David Irvine is an engineer and inventor with over 40 patents in the area of networking, security and privacy.
He started his career as an apprentice mechanical engineer, before taking the electrical and electronics route at college.
Whilst at college he was president of the student union and the West of Scotland NUS co-ordinator, and managed a student occupation of the college.
After college he took up a position as a graduate engineer with Thorn EMI.
David went on to design what was the world’s largest private network (Saudi Aramco), eventually returning to Scotland to start in business in 1995.
He started up a computer and network services company before transitioning to design an all-in-one server that was the highest downloaded software project at the time on downloads.com (eboxit). Understanding servers were the problem in today's digital world, David then spent several years designing what would become the SAFE network.