Zlin Design Week conference speaker

David was a speaker at Zlin Design Week conference in the Czech Republic in 2021.

Zlin Design Week published the video below on YouTube with the following description:
“David Parrish is a British expert in the creative industries. He works with creative entrepreneurs and helps them to be even more successful. It combines the best of creativity and marketing. He argues that it is not a compromise between creativity and business, but a matter of getting the best of both worlds. He is the author of several books in which he combines creativity with business, commerce, marketing and management.”

“David participated as a speaker in our online Conference for Zlin Design Week 2021. It’s always great to meet people who support and develop creative industries, who are inspiring and open to sharing their knowledge with others. Thank you, David, it was a true pleasure to cooperate with you.”
Vendula Mašláňová. Zlin Design Week, Czech Republic

Creative Industries Keynote Speaker

Organisers of conferences and events say in their feedback that David inspires, enlightens and entertains their audiences. As a creative industries keynote speaker, David brings his own experience of working in the creative industries, along with success stories from his clients around the world to his speeches and presentations.
David has spoken about the Creative Industries at the European Commission in Brussels and the United Nations in Geneva.

See Videos of David speaking and read What Clients Say about David.

“It was a pleasure to invite David to give the keynote speech at the Third International Creative Industries Conference in Novi Sad, Serbia. His speech about ‘Creative Business in the Digital Economy’ was enlightening. It was ideal for our audience that included startups, government officials, investors and agencies from Serbia and other countries. David’s speech was also broadcast on TV to reach an even wider audience. We were delighted with the positive impact that David made on the creative industries here in Serbia.”
Tatjana Kalezic. Creative Industries Cluster of Vojvodina KVIK. Serbia

creative industries keynote speaker David Parrish at creative business conference speaking on creative marketing and communication

“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

“David was our international speaker at Toolbox Naranja and brought his extensive international experience to the event. As an expert in creative entrepreneurship, and with knowledge of creative districts around the world, we regard David as a partner in our ambitious initiatives in the Orange Economy in Colombia. Moreover it’s easy to work with David because he is a professional; not only as an excellent speaker but also because he co-operates fully with our deadlines, requests for information and videos, and local media interviews.” 
– Laura Franco. Toolkit Naranja. Coolture Investments, Colombia

David has delivered keynote speeches and other presentations around the world.
He has spoken at the United Nations in Geneva.
David has spoken at conferences, conventions, forums, summits and other events for the creative industries, the digital economy, the cultural industries, the creative economy, the cultural economy and the ‘Orange Economy’. His clients are business support agencies, conference organisers, government departments, events organisers, creative hubs, business centres, co-working spaces, professional associations, public sector agencies, commercial companies, government ministries, the European Commission, the United Nations, NGOs, charities, city councils and universities. David has given talks and participated in panel discussions and round table debates. He has also presented masterclasses, lectures and TEDx talks.

Creative Industries Speaker David Parrish

“David was an inspiring speaker at the Creative Business Summit Africa. Creative entrepreneurs from Kenya and other African countries found the examples from his international experience to be a great motivation in their own endeavours. David participated fully in the events and we consider him to be a partner in our work to empower creative entrepreneurs.”
– John Wali. Executive Director. Junior Achievement Kenya / Creative Business Summit Africa

For example he was a creative industries keynote speaker at Creative Business Summit Africa in Kenya and at the ‘Orange Festival’ creative economy conference in Bogotá to promote the creative industries in Colombia. In South Africa he was the keynote creative industries speaker at the event ‘Unlocking the Creative Economy’. He was the creative industries keynote speaker at the Ejadah Confex, the Saudi Arabia Creative Economy Conference and Exhibition; keynote speaker in Serbia at the Third International Creative Industries Conference. He was a speaker at the Business Wisdom Summit in Ukraine; EVCOMference in the UK; and creative industries keynote speaker at the Korea Creative Economy Forum. He made a presentation at the United Nations (UNCTAD) in Geneva. He gave a talk on creativity and business at Young Africa Botswana in Gabarone, Botswana and gave a presentation at the ‘Think up Culture!’ conference in Spain. He was the international speaker at Toolkit Naranja at Colombia 4.0 in Bogotá. David made a presentation on the creative industries to the European Commission in Brussels, Belgium. He also spoke in Russia at the World Summit of Creative Industries in Moscow; at a Samsung Conference in Portugal; and a Cultural Economy Conference in Chile. In Ireland, David was the creative industries keynote speaker at Enterprise Week in County Donegal, Ireland. He was the international keynote speaker at The Digital Debate Digital Industries conference in Bogotá, Colombia. In Kazakhstan he was the speaker on ‘How to Combine Creativity and Business’. (See many more examples and testimonials below.)

“David has been a pleasure to work with since day one when we have approached him. His name was specifically chosen based on his expertise and background as a creative keynote speaker. We are especially appreciating the attention to details given by David and flexibility to fit the conference theme promoting the creative economy in Saudi. Audiences from different backgrounds were highly influenced by the content presented by David throughout his two sessions “Creative Economy Worldwide” and “Combining Business With Creativity”. Local speakers and guests have approached David in different ways and he was pleasantly attending all requesting. ACE Events as an organizer had a very smooth experience with David until the last day, which we are highly thankful for and this is definitely a presence that we look forward to have in more events to come in future.”
Mais El-Ras. Ejadah Confex. Saudi Arabia. www.ejadahcon.com

David Parrish. Creative Economy Speaker

“David facilitated 2 workshops – Creative Pricing and Creative Business Strategy – at Porto INDIE WORKERS Bootcamp 2019 and both sessions were much appreciated by the participants. In fact, we received numerous spontaneous feedback notes thanking for the precious and inspiring content that David delivered.
For us, as an organization, it was a pleasure to work with David, always available and easy-going, with a tremendous sense of responsibility and professionalism.
Also, always a nice company and relevant presence in all networking moments, totally engaged in making new contacts, giving attention and time to all the involved in the event.
We surely invite David again to participate as a speaker in our next events!”
Tânia Santos, Indie Workers / CRU Cowork, Porto-Portugal

David is a popular inspiring and entertaining keynote speaker at conferences and events world-wide. He is one of the most respected international creative industries keynote speakers. David is a motivational speaker and inspires audiences about creative enterprise, the creative economy, the creative and digital industries, the digital economy, cultural enterprise, the cultural economy and creativity in business. As a qualified marketing expert, David speaks about creative marketing, international marketing, marketing strategies and international business.

“EXCELLENT was the overwhelming response of delegates about David’s speech on Creativity and Business”

International creative industries speaker David Parrish

International Creative Industries Speaker

(Read more testimonials about David’s speaking in China, South Korea, Finland, Brazil, Ireland, Italy, Colombia, Morocco, the Philippines, Norway, Serbia, Spain, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Denmark, Portugal, Ukraine, the Netherlands, Malaysia, the UK, Chile, Taiwan, Vietnam, Kenya, Kazakhstan, Georgia and Curaçao.)

creative industries keynote speaker David Parrish with Sam Lee, President of Samsung Portugal, after keynote speech on creativity in business in creative city Lisbon.
Keynote speaker David Parrish with Sam Lee, President of Samsung Portugal, at Samsung event.


“David Parrish was an inspiration to creative and digital entrepreneurs in Bogotá and made an excellent contribution to The Digital Debate as the international keynote speaker. By bringing his wide international experience and message about combining creative passion with smart business thinking, he helped to accelerate the growth of the digital industries in Colombia.”
– Carlos F Ramirez. Managing Director. “The Digital Debate” Creative Economy Conference, Bogotá. Colombia

“Creative Georgia invited David Parrish to participate as main speaker in the online conference of the RE-conception project in the context of the British Council support program ‘Creative Spark: Higher Education Enterprise Program’. His speech bore the title “How to be Successful Creatively AND Commercially”, in which he emphasized the smart sides of being creative and commercial at the same time. He brought in his own life experience, and the way he expressed his ideas was very inspiring for the Georgian audience.”
Tiki Baghashvili. Creative Georgia.

“Donegal Local Enterprise Office engaged David Parrish as a keynote speaker and to deliver a number of one to one mentoring sessions as part of Local enterprise Week 2017. David spent a number of days in Donegal, meeting with creative businesses and engaging with stakeholders interested in the creative sector. During that time his wealth of experience was evident and his insights to the creative industries proved invaluable. Feedback from all those who engaged with David was immensely positive and we were delighted that his input contributed significantly to a very successful Donegal Local Enterprise Week.”
– Michael Tunney, Head of Enterprise, Donegal, Ireland

“Working with David has been a great pleasure and a fantastic learning experience, his presentations and workshops full of strategic knowledge and valuable insights plus his warm approach to people left the public tremendously engaged, inspired and eager to follow trough the learnings. I highly appreciate the professionalism and dedication to the project and the quality time spent with David on a personal level, very much recommend his mentoring! Looking forward to work together again in the near future.”
– Juan Diego Ortiz – Coolture Investments, Bogotá – Colombia
Organisers of Festival Naranja.

“We are very grateful that David could be our Key Note Speaker at our Curacao Creative Economy event. There is a lot of uncertainty for the creative entrepreneurs in Curaçao. A lot of our creatives often worry that they are making the wrong choice to continue working in the creative industry. David’s keynote was an inspiration to many of them, some of them coming up to me afterwards telling me that now they are confident that it is the right choice and that they are now motivated to make it work! Thank you David!”
– Eloise van Wickeren. Film Commissioner at the Ministry of Economic Development in Curaçao.