David Thomas, keynote speaker, thought leader and entrepreneur, equips business leaders with the knowledge and tools to navigate the cross-cultural challenges involved in doing business in Asia Pacific and helps them develop their own strategy for success in the region.

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My China Journey

My China Journey

Diversifying Australia

Diversifying Australia


Such a dynamic, engaging speaker. His keynote was very well received by our audience.…

Property Profile Group

Rated as one of the standout sessions of the program.

BT Group Licensees

The energy and clear insight that you brought to the Masterclass was a real strength.

Westpac Banking Corp

Cutting edge, insightful, highly researched and thought-provoking. A speaker with ideas…

Business Blueprint

Extremely refreshing and addressed in very straightforward and easy to understand and…

Mark Hay Realty

Loads of practical tips on how to embrace the opportunities in China. His talk was highly…

Real Estate Results

David Thomas is well known in the Asia Pacific region for his experience, credibility and passion for identifying, building and facilitating business and investment relationships between developed and emerging countries. Over the past 20 years, David has inspired, motivated and educated global business leaders, entrepreneurs and investors to pay attention to the massive growth potential offered by modern China as the financial engine of Asia and taken them on a journey to identify and build long-term business and investment relationships.

David lived in Hong Kong in the 1980s and 90s with his Father, Michael Thomas QC, who was the Attorney General for Hong Kong (1983-88) and intimately involved in the negotiations between Britain and China to design and implement the new Basic Law of Hong Kong to take effect from 1997. In addition, his step- mother, Baroness Lydia Dunn, was a senior political leader in Hong Kong and worked with Deng Xiaoping and Margaret Thatcher to negotiate the future of Hong Kong under Chinese sovereignty post 1997. These unique insights and high level family connections provided David with a fascinating perspective on China’s ambitions for the future which prompted his first visit to Beijing in 1989 and a life-long interest in China’s role on the global stage.

Based in Sydney, David is a Keynote Speaker and Thought Leader on Australia’s role in the Asian Century, and the author of two books and over 500 blogs on the topic of doing business in China.

David's podcast China Success features interviews with business leaders and entrepreneurs who are already leading the way in China, and provides fresh, invaluable insights and practical advice. The podcast can be found on iTunes and Spotify.

Speaking Topics

Five Precious Pearls

China investment secrets for savvy investors

China has the money and the market

China is the world’s second largest economy, committed to economic growth through the expansion of domestic consumption, innovation and high value manufacturing. China offers unique opportunities for investors to participate in the growth of some of the world’s most innovative and exciting companies.

However, considering the size, scale, growth and potential of China’s economy, it’s amazing to find that the participation of foreign investors is very low (less than 5% of the local market is owned by foreigners) suggesting that it's time for a new and fresh approach to investing in China, including an objective view and curiosity about what’s actually happening on the ground in China, and why it matters.

In his new keynote, “Five Precious Pearls” he answers the questions that are on the minds of anyone thinking about investing in China’s future growth story, including:

  • The Five Reasons to Invest in China
  • How to invest in China: shares v funds, local v international, new economy v old economy, public v private
  • What are the risks and how do you manage them?
  • Examples of fast-growing, innovative Chinese companies which can only be accessed by investing in China
  • How do you get started

So, whatever you think of China’s Government, or read in the media about its political system or international reputation, you cannot ignore its economic potential, its robust and stable Government, its commitment to long term ‘top down’ planning, and its ability to tackle its challenges head on.

Why China Why Now?

How to capitalise on the historic opportunities of modern China.

Every company big or small must have a China strategy

Launch in China, or put it in the too-hard-basket? You know that China is a massive market with huge growth potential. You’ve also read all the negative headlines, and heard the politician’s divisive statements. So what do you do? Listen to Australia’s most experienced China business expert, David Thomas, share with you the secrets of commercial success in China. Today’s China.
In this engaging and interactive presentation, David reveals the most exciting business opportunity in the world today, why there has never been a better time to capitalise on it, and how you can fast-track your efforts to get started on your own China journey.

Doing business in China is challenging and complex. It's a crowded, noisy and unpredictable environment. But it’s also one of the largest and fastest growing economies in the world. You won’t want to miss out on claiming your piece of the fastest and largest consumer boom in our lifetime.

Three Cups of Tea

A proven way to build trusted relationships in China

Build Relationships Not Transactions

This best-selling presentation reveals the easiest and most powerful ways to build trusted relationships in China, that you and your team can immediately apply to build confidence and mutually valuable connections.

Despite some of China’s significant economic advances in recent times, their approach to doing business remains refreshingly similar to the way they’ve done business over the past one thousand years i.e they only do business with people they know, like and trust.

There are no shortcuts. If you want to do business in or with the Chinese, it needs to be more than just a transaction. You have to take Three Cups of Tea!

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