Speakers Profile - David Thomas

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Keynote speaker, thought leader and business futurist, David Thomas inspires, motivates and educates global business leaders, entrepreneurs and investors about the massive potential offered by modern China. He takes them on a journey to identify, build and facilitate long-term business and investment relationships and he arms them with the knowledge and tools to navigate the cross-cultural challenges.
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 China and its changing role and impact on the global economy. He is well known in the Asia Pacific region as a ‘China Expert’.
He has worked with SMEs from many industry sectors, David’s experience and expertise are broad and deep. These industries include retail, professional services, financial services, manufacturing, healthcare, food, tourism, education, publishing, real estate, design and technology.
As a China expert 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.
Having worked on the ground for over 30 years, 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 doing business with China.
Presentation Titles:
Future Trends: Invest and do business in global emerging markets
Leadership: Three Cups of Tea – a 3 step process to building trusted relationships in Asia
Innovation: Innovation in the Asian Century – how China is transforming an industry near you
Think Global, Act Local: Bringing China to You – The Inbound Opportunity
“I couldn't recommend a better chairperson and expert speaker, after having worked with David on New Retail 19 where he both Chaired, and spoke as one of our keynotes on our China and Beyond themed day. I enjoyed his personable attitude, as well as his knowledge - helping audiences to understand why we should have a China strategy”
- Catherine Shelley, Senior Producer, Akolade

Presentation Titles:
Business Destinations of the 21st Century, The secrets of doing business in Asia, Bridging the cross-cultural divide.