David is an experienced corporate adviser and consultant focussing on cross-border transactions with Japan. He successfully founded and operated a Japan-specific strategic advisory company for 24 years, serving businesses in a wide range of industries: (i) to develop and expand their Japan business and (ii) to analyse existing business problems in Japan and devise mitigation strategies. He has extensive contacts in food and agriculture, electronics, ITC, biotech, pharmaceuticals, building materials, finance, tourism and property as well as Government departments both in Australia and Japan.
David speaks and reads Japanese. He is a graduate from the University of Sydney, B.Ec (Hons.) and from the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He has served both as President and Vice President of the Australia Japan Society of NSW and earlier headed the Japanese Government funded Australia-Japan Economic Institute. In 2016 David received the Japan Foreign Minister’s Commendation award. This is given to those who have contributed to strengthening the friendship between Japan and Australia and deepening the bilateral relationship.
In January 2020, on Australia Day and the 50th anniversary of his first independent visit to Japan, he received an AM as a Member of the Order of Australia (General Division) for “significant service to Australia-Japan relations, and to business”.