David Willson

David Willson

“I’ve loved and collected art from a young age. So, it’s a joy to now be able to apply my hard business skills developed over a lifetime to help our stable of painters gain the recognition they deserve.”

After a few years as the youngest fund manager in Australia at the time, David realised that technology is where his real passion lay and built a career in business and technology consulting that saw him work with banks, insurance firms, law and accounting firms across more than fifty countries, spanning over two decades.

Growing up in a home with many art works collected by his parents, David spent his second pay-check on buying a piece of original art for himself, and he hasn’t really stopped since.

One night after dinner in Bangkok, the conversation between David, Albrecht and Kiki turned to the wish of the latter two to move beyond their generous patronage to helping their artists develop a higher profile and recognition in the art world.

David grabbed a pen and a napkin and outlined his thoughts on a business plan and social media branding that he felt would work for their artists. Albrecht and Kiki wanted to move forward with the plan but only if David would take the lead.

Which is how David came on board, broadening IBEX’s support from fixed financial funding and artistic stimulation to include exhibitions at prime venues around the world and strategic and sustained online exposure.

David has taught business law, technology, branding and marketing at university level. He has an MBA, a Masters in Commercial Law and Graduate Diplomas in Managing Law Firms and in Managing Superannuation Funds.

He has been active as a social entrepreneur and advocate in social causes revolving around education, climate change, and mentorship. He is also a prolific reader, a staunch wine snob, a fussy foodie, and holds three black belts and an instructor’s certificate across multiple martial arts.