Before this, David advised Silatech on its entrepreneurship and SME development programs for Arab Youth in the Middle East and North Africa. He developed similar enterprise development programs for the national Governments of South Africa, Qatar and Armenia. While in Qatar, that entailed leading Enterprise Qatar's efforts to provide business support services to Qatari entrepreneurs and small and medium enterprises; it also included the design of two business incubators and a specialized equity fund that would invest in emerging company competitiveness
David is the past President & CEO of National Business Incubation Association, the world's leading trade association advancing business incubation and entrepreneurship, While there, he headed up USAID-funded development projects, one in northern Mexico and one in Burundi.
An accomplished business executive and strategist, David was founder and director of Pakistan's SME Business Support Fund (BSF) to improve entrepreneurs' competitiveness using external business development services. He was appointed to the role by the Asian Development Bank; under his leadership, the BSF grew to four offices. As the key public figure for BSF, he was interviewed regularly by broadcast and print reporters.
Among his other consulting work, David has advised the Government of Armenia on various strategies to improve support for women entrepreneurs. He has advised the European Union in its decision to invest in a major Bangladeshi private-sector development initiative focused on stimulating entrepreneurship and organizational effectiveness. He also has been retained by USAID to help wind down a decade’s worth of interventions to develop Zimbabwe’s small enterprise sector and was commissioned to evaluate programs operated by the South African government to support new venture development.
An experienced international entrepreneur, David has founded two companies and has participated in 11 new start-up or early-stage companies, especially in the area of financial services. While in Pakistan, he designed a franchise-based incubation model to improve development support for small firms. As founder of the South Africa-based AniCap Venture Partners, David developed three major economic development initiatives to develop trade and capacity of black-owned small enterprises. He is now a sought-after expert on small business development.
David brings nine years of wide-ranging capital markets experience at seven financial services companies specializing in asset management, derivatives and foreign exchange trading, investment banking and real estate investing. More than five of those years were spent at asset management firms in key investment strategy positions, including Kaspick & Company— the leading endowment investment advisory firm in the United States. David also was hired by the Banking Association of South Africa to recommend new financial intermediation strategies to improve business lending to small enterprises. He has provided investment counsel and guidance to investment and finance committees of the Sierra Club and Project Match in the San Francisco Bay area to help invest their endowment funds.
With his considerable and wide-ranging experience, David has been a featured speaker at several international conferences addressing topics including corporate social responsibility, sustainability, innovation, small business finance and the importance of branding. He has testified before the US House of Representatives on behalf of the incubation community, has been featured on TV business talk shows in the United States and Pakistan, and he served as a panelist judge during the final round of a premier business school’s Future Entrepreneurs Business Plan Competition, the 2012 Charlotte Venture Challenge in North Carolina, and the 2015 Lingnan (University) College MBA Business Plan Competition in Guangzhou China.