Under the Patronage of

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum

Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai

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Andreas Dressler

Managing Director
FDI Center

Andreas Dressler has been active in foreign direct investment (FDI) for over 20 years. He is the founder and managing director of FDI Center, an advisory company that works with countries, regions, cities, industrial parks and special economic zones to implement investment promotion strategies and attract new investment. He is also the founder of Location Decisions, a location advisory firm that assists companies from different industries to select the best locations and sites for their investments worldwide.

Andreas previously founded and managed Terrain, a specialized consulting firm providing services to companies and investment promotion agencies worldwide. Andreas sold Terrain in 2013 and continued to run the company as a stand-alone division until 2017. Andreas started his career with KPMG in Washington, DC. helping companies to develop international market entry strategies. He soon shifted focus to advising on location selection for international expansion and moved to KPMG in New York, where he created a specialized cross border investment practice (Global Location & Expansion Services). In 2003, he relocated to Frankfurt to build a location advisory group for KPMG in Europe while continuing to coordinate the firm’s global FDI advisory activities. During his time at KPMG,Andreas assisted dozens of companies to select international locations for new manufacturing plants, shared service centers, R&D centers, headquarters and other types of corporate facilities.

Andreas has a Master of Arts in International Relations from the Johns Hopkins University, School of Advanced International Studies in Washington DC and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Bath in England.


Sessions of the speaker

23-MAR-2020

23-MAR-2020

14:00 - 17:00

 

The nature of FDI is changing and multinational companies are increasingly using methods other than greenfield investment to expand internationally. In addition to mergers and acquisitions, these include joint ventures, research collaborations and partnerships, technology testing as well as corporate venture capital investment into start-ups. To successfully engage with and attract investors, Investment promotion agencies need to expand their service offering to reflect these different types of projects. This workshop will provide practical guidelines for IPAs to developing a broader service offering and will cover a range of topics including:

  • FDI trends – what the numbers are telling us

  • What type of support do companies value for different types of projects?  

  • What capabilities do IPAs need to effectively support these projects?

  • How can IPAs work with partners to expand and enhance their ability to provide support?

  • How can IPAs determine how much support to provide individual projects?

  • How should IPAs position their services and manage investor expectations?

Speakers:
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David East
Head of FDI and Economic Products
Bureau van Dijk, a Moody’s Analytics Company
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Andreas Dressler
Managing Director
FDI Center

24-MAR-2020

24-MAR-2020

16:00 - 17:00

A rise in protectionism is contributing to economic uncertainty and a decline in global FDI. The increase in protectionist policies is forcing corporate investors to revisit their global footprints and supply chains, with investment decisions either being put on hold or reoriented towards new locations. In this session we will review the impact of protectionism and trade wars on FDI, including the changing nature of corporate investment decisions and the responses of governments and investment promotion agencies.

16:00 - 16:05

Introduction

Speakers:
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Andreas Dressler
Managing Director
FDI Center

16:05 - 16:55

Panel Discussion

Speakers:
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H.E. Mariam Yalwaji Katagum
Minister of State, Federal Ministry of Industry Trade and Investment
The Federal Republic of Nigeria
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Bostjan Skalar
Chief Executive Officer
World Association of Investment Promotion Agencies. WAIPA
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Bruno Jaspaert
General Director, DEEP C Industrial Zones Vietnam Chief Executive Officer, Infra Asia Investment
Deep C Industrial Zones
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Alexis Garatti
Group Head of Macroeconomic Research Euler Hermes
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Rami Rafih
Managing Director and Partner
Boston Consulting Group

16:55 - 17:00

25-MAR-2020

25-MAR-2020

14:00 - 15:00

The long-term slide of greenfield investment in manufacturing halted in 2018, with the value of announced projects up 35 per cent from the low value in 2017. 

The global M&A market remained strong in 2018 with announced transaction volumes reaching $4.1 trillion, the third highest year ever for M&A volumes. 

Greenfield investment and M&A are showing good signs of growth over the previous years of slumps, what is the future outlook of these investments and what can policymakers do to attract MNCs to invest in their countries.

14:00 - 14:05

Introduction

Speakers:
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David East
Head of FDI and Economic Products
Bureau van Dijk, a Moody’s Analytics Company

14:05 - 14:55

Panel Discussion

Speakers:
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Philippe Stefanini
Chief Executive Officer
Provence Promotion, France
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Taliya Minullina
Chief Executive
Tatarstan Investment Development Agency
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Andreas Dressler
Managing Director
FDI Center

14:55 - 15:00
14:05 - 14:55

Panel Discussion

Speakers:
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Philippe Stefanini
Chief Executive Officer
Provence Promotion, France
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Taliya Minullina
Chief Executive
Tatarstan Investment Development Agency
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Andreas Dressler
Managing Director
FDI Center
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Najib Hashem
Principal Director, Financial Advisory, Deloitte Middle East
Deloitte Middle East
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Dr. George Agyekum Nana Donkor
President
The ECOWAS Bank for Investment and Development (EBID)