After graduating from Worcester College, Oxford in 1974 in politics, economics and philosophy (PPE) David worked for nearly 34 years in the European Commission from 1977 till 2011. He held a variety of posts including in the Statistical Office, Luxembourg (1977-1981) the Directorate General for Energy, Brussels (1982-1987); and then industrial trade policy negotiations during the Uruguay multilateral trade round (1987-1989).
From 1989 till 1992 he was a member of President Delors’ “Think Tank” called the “Cellule de Prospectives” and from 1993 till 1994 he was a member of Sir Leon Brittans’ Cabinet and worked on various aspects of trade and industrial policy. In 1995 he became an Adviser to President Jacques Santer in his Cabinet. From March 2000 till October 2010 he was first Director, then Deputy Director-General for securities and financial markets, then for all financial services policy in DG Internal Market and Services. He helped design and drive forward the Financial Services Action Plans to integrate the EU’s capital and financial services markets.
David’s appointment as Secretary General of the International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO) commenced 15 March 2012. He left IOSCO in March 2016 and is now the Chairman of EUROFI, Paris and a partner at FLINT-GLOBAL in London.