David has over thirty years experience in international business development, venture capital, fund management and operations, with over twenty five of these years in Asia. He holds and has held senior management and Board positions in a number of hi-tech, investment and fund management companies, including: Zecotek Photonics Ltd, a listed Canadian photonics company where he served as Executive Director and COO; as COO on the founding management team of MerLion Pharmaceuticals Pte Ltd, a Singapore based natural product drug discovery company; as partner in Upstream Ventures, a Singapore-based family fund, and as Senior Vice President (IT) and Board member of Transpac Capital, one of Asia's oldest VC's with USD1Billion under management.
He is concurrently President and CEO of Inuktun Asia Pte Ltd, the exclusive distributor for ASEAN, Korea and Taiwan of Inuktun Services Ltd industrial robot and camera systems www.inuktun.com, as Executive Director of XentiQ Partners, a Singapore based medical device design and development company, and Director of Upstream Ventures, an early stage Singapore based fund.
Prior to his business career he served as a senior diplomat for Canada in Korea, Japan and Singapore, as Chair of the Interdepartmental APEC Committee to coordinate Canada's participation in APEC, as Canada's representative to the APEC Budget and Administration Committee and as Canadian Deputy Chair of the APEC Economic Committee. He has extensive experience in trade negotiations, including serving as Canadian Chair to the Trilateral Committee on Forest Products with Japan and the U.S.
He has a special passion for technology starts ups. Early in his diplomatic career he conceived and organized the first technology exchange program with Israel (coining the term 'Technomart'), and was co-founder of the Canadian software company Greenbook, one of the first hypertext authoring tools for the Internet.
David has a Master of Arts in Public Administration from Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada with post graduate studies in International Development and Economics at Carlton University and at INSEAD. He has served on the Executive Committee of the Singapore Venture Capital Association, on the Executive Council of the Singapore Biotech Association 'BioSingapore' as a founding member, and on the Executive Council of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Singapore where he currently serves as Vice President.