About David.

David has over 5+ years of professional public speaking experience within schools, universities and government. 


At just 22 years of age, thousands of students have benefited from the authentic, relatable and transformational power of his school programs and books.

From humble beginnings in Perth, Western Australia, Mr Castelanelli has grown to become Australia’s

leading Youth Success Mentor - working with over 150+ schools annually. 


He has been voted one of Australia’s National Top 100 Young Leaders and now offers his books and online presentations to an international audience of students.

David has dedicated his life to helping young people achieve their own versions of success and happiness.

Growing Up. 

David’s career was initially sparked from a suggested YouTube video.


In June 2013, a 15-year-old David came across and watched a YouTube video titled ‘How Bad Do You Want Success?’ - this was his first contact with the world of personal development and success.


As a young student, David became obsessed with reading personal development books, listening to podcasts and attending an array of seminars. This eventually led him to attending international programs in Los Angeles and Hong Kong.


David presented his first motivational speech at his former high school in 2016. Since then, he has visited and worked with over 150 schools in Australia.

Meet The Team

David Castelanelli


Director & Lead Facilitator


David is a leading Success Mentor & Coach for young adults. He was formerly the WA Youth Ambassador in 2018 and also a finalist in the 2019 WA Youth Awards.  


David was awarded the John Curtin Scholarship (Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Public Relations) at Curtin University. He has also completed graduate credit studies at Harvard University in Leadership & Public Speaking.


David has been voted as one of Australia's Top 100 Young Leaders and is currently appointed to the Minister's Youth Advisory Council (MYAC).

Clare Kovacev

Head of Operations & Programs Coordinator

Clare has completed a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Western Australia with a double major in Accounting & Finance.


She is a chartered accountant and is a fully qualified member of Chartered Accountants Australia & New Zealand (CAANZ). 

Clare spent 4 years working as a consultant at Ernst & Young and KPMG within their accounting & corporate finance divisions.

Clare is responsible for all enquiries, customer service, financial and administrative matters as well as social media marketing and event planning.

Francesca De Nuccio​


Program Facilitator

Francesca is our lead female presenter who assists David with school programs over the past 3 years. 

She is currently studying a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Journalism & Theatre Studies at the University of Notre Dame.

Francesca is currently volunteering for Teach Grow Learn (TGL) tutoring rural students in order to improve their educational outcomes and aspirations. 

She is the Vice President of the Notre Dame Liberal Club and a contributing member of Notre Dame's NewsSpeak organisation.

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