Name: David Pope
Job title: Managing Director, Senior Voice Coach
Company: All Voice Talent
AmCham member since: 2016
Where is home?
Hong Kong is my home. 23 years now! I was between contracts at BBC Ealing film studios so headed here for a holiday. Enough said, got sucked into this amazing place.
Favorite hangout in Hong Kong?
Terroir Parisien, Prince’s Building. Classy but unpretentious French cuisine and killer cocktails.
What is something people would be surprised to learn about you?
I’m an open water swimmer. Someone from my pool suggested I give it a go. My first race was 5km, Stanley to South Bay and I won a cup. There’s nothing more meditative than being out in the ocean, head down, in the silence.
What was your first ever job?
As a runner for a pop video company in Soho, London. It was like The Devil Wears Prada - a terrifying boss, I can’t say who, he’s still very well known. I got to work on some amazing videos though, Dire Straits, Ah-a, Peter Gabriel, George Michael’s Wham. I learned that no matter how famous or rich, we are all the same deep down and everyone deserves to be treated the same. As an 18 year old, this was a crucial life lesson.
If you could do anything other than your current job, what would you be doing?
Running silent meditation retreats - sadly I talk too much!
How would you describe what you do to an 8-year old?
I make people talk in lots of different voices so they can feel strong and confident.
What do you like to do outside of work?
Swimming is my go to thing, but the hikes here, even after 23 years never cease to amaze me. And free-flow brunches sometimes hit the spot.
Name something on your bucket list.
Rent a camper van and drive the entire length of New Zealand. Namibia too - a stunning place, I saw it from the air and fell in love.
Which AmCham event are we likely to find you at next?
We recently launched our Speak Up! Voice Coaching program for teenagers, teaching them an invaluable skill for life, so I’d most likely be found at any event promoting education and communication.
My favorite AmCham experience
Ming Lai Cheung
Manager, Illicit Trade Prevention – Asia, PMI & AmCham’s Shadow Economy Subcommittee Chair
“I always feel very proud and privileged to have served as an AmCham staff member in government relations and public affairs. I have many fond memories, including being part of both Doorknocks in Washington DC and Beijing, to be in the Government Relations Group meetings with Hong Kong SAR government, and working closely with all of the chamber’s excellent committees on advocacy projects. But I must say, one of my major highlights was to be an integral part of the chamber’s five-year strategic plan. It was an incredible experience to ask meaningful questions, explore answers and shape the future together with the leaders, members and staff, not just for the chamber, but for its influence and impact upon Hong Kong, U.S.-China relations and the Asia Pacific region.”