DCN April 2017 - Page 21

meet me room What’s your biggest pet peeve? People who refuse to take an open minded approach to change. The world we live in is evolving rapidly and the technology industry is at the forefront of that change. If people don’t embrace it and open their mind to new possibilities then life-changing opportunities can be lost, both in a personal and professional capacity.  What qualities do you value in the people you work with? For me, having colleagues with passion, conviction, a positive attitude and a willingness to work hard, are fundamental to success. Though knowledge and skills are important, these can be taught and improved upon but if an individual lacks optimism, passion or a work ethic, then there is no foundation to build knowledge and expertise. What is the best piece of advice you have ever been given? I once heard an old Maori proverb which said: ‘Turn your face toward the sun and the shadows will fall behind you.’ It can mean so many different things depending on your situation and it is applicable to most things in life. Do you have any personal heroes? My parents. They believed in working hard and aiming high. They installed a positive attitude and a set of values and morals that I think are important to live by. Though these values change as you grow, I feel lucky that my parents gave me such a good starting point in life.  Jerusalem is top of David’s list of places to visit. the mountains or spending a night having a laugh with friends. How would you spend your perfect weekend (no travel constra