International Experience

Clients benefit from David’s international experience, which he uses to inspire, inform and advise creative businesses. He shares with creative entrepreneurs a wealth of knowledge, ideas, examples and creative business techniques from other countries and cultures world-wide.

His international experience is derived from working around the world as a business adviser, keynote speaker, trainer, management consultant, lecturer and author. He works in partnership with creative hubs, accelerators, co-working spaces, government organisations, NGOs and creative industries support organisations.

David is also a keen traveller, fascinated by different cultures and countries. He has visited more than 100 countries in total.

He has helped his clients in 60+ countries around the world, from Azerbaijan to Zimbabwe.

David has worked with businesses and organisations in South America, Asia, North America, Africa, Australasia and Europe, spanning a wide range of different economies and cultures.

The following brief examples illustrate the range of countries and cultures in which David has gained and shared his international experience.

His speeches have inspired creative businesses in many countries including Saudi Arabia, Colombia, Kenya, Finland, Curaçao and Korea.

He has delivered creative business training workshops around the world, for example in Indonesia, Botswana, Serbia, Brazil and Georgia.

David has advised creative enterprises in countries as diverse as the USA, New Zealand, Bosnia & Herzegovina and Ireland.

He has worked with creative hubs in Bulgaria, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, Ireland, South Africa and Thailand.

Also, David has lectured on creative entrepreneurship at universities in China, Lithuania, Vietnam, Portugal, Kazakhstan, Belarus and Azerbaijan.

His creative business books have been published in fourteen countries including Belarus, Chile, Armenia, Taiwan, Georgia and Ukraine.

Read testimonials from clients in Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, Bulgaria, China, Chile, Colombia, Curaçao, Indonesia, Ireland, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Lithuania, Malaysia, Moldova, Namibia, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, Thailand, USA and the UK.

His travel blogs, which also reflect on business issues, feature the Solomon Islands, Macedonia, Papua New Guinea, Ireland, Cape Verde, Sumatra (Indonesia), Japan, Mexico, China, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, Tonga, Spain, Lebanon, Australia, India, Albania and Timor Leste.

David’s international experience comes from working ‘on the ground’ in the following 64 countries [plus a few others online] as follows:

  • Albania [online]
  • Armenia
  • Australia [online]
  • Austria
  • Azerbaijan
  • Belarus
  • Belgium
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH)
  • Botswana
  • Brazil
  • Bulgaria
  • Canada
  • Chile
  • China
  • Colombia
  • Croatia
  • Curaçao (Netherlands Antilles)
  • Czech Republic [online]
  • Denmark
  • Egypt
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Georgia
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Jamaica
  • Kazakhstan
  • Kenya
  • Korea (Republic of Korea: ‘South Korea’)
  • Kosovo
  • Laos (PDR Lao)
  • Lebanon
  • Lithuania
  • Malaysia
  • Malta [online]
  • Moldova
  • Montenegro
  • Morocco
  • Netherlands / Holland
  • Namibia
  • New Zealand
  • Nigeria [online]
  • Norway
  • Oman [online]
  • Philippines
  • Portugal
  • Romania
  • Russia
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Serbia
  • Singapore
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • South Africa
  • Spain
  • Sudan [online]
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Taiwan
  • Thailand
  • Tunisia [online]
  • Turkey
  • Ukraine
  • United Arab Emirates
  • United Kingdom
  • United States of America
  • Vietnam
  • Zambia [online]
  • Zimbabwe

In addition to the countries above in which he has worked, David has visited a further 50+ countries including:

  • Albania
  • Andorra
  • Argentina
  • Australia
  • Bahrain
  • Bangladesh
  • Belize
  • Bolivia
  • Brunei
  • Cambodia
  • Cape Verde
  • Costa Rica
  • Cuba
  • Cyprus (Republic of Cyprus)
  • Cyprus (Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus)
  • Czech Republic
  • Ecuador
  • El Salvador
  • Fiji
  • Guatemala
  • Honduras
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Japan
  • Jordan
  • Kuwait
  • Latvia
  • Lesotho (Kingdom of Lesotho)
  • Luxembourg
  • Macedonia
  • Maldives
  • Malta
  • Mexico
  • Myanmar (Burma)
  • Nicaragua
  • Oman
  • Panama
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Peru
  • Poland
  • Samoa
  • San Marino
  • Solomon Islands
  • Sri Lanka
  • Timor Leste (East Timor)
  • Tonga (Kingdom of Tonga)
  • Tunisia
  • Uraguay
  • Vanuatu

David’s international experience includes keynote creative industries speeches, business training workshops for creative entrepreneurs, for example his ‘Designing Your Creative Business’ workshop which has been delivered in Spain, Taiwan, Vietnam, Ireland, Portugal, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Brazil, Namibia and Serbia as well as in the UK.

As a management consultant, his international experience includes working in the USA, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates, Colombia, Spain, Ireland, Canada, Bosnia & Herzegovina, the UK and Denmark to advise clients on how best to develop and grow their enterprises, using business strategies and/or new business models to achieve their goals.

He is often invited as a creative industries keynote speaker to talk about creative business at conferences and conventions world-wide. His keynote creative industry speeches draw on his international experience and specific expertise, backed up by his excellent reputation and professional accreditations.

David’s book ‘T-Shirts and Suits: A Guide to the Business of Creativity’ has been published in translations in China, Colombia, Taiwan, Spain, Lithuania, Thailand, Chile, Ukraine, Belarus, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Moldova and Kazakhstan.

His book ‘Chase One Rabbit: Strategic Marketing for Business Success. 63 Tips, Techniques and Tales for Creative Entrepreneurs’ is published in English, Spanish and French.

Some of David’s other publications, including articles, have been published in translations including Spanish, Romanian, German, Portuguese, French, Ukrainian, Indonesian, Azerbaijani, Thai, Belarusian and Italian.

David’s international experience adds to his knowledge of successful management methods and business techniques which he can offer in his various services to clients in the creative industries world-wide.

Design, media and technology enterprises around the world increase sales, prices and profits with David’s expert advice on marketing, leadership and business growth. Internationally, creative and cultural businesses grow with the help of David’s training workshops, coaching and books on business growth, marketing, and creative entrepreneurship, drawing on his international experience.

Some examples of his international experience, helping creative entrepreneurs to become even more successful include:

Keynote speech on The Business of Creativity at the Creative Business Summit Africa in Nairobi, Kenya.

Speech in South Africa using international examples of successful business development hubs in the creative sector and the growth of the creative economy worldwide.

Presentation at the European Commission in Brussels, Belgium on the creative economy in Europe and worldwide.

Workshop at the Centre for Creativity and business development workshop at the PODIM startup conference in Maribor, Slovenia.

Orange Economy keynote speech on creative entrepreneurship at an event in Curaçao in the Netherlands Antilles plus workshops for creative businesses on the Caribbean island.

Festival Naranja, Bogotá, Colombia: Keynote speech on ‘Successful Creative Entrepreneurship in the Orange Economy Worldwide’ and business development workshop for Findeter.

Biz Labs, Plovdiv, Bulgaria. Workshop for creative entrepreneurs and startups on ‘Combining Creativity and Business’.

Innovation Centre Kosovo (ICK). Presentation on ‘Business Growth in the Creative and Digital Industries’.

Third International Creative Industries Conference, Serbia. Keynote speech on ‘Creative Business in the Digital Economy’.

EU-Eastern Partnership Culture and Creativity Programme, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia and Ukraine: Presentations, interactive workshops and online video course for creative and cultural leaders.

Business Wisdom Summit, Ukraine. Keynote speech: ‘How to Profit from Creativity in Business’

TEDxENCGJ, Morocco. TEDx talk on ‘Marketing: Power by Illusion?’ at the National School of Business and Management at El Jadida, Morocco. (“Is Marketing a ‘Paper Tiger’?”)

World Summit of Creative Industries 2014 at the Global Entrepreneurship Congress (GEC), Moscow. Speech: “How to be a Creative Entrepreneur”

EIKEN Cluster of digital businesses, Spain. Conference speech on Creativity and Successful Business Models

2014 International Conference on Entrepreneurship, Philippines. Speech on ‘Creativity and Business: T-Shirts and Suits’

Bandung Creative City Forum, Indonesia. Workshop on ‘Creativity and Business: How to Succeed as a Creative Entrepreneur’

Zero Gravity Creations. Baltimore, USA. Consultancy project – business strategy/strategic marketing

Creative Industries Agency, Moscow, Russia. Presentation at Summer School for Russian creative entrepreneurs

Startup Malaysia. Presentation in Kuala Lumpur on ‘Innovation and Creativity for Startups’.

International Festival for Business 2014. Creative and Digital thematic sector co-ordinator

Instituto Serrano de Economia Criativa. Rio de Janeiro State, Brazil. ‘Designing Your Creative Business’ workshop and conference speech

Workshops in New Zealand (Auckland, Whangarei and Christchurch) on marketing and pricing for creative enterprises.

Korea Creative Industries Forum 2013. Keynote speaker on Creativity and Business at event in Seoul

SEBRAE. Mato Grosso State, Brazil. Seminar and advice on marketing to creative businesses in Cuiabá

TEDxNapoli. Italy. Keynote speaker on theme of Crisis and Creativity. (“a-Creativity : i-Creativity”)

British Council. Zimbabwe. Training workshops and presentations on creative entrepreneurship in Harare and Bulawayo

Ministry of Culture. Santiago, Chile. Conference speech on Creativity and Business

PRANA. Bogotá. Colombia. Business development consultancy for creative industries agency and incubator

Creativity Zentrum / Bizkaia Creaktiva. Bilbao, Spain. ‘Designing Your Creative Business’ workshop for creative entrepreneurs

SATU, Finland’s organisation for producers of TV and audiovisual content. Keynote speaker on New Business Models in the Creative Industries

Universidade Católica. Porto, Portugal. Guest lecture at opening of MBA course

Industrias Creativas Valparaiso. Chile. Training workshop for creative and digital businesses

ABEDESIGN (Brazilian Association of Design Companies), São Paulo, Brazil

China Beijing Cultural and Creative Industry Expo 2008

Fabrikken Creative Industries Business Centre, Lillehammer, Norway

Culture and Creative Industry Forum. Taipei, Taiwan


International experience in the creative industries
David making a presentation in Vilnius, Lithuania.


Workshop participants in Singapore with David Parrish international creative industries speaker and consultant
Workshop participants in Singapore with David Parrish


David Parrish, international creative industries expert, speaker, writer and trainer with Guilherme Marconi, commercial illustrator. One of David's clients in Brazil
Guilherme Marconi, commercial illustrator. One of David’s clients in Brazil


David Parrish, international creative industries expert, speaker, writer and trainer at his workshop in Egypt
David’s workshop in Egypt


Workshop participants in Lithuania with David Parrish international creative industries speaker and consultant
Workshop participants in Lithuania with David


David Parrish international creative industries speaker and consultant with workshop participants in Brazil
Workshop participants in Brazil

Here are a few examples of what people say about how they have benefited from David’s international experience, creative industries business advice, training, speaking and writing:

“David Parrish is a very inspirational speaker. The way he illustrates his points is excellent. He makes you laugh and instantly you start to think about your own ideas and projects.”
– Eli Folkestadaas. British-Norwegian Chamber of Commerce. Oslo, Norway.

“The choice to work with David was definitely the right one. In less than two days time we had crafted a cohesive short term and long term strategy that provides for desired growth, protects our IP, enables investment, and allows us to retain creative control of our technology. David’s ability to listen to your situation, to understand it, and then determine a course of action based on your specific needs and goals is rare and a makes David a joy to work with.”
– Aric Wanveer. Zero Gravity Creations LLC, Baltimore, USA

“David Parrish was a special guest of Creative Industries Summer School held in Moscow. Creative entrepreneurs from all over Russia said that David’s presentation was very inspiring, entertaining and very useful for them. His presentation “Creativity and Business: How to Succeed as a Creative Entrepreneur” was amazing and I am sure it will help develop creative entrepreneurship in Russia. David is a very bright and powerful expert.”
– Olga Kizina. Director. Creative Industries Agency. Moscow. Russia.

“Workshop participants were very impressed and inspired by David’s speech and book because he avoided using jargon, gave clear illustrations to describe what creative business is about and explained the general principles of running a creative business. He talked about some important issues, such as intellectual property, business formulas, knowing your competitors, knowing your market, and being prepared to say No.”
– HsinYi Ku. British Council, Taiwan

“David writes about creative business better than anyone I know.”

– Wayne Morris. The Creative Edge. New Zealand.

Read more testimonials about David’s work as a speaker, adviser, trainer and writer.

World-wide, David is a creative industries expert who specialises in helping creative and digital media businesses, creative entrepreneurs and cultural enterprises with business development, growth strategies, business plans, innovation, strategic marketing, intellectual property, raising finance, business growth, collaborations and innovation. His international experience of the creative industries adds to his knowledge, reputation and impact.

His services include management consultancy, creative industries business advice, marketing consultancy, growth coaching, mentoring, training workshops, seminars, presentations, speeches and writing.

Internationally, David inspires, informs and advises creative and digital businesses – and the agencies that support them. He empowers his clients by drawing on his own experience as a creative entrepreneur. His international experience underpins his expertise as a qualified business advisor, marketing consultant, specialist professional trainer, published author and keynote speaker.

Sharing the best ideas about business with the international community of creative entrepreneurs goes hand in hand with David’s work as an expert consultant providing creative industries business advice, training, consultancy, mentoring and coaching. Writing, speaking and facilitating networks to help creative entrepreneurs complements his work as a creative business adviser, management trainer and creative industries speaker. He specialises in helping media, design and technology businesses world-wide on business growth, strategic marketing and leadership using his international experience.

David helps clients by drawing on his own direct experience as an entrepreneur as well as his work helping hundreds of creative and digital businesses around the world as a creative industry expert. His direct experience of managing his own businesses, and his international experience,  is backed up by academic qualifications and professional accreditations.

David is an experienced and expert creative industries business adviser, management consultant, trainer, coach and mentor. He provides professional creative industries business advice to creative businesses in all sub-sectors of the creative and digital industries. These creative industry subsectors include: advertising and public relations, architecture, product design, designer fashion, film and video, music, publishing, software and computer games, web design and e-commerce, television and radio, visual arts, photography, graphic design and illustration, crafts and the performing arts. He has international experience of a wide range of creative industries subsectors.

Contact David’s offices in London, Liverpool or Manchester to make enquiries about his availablity to help with your conference, corporate event, organisation, business or project. David welcomes enquiries regarding business advice, training workshops, speaking engagements, writing assignments or projects to help creative and digital businesses and cultural enterprises world-wide.


David Parrish international creative industries speaker and consultant at the Cultural Economy conference in Santiago de Chile
David Parrish at the Cultural Economy conference in Santiago de Chile



David Parrish international creative industries speaker, consultant and trainer at his British Council Creative Economy unit workshop for creative entrepreneurs in Harare, Zimbabwe
David’s British Council Creative Economy unit workshop for creative entrepreneurs in Harare, Zimbabwe






Due to his commitment to helping creative entrepreneurs worldwide to become even more successful, using his international experience, David can work in the following countries:

Afghanistan, Aland Islands (Finland), Albania, Algeria, American Samoa (USA), Andorra, Angola, Anguilla (UK), Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Armenia, Aruba (Netherlands), Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belarus, Belgium, Belize, Benin, Bermuda (UK), Bhutan, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, British Virgin Islands (UK), Brunei, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Burma, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Canada, Cape Verde, Caribbean Netherlands (Netherlands), Cayman Islands (UK), Central African Republic, Chad, Chile, China, Christmas Island (Australia), Cocos (Keeling) Islands (Australia), Colombia, Comoros, Cook Islands (NZ), Costa Rica, Croatia, Cuba, Curacao (Netherlands), Cyprus, Czech Republic, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Denmark, Djibouti, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Estonia, Ethiopia, Falkland Islands (UK), Faroe Islands (Denmark), Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Finland, France, French Guiana (France), French Polynesia (France), Gabon, Gambia, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Gibraltar (UK), Greece, Greenland (Denmark), Grenada, Guadeloupe (France), Guam (USA), Guatemala, Guernsey (UK), Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Hong Kong (China), Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Ireland, Isle of Man (UK), Israel, Italy, Ivory Coast, Jamaica, Japan, Jersey (UK), Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kiribati, Kosovo, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Latvia, Lebanon, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macau (China), Macedonia, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Mali, Malta, Marshall Islands, Martinique (France), Mauritania, Mauritius, Mayotte (France), Mexico, Moldov, Monaco, Mongolia, Montenegro, Montserrat (UK), Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Nauru, Nepal, Netherlands, New Caledonia (France), New Zealand, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Niue (NZ), Norfolk Island (Australia), North Korea, Northern Mariana Islands (USA), Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Palau, Palestine, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Pitcairn Islands (UK), Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Qatar, Republic of the Congo, Reunion (France), Romania, Russia, Rwanda, Saint Barthelemy (France), Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha (UK), Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Martin (France), Saint Pierre and Miquelon (France), Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, San Marino, Sao Tom and Principe, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Serbia, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Sint Maarten (Netherlands), Slovakia, Slovenia, Solomon Islands, Somalia, South Africa, South Korea, South Sudan, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Suriname, Svalbard and Jan Mayen (Norway), Swaziland, Sweden, Switzerland, Syria, Taiwan, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Togo, Tokelau (NZ), Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Turks and Caicos Islands (UK), Tuvalu, Uganda, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, United States Virgin Islands (USA), Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Vatican City, Venezuela, Vietnam, Wallis and Futuna (France), Western Sahara, Yemen, Zambia, Zimbabwe.