Managing Partner, Head of Philippines
David, Country Partner at TNB Aura, covers the Philippines market and assists the team with due diligence, deal sourcing in the startup ecosystem, and other portfolio value adding activities. TNB Aura has been actively involved in the ecosystem, and David plays a crucial role on the ground as the market approaches maturity, especially with an uptick in venture activities in the Philippines in recent years.
David is the Founder and CEO of Bridge Southeast Asia, a social impact venture builder focused on emerging markets.
Prior to Bridge, David was Managing Director of New Leaf Ventures, a Philippines-based technology investment fund. David has over 20 years of experience investing in, managing, and exiting startups, and serves as a director in multiple for-profit and non-profit organizations in the Philippines.
Which famous person do you have the most chemistry with?
I really admire Alexander Hamilton and the energy he put into whatever he did.
Share an uncommon belief that you have.
In a world of OR look for AND.
Outside of the office, what do you have a heart for
Outside of the office, I have a lot of hobbies and am into multiple sports. I really enjoy painting, writing poetry, and reading history. I also play tennis, box and practice Arnis / Kali (which is a Filipino Martial Art). I’ve also been very active with social and community work, managing and serving on boards of NGOs, including the Real LIFE Foundation and Habitat for Humanity Philippines.