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David Ellis, PhD

Global Head of Talent Acquisition Innovation

Mr. Ellis leads the global innovation function for Korn Ferry RPO.

David's responsibilities include developing thought leadership around current Talent Acquisition issues and trends, and consulting on these issues with Korn Ferry’s RPO clients.

Mr. Ellis is a seasoned talent acquisition consultant, having worked for over ten years with a variety of organizations across diverse industries in APAC, Europe and North America.  Recently, he led the development of the digital TA strategy for a global consumer industry client, and prior to that he led numerous TA strategy consulting engagements.  Additionally, Mr. Ellis has worked in RPO implementation as well as RPO operational leadership roles.

Mr. Ellis has developed experience evaluating talent acquisition functions, including the diagnosis of issues and opportunities for redeveloping strategy, as well as TA organization design.  Additionally, he is experienced in designing and delivering training programs aimed at upskilling recruiters and leaders.

He holds a Ph.D. from Massey University, New Zealand, with his Doctoral research focused on the field of international talent management.  He has presented at international talent management conferences and has published in The International Journal of Human Resources Management, for which he also serves as an editorial board member.

He also holds a Bachelor of Communications from Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand, and a Master of Management (HR Management) from Massey University, New Zealand.