David Arkless

Global Ambassador of The Abrahamic Business Circle

David was formerly a Global President at Manpower Group, International President of CDI Corporation and European Director at Hewlett-Packard Europe.

David won the first Global deals in the recruitment and staffing industry during the ’90s and established the concept of higher-value services in the sector. David joined Manpower Inc. in 1992 (having worked as a consultant in the company for 3 years) and retired from ManpowerGroup in 2013 to revert to his family consulting firm.

David is a world-renowned expert on labor market trends and also has widespread experience of helping countries develop their economic and labor market strategies. In 2011, he became Vice- President of Ciett, the international confederation of private employment agencies.

David serves as an Advisory Board Member for both the International Organization for Migration and the office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). He also formerly served as a Board Member of Education For Employment, the pre-eminent US-based foundation that helps unemployed young people and the long-term unemployed in the Middle East and Africa and still serves as their only Global Ambassador. He is a board member of the Club of The Hague.

He serves as a regular speaker at high profile events including the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos, the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the United Nations, the European Parliament, UK Parliament & House of Lords Select Committees, US Congressional and Senate committees, and at various internationally renowned business schools.

His career in business has included running European entities, Global sales organisations, Global consulting companies, serving on the Executive boards of 20BN $+ organisations, making more than 20 major international acquisitions, establishing huge companies in India, China, Vietnam and The Gulf, as well as managing to keep his family consulting company, which helps implement Billion $+ turnkey power generation projects remain the preferred partner of Global infrastructure companies.

Award recipient of the Outstanding Global Contribution in Labour Migration