David Castain was selected as a 2022 member of the MIPAD’s Global Top 100 Under 40 Most Influential People of African Descent list. We admire his ability to connect and create moments of possibility while building an inspiring black story of excellence, authenticity, and passion. He is being recognized and honored alongside people like civil rights attorney Ben Crump and high-level executives from companies such as Apple, P.F. Chang, BBC, Marriott, Spotify, CNBC, and Meta, as well as world leaders and policymakers from Ethiopia, Brazil, United Kingdom, Saint Lucia, Nigeria, Colombia, Ghana, Dominican Republic, Zimbabwe, Barbados, Canada, Sierra Leone, and other major countries throughout Africa.MIPAD is a global civil society initiative supporting the United Nations International Decade for People of African Descent (UN IDPAD), proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly Resolution 68/237. In line with three pillars: recognition, justice, and development, MIPAD annually publishes a global Top 100 Under 40 list that identifies and honors the worldwide contributions of high achievers, odd-defying leaders, powerful visionaries, promising innovators, and elite global game changers of African descent across the globe.

David Castain is a serial entrepreneur, travel influencer, life & work coach, philanthropist, and scholar who is a member of the 2021 Forbes List, MIPAD’s Top 100 Most Influential People of African Descent in support of the United Nations, and the Entrepreneur Leadership Network. He is a former member of the Rolling Stone Culture Council and the Newsweek Expert Forum. David is the Chief Executive Officer of David Castain And Associates, a conceptual marketing firm that leverages the principles of psychology to address the issues involved in the growth of a business. He’s flown more than 18 times around the globe to 50 countries to examine and reconstruct the international marketing techniques used in demographic segmentation. With clients like Berkshire Hathaway’s Cort Furniture, Uber, Chipotle, and BET Networks. InlandValley Daily Bulletin said that “David Castain is the kind of person movies are made about”.Forbes describes him as a “self-made millionaire, and Huffington Post calls him “a marketing maven”. 

David holds a Bachelor’s from Howard University in communications, a Master’s from Georgetown University in public relations and corporate communications, and is currently a business psychology Ph.D. candidate at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Committed to giving back to the community, he created the David Castain Foundation, a nonprofit organization geared towards changing the future of the youth and young adults in at-risk situations who may not otherwise possess the necessary tools and resources to achieve success.

He also created David Castain Destinations; a traveling platform that provides insight, and preparation for exhilarating experiences across the globe. With his guidance, planning, and leveraging of resources traveling can become anyone’s reality. He has charmed king cobras in Sri Lanka, danced with lions in Argentina, laid with tigers in Thailand, driven tanks in Budapest, ran with wild kangaroos in Australia, trekked the jungles of Costa Rica, ridden camels across the deserts of Qatar, and watched sunsets in the Maldives.

David Castain

MIPAD's Top 100 Most Influential People of African Descent

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