David Morris



Over a thirty year career as diplomat, political adviser and international business consultant, David Morris, has contributed to building engagement, understanding and partnerships between leaders from the Asia Pacific to Europe and the United States.

In 2018 he was appointed Chair of the United Nations Asia Pacific Business Forum 2019, the flagship event of the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP).

Since 2015, Mr Morris has served as the Pacific Trade and Investment Commissioner in China, promoting trade, investment, tourism, education and creative industries for the member states of the Pacific Islands Forum.

He is a Member of the Advisory Board of the Institute for Cultural Relations Policy in Budapest; Adviser to farmsandfinance.com; Member of the Editorial Board of the Blue Book on the Pacific published by Sun Yat-sen University National Research Center for Oceania Studies; and Honorary Associate of the Graduate School of Government at the University of Sydney.

Mr Morris grew up in Hobart, Tasmania.  After graduating from the University of Sydney with BA (Honours), he was recruited to the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.  As an Australian diplomat, Mr Morris had short-term postings to the European Union Presidency and the United Nations General Assembly and long-term postings to Hungary and Ireland, reporting on rapid political and economic change in Europe.  He was a major contributor to Gareth Evans’s award-winning UN reform blueprint Cooperating for Peace, published on peacekeeping and established the first “Australia Week” country promotions.  He completed an MBA at Henley Business School, where he conducted original research on nation brands.

As Chief of Staff in the Tasmanian State Government, Mr Morris led policy development and governance innovation including Tasmania Together, at the time the world’s largest deliberative democracy project.   He advised on key economic and industry development priorities including Tasmanian food and wine export promotion in Asia and environmental protection.  Mr Morris coordinated whole-of-government economic engagement with the Asia Pacific for the New South Wales State Government, as Director, International Business Relations.

He established the China Studies Centre at the University of Sydney and, as its founding Executive Director, managed the Australian Government’s High Level Roundtables at Shanghai World Expo.  Mr Morris has consulted for businesses and governments on trade and investment with China and directed leadership capacity-building programs in Eastern Europe, Australia and South Asia.  He also led the re-launch of Australia’s bipartisan movement for constitutional reform and independence, the Australian Republican Movement.

David Morris is a regular contributor to international media and social media.  You can follow him on

  • twitter @dm_aus
  • wechat davidmorrisaustralia
  • instagram @davidmorristravels


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