David Elikwu is a writer, startup operator and keynote speaker who has delivered talks and workshops at some of the world's most prestigious organizations, including Google, Mediacom, Ebay, Deloitte and more.

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David started his career early. At 18, he was working on marketing campaigns for companies like Amazon, Krispy Kreme, and Credit Suisse.

After spending time at Google and at a law firm in Shanghai, David landed at global law law firm Mayer Brown where he worked at the forefront of large ($50m-2bn) debt transactions.

David eventually pivoted to technology, consulting for over a dozen startups before joining Beamery full-time as Chief of Staff. He now works in Product Strategy and Operations.

Along the way, David built a few businesses including:

  • Skytribe (Baba's Flight Club), a global collective of +2000 millennial travellers;
  • The Knowledge, a media platform helping +15,000 curious professionals think deeper and work smarter;
  • Democratic Republic, a value-led brand supporting global artisanship through African coffee and biodynamic wine, and;
  • Jendaya (co-founder), an Africa-first luxury e-commerce platform.


The Legend of Success 🚣🏾

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We all love a good story. And what's more inspiring than a heroic tale of triumph? In his keynote The Legend of Success, David breaks down the hidden narratives in some of history's most famous legends of success. From the Spartans to the Ninja to the Samurai to Netflix, he reveals the secret sauce behind many success stories, and the parts we often miss.

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In this keynote, David distills the key principles that anyone can use to create their own legend.

David's storytelling is captivating. He weaves a complex and fascinating tale that is sure to engage and inspire his audience. A must-watch for anyone seeking to create their own success story, The Privilege Paradox is an inspiring and thought-provoking journey into the heart of what it takes to achieve greatness.

The Privilege Paradox πŸ—Ί

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What is privilege? It's a word that's often used but rarely defined, and when it is, the definition is usually incomplete. Most people think of privilege as an advantage that someone has over others, but it's so much more than that. Privilege is also about luck, fortune, and resource allocation. It's a complex concept, but understanding it is vital to creating a fairer world.

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In his keynote The Privilege Paradox, David Elikwu explores the many facets of privilege and dispels common misconceptions about it. He offers a constructive approach to transforming our world through a better understanding of how privilege works.

David's weaves stories from people around the world to paint a clearer picture of privilege and its impact on society. His talk is eye-opening, thought-provoking, and ultimately hopeful. It's an essential conversation for anyone who wants to create a more just and equal world.

Go Get a Horse (and how to become invincible) 🐎

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Change is the only constant in life. And yet, so many of us fear it. We try to avoid it at all costs. But what if we could learn to embrace change? What if we could harness its power to help us become more resilient?

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In his keynote, The Resilience Playbook, David Elikwu shows us how. He explains how individuals and organisations can successfully ride waves of change, become anti-fragile, future-proof, and reframe failure in a way that makes success inevitable.

David's talk weaves historical proof and personal narrative, showing how individuals and organisations can win the battle to innovate against the clock.

If you're looking for a way to thrive in spite of the challenges life throws your way, then don't miss this inspiring talk by David Elikwu. It just might be the secret to unlocking your own personal power.

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