David is recognised as a leading international development specialist with extensive experience working in the tertiary education sector.

Over the past decade, David has designed, developed and managed the delivery of more than 50 international aid and development projects primarily funded under the auspices of the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) and New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFAT) Aid Programs. Through these programs he has contributed to improving leadership capabilities, education and health outcomes, sustainable economic growth, peacebuilding, poverty reduction, disaster mitigation and response, and the improvement of gender, equality, disability and social inclusion all whilst strengthening people-to-people linkages across Asia, Africa, the Pacific, and South America. 

His international development expertise is often drawn upon by Australian and counterpart government agencies for the development of human capacity building and institutional strengthening program design and delivery.

David came to Australia from the United States after he was awarded the Rotary World Peace Fellowship and President of the United States of America’s Call to Service Lifetime Achievement Award.


  • Certificate in Advanced Project Management, Stanford University
  • Master of International and Community Development Major: International Development, Deakin University
  • Master of International Studies (Major: Peace and Conflict Studies), The University of Queensland
  • Bachelor of Arts (Major Modern Languages and International Studies), Kansas State University