David Wolton was born in 1938 and worked in his family business and in publishing. He started the imprint Ithaca Press in 1973, specialising in academic and political studies of the Middle East. From 1985 to 1994, he was chairman of Medical Aid for Palestinians. In I995 he started the UK charity Sudan Volunteer Programme which sends volunteers to teach English language in Sudan. In 1997 he joined Professor Colin Green in starting the charity which is now known as The Al Quds Foundation for Medical Schools in Palestine (FQMS).