David is a Canadian who has lived in North America, Europe, Asia, the Middle East and Africa. He has over 25 years of experience as an investment banker, entrepreneur and educator. Prior to founding Brookwood, David was Head of Corporate Finance for ABN AMRO in Sub-Saharan Africa and worked for the Royal Bank of Canada in Asia.
David has been involved in high profile transactions across a range of sectors and industries including public private partnerships, privatizations, large infrastructure projects, M&A, debt and equity raisings, corporate restructurings and private equity. He has acted as an advisor on numerous benchmark transactions in Africa and the Middle East, including the largest telecommunications concession in Africa (at the time), largest private equity transaction in Africa (at the time), largest LBO in Africa (at the time), largest foreign direct investment and public private partnership transactions in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan (to date), largest tourism public private partnership in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (to date) and largest private sector infrastructure project in Africa (to date).
David has founded or co-founded several successful businesses. He has hands-on experience creating, leading and managing firms at all stages of the business cycle (start up, growth, turn-around and maturity) with a deep understanding of finance, operations, marketing, contracts and corporate governance matters. He is an experienced director of companies and World Bank, IFC and USAID consultant. He has experience as a university instructor.
David holds seven academic qualifications: a Doctor of Public Administration from the University of South Africa; a Master of Science and a Master of Business Administration from the Institut des Hautes Etudes Economiques et Commerciales in France; a Post-Graduate Diploma in Asia Management from Capilano University; a Master of Public Administration, a Juris Doctor and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Victoria.
David speaks English fluently and French moderately.