David Faulmann has been working at Business for Development since it opened its doors in 2007. Ten years ago, a fresh-faced fledgeling undergrad was looking for an internship opportunity and came across Business for Poverty Relief Alliance.

In the years that followed, the Business for Poverty Relief Alliance became Business for Millennium Development and then Business for Development, with the ushering in of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Incredibly, what started as a kernel of an idea has grown into an independent organisation that works closely with some of the world’s leading companies, NGOs, multilateral institutions and governments across Australia, Asia, Africa and the Pacific.

With David’s work focusing on advocacy and thought leadership, he has been a key contributor to this story.  He has been the lead on:

  • UNDP (United Nations Development Programme) work with Business Call to Action, which looked at building awareness of Inclusive Business and generating Asia-Pacific regional members.
  • Over the past year David has been advocating for APEC to support the creation of inclusive growth through the resource industry. This work has been endorsed by the APEC Business Advisory Council, reported to APEC Leaders and this year will feature as a key theme during the APEC Mining Week.
  • Inclusive Business landscape study of China for the Asian Development Bank.

After ten years of service to the organisation, David is saying goodbye to join another worthy cause – Fred Hollows Foundation – an international development organisation that is working towards eliminating avoidable blindness and improving Indigenous Australian health.

He can proudly look back on his work at Business for Development, knowing that he has helped link farmers in Kenya, Laos and Papua New Guinea to an array of multinational companies, and with improved farming practices, enabled them to lift themselves and their families out of extreme poverty.

One thing that David can never say is that working here has been boring. Let’s hope his next chapter is just as rewarding and exciting.

Good luck!