Dr David Duke MBE


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Govan-born David Duke MBE is founder and CEO of Street Soccer Scotland, a social enterprise that uses football to create positive change in the lives of socially disadvantaged adults and young people across the country.

He is also founder of Change Centre Scotland, a social enterprise tackling homelessness through personal development and self-management centres.

David has been homeless himself, making him uniquely placed to inspire, deliver and advise on social inclusion programmes that use sport as a vehicle for change. He works with local and national government, sports governing bodies, mental health charities, housing associations, football clubs and entrepreneurs to improve the lives of homeless people.  

He is a regular contributor at the international Doha Goals Forum and has been a speaker at global events including TEDx and Beyond Sport Global Summit, and a guest of the Special Olympics in LA.

David is also Global Ambassador for the Homeless World Cup, an Ambassador for the charity Quarriers, and an Advisory Board Member at UNICEF (Scotland).

In 2012 he was named The Sunday Times’ Change Maker of the Year and, in 2016, as a CNN Hero. He has an Honorary Doctorate from Edinburgh’s Queen Margaret University and this year was awarded an MBE in recognition of his contribution to sport and socially disadvantaged people.

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