David Morris is an international consultant who holds a number of senior advisory roles in the Asia Pacific and Europe, including with the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP).
For the last four years, David was Pacific Trade & Investment Commissioner in China, based in Beijing. He is a former Australian diplomat, trade and investment official and senior political adviser, with expertise in Asia, Europe, Australia and the Pacific.
In 2018 he was elected Vice President of the United Nations ESCAP Asia Pacific Sustainable Business Network. He was also appointed Chair of the United Nations Asia Pacific Business Forum 2019, the flagship UN ESCAP business event for the Asia Pacific.
David's advisory roles include Senior Expert – China, East Asia, Australia and the Pacific, LM Political Risk & Strategic Advisory; Senior Research Fellow, Research Center for Pacific Studies, Beijing Foreign Studies University; Academic Adviser, Liaocheng University Research Center for Pacific Island Countries; Member of the Advisory Board of the Institute for Cultural Relations Policy; Member of the Editorial Board of the Blue Book on the Pacific published by Sun Yat-sen University Center for Oceania Studies; and Honorary Associate of the Graduate School of Government at the University of Sydney.
He advises organisations on political risk and international relations in Australia, Austria, China, Hungary and Thailand.
David grew up in Hobart, Tasmania. After graduating from the University of Sydney with BA (Honours), he was recruited to the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. As an Australian diplomat, David had short-term postings to the European Union Presidency and the United Nations General Assembly and long-term postings to Hungary and Ireland, reporting on rapid political and economic change in Europe. He was a major contributor to Gareth Evans’s award-winning UN reform blueprint Cooperating for Peace, published on peacekeeping and established the first “Australia Week” country promotions. He completed an MBA at Henley Business School, where he conducted original research on nation branding.
As Chief of Staff in the Tasmanian State Government, David led policy development and governance innovation including Tasmania Together, at the time the world’s largest deliberative democracy project. He advised on key economic and industry development priorities including Tasmanian food and wine export promotion in Asia and environmental protection. David coordinated whole-of-government economic engagement with the Asia Pacific for the New South Wales State Government, as Director, International Business Relations.
He established the China Studies Centre at the University of Sydney and, as its founding Executive Director, managed the Australian Government’s High Level Roundtables at Shanghai World Expo. David has consulted for businesses and governments on trade and investment with China and directed leadership capacity-building programs in Eastern Europe, Australia and South Asia. He also led the re-launch of Australia’s bipartisan movement for constitutional reform and independence, the Australian Republic Movement.
David Morris is a regular contributor to international media and social media.
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