David Morris is a distinguished international expert on risks and opportunities in the international business environment. He has had a global career as diplomat, senior political adviser and international consultant.
He is Vice President of the United Nations Sustainable Business Network for Asia Pacific, which advises the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific. He chaired the UN Asia Pacific Business Forum in 2019, which was held for the first time in Papua New Guinea, and will co-chair the forthcoming Asia Pacific Business Forum.
He is widely published, as a respected commentator and a prominent speaker at international conferences.
David has advised governments, businesses, universities, regional organisations and the United Nations.
His international consultancy, David Morris Projects OÜ, harnesses a global network of specialists to advise organisations on future trends, opportunities, risks, international relationships and reputations. He is Special Advisor, Trans Pacific Advisory (TPA & Co), an investment advisory firm based in Hong Kong, China. He is also Senior Expert for China, East Asia, Australia and the Pacific with LM Prisk Political Risk & Strategic Advisory, based in Vienna, Austria. He is also a non-executive Director of AustChina Holdings Limited, listed on the Australian Stock Exchange; and is a member of international advisory boards for the World Green Organisation and Institute for Cultural Relations policy. Until recently, David was based in Beijing, representing the international organisation of Oceania, the Pacific Islands Forum, as Pacific Trade and Investment Commissioner, promoting the sustainable development of Pacific island countries.
David is Senior Research Fellow, Beijing Foreign Studies University, and is currently completing a PhD on risks and opportunities on the Belt and Road with Corvinus University of Budapest. He is a member of a prestigious Erasmus + Jean Monnet Research Network studying European Union links with the Eurasian Economic Union and the Belt and Road Initiative. He is also Senior Research Fellow, Haiyi Institute; Academic Adviser to Liaocheng University; and a member of the Editorial Board of the Blue Book on the Pacific published by Sun Yat-Sen University. He has an MBA from one of Europe’s leading business schools, Henley Business School.
He established and was the first Executive Director of the China Studies Centre at the University of Sydney. He has advised on complex international investments, brand identity, government relations and marketing campaigns including for nations, and world-leading stakeholder engagement and leadership dialogue events.
David served as an Australian diplomat for a decade. He analysed security challenges from South East Asia to the Balkans and was a major contributor to highly-respected reform proposals for the United Nations and peacekeeping. He developed new soft power strategies to support Australian business and cultural promotion around the world.
David also worked for almost a decade as a senior political adviser. He led major policy reforms in governance, international trade promotion, environmental protection, healthcare, industry and regional development. He coordinated trade and investment missions between Australia and China, Japan, India, Malaysia and the US. He managed campaigns, built impactful media relations and innovated in social media and targeted promotions.