David has over 15  years of experience in delivering keynote speeches to global audiences on city economy, brand, culture development, major events, place-making and liveability. He is an experienced facilitator, moderator and chair.

He is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Southern California – teaching courses on: Rhetoric of London, and ‘Brand; perceptions, power and persuasion.

David, Chairing WCCF roundtable in Chengdu, 2018

The following are a selection of his speaking, facilitation and chairing engagements:

Conference, CityRole & TopicYear
Nanjing Night-time Economy Forum, Nanjing. Chair, Night Mayors’ Panel 2020
WorldCity 2020, London. Chair, Future of Cities 2020
Saudi Investment Conference, Riyadh.  Investment & Quality of Life2019
City Nation Place Conference, Birmingham, Chair, Tourism and Place Brand 2019
Tianfu Symposium, Chengdu, Chair, Culture Exchange across Five Continents 2019
Shaping Future Places, Birmingham Chair2018
MIPIM UK: Mayor’s Think Tank, LondonThe Soft Power of Cities 2017
City Nation Place Conference, LondonModerator2017
MIPIM Asia: Mayor’s Think Tank, Hong KongThe Soft Power of Cities 2017
Adweek: LondonChair, Smart Cities and Public Space2016
Postercope, DublinKeynote: Smart Cities2016
Telstra Annual  Conference, SydneyKeynote: Liveability  and Future of Cities2016
OECD Global Forum on  Responsible Business Conduct, ParisChallenges for Major Sporting Events2016

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