David Bussau is an inspiring social entrepreneur. Having retired at the age of 35 from a successful business career, he endowed a foundation to pioneer a concept of providing marketplace solutions for social problems. His foundation has birthed 15 international movements addressing a broad spectrum of social issues in developing countries, including health, education, water, microfinance, persecution, leadership, etc.
He is renowned for his innovative and creative approach to post disaster rehabilitation, contending that wealth creation and the power of market forces will accelerate poverty alleviation and nation building.
He consults to multinationals providing innovative concepts of effective CSR and has a team of dedicated colleagues based in Asia who implement and monitor programs.
He challenges the old development paradigms and generates fresh, exciting, audacious and bold out-of-the-box entrepreneurial ideas to liberate the poor.
He wants to ignite the creative spark in people to release the amazing potential in each one of us to live more dynamic, fulfilling and purpose-driven lives.
Year 2000, Australia’s 10 Most Creative Minds
Year 2001, Order of Australia Medal
Year 2003, Ernst & Young Social Entrepreneur of the Year Award
Year 2003, The first social entrepreneur to be inducted into the World Entrepreneur of the Year Academy in Monte Carlo, Monaco
Year 2005, Australian of the Year Finalist
Year 2005, Special Humanitarian Award (Singapore)
Year 2005, Hilton Distinguished Entrepreneur of the Year Award (USA)
Year 2006, Australian Council for International Development : Sir Ron Wilson Human Rights Award
Year 2007, Beta Gamma Sigma Medallion for Entrepreneurship (USA)
Year 2008, Senior Australian of the Year Award
Year 2010, Asia CEO Non Profit Leadership Team of the Year Finalist (Philippines)