David P. Lewis CEO
David has over 30 years’ experience in international business as an attorney, corporate adviser, M&A, business strategy, Asian market expansion, licensing and change management.
He is an entrepreneur having built several start ups in Australia, the USA, UK and Hong Kong and has advised companies throughout the world. David is also a lawyer with a background in IT and Intellectual Property protection.
He is currently Chairman of OLS UK Ltd owner of the international Omnis Software business, CEO of software company The DLA Group, Entrepreneur in Residence at the AFG Venture Group and on several advisory boards. He is a former Visiting Fellow in the Faculties of Law at UNSW and Sydney University.
Prior to the establishment of The DLA Group, David practiced as an attorney in the 1980s with the Law Firm then called Freehill Hollingdale & Page in the field of technology law as well as participating in the set-up and design of the extensive knowledge management computer facilities at that firm. David had experience as a software developer and designer of computer networks and was hired in these unique dual roles.
David is a published author in the field of Technology & Law, IT and knowledge management. He co-wrote the “Australasian Computerised Legal Information Retrieval Handbook” [Butterworths 1988], a legal textbook that was used by Australian Universities in their curricula.
David authored many papers for the International Bar Association on IT Law and Database Technology. He has presented papers throughout the world including international conferences in Australia, UK, France, Singapore and the USA.
He has acted as mediator, on referral by the Law Society of New South Wales, in several disputes both related to software and information technology (IT) and other matters and has been responsible for providing advisory services, software development and software implementation for corporations in numerous countries including Australia, the United States, Singapore, Thailand, New Zealand, the Philippines, and various EU countries.
David has also provided expert IT evidence in a number of legal matters and was called to give IT and legal evidence and advice to The Australian Federal Government’s Senate Standing Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs during the examination of the enhanced taxfile numbering scheme. He also presented the case for ASDA to the Government’s Prices Surveillance Authority and Trade Practices Commission during their 1991-92 inquiry into software prices in Australia.
He has built The DLA Group over the past 30 years and continues to manage its operations in South East Asia.
In 2012 he co-founded and funded a start-up Media Agency to billings over $40M. He exited this investment in early 2017.
Late 2016 David acquired Omnis Software Limited from a US based public company and, with co-investors in Europe, privatised the company and moved the HQ to the United Kingdom. David now acts as Chairman of the Board of Omnis.
International: USA & Hong Kong
During 1999-2000 David acquired and moved a software company to California. This company attempted to gain a foothold in the US and sought US based funding. Seed funding was provided in Australia by both DLA and Apple Computer. David lived in San Francisco from November 1999 until June 2000 when DLA exited from that investment.
From January to June 2001, David assumed a consulting position of Principal Strategy Advisor to the US-owned, Hong Kong-based emaimai.com to assist with the transformation of a Chinese language on-line auction site into an international mobile payment (m-commerce) service, utilizing existing assets and technology delivering a new digital verification service for wireless payments.
In October 2009 David joined The AFG Venture Group as an adviser to the intellectual property advisory group based in London.
AFG Venture Group is an Asian and Australian based corporate advisory and consulting firm which combines the skills and experience of the Asean Focus Group undertaking merger, acquisition, divestment, fund raising and consulting for private and public companies.
Current Professional & Charitable Positions
- CEO of The DLA Group;
- Chairman, OLS Holdings (UK) & Omnis Software Limited (UK) 2016- ;
- Entrepreneur in Residence, AFG Venture Group, October 2009 – 2012 (based in London UK);
- Member of Council to The Melanoma Foundation, February 2005- ;
- Chairman & panel member of the General Purposes/Appeals Tribunal, FNSW (Football NSW) 2007- 9 & 2013-;
Past Professional & Charitable Positions
- Director of The Indochina Starfish Foundation charity Australian Branch 2006-10;
- Director of The Emanuel School, August 2005-2008;
- Maccabi Junior Soccer Board Member & Convenor of Girls’ Football 2003-2006;
- Chairman of the Judiciary Committee, ESFA (Eastern Suburbs Football Association) 2005-2008;
- Chairman of the Referees Standing Committee, ESFA (Eastern Suburbs Football Association) 2009;
- Chairman & Member of the Board of The Australian Apple Programmers and Developers Association (AAPDA) 1996-2000;
- Chairman of ASDA (the Australian Software Distributors Association) from 1989-1993;
- Member of the Executive Committee of the ACS (Australian Computer Society) in 1989;
- Visiting Fellow at both The University of NSW (1980-88) and Sydney University (1988) Faculties of Law;
David holds a BA LLB from The University of NSW, is a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of NSW and the High Court of Australia, a member of the NSW Law Society and held the professional qualification MACS from the Australian Computer Society.