DAVID HARKIN

Entrepreneur - 7billionideas

David is an entrepreneur, a proud TEDx speaker and author who dedicates his life to connecting people with their own ideas. He does this via his ideas company 7billionideas, which was founded in 2012 and operates in both the education and the corporate sector. 7billionideas has become an award-winning company in both of these industries and David was a finalist at the UK Business Awards 2018 in the category of ‘Entrepreneur of the Year’. He is also a proud husband and father to 2 beautiful boys – Toby and Harry.

David made the leap from the corporate world to become an entrepreneur after spending the best part of a decade working for the technology giant IBM. At the age of 24, he was responsible for a multi-million dollar business and at 26 became the youngest Band 9 in the world, which was recognition of his contribution and potential on an international level. He decided that he needed to go and live and breathe his passion of connecting people with their own ideas. David truly believes that every single person on this planet is an ideas generator and he will endeavour to do all he can to help each person to have their ideas heard.

David is proudly the Entrepreneur in Residence at Surbiton High School in London and Arcadia Preparatory School in Dubai. He is also the Director of Entrepreneurship at Harrow Hong Kong and British School of Jakarta. The education arm of 7billionideas has worked with over 75,000 students in 500+ schools in the UK and across the world.

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