Once known for its fake handbags, copy watches and pirate software, China is now leading the world in science, technology and innovation. Chinese brands like Huawei, Alibaba, Lenovo, Haier and Tencent are disrupting traditional industries (notably retail, e-commerce and IT) by leveraging their access to over 400m middle class consumers, spending billions in R&D and launching new products and services on a scale previously unheard of. China’s ‘Made in China 2025’ plan is intended to completely transform their manufacturing industry with a focus on clean energy, healthcare and communications, and China’s ambition is to lead the world in new industries such as renewable energy, driverless and battery operated vehicles and advanced medical products.

David Thomas speaks to business leaders, entrepreneurs and investors around the world about how their industry is being impacted by what’s happening in China, how they can take advantage, who they need to speak to and what they can do about it. He draws on over 30 years of on the ground experience, connections and knowledge and draws on case studies, anecdotes and examples to bring his presentations to life.

Past speaking engagements include:

  • Thiess Directors Conference – The Future of the Mining Industry
  • Magnitude Principals Forum – The Future of the Financial Services Industry
  • Australia China Young Professionals– Booms Bust and Baozi, the future of finance in China
  • MSI Regional Conference– The Future of the Legal Industry
  • CPA Australia – The Future of the Accounting Industry

David Thomas is well known within the Asia Pacific region for his passion and experience for investing and doing business in emerging markets, notably the four “BRIC countries” (Brazil, Russia, India and China) plus the growing influence of China as the engine of global economic growth and the rise of the Asian middle class. Having lived in Asia for the last 30 years, he literally lives and breathes emerging markets. His broad and diverse experience includes:

  • designing, organising and leading research and study tours for professional asset managers to each of the four BRIC countries
  • for five years on the Advisory Board of the Emerging Markets Masters Fund, he has direct hands-on experience of investing in emerging markets (includes overseeing asset allocation, fund selection, currency and stock analysis etc.)
  • regularly travelling around Asia working with entrepreneurs and investors to review and select new opportunities in emerging businesses

Past speaking engagements include:

  • AMP– fundamentals of investing in the ‘BRIC’ and ‘MINT’ countries
  • Deloitte – the importance of BRIC for European investors
  • Westpac – doing business and investing in China and India
  • PNG Investment Conference – what can PNG learn from the BRIC countries?
  • Colonial First State - Investing in Emerging Markets – local v global

Plenty of take-home value, zeroing in on the enormous potential and opportunities for Australian businesses in the key areas of Education, Healthcare and Tourism.

David delivered a great speech at the Business of Real Estate conference this year on developing positive business relationships with Chinese, by understanding culture - insightful & interesting.

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.

Absolutely amazing - A very entertaining mix of history, economics, social development and future trends was exceptional. Both fascinating and educational for any business person.

Loads of practical tips on how to embrace the opportunities in China. His talk was highly relevant, entertaining and everyone walked away with ideas to make the most of the Chinese market.

Extremely refreshing and addressed in very straightforward and easy to understand and implement, format. Very pertinent and inspiring with regards to how we present ourselves to the Chinese market.

Cutting edge, insightful, highly researched and thought-provoking. A speaker with ideas about the best way to take a business or any idea global.

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

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