David works to empower people and organisations to deliver profound and positive impact through a combination of innovation and design thinking. With over 15 years’ experience ranging from research scientist to entrepreneur, investor, policy maker, company director, and consultant, David excels in helping people and organisations turn their ideas into reality.
As ThinkPlace’s Global Lead for Innovation, David brings his unique experience and expertise to help unlock and amplify the capabilities of clients and ThinkPlace staff to deliver transformative solutions to complex challenges and opportunities. Whether running technology accelerator programs, working with partners to develop new innovation methodologies capable of addressing the Sustainable Development Goals, or with businesses and public sector organisations to develop new policies to address complex challenges, David is comfortable working in the diversity and ambiguity that is inherent to innovation.
David has dual PhDs in science and business, a range of post graduate qualifications in executive leadership and governance, and a long history of successful start-ups. In 2015, he was recognised as one of the world’s top 50 most talented social entrepreneurs.