David Keen

Co-Founder at KUBE Ventures

David Keen

An evangelist for the power of experiential branding, David Keen is a successful entrepreneur and leading strategist for the travel and hospitality industries. Over the last 20 years, David has published and been interviewed in dozens of publications and has been a featured speaker at numerous conferences, tradeshows and professional events.

David was born in London and educated in New York at Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration. After embarking on his career in London and the United States, David ventured to Asia as a writer and editor, travelling widely in the region.

In 1996, David settled in Bangkok, where he founded QUO, a brand strategy and integrated communications agency. As CEO, David leads a team of over 90 esteemed professionals from around the globe as they use their extensive experience to craft brands that deeply resonate with today’s consumers. Whether branding nations, luxury hospitality giants, high-flying airlines, funky design hotels, adventurous travel companies or elegant boutique resorts, QUO brings ideas to life.

Insights by David Keen (4)

How do we encourage a start-up culture in hospitality?

Start-ups ignite transformation. Any industry that is either embryonic or in dire need of change has to deconstruct and regenerate in a more coherent, dynamic form. This is what happened to the food industry in many countries and to the many industries pre the advent of technology.

Thoughts on launching KUBE Ventures

Michael Levie and David keen reflect on the upcoming launch of Kube Ventures, which will launch at AHIC Dubai in September 2021.KUBE Ventures incubates and accelerates start-ups in global hospitality.

Looking forward to AHIC Dubai with Innovators Michael Levie & David Keen

Meet Michael Levie and David Keen, co-founders of KUBE Ventures, being launched at AHIC 2021 in Dubai. Both highly respected in the industry, Levie is best known for founding citizenM hotels, the owner-operator hotel brand for people that want to travel, work, eat, sleep and play stylishly and affordably, while Keen is the founder of QUO, a strategy-driven branding and digital agency celebrating 25 years in business.

HNtv INSIDERS - Discussing the need for transformational thinking in hospitality

A conversation between Michael Levie and David Keen, Co-Founders of KUBE Ventures.KUBE Ventures incubates and accelerates start-ups in global hospitality. Incorporated in Singapore by Michael Levie and David Keen in 2021, KUBE Ventures will officially launch in Dubai in September 2021 at the Arabian & African Hotel Investment Conference.