Nine Bends Bridge analogy
David is regularly asked to speak in conferences, seminars, workshops and board meetings around the world on a wide range of topics, including ‘Future Trends’, ‘Innovation’, ‘Leadership’, ‘Disruption’ and ‘Globalisation’ with a particular focus on geo-political, economic and social changes taking place within the Asian region.
As a keynote speaker and thought leader on investing and doing business in Asia, David is a charismatic, warm and engaging presenter with a unique ability to demystify a region that remains challenging and often confronting to western business leaders. He is bold in questioning the myths that many people in the west have about Asia, and at the same time empowers audiences with clear take-aways enabling them to successfully see the opportunity for what it is.
Having worked on the ground for over 30 years, in a wide range of industry sectors, he has practical examples, case studies and anecdotes to bring his presentations to life, making David an easy choice for companies and entrepreneurs looking to learn about engaging and doing business in the Asian Century
Over the past 20 years, David has led and organised many missions, study tours and business delegations to Asia and the other “BRIC countries” which, in addition to enhancing his reputation and influence within the Asia Pacific region, has provided him with a unique opportunity to stay ahead of the trends that are redefining business between Asia and the rest of the world.
Examples of successful activities over many years include:
BRIC+ Study Tours (2005 to 2010)
The Australian Mission to the Asian Financial Forum in Hong Kong (2008 to 2023)
The Citrus Australia China Trade Mission (2013)
Fitzpatricks China Study Tour (2018)
Australian Health-Tech Mission to the Asian Summit on Global Health (2023)
David is the Founder and CEO of Think Global Consulting, a consulting firm which facilitates business and investment between developed and emerging markets, particularly in Asia.
Think Global works with individuals, entrepreneurs and business leaders to build viable, sustainable and powerful connections by leveraging experience, networks and relationships in the Asia Pacific region.
He has worked with businesses of all sizes across many industry sectors to deliver a wide range of cross-border projects and assignments, including research, market entry strategies, capital-raising, joint ventures, business development and facilitating long term commercial relationships.
Think Global’s approach is open, collaborative and focused on delivering results.