David is an urban development expert with a focus on urban-innovation, social entrepreneurship, human centred design, and participatory research. He has over 10 years experience in social, neighbourhood and urban planning and, in working with large complex organisations, urban poor federations, local community groups and city government and planning authorities. David is the Founder and Director of the The Urban Platform Studio, a research and advisory consultancy that supports clients to solve complex development challenges. David is formerly the Urbanisation Advisor and Innovation Lead for Save the Children Australia, one of Australia's largest agencies dedicated to helping children in need. He is an Institute Associate with the Institute for Culture and Society at Western Sydney University, and recipient of the 2016 Asialink Leaders Program Dunlop Fellowship.
David's practical experience is supported by qualifications in Engineering and Business (Bachelor) from Swinburne University of Technology and Urban Development Planning (Masters) from University College London; David has worked extensively across the Asia-Pacific having supported social and infrastructure projects for the low-income urban communities in Thailand, India, Indonesia, and Bangladesh.
David has a deep interest in creative and human centred design. In 2012, David founded Tambuna Art Project, a collective that promotes emerging artists in Asia-Pacific. More recently he co-leads a technology start-up project with Save the Children Bangladesh called Kolorob, a service finder application for slum dwellers.