Until 2013, David was Director of RUSI Qatar.
He completed a PhD at Durham University focusing on Qatar's security and international relations. David has lived, worked and studied throughout the Middle East including nine months in Qatar researching for his thesis.
He has written several chapters for books on the Gulf, authored numerous editorials in various Middle Eastern newspapers, presented his work at international conferences, consulted with a variety of security and intelligence companies and been quoted by the Financial Times, Reuters and other prestigious newspapers and magazines.
David obtained his undergraduate degree from the University of St Andrews in International Relations and a Masters degree in Diplomacy from Nottingham University. The Centre for the Advanced Study of the Arab World (CASAW) awarded David a fully-funded four-to-five year PhD in 2007. David is also currently the president of the British Society for Middle Eastern Studies (BRISMES) graduate section.