"I would recommend David Thomas as an excellent speaker on China. He recently presented his China Insights to 20 Melbourne executives (mainly CEOs and board members) who are also members of the IMD Swiss School's Alumni. As I'm an IMD Lausanne Ambassador it was pleasing to have people express their appreciation of his sound grasp of current trends in China and of proven strategies in establishing businesses in China." Greg Robinson, Director ICC: International Consultants Centre, an associate company of Mercer

"David, thank you so much for presenting to the Danish Retail forum last week. Your knowledge and key understanding of the trade and consumer trends between Australia and China was much appreciated. The Danish Retail group was very engaged and feedback has been only positive." Rikke Scheel Gamborg, Deputy Consul General and Trade Commissioner, Trade Council Denmark

"David is a very knowledgeable and engaging presenter, who connected well with the CPA Australia Audience." Michelle Coleman, Product Development Executive, CPA Australia

"When building a bespoke forum and study tour experience out of Hong Kong for our Practice Principals, it was clear we needed to engage a China expert. Someone with a deep understanding of the challenges and opportunities of the region and who would be able to translate these into learnings relevant to the Australian advice professional and business owner. All roads led us to David and from the outset his knowledge and willingness to open doors for us proved invaluable. We also had David address our group as a keynote speaker which rated as one of the standout sessions of the program. We were thrilled with David's contribution to the success of the Magnitude Principals Forum and hope to work with him again in the future." Jessica Brady, National Manager, Licensee and Offer Development at BT Group Licensees, BT Financial Group

"I met David Thomas when he presented to our TEC Group in late 2015. His presentation on China was compelling and interesting but I wasn't sure whether it had any application for our business. In subsequent meetings with David and his business partner, Vanessa, I began to appreciate and understand the potential opportunities for our company in China, but I still had doubts about whether we could ever export our capabilities into such a vast, complex and seemingly impenetrable market. David persevered and developed a proposal to work with one of their clients, Mr Wu Yingbo, who was a senior influencer in the relevant industries for us in the city of Chongqing. With some encouragement from David, we took a 'leap of faith' and made an exploratory visit with him to Chongqing in late October 2016 and were extremely well received by Mr Wu and his local colleagues. We visited various power plants and factories, and met with the senior management of Chongqing's largest chemical manufacturer, where we were warmly welcomed as a result of our capabilities and experience of operating in Australia. We are now well on the way to developing our China entry strategy with the help of David, Vanessa and Mr Wu, and we are excited by the opportunities that lie ahead of us. I encourage all Australian SMEs, and especially TEC Group members, to open their eyes to the vast potential for their business in China, and to listen to David when he encourages you to explore these opportunities with him. We were sceptical and cautious to start with but we can now say, without hesitation, that we are glad to have taken the leap and have had our eyes opened to the vast potential for our business. David is a great speaker, communicator and facilitator and I have no hesitation in recommending him to any business leader or organisation considering their options in China." Francois Steyn, CEO, Kockums Bulk Systems

We really loved having David's participation at our conference. Although it was a tough gig talking to our delegates during the gala dinner, David did an excellent job and we've had a good number of members contact us regarding same. The topic was on point and so too David's presentation. Amanda Kohler, National Property & Commercial Manager, Frist National Real Estate - Corporate Office

I just wanted to say thanks very much for your input into the workshops earlier this week. I thought your input was extremely valuable and we have had a lot of positive feedback from a number of the centres wanting to work with you again. I am also keen to have you here again and am working on possibilities at the program level. Thank you again. Landcorp, Perth

On behalf of the Property Council's Capital Markets Committee, I'd like to thank you very much for participating in the 'Is Australia Overbought?' Capital Markets Seminar. The feedback from attendees has been excellent and we were very pleased with the level of attendance. Your contribution to the discussion and the event was greatly appreciated. Thanks once again for taking the time out of your busy schedule to speak with our members. I look forward to working with you again in the near future. Glenn Byres , NSW Executive Director, Property Council of Australia

David came highly recommended by an industry colleague as an expert in building and facilitating business relationships between countries in the Asia Pacific region. We were lucky enough to have David speak to this topic at our recent group conference and he helped our 150 staff understand and appreciate the history and the future of these relationships. We received great feedback immediately after the conference, where there was much discussion and brainstorming between staff regarding new strategies they could implement and concepts to consider. Nathan Jones, CEO, Buxton Real Estate

David spoke at our Directors Conference in Hong Kong in June this year. The presentation was absolutely amazing. His ability to provide us with a very entertaining mix of history, economics, social development and future trends was exceptional. He also provided 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, CEO, Jellis Craig

Your presentation was well-prepared and ideally geared to our audience. You clearly took on board my briefings and the end result was a Summit highlight: thought-provoking, entertaining and with some real substance. You even impressed the ABC’s correspondent, which takes some doing! Judging from the attentiveness of both the Prime Minister and the Port Moresby Governor, it wouldn’t surprise me if you have another invitation to visit PNG before too long. Andrew Wilkins, Publishing Director, Business Advantage International Pty Ltd (hosts and co-organisers of the PNG Advantage Summit 2014)

MGI Australasia (the Australasian network of the international accounting alliance) hired David Thomas to facilitate a day-long session at our 2013 AGM. The title for the day was "Preparing for the Asian Century". David's work for MGI included understanding our business objectives, organising an agenda to match these objectives, sourcing appropriate speakers, organising the logistics of the speakers and finally facilitating and participating throughout the day. The feedback from the delegates who attended has been overwhelming positive. The AGM feedback survey had high results in relation to the content, to the format and presentation and for the value of the day in relation to the delegates' work. David most certainly understands and lives the message of how to engage with Asia to do business. Christine Greiser, Regional Co-ordinator, MGI Australia. 

David is an excellent, engaging speaker who shows great authority on global business with particular expertise in the BRIC countries. Peter Love, General Manager, Sales and Merchandise, Metcash Food & Grocery

Thank you again for your well researched and informative presentation at the ATEC Meeting Place conference last week. Your presentation on the BRIC economies and with a twist on the tourism opportunities was well received by our members, and I had much positive comment at the event and over email in the last few days on the quality of your presentation. Gary O'Riordan, Deputy CEO, Australian Tourism Export Council (ATEC)

Thank you on behalf of Horticulture Australia Limited for attending and presenting at the HAL Forum. The forum was a great success and your contribution to it was very much part of that success. Your expertise and insights on the BRIC economies were well appreciated by Members. Thank you again and I look forward to working with you in the near future. John Lloyd, CEO, Horticulture Australia

The Australia trip has been very fruitful for us and has triggered our deep thoughts for initiating changes in various aspects of our business in encountering the challenges ahead. We have shared our findings from Australia with the whole management team for consideration/discussion and have already come up with the strategic directions and communicated with all the heads of department and function in charge at our offsite annual planning meeting last week. Hence, your effort spent in preparing and facilitating our visit to Australia has been very useful and is much appreciated by our team. Jeffrey Li 李民堅, Group Chief Marketing Officer, Convoy Financial Group

I would like to take this opportunity to reiterate my thanks to you for delivering a presentation at the 7th Annual Mining NSW Conference. More importantly, thank you for taking time off your busy schedule to come down to the Ex-Services Club. The feedback we have received from delegates and speakers has been very positive, and you definitely played an important role in making the event a successful one. Some of the feedback about your presentation include:

  • “Excellent knowledge and articulate speaker”
  • “Excellent delivery and presentation”
  • “Very useful overview-good detail”

It was a pleasure to meet you, and I look forward to working with you in the future! Renu Kannu, Conference Manager, IIR Conferences

David spoke at the 2011 CSA Annual Conference. He did an excellent job providing an overview of emerging markets and doing business with BRIC countries. The audience loved his presentation and rated him extremely well with many attendees rating his session as the best for the entire event. George Sengulovski, National Conference Producer, Chartered Secretaries Australia Ltd

David recently presented at a client function on China's 12th Five Year Plan. His presentation was engaging, humerous 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. We would not hesitate to use David again and would recommend him to anyone needing an engaging speaker. Mary Oxley, DHL Global Forwarding

David is a great presenter and an expert in his field. He has an amazing depth of knowledge and is very easy to work with. He will put a great amount of effort into ensuring that your audience leaves with meaningful key messages that relate to their business. Melanee Mak, Marketing and Events Manager, Russell Investments

David Thomas was the opening keynote speaker at our Danish CFO Agenda conference in Copenhagen, where we gathered 200 CFOs and finance leaders from large Danish companies for a day of inspiration and discussion. David gave the opening speech on BRIC and why this is interesting and why we all need to factor it into our plans. He also ran a break out session on “Doing business in India”, where a smaller group were asking questions and discussing various aspects of doing or planning to do business in India. The delegates were all very positive about the performance and content delivered by David. He is a great speaker and facilitator and very knowledgeable on the topic of BRIC. Dorthe Harding Keilberg, Partner, Deloitte Consulting A/S, Denmark

David is an outstanding speaker who provides expert insight into the changing nature of global power and influence - for the principals and teachers in Sydney Region this was in relation to China and India and the implications for Australians - young and old. Dr Phil Lambert, Regional Director, Sydney; Adjunct Associate Professor (University of Sydney); Adjunct Professor (Nanjing University)

 David is a BRIC expert and excellent speaker. I worked with David as a speaker for the 2011 ASFA conference. He is very engaging and knowledgeable and a pleasure to work with. Geoff Peck, Managing Director, Government & Institutions, Russell Investments

I participated at the Deloitte "CFO Agenda 2011" in Copenhagen where David presented his ideas and angles on the BRIC countries. David's presentation was very interesting and kept the audience engaged and attentive. I was impressed with his knowledge and ability to communicate. I can only recommend others to hear him if the opportunity presents itself. Lars Larsen, Financial Administration Manager, Westrup A/S, Denmark

I just wanted to pass on my sincere thanks for your excellent presentation to our senior bankers and customers 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, Head of International Products, Westpac Banking Corp.

David was kind enough to speak to EO in Sydney, March 2011.  Some of the comments we received from members include "Awesome presentation .... lots to think about - thanks".  "Brilliant all round.  It's fantastic to have speakers that open our horizons and not espouse theories".  "Fab speaker - very knowledgeable".  The fact that we had more than 45 minutes of Q&A tells how engaged our members were!  We're looking forward to the subsequent follow up. Duncan Knight, Chairman, Sydney Chapter, Entrepreneurs Organisation ("EO")

David is a well-connected professional, with an excellent knowledge of Asian and international business practices. I have worked with him on a number of occasions, particularly regarding inward and outward investment opportunities between Australia and Asia and have found him thorough, engaging and professional. Chris Ryan, Managing Director and CEO, Perpetual Limited

David was the guest speaker at the end of year meeting of my Sydney based EGN groups. The presentation was professional; refelecting David's expertise and experience on China. The audience questions proved the level of interest in the subject and the way it was presented. Peter Hocking, Managing Director, Executives' Global Network Australia

David Thomas was one of our key presenters at the Import Export Show in Darling Harbour in September 2010. We chose David as a presenter for our Masterclass on BRIC for his experience, credibility and passion for those countries. He has first hand experience and knows how to project his knowledge to the audience with enthusiasm and humour. David has a practical approach to his presentation which keeps the audience busy writing notes and wanting to know more. It was one of those workshops where it is difficult to evacuate the room on time as they all want to stay and learn more, even after 1 1/2 hours!  Corinne Campbell, Import Export Show

Thank you David for your fascinating presentation on the BRIC nations at CEO Headquarters. You brought complex global economic issues, cultural facts and business reality to the table. Your presentation was interesting, educative and very useful for my clients. They now see their businesses in the light of the global playing field. Each will make different decisions about their future but all will make their decisions informed by this larger context. I would highly recommend any business leader to seek out this information. Isabelle Phillips, Director, CEO Headquarters

David Thomas recently spoke at one of our conferences and we had some great feedback from our participants. His presentation was described as cutting edge, insightful, highly researched and thought-provoking. So if you are looking for a speaker with ideas about the best way to take a business or any idea global, then David is someone that you definitely need to get to know and work with.  Dale Beaumont, Business Blueprint, Best Selling Author of 16 Books

We had David presenting at our National Conference this year and he really knows his stuff. Feedback from his session was excellent and there's little doubt that he's the master of his topic. We look forward to hearing more from David. Robert Gerrish, Founder & Director, Flying Solo

I am truly grateful for the professional way you conducted yourself, your direction and input into the China Australia Business Congress 2009 throughout the two days. Your depth of knowledge in the China / Australia theatre added enormous value to the delegation as you were able to quickly summarise each session with confidence, clarity and relevance. It is my sincere hope I may call on you again for your guidance and participation to enable us produce another quality event which we can build on from the success of our inaugural China Australia Business Congress in Sydney in May 2009. Your position as Chair for this event enabled the Congress to run smoothly, professionally and seamlessly and I look forward to working with you again very soon.  Peter Evans, Conference Director, Association & Communication Events

The University of Technology Sydney recently had the privilege of David Thomas presenting to its students studying Business and Culture in Asia Pacific (BCAP). To hear from an industry specialist is a significant benefit for students.  With conviction I highly recommend David as a speaker. His knowledge and practical understanding of the dynamics of these two significant markets is outstanding. David's presentation was topical, insightful, thought provoking and certainly created much discussion. His style is relaxed yet focussed; delivered with great enthusiasm and humour. Thank you David for a great evening - it was a pleasure to listen to you.  Liane Taylor, Marketing Operations Lead, IBM Australia Ltd

I can say, without reservation, that without the efforts and energy of Think Global we would not be as far progressed as we are with our overseas strategies. We set out with very clean objectives, all of which have been met and with great success. Thank you David for a fantastic experience and great results. Mark Sheldon, Managing Director, Group GSA

I met David at a presentation he gave to the Executive Global Network. David spoke passionately and inspirationally about the growth of BRIC economies, and outlined some pretty concrete ways for Australian businesses to get involved sustainably. I came away with a new perspective on these oppportunities and a desire to explore them further. Anthony Hunt, Principal, Hunts Group Consulting

David's unique insight into our changing world is a message worth tuning into. An engaging speaker, his well-informed presentation on emerging markets will enlighten and galvanise. I recommend David to those who are looking at global expansion, particularly business development in China as well as in other countries in the region. Manchel Penilla, MLC

Joining the Think Global China tour was the best business decision I’ve made this year. I went on the tour with an objective of quickly immersing myself into Chinese business culture so I could understand the growing focus on this marketplace amongst my Australian clients. The insights from the trip have profoundly changed the way I look at China, and other BRIC economies. The bonus for me from this experience was emerging with a range of immediate business and partnership opportunities in a market I had only intended to explore this year. David Thomasand his Think Global operation are unique in their expertise and the quality of their offering. They provide a service that I strongly recommend to any executive needing to quickly wrap their mind around and / or penetrate the BRIC marketplace. Fleur Brown, Director, The Launch Group

I met David Thomas when he was the Guest Speaker at a MBA class on Business & Culture in Asia Pacific. I was inspired by his talk and signed up immediately for his eNewsletter. Now that I am living and working in India, I more than ever look forward to receiving David’s newsletters. His commentary on this exciting, emerging market is always spot on and his insights into the possibilities of doing business with, and in India, are extremely relevant & valuable.  Sally Barnes, Vice President, Franchise India

David encourages fellow professionals to seek further education and experiences in environments that are not readily available or accessible. The speakers and material that have been presented by Think Global are first class & I encourage other professionals to take the journey. Adrian Whittingham, Head of Retail, Schroders

David is a deep thinking, well organised person who has a depth and breadth of knowledge in the business services and particularly the financial services sector that would be a wonderful asset for any organisation seeking to expand their business.  Bob Kolevski, Owner, Barnes Dowell James

We contacted David Thomas at Think Global Consulting to help us resolve contractual difficulties we were facing with our Chinese technology partners. We secured David's services in order to provide some expertise and direct coaching to our teams and personally to our CFO and myself. These sessions revolved around some cultural learnings and an adaptation of what we saw as legal issues into 'relationship challenges' with our Chinese partners. We took on board David's advice and, accordingly, adapted our direction and strategy in all of our dealings with China. Within what was an astoundingly short period of time, the strength was restored to the relationship and, today, that relationship has developed into a partnership which represents one of the key cornerstones of Blueprint's business. Without a doubt, David's expertise was the key element in this success. We would not hesitate to recommend David to organisations with objectives which include expansion into Asia.  Mike Adams, Group CEO, Blueprint Management Group

Our organisation, a major financial services firm, recently engaged David Thomasto present at our national professional development days across the country. The brief was simple, though the task was complex. We wanted our advisers to gain an international perspective, particularly on the BRIC countries and their potential impact on the Australian economy. This was to have a particular focus on China and its impact on our long term recovery. David produced an extremely interesting presentation, which thoroughly engaged his audience. His technical understanding coupled with on the ground experience provided insights that soon had our advisers asking questions and taking note of what he had to say. The feedback across the country has been very positive and we are looking at how we can use David again in the future.  Alan Broom, Professional Development Manager

David Thomas has been a constant support to CIPS over the last two years. His expertise on China & BRIC countries is much appreciated. His recent speech at our Strategic Procurement Forum in Perth [May 09] was relevant, informative, engaging and well received by a demanding audience of senior procurement professionals – many from the resources sector.  Jonathan Dutton, Managing Director, CIPS Australia

The Australian Institute of Export ran a very successful event for the NSW Export community in Sydney on March 25th, 2009. Our MC for the event, where the theme was a focus on the BRIC countries and their trade potential, was David Thomas. David has a particularly strong interest in this group of countries, and his knowledge and enthusiasm for the opportunities came through loud and clear. David’s presentation was sharp, focused, and built on key facts and figures; and gave all who attended a wonderful insight into those four countries. As MC, David also had the role of “interviewing” two established and well known exporters about their experiences with the BRIC countries. Again David’s knowledge and insightful questioning allowed all present to really benefit from the experiences of these export panelists. We thoroughly enjoyed the experience of working with David for that event, and plan to collaborate on a number of future opportunities. Accordingly we acknowledge David’s skills as a first class facilitator, and commentator, in his areas of expertise, and would recommend him to others seeking that expertise. Peter Mace, General Manager, Australian Institute of Export

David's workshops on 'thinking globally' are simply excellent: great content, great exercises. Exercises that make you think hard about where you should head off shore - to which country and why.
His content about the 'explosion' of the BRIC countries is simple and compelling: it is not business as usual in this minnow of a country nor in any other. The evidence of why is overwhelming. Thanks David for a great workshop! Toby Marshall, Lead Creation

David Thomas is the speaker you need if you want to see how easy it is to move your business into China. Listen, watch and learn from someone who clearly understands the market.  Michelle Bowden, Director, Michelle Bowden Enterprises

It is Australia’s honour to have your expertise on China. Wendy Ma CPA, Human Behaviour Coach

Just a note to thank you for your excellent seminar. 

I gained a lot from it and realize how little I really understood about the potential opportunity within the Chinese market. Michael Durie, Business Development Manager, Australia Post

 

 

It was a pleasure meeting you last night during the City of Sydney's ChinaConnect workshop. 

Your inside and your information will be of assistance to not only me, but also to my 

colleagues. 

The way you presented the ChinaConnect Workshop was professional, 

dedicated and the topics touched on were of interest. 

Thank you very much for your presentation. Sandra Smith, Business Development Manager, Intercontinental Sydney