BRIC Expert, Speaker, Entrepreneur and Thought Leader, David Thomas is well known in the Asia Pacific region for his experience, credibility and passion for identifying, building and facilitating business and investment relationships between developed and emerging countries. His unique experience and powerful networks have accumulated over a 30 year career in London, Hong Kong and Sydney. He managed his own financial services business in Hong Kong for 8 years (1987 - 1995) which provided unique insights and first hand experience of the changing landscape within the Asia Pacific region, particularly the opening up of China, the rise of Japan and the Asian tigers, and the emergence of India. More recently, his influence and activities have extended to Latin America and Eastern Europe driven by his interest and passion for the economic potential and growing influence of the four "BRIC countries" (Brazil, Russia, India and China). As well as working with companies within many industry sectors (e.g. retail, professional services, manufacturing, food, tourism, education, publishing, design and technology) David continues to support financial services companies seeking to expand their global footprint, leveraging business and investment networks throughout the region, leading an annual mission to the Asian Financial Forum in Hong Kong, and as the Chairman of the Australasian Financial Forum in Australia. As a co-founder and Director of Brazil Access, David is working with leading Brazilian companies by facilitating their expansion and engagement with international markets in the lead up to the Rio Olympics 2016.