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).
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.