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David Kelly

Director Asia-Pacific at IMarEST


David Kelly is the Director of Asia Pacific for the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST), responsible for the growth and profile of the Institute and its educational programmes within the Asia Pacific region.

A Chartered Marketer, David joined the IMarEST in 2012, where he spearheaded the development and execution of a completely reinvigorated marketing strategy which has fortified the Institute and supported rapid growth over the past three years.

David was a key driver behind a skills-gap roundtable held in London in 2013 and subsequent report: “Mitigating the Skills Gap in the Maritime and Offshore Oil and Gas Sector” which led to a redeveloped Skills Working Group under the UK’s Marine Industries Leadership Council (MILC). He has supported the delivery of a Career Level Framework aimed at supporting the professional development of marine professionals around the globe.

David is the current Chair of the UK’s Marine Industries Leadership Council (MILC) Image Working Group; Vice Chair of Maritime UK’s Marketing and Promotions Working Group; a Group Representative on the British Chamber of Commerce (Singapore) Marketing & Creative and Transport, Logistics & Supply Chain Business Groups; and is a mentor at Ngee Ann Polytechnic (Singapore) for Business and Marketing students.

Prior to the IMarEST, David led and delivered the global marketing programmes for the International Wine & Spirit Competition Group of brands in the UK, America and Asia after marketing B2B and B2C solutions, both online and offline, in the financial services industry.

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