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Armed with 30 years of media industry and risk analysis skills, David Schlesinger is considered a thought leader on China issues and global journalism, developed over a 25-year career history in journalism with Thomson Reuters. He possesses both a journalist's view of best practices and an executive's view of shaping messages to key constituents. His experience throughout the Greater China region of China, Taiwan and Hong Kong gives him an insider's perspective on developments.

His many years advising at board level mean a cool-headed, strategic response and invaluable experience in complex operations and managing change. David's strong but diverse global background allows him to provide effective advice to a diverse range of stakeholders; customers, shareholders, government, staff and media. He founded Tripod Advisors in 2012, a consultancy firm set up to tackle strategic and business issues.

David continues to be active in the World Economic Forum, where he has served as a member of the International Media Council and the China Agenda Council. He received an Emmy Lifetime Achievement Award for Business and Financial Reporting by the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences in the US

He speaks at senior executive conferences and client events run organizations including Deloitte, McKinsey & Co, INSEAD, Goldman Sachs as well as conferences arranged by Xinhua, Harvard University, Tsinghua University and Chinese University of Hong Kong. At the World Economic Forum he has been a panel moderator and discussion leader over the past five years, both at winter Davos and the summer China forums.

Sample presentation topics

  • On Management: He provides insights into managing complex international operations, change management and strategies for successful operations in Asia, especially in Greater China.
  • On Media: David is someone who has led the world's largest multimedia news agency across three continents of the world and through many globally significant stories and industry-shattering changes.
  • On China: David has witnessed extraordinary shifts in the world's second-largest economy, and has covered this great transformation both as a leading journalist and as a business executive running operations in China. He advises on political and economic developments, government relations strategy and tactics, issues analysis and management, talent evaluation and development and business contact-building advice.

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