David Charters is a former diplomat turned investment banker, venture capitalist, author, and businessman. He was a director of SG Warburg Securities and a Managing Director of Deutsche Bank and his equity capital raising experience covers companies from virtually every sector and more than fifty countries. He has subsequently held a number of non-executive board and advisory roles including the Moscow Narodny Bank, the support services company AdviserPlus, the security company Protection Group International, the court jewelers Cleave and Co, the cyber security software company Glasswall Solutions, and the innovative legal services company Riverview Law whose Artificial Intelligence business was spun out as KIM. He has invested across a range of sectors, including mining, deep water salvage, software and real estate. He is a former magistrate and also a trustee of the John Smith Trust, which runs young leader programs across the former Soviet Union. He has published six novels, two collections of short stories and numerous comment pieces, book reviews, and articles.