David is the Director for Latin America and Global Strategy. Throughout his career he has been committed to creating opportunities for others through conscious, entrepreneurial leadership.
David’s background is in innovation, development and public policy. He has been based in labs and manufacturing plants in the USA and Mexico as an academic nanotechnology researcher and private sector manager of product and process innovation. He has also been based in rural areas of India and Peru to foster entrepreneurship through better access to finance and business education. Most recently he has been based in government offices in South Sudan and Costa Rica persuading others to adopt policies that harness private initiative for the collective good.
In these roles, David has led various collaborative projects based on synergies at the intersection of business and philanthropy, research and practice, local and global players and government and civil society. He has contributed as a systems thinker – passionate about identifying and materializing opportunities for improvement, whether in manufacturing plants, rural villages, urban slums, government offices or innovation ecosystems.
For the past 2 years David has served as the Director of Innovation at the Costa Rican Ministry of Science, Technology and Telecommunications, where his team focusses on training the next generation of innovators, boosting innovation in SMEs and fostering collaboration between the scientific and entrepreneurial communities through technology based innovation projects.He is a Mechanical Engineer with a Masters in Public Administration in International Development from the Harvard Kennedy School. He is also a member of the San José Hub of the World Economic Forum Global Shapers Community.
Member of our team: Latin America