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Passionate to inspire you!

David lives in Chiang Mai, Thailand, is married to Natascha and is father of four teenagers. He is a associate certified coach with the International Coaching Federation and has earned the distinction of being selected as a top Executive Coach by David values hard work and fun, as well as being flexible. At the same time he strives for excellence and is constantly learning new things. His curiosity is your asset.

Before moving to Thailand David lived in Laos for 18 years, where he owns Asiastar Business Consultants and and co-founded several other small businesses and initiatives. 

Laos is a place full of incredible people, but also many challenges. It is among the poorest nations of the world. David's businesses were set up with a long-term perspective and for the greater good.



"It is my belief that we are in this world for a greater purpose: Knowing and glorifying God. This understanding guides everything I do." David R. Landes

David walks alongside leaders who want to make a difference in this world through their businesses and projects. Everyone needs a companion, when on a journey. Learning together is what it's all about.

Cross-cultural experiences have been formative for David. Born 1977 in the Netherlands, he spent his early childhood in Burkina Faso and Cote d'Ivoire. In Germany, his home country, David gathered experience with small business consulting and event management. Given the opportunity, he travelled Southeast Asia extensively and settled in Laos in 2005.

Believing that businesses are uniquely positioned to bring about positive change, David was intimately involved in founding a number of businesses in Laos and consulted for numerous entrepreneurs as they set out on their journeys. He learned a lot in various consulting capacities at different companies and NGO's.

David is convinced that businesses can act as catalyst for social, economic, environmental and spiritual change. Besides executive coaching, David continues to work as an entrepreneur and consultant. 


  • Faculty Member International Leadership Coaching Academy  (2023 - Present) 

  • Associate Certified Coach (ACC), issued by the ICF (2021 - Present) 

  • Founder and CEO of Dalando Business Solutions (2002 - Present) 

  • Founder and CEO of Thrive:ASIA Online Training  (2020 - Present) 

  • Co-Founder and Virtual Team Leader at OM Mekong Service Hub  (2020 - 2023) 

  • Executive Coach since 2018 

  • Graduated from the International Leadership Coaching Academy  (2019) 

  • Co-Founder of Starbooks Book Cafe, Vientiane (2014, CEO 2014-2018) 

  • Founder of Asiastar Business Consultants, Vientiane (2010, CEO 2010-2020) 

  • Co-Founder of Phongsavann Learning Center, Luang Prabang (2008, Director 2008-2010)

  • Country Director and Team Leader for various NGO's  (2005-2020)

  • Working in South and Southeast Asia since 2002

  • Working in partnership with OM Germany since 2002

  • Working in Business Consulting since 1999

  • Working in inter-cultural teams since 1997

what my clients say...

"The coaching journey has been the highlight of my year. I’ve learned a lot about self awareness, making decisions and sticking to those decisions."

Martha S.

Country Director at an NGO in Central Asia


Get in Touch

David R. Landes Executive Coach

186/67 Soi 5 World Club Land
Nong Khwai Hang Dong
Chiang Mai 50230
Kingdom of Thailand

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