David is an urban development expert with a focus on urban-innovation, social entrepreneurship, human centred design, and participatory research. He has over 15 years experience in social, neighbourhood and urban planning and, in working with large complex organisations, such as: international NGOs, universities, urban poor federations, local community groups, city governments, planning authorities and large corporations. David is the Founder and Director of the The Urban Platform Studio, a research and advisory consultancy that supports clients to solve complex urban development challenges. David is formerly the Urban Resilience 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 Cambodia, Thailand, India, Indonesia, and Bangladesh.
David has a deep interest in creative and human centred design. In 2016, he co-led a technology start-up project with Save the Children Bangladesh called Kolorob, a service finder application for slum dwellers, and later, he founded Kolorob Jobs, an mobile app and website that enables young people living in informal settlements to transition out of hazardous, dangerous and exploitive activities, and onto a proper career pathway in the formal sector.