David Thomas informs and empowers organisations of all sizes to profit from the mega-business-potential of Brazil, Russia, India and in particular China. As we enter the first half of ‘The Asian Century’, it’s becoming ever clearer that Australia’s prosperity will no longer be tied to our western counterparts, but in the developing nations that David Thomas specialises in understanding. Having managed his own financial services firm in China for over 25 years and as the host of regular business delegations to BRIC (Brazil, Russia, India and China) nations, David is perhaps the most knowledgeable consultant and speaker on trade and global financial trends in Australia today.

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David's career has taken him around the globe from Europe, Asia to Australia. He managed his own financial services business in Hong Kong where he gained unique insight into the changing landscape of the Asia Pacific Region. He is very well respected for his views on the BRICs - Brazil, Russia, India and is an absolute authority on China. Constantly travelling, David hosts business delegations to each of the BRIC countries. As the Chairman of the Australasian Financial Forum he also leads an annual mission to the Asian Financial Forum in Hong Kong. All of which gives David a perfect platform to stay current and report on relevant future trends, which he then tailors to suit the industry and interests of his clients.

David extends his experience, credibility and passion for building and facilitating investment relationships around the globe. As a Business Futurist and Thought Leader in his area, companies locally and globally look to him in a consulting capacity, to speak or facilitate panels and discussions. His unique ‘on the ground’ market experience and unpaalleled research gives David a distinct and rare value which he brings to every keynote; weaving personal stories, case studies and cultural lessons into highly entertaining and informative sessions. Clients quite often comment on his clarity and ability to keep audiences fully engaged and informed.

Whether it's a round table discussion or a large conference David designs sessions for any audience size. Ovations know from working closely with David how committed he is to researching each client's event and customising the right content. From first-hand experience we can assure you his focus will be 100% on your presentation and delivering valuable insight.  He is wonderful professional to work with and will consult with you personally. David is available and happy to speak with you to discuss how he can tailor for your group and industry. 

David looks to provide audiences with:

  • Insight into how and where to do business offshore
  • Motivation to generate revenue streams and higher profits from emerging markets
  • Ideas and inspiration to attract new customers from new offshore markets
  • Tools and know-how to manage cross-cultural challenges

There is no one better informed to teach entrepreneurs, investors and business leaders how to surf where the next big waves of trade and investment are. Please contact the team at Ovations for help.

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Bringing China to You...

We live in the Asian Century and we all need to be paying attention to China's economic transformation and reinvention to predict the future.

China's "Going Out" policy is seeing Chinese investors, entrepreneurs and business leaders involved in complex cross-border financing, property and investment deals in many countries, not least in Australia which has already witnessed Chinese inflows into mining, agriculture, food, wine, real estate and infrastructure assets, as well as increasing interest in the services sector, notably in healthcare, education and tourism. Now is the time for leading entrepreneurs and companies to tilt towards Asia, with China at the centre of the movement of people, capital and resources This can all be done without leaving home!

As a regular visitor to China over the past 30 years, David Thomas has witnessed these changes himself and is at the cutting edge of China's transformation, particularly in the private sector. He works with Chinese entrepreneurs, investors and migrants to facilitate business and investment opportunities throughout the region and has much to say about how the Chinese think, negotiate and act. Get ready to be challenged, inspired and motivated to Think Global!

An Emerging World

The world has changed and this matters to everyone. The BRIC countries (Brazil, Russia, India and China) have an abundance of land, people and capital and a rapidly growing number of wealthy aspirational consumers. The MINT countries (Mexico, Indonesia, Nigeria and Turkey) are hot on their heels. Entrepreneurs, investors and business leaders around the world are considering the impact of five irreversible trends which are setting a new direction for all businesses and economies in the future. These are:

  • Urbanisation
  • Consumption
  • Innovation
  • Aspiration
  • Globalisation

How can your business and industry profit from these emerging trends? How can you surf where the big waves are?!

Why China's 12th Year Five Year Plan is a Game-Changer for Australia!

The amazing transformation of China's economy, and the focus on new industries, innovation and outbound investment, is creating opportunities, challenges and risks for all Australian companies. What does this mean for you and your business? How are you affected? What are the opportunities and threats as you consider China's key priorities for the future:

  • Going Out - investing in Australia's key strengths - food and agriculture, healthcare, property, infrastructure, education, tourism, technology and financial services
  • Going West - moving economic activity from the eastern coastline to the inner west regions and cities, like Chongqing, Chengdu, Wuhan, Changsha, Xian
  • Going Green - investing in new sources of renewable energy, reducing pollution and carbon intensity, cleaning up their air, water and environment

China's economy has doubled in the last 7 years. It will double again in the next decade and double again the decade after. In 20 years, its economy will be four times the size it is today, and its already the second largest economy in the world! The growth of China has an impact on every Australian. How are you positioning yourself, your business and your industry for this dynamic and rapidly changing new market.

Australia and China have laid the foundations of a long-lasting relationship, but the incoming Year of the Monkey brings some exciting developments which will inject energy and dynamism, write David Thomas and Katya Dobinson from Think Global Consulting.

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David Thomas reports on a Chinese government initiative that forms the basis of its new foreign policy, prioritises infrastructure development and tries to ensure that all roads will lead to China in AB+F Magazine.

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David Thomas' presence in China as a BRIC (Brazil, Russia, India and China) economics expert is on the rise! Recently featured in both print and online versions of China Daily, one of the most widely-read newsprints in the world, David is an authority on the relationships Australian businesses will need to build to grow into the Asian Century.

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It's three fantastic speakers in one radio show!

Anders Sorman-Nilsson and David Thomas join Brett King on his Breaking Banks radio show discussing the future of digital innovation. Listen now:

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