David Harkin

David Harkin

Entrepreneur & CEO, 7Billionideas

David is the Founder and CEO of 8billionideas which exists to give every student the skills and belief to change the world. They do this by teaching entrepreneurship, career education and life skills through their 24*7 live experiences, courses and video platform.

8billionideas is one of twenty organisations that was featured by St James’ Palace in 2021 in their publication on ‘Leadership and Innovation – For the next 300 years’, because of their forward thinking approach to education.

David is an entrepreneur, a proud 2x TEDx speaker and author. In 2020 he was asked to be a Council member of Foundation of Educational Development – which has been created to help create a long-term vision for education in the UK. In 2021 he was made a Fellow of High Performance Learning.

David made the leap from the corporate world to become an entrepreneur after spending the best part of a decade working for the technology giant IBM.

David is also very proud to be a husband to Jenny and father to 2 beautiful boys – Toby and Harry. In his spare time, he is an ambassador for African Promise and regularly raises money for the charity by running half and full marathons (including London in 2018 and the London Virtual in 2020). He also is incredibly passionate about cricket and is a Vice President of Sevenoaks Vine CC and a playing member for the MCC. His dream came true of playing at Lords in 2019.