From 2015-2017, David designed & managed the Volunteering for International Professionals (VIP) Fellowship Programme, an initiative led by Ministry of Finance Malaysia. The programme has impacted the lives of more than 25,000 beneficiaries in Malaysia, Cambodia, Philippines and Indonesia via its social impact projects that varies from women empowerment, access to education, sustainable tourism, youth at-risk, etc.
David has proven track records of successfully designing and delivering high-impact programmes and events in a very innovative and impact manner and he is seen as a super-connector in community building. In 2017, he concluded the Global Entrepreneurship Community (GECommunity) Summit attracting almost 15,000 delegates, marking it as one of the biggest entrepreneurship event in the region. In 2013, he concluded two mega events (Mega Startup Weekend & 1MET Boot camp) in Malaysia reaching out to more than 15,000 entrepreneurs in conjunction with President Barack Obama’s visit to Malaysia. In 2011, he successfully designed and delivered a world-class conference called ‘Silicon Valley Comes to Malaysia’ which was ranked as one of the top 10 events in Malaysia for 2011.
David was the Global Operations Manager with Tele-centre.org Foundation based in Manila, Philippines managing a network of 70+ partners across 6 regions and has also played a key role as a Programme and Research Officer with Global Knowledge Partnership (GKP), the world’s first multi-stakeholder network to promote innovation and advancement in Knowledge and Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) for Development. David’s experience and expertise is very much sought after by local & international organisations as reflected by various speaking engagements globally. He was also part of the project team of the 7th Summit of Social Entrepreneurs in Rüschlikon, Switzerland organized by Schwab Foundation.
David began his career with Malaysia’s leading English newspaper, The Star. He is a scholar with an MBA with Distinction from University of East London (UK) and has written a paper on CSR in Malaysia with UN Global Compact Malaysia.