David Thomas

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.


A View to China

In this presentation, David Thomas presents trends and data pointing towards a new economy that will be molded by Chinese Investment. Cross Cultural barriers, traditional viewpoints with regards to globalisation and fear of the unknown is preventing business leaders from surfing a new and disruptive wave in International business. David Thomas dispels these common myths and presents the case that taking a view to China will determine the wealth of your business today and in years to come.

The audience will walk away from this presentation with a fresh perspective on China from a cultural and business point of view. He gives audiences the tools to dispel myths about China that may be inhibiting them from taking action. He also provides clear steps and take aways for any organisation looking to raise their cultural IQ and seize and undeniable opportunity to gain access to a new world market.

Leading with a View to China

In this presentation, David Thomas presents on some of the common challenges faced by leaders looking to embrace and activate a view to China. Creating a culture responsive to the Chinese market starts at the top. Having the ability to audit belief systems, In addition to developing China centric organisational cultures will be imperative to your success. will you choose to be a leader who supports and elevates Chinese staff and clients, or are you blind in your view to China?

Leaders will walk away from this presentation with a tool kit empowering them to audit their own leadership ability with regards to navigating a new economy redefined by the influence of China. A leader’s responsibility is to culture, communication, and strategy that amplifies business growth, and taking a view to China should be at the heart of any forward thinking leadership strategy.

A View to China – Cultural Intelligence

In this presentation, David Thomas presents on the significance of building organisational cultural Intelligence with a view to China. China is everywhere and the businesses that can elevate and amplify Chinese staff in order to understand Chinese clients will be an on a runway to success in a next economy. Fundamentally ‘CQ’ is the art of understanding key differences in culture in order to build a bridge and develop cohesive working relationships that break down barriers of belief systems, culture, or language.

Audiences will walk away from this presentation with Insights and tools that will enable them to build organisational cultures that elevate and amplify the Chinese presence in organisations, in order to adapt and meet the needs of the emerging Chinese market.

A View to ‘BRIC’ Nations

In this powerful and thought-provoking presentation David Thomas presents unique insights, data and perspectives showcasing the emergence of the BRIC Nations as the main drivers of urbanisation, consumption, innovation, aspiration and globalisation. He will also identify key opportunities for organisations looking to break through local markets to establish new global business networks and markets.

Audiences will walk away from this presentation with a view to the unique business opportunities found within the BRIC Nations. David will empower them with the tools and strategies to lead, influence and drive global business opportunities that are timely, relevant and ripe for entry into new markets.


I just wanted to pass on my sincere thanks for your excellent presentation to our senior bankers and customer on China and India. The feedback from the session has been overwhelmingly positive. The energy and clear insight that you brought to the Masterclass was a real strength. I look forward to continuing to work together on future events.
~ Rachel Slade, Westpac Banking Group

David’s ability to provide us with a very entertaining mix of history, economics, social development and future trends was exceptional. He also provide a great mix of content very relevant to our industry as well as general content that was both fascinating and educational for any business person
~ Nick Dowling, Jellis Craig

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. His talk was highly relevant, entertaining and everyone walked away width ideas they can use immediately in their business to make the most of the Chinese market.
~ Leanne Howard, L J Hooker

George Yip

Global Strategy and China Innovation

Porter Erisman

Global E-commerce Boom

Bruce McKern

Innovation, strategy & international business