David Thomas Speaker

David Thomas

Well-known in the Asia Pacific region as a thought leader on China, CEO and founder of Think Global Consulting

David Thomas: Biography highlights

Keynote speaker on Future Trends, Innovation, Leadership and Globalisation, David motivates and educates global business leaders, entrepreneurs and investors about the massive potential offered by modern China.

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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 the CEO and Founder of Think Global Consulting. Think Global facilitates business and investment partnerships between Asia and Australia. In essence, David is a bridge builder providing a solid foundation for the west to do business with China in Australia, China and all over the world.

He believes that every company, large or small has to have a strategy for China. David travels from Asia to inspire, motivate and educate business leaders, entrepreneurs and investors around the world on the massive potential created by the rise of China and he supports them on their journey to identify, build and facilitate long term business and investment relationships.

David’s unique value lies in his ability to not only identify business trends, opportunities and challenges in China, but also his “hands on” experience from having worked on the ground for the past 30 years. He is therefore able to illustrate and enhance his presentations by including practical examples, case studies and anecdotes from his own personal experiences and stories.

Having worked with SMEs from many industry sectors (e.g. retail, professional and financial services, manufacturing, food, tourism, education, publishing, real estate, design and technology) David’s experience and expertise is broad and deep. He regularly speaks at Conferences, Workshops, Seminars and Board Meetings to a wide range of audiences and industry sectors and tailors his presentations accordingly.

He regularly travels around China working with local partners and investors, as well as hosting Chinese delegations and missions of investors, SMEs and entrepreneurs around the world. Find out more about David’s personal story in an interview with the China Daily Asia.

As a speaker and thought leader, David is charismatic, bold, friendly and has the unique ability to demystify a country that has been long hidden from Western view. He challenges people’s thinking and views about China whilst empowering his audiences to see and understand the opportunities that working with China brings.

David wants people to take take another view and look differently at China.

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David Thomas - Expert Speaker on China
David Thomas - Expert Speaker on China
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David Thomas - Aussie Speakers USA
David Thomas - Aussie Speakers USA
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China Bites by David Thomas
China Bites by David Thomas
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My China Journey 2018
My China Journey 2018
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David Thomas -  Speaker on BRIC, China and Emerging Markets
David Thomas - Speaker on BRIC, China and Emerging Markets
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Asia Day Workshop by David Thomas, Keynote Speaker and China Expert
Asia Day Workshop by David Thomas, Keynote Speaker and China Expert
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Why China? by David Thomas
Why China? by David Thomas
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Think Global with David Thomas - China Going Green
Think Global with David Thomas - China Going Green
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David Thomas: China Becoming World High-Tech Leader
David Thomas: China Becoming World High-Tech Leader
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Think Global Middle East | Show Trailer brought to you by Bizversity.com
Think Global Middle East | Show Trailer brought to you by Bizversity.com
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David Thomas - ACBW 2012 Melbourne Forum Speaker
David Thomas - ACBW 2012 Melbourne Forum Speaker
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David Thomas discusses China-UK relations
David Thomas discusses China-UK relations
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Australia China Healthcare Opportunity
Australia China Healthcare Opportunity
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Stephen Koukoulas in conversation with David Thomas
Stephen Koukoulas in conversation with David Thomas
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Opportunities in Australian Real Estate in the Asian Century
Opportunities in Australian Real Estate in the Asian Century
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Australia in the Asian Century
Australia in the Asian Century
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Think Global with David Thomas - Febuary 2014
Think Global with David Thomas - Febuary 2014
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Think Global with David Thomas - December 2013
Think Global with David Thomas - December 2013
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Think Global with David Thomas - May 2013
Think Global with David Thomas - May 2013
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Think Global with David Thomas - April 2013
Think Global with David Thomas - April 2013
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Think Global with David Thomas - January 2013
Think Global with David Thomas - January 2013
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Join the Australian Mission to the AFF 2013
Join the Australian Mission to the AFF 2013
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Think Global with David Thomas - Dec 2012
Think Global with David Thomas - Dec 2012
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Is China slowing down?
Is China slowing down?
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Think Global with David Thomas - Oct 2012
Think Global with David Thomas - Oct 2012
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David Thomas - Investing in Global Emerging Markets
David Thomas - Investing in Global Emerging Markets
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David Thomas - BRIC Expert and Professional Speaker
David Thomas - BRIC Expert and Professional Speaker
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Think Global with David Thomas - August 2012
Think Global with David Thomas - August 2012
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Think Global with David Thomas - March 2012
Think Global with David Thomas - March 2012
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Think Global with David Thomas - January 2012
Think Global with David Thomas - January 2012
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David Thomas, Speaker Showcase
David Thomas, Speaker Showcase
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China Speaker Showreel - David Thomas
China Speaker Showreel - David Thomas
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My China Insights: How Business Gets Done by David Thomas
My China Insights: How Business Gets Done by David Thomas
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ACSME Membership - PR benefits to promote your business
ACSME Membership - PR benefits to promote your business
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Three Cups of Tea: A 3 Step Guide to Doing Business in China
Three Cups of Tea: A 3 Step Guide to Doing Business in China
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ACSME - Australia China SME Association
ACSME - Australia China SME Association
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David Thomas - Intro to Fitzpatricks Conference 2018
David Thomas - Intro to Fitzpatricks Conference 2018
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'Too good an oppportunity': Australian small businesses harnessing power of WeChat
'Too good an oppportunity': Australian small businesses harnessing power of WeChat
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David Thomas - China Speaker Showreel
David Thomas - China Speaker Showreel
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Three Top Tips for Real Estate Companies in 2018
Three Top Tips for Real Estate Companies in 2018
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How to Prepare for China?
How to Prepare for China?
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How to Communicate in China
How to Communicate in China
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How To Deal with Hierarchy in China
How To Deal with Hierarchy in China
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My China Journey 2017
My China Journey 2017
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My China Insights: How Business Gets Done
My China Insights: How Business Gets Done
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How to Build Relationships in China?
How to Build Relationships in China?
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David Thomas discusses the upcoming BRICS Summit - CNC Interview
David Thomas discusses the upcoming BRICS Summit - CNC Interview
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The Challenges of Cross-Cultural Communication
The Challenges of Cross-Cultural Communication
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DHL Global Forwarding

“David recently presented at a client function on China’s 12th Five Year Plan. His presentation was engaging, humerous and delivered in a relaxed manner and was well received by our clients. His insights into the China economy and future plans were enlightening even to our China delegates. We would not hesitate to use David again and would recommend him to anyone needing an engaging speaker.”

Mary Oxley
Flying Solo

“We had David presenting at our National Conference this year and he really knows his stuff. Feedback from his session was excellent and there’s little doubt that he’s the master of his topic. We look forward to hearing more from David.”

Robert Gerrish
Founder & Director
BT Group Licensees, BT Financial Group

“When building a bespoke forum and study tour experience out of Hong Kong for our Practice Principals, it was clear we needed to engage a China expert. Someone with a deep understanding of the challenges and opportunities of the region and who would be able to translate these into learnings relevant to the Australian advice professional and business owner. All roads led us to David and from the outset his knowledge and willingness to open doors for us proved invaluable. We also had David address our group as a keynote speaker which rated as one of the standout sessions of the program. We were thrilled with David’s contribution to the success of the Magnitude Principals Forum and hope to work with him again in the future.”

Jessica Brady
National Manager, Licensee and Offer Development
Russell Investments

“David is a great presenter and an expert in his field. He has an amazing depth of knowledge and is very easy to work with. He will put a great amount of effort into ensuring that your audience leaves with meaningful key messages that relate to their business.”

Melanee Mak
Marketing and Events Manager
EGN Australia and New Zealand

“David Thomas has presented his ” Innovation and Consumption” keynote to a number of our CEO Groups and the feedback has been tremendous. China is an important issue in all of our business conversations and David’s ability to deliver concise, relevant and timely messages whilst motivating business leaders to take action makes him a highly sought after speaker on the topic of doing business in China”

Peter Hocking
CEO
Jellis Craig

“The presentation was absolutely amazing. His ability to provide us with a very entertaining mix of history, economics, social development and future trends was exceptional…”

Nick Dowling
CEO
LANCORP, PERTH

“I just wanted to say thanks for the very input into the workshops earlier this week. I thought your input was extremely valuable and we have had a lot of positive feedback from a number of the centres wanting to work with you again. I am also keen to have you here again and I’m working on possibilities at the program level. Thank you again.”

First National Real Estate – Corporate Office

“We really loved having David’s participation at our conference. Although it was a tough gig talking to our delegates during the gala dinner David did an excellent job and we’ve had a good number of members contact us regarding same. The topic was on point and so too David’s presentation.”

Amanda Kohler
National Property & Commercial Manager
CPA Australia

“David is a very knowledgeable and engaging presenter, who connected well with the CPA Australia audience.”

Michelle Coleman
Product Development Executive
Deloitte Consulting A/S, Denmark

“David Thomas was the opening keynote speaker at our Danish CFO Agenda conference in Copenhagen, where we gathered 200 CFOs and finance leaders from large Danish companies for a day of inspiration and discussion. The delegates were all very positive about the performance and content delivered by David. He is a great speaker and facilitator and very knowledgeable on his topic”

Dorthe Harding Keilberg
Partner
DHL GLobal Forwarding

“David recently presented at a client function on China’s 12th Five Year Plan. His presentation was engaging and delivered in a relaxed manner and was well received by our clients. His insights into the China economy and future plans were enlightening even to our China delegates.”

Mary Oxley
Regional Sector Head Consumer & Retail
Real Estate Results

“David was the highlight of our recent real estate event for business owners. He provided loads of practical tips on how to embrace the opportunities in China…”

Leanne Howard
Head of Growth & Client Engagement
Westpac Banking Corp

“I just wanted to pass on my sincere thanks for your excellent presentation to our senior bankers and customers on China and India. The feedback from the session has been overwhelming.”

Rachel Slade
Former Head of International Products

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