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Emerging Markets, Government/Foreign Direct Investment, Innovation, Manufacturing

fDi Forum 2015

London |
Speakers include:
David  Landsman

David Landsman

Tata Limited

Mohammad Zahoor

Mohammad Zahoor

ISTIL Group, Kyiv Post

Alderman the Lord Mountevans

Alderman the Lord Mountevans


Global Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) is continuing to rise, thanks to stronger economies and government efforts to make it easier for companies to invest and do business overseas. Companies are expanding across borders at ever-earlier stages in their development and these smaller, younger firms have different business interests and are influencing the direction of FDI flows. Meanwhile, larger multinational enterprises are constantly appraising their international operations to best maximise returns. 

However, there are still hurdles to overcome, with significant risk associated with investing in some global hot spots and low levels of growth being experienced in certain European economies.

fDi Forum 2015: Unlocking the Potential of a Global Investment builds on 2014’s successful inaugural event in London. It brings together a high-‐level strategic group of CEOs, CFOs, managing directors and other decision­‐makers from the corporate sector, along with select representatives from the public sector and other experts in the field of cross‐border investment, to debate the FDI environment and examine how to successfully navigate the challenges of investing in a new territory. Speakers will explore global investment trends, where the next FDI frontiers are, how to evaluate global political risk, what to consider in a cross­‐border expansion, global strategies for growth and how bureaucracy barriers are being broken. The event also provides an opportunity to learn from the experts about how they achieved a successful investment.

fallback Add to my Calendar 09/24/2015 08:30:0009/24/2015 17:05:00truefDi Forum 2015Global Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) is continuing to rise, thanks to stronger economies and government efforts to make it easier for companies to invest and do business overseas. Companies are expanding across borders at ever-earlier stages in their development and these smaller, younger firms have different business interests and are influencing the direction of FDI flows. Meanwhile, larger multinational enterprises are constantly appraising their international operations to best maximise returns. However, there are still hurdles to overcome, with significant risk associated with investing in some global hot spots and low levels of growth being experienced in certain European economies.fDi Forum 2015: Unlocking the Potential of a Global Investment builds on 2014’s successful inaugural event in London. It brings together a high-‐level strategic group of CEOs, CFOs, managing directors and other decision­‐makers from the corporate sector, along with select representatives from the public sector and other experts in the field of cross‐border investment, to debate the FDI environment and examine how to successfully navigate the challenges of investing in a new territory. Speakers will explore global investment trends, where the next FDI frontiers are, how to evaluate global political risk, what to consider in a cross­‐border expansion, global strategies for growth and how bureaucracy barriers are being broken. The event also provides an opportunity to learn from the experts about how they achieved a successful investment.fDi-Forum-2015279ba8356befc1590be19f7111065459MM/DD/YYYY

Keynotes by (3)

David  Landsman

David Landsman

‎Executive Director
Tata Limited

David Landsman OBE was appointed Executive Director of Tata Limited, to represent the Tata group in Europe, in May 2013. Globally, Tata’s combined annual group revenues are just under $100billion, with nearly $24billion generated in Europe. 
His remit is diverse, including business strategy and development, corporate affairs, corporate responsibility and brand building. As Chairman of the Tata Network Forum (Europe), he regularly brings together the expertise, experience and best practice of the 19 separate Tata companies operating across Europe, including global brands such as Jaguar and Land Rover, Tata Steel, Tata Consultancy Services, Tata Chemicals, Tata Global Beverages and Taj Hotels. 
Tata is one of the leading investors and manufacturers in Europe, employing a 60,000-strong workforce in more than 20 countries. 
Tata has a well established history of social responsibility, with 66% of the equity of Tata Sons being held by philanthropic trusts. A key part of Dr Landsman’s role is driving forward Tata’s commitment to create long-term sustainable value for the group and the communities it serves. 
Prior to joining Tata, Dr Landsman served in the UK’s Foreign & Commonwealth Office, joining in 1990, initially working in the Southern European Department. In 1997 he became Deputy Head of Mission in Belgrade. After a tour of the Balkans and Hungary, he was appointed as Ambassador to the Republic of Albania. Before taking up his role as Ambassador to Greece in 2009 he served as head of the Counter Proliferation Department and was also seconded to De La Rue plc. 
He was educated at Chigwell School and Oriel College, Oxford and later gained a PhD in linguistics from Clare College, Cambridge.

Mohammad Zahoor

Mohammad Zahoor

Chairman, Owner/Publisher
ISTIL Group, Kyiv Post

Mohammad Zahoor is the founder, co-owner and Chairman of the ISTIL Group, which has interests in development, hospitality, property, media, plastic consumer goods manufacturing, coal enrichment and trading operations. He also owns Kyiv Post, which during his ownership has become the most-quoted Ukrainian source of news by American and European news organisations. 

A British citizen of Pakistani descent, Dr Zahoor arrived in Ukraine from Karachi in 1974 to study metallurgy at Donetsk Technical University. In the 1980s, he gained experience in the global steel industry, working first for Pakistan Steel and then for a Pakistan trading house in Moscow as General Manager. He created MetalsRusssia, one of the most efficient steel businesses in the CIS, which in 1997, with Dr Zahoor as Chairman and CEO, was listed on the London Stock Exchange. For five years, the company featured in the top 20 of the world’s largest traders in metal, reaching an annual export volume of 2 million tonnes. He left the steel business in 2008, selling his steel mills for an estimated US$1bn.

Alderman the Lord Mountevans

Alderman the Lord Mountevans

Alderman the Lord Mountevans is a Crossbench Peer in the House of Lords. He succeeded his brother in December 2014, to become Lord Mountevans of Chelsea.

He is a member of the Baltic Exchange and the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers and a Younger Brother of Trinity House. He is also Chairman of Maritime UK and chairs Maritime London, the umbrella organisation promoting London and the UK’s maritime professional services. He is currently chairing the ‘Maritime Growth study: keeping Britain competitive’ for the UK government.  

In 2007 he was elected Alderman for the Ward of Cheap.  He served as Sheriff of the City of London 2012-13, his support of the Lord Mayor including overseas promotional visits to the Middle East, Scandinavia, South America and the Far East. He has served on a wide variety of Corporation committees, including Finance, Planning & Transportation, Markets, Port Health and Environmental Services, Establishment and, currently, Policy and Resources.  

Alderman Lord Mountevans started his City career in 1972 as a graduate trainee with the international shipbroker Clarksons, initially joining the Tanker Department, moving to the Gas Department in 1979. He was appointed to the Board in 1989 and served as Managing Director of the Gas Division 2001-2014.

He studied at Pembroke College Cambridge where he read Economics. 

Speakers (28)

Richard Daniel

Richard Daniel

Chief Executive and Managing Director
Raytheon UK

Richard Daniel is the Chief Executive and Managing Director of Raytheon UK and has responsibility for the complete range of Raytheon UK activities and its operational performance in accordance with the company’s strategic growth plans. In addition, Mr Daniel is a member of the Board of Directors for Raytheon Systems Limited. Prior to this role Mr Daniel was Managing Director Defence for which he had responsibility of the Raytheon UK MOD and International programmes. Mr Daniel has more than 30 years experience in the defence industry and joined Raytheon in December 2001 holding a number of business and functional appointments within the organisation. Mr Daniel has a BSc in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology.

Mamadou Gaoussou  Diarra

Mamadou Gaoussou Diarra

Department of Investment Promotion and Private Sector, Mali

Mamadou Gaoussou Diarra is Mali’s Minister of Investment Promotion and Private Sector.

He is responsible for transforming the country into a sustainable and emerging economy. His main challenge is capacity building and improving Mali’s investment framework.

Mr Diarra’s department’s primary mission is the realisation of innovative projects and structuring public/private partnerships. To ensure the country achieves double-digit growth, he is working to promote a dynamic private sector. His focus is on encouraging innovative investment; growing capital; supporting young companies; participating in local economic development; supporting the promotion of trade with other investors; and transferring knowledge to young entrepreneurs.

He started his career as a lawyer with the Bar Association of Mali and also worked for Juri Partner. He left the legal profession for his first government role as Minister of Youth and Sports.

Mr Diarra is the former President of the Young Lawyers Association and Secretary of the Bar Association of Mali. He has also worked as a journalist.

He holds a Master of Laws degree from the National Administration School (ENA Bamako), Mali.

Sheikh Salman bin Hassan Al-Thani

Sheikh Salman bin Hassan Al-Thani

Chief Strategic and Business Development Officer
Qatar Financial Centre

Sheikh Salman bin Hassan Al-Thani is the Qatar Financial Centre’s (QFC’s) Chief Strategic and Business Development Officer. Prior to his appointment, he was Chief Financial Officer and Director of Tax, where he brought substantial financial and risk management experience to the organisation.

Sheikh Salman began his career in the project finance department at Qatar Petroleum (QP) and was primarily responsible for securing financing for QP joint ventures and its subsidiaries, as well as the refinancing of existing upstream and downstream projects.

He then joined Qatar Central Bank as Head of Systemic Risk division in the newly-formed Risk Management department before being promoted to Director of Risk Management. Sheikh Salman was also a member of the Investment Committee of Qatar Central Bank where he led various projects.

He earned his Bachelor degree in Banking and Financial Studies from Qatar University, College of Business and Economics.

Steve  Wooding

Steve Wooding

Head, Global Commercial and Market Access Strategy

Steve Wooding is the Head, Global Commercial Strategy/ Market Access Organisation at Janssen, a position he assumed in June 2015 In this role, Dr Wooding leads an organisation with primary responsibility for the ongoing evolution and stewardship of Janssen’s vision and global strategy to drive transformational medical innovation and position Janssen as a global pharmaceuticals leader.  Dr Wooding and his team help identify and adapt to market challenges, develop new strategies for growth and in partnership with R&D colleagues and the commercial operating regions, seize opportunities to continue to transform the lives of patients around the world.

Dr Wooding has held senior commercial and market access leadership roles around the world joining the industry from the NHS where he initially focused on R&D and Medical Affairs.

Yi Zhang

Yi Zhang

Co-Chief Executive (Hong Kong)
King & Wood Mallesons

Zhang Yi joined King & Wood Mallesons in 1996 and is a partner of the firm. Prior to joining the firm, he worked as an in-house counsel for the China National Medicines & Health Products Import & Export Corporation. 

Mr Zhang specialises in private equity fund formation and investments, M&A, corporate restructuring and domestic/offshore IPOs, as well as outbound investments by Chinese companies. He has handled a number of key IPOs and milestone transactions involving such industries as manufacturing, pharmaceutical, healthcare and hospitals, mining and energy, banking and insurance, investment funds, telecommunications, automobile, retail, consumer products, real estate, cement, shipbuilding, and public utilities, and also represents private equity funds in privatisation deals. Mr Zhang has participated in a large number of M&A deals between Chinese enterprises and international investors by means of private auction and privatisation deals of a variety of public utility enterprises in Shanghai, Nanjing, Wuxi and Shenzhen. Mr Zhang also has extensive experience in insurance law. He serves as a legal counsel for a number of large insurance companies and has participated in acquisitions of Chinese insurance companies by foreign investors. 

He received his LLB from the University of International Business and Economics, and his LLM from Stanford Law School. He also has an Executive MBA degree.

Stuart  Fuller

Stuart Fuller

Global Managing Partner
King & Wood Mallesons

Stuart Fuller is the Global Managing Partner (GMP) of King & Wood Mallesons. He is responsible for the overall market and business strategy of King & Wood Mallesons, for the integration and the overall leadership of the firm. 

Prior to becoming GMP, Mr Fuller was a Managing Partner of Mallesons Stephen Jaques and, before that, was the Practice Team Leader of the Banking and Finance practice team and a specialist in securitisation and structured finance. 

He has Bachelor of Commerce and Laws degrees from the University of New South Wales, Australia.

Marios  Tannousis

Marios Tannousis

Senior Investment Promotion Officer,
Cyprus Investment Promotion Agency

Marios Tannousis holds the post of Senior Investment Promotion Officer at the Cyprus Investment Promotion Agency (CIPA). He has more than 20 years of international corporate experience, with 12 years in the international banking and financial services group Societe Generale, where he served in various key posts. Mr Tannousis is a member of the board of various organisations and bodies and also served as President of the Cyprus Finance & Leasing Association. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Economics and an MBA. He is also certified for offering investment services and has a special interest in Banking & Financial Services including Investment Funds.

Phei Chen Chin

Phei Chen Chin

Chief Executive Officer
Sino-Singapore Guangzhou Knowledge City Investment and Development Co Ltd

Chin Phei Chen is the CEO and Director of Sino-Singapore Guangzhou Knowledge City (GKC) Investment and Development Co Ltd. He served in the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) from 1979 to 2004. He held numerous key positions in the SAF. Mr Chin was previously the Counsellor in the Singapore Embassy in Beijing. He joined CapitaLand China in Jan 2011 as the Chief Corporate Officer before he assumed his current position in GKC Co. Mr Chin attained a Bachelor of Science degree in Estate Management from National University of Singapore. 

Laura  Whincup

Laura Whincup

Fords Packaging System

Laura Whincup became CEO at Fords Packaging Systems Ltd in 2012. Since becoming CEO, she has overseen continued growth, with the company now having a significant presence in both the pharmaceutical and personal care markets in Europe, the US and Mexico.

Ms Whincup is also an experienced Non-Executive Director in a number of different sectors. She is currently a Director of Garran Lockers Ltd and remains a specialist advisor for Elderstreet Investments Ltd, Baldwin and Francis Ltd and Craftsman Quality Lockers.

Between 2009 and 2012 she was an Investment Manager with Elderstreet Investments Ltd, a leading UK venture capital fund manager. During this period she invested in manufacturing and bespoke engineering companies, helping them grow organically and through acquisitions to become leaders in their respective fields.

Prior to this, she was an Investment Manager for an SFO, which involved managing a diverse financial portfolio including M&As and overseeing a healthcare rollout, with a specific focus on property investment.

She began her career in 2001 with Codem International, a technology business specialising in carbon fibre component manufacturing. She worked in business development and partnerships for the organisation, and played a key role in supplying carbon fibre components to a varied client base, which included a number of Formula 1 teams as well as the Ministry of Defence. 

Ann  Doherty

Ann Doherty

Chief Executive
Cork City Council

Ann Doherty was appointed Chief Executive of Cork City Council in September 2014. As Chief Executive she plays a pivotal role in advancing the physical, economic, social and cultural life of Cork City.

She initially trained as a nurse at the then Regional Hospital Cork (now known as Cork University Hospital).

On qualifying in the late 1980’s Ms Doherty moved to London and worked at Kings College Hospital in a variety of roles, Clinical, Clinical Management and General Management.

She joined the Southern Health Board in Cork in 1997 and had the opportunity to serve in a number of roles but worked primarily in the strategic development and performance management aspects of the development of health services in Cork and Kerry.

When the Health Service Executive was established in 2004 Ms Doherty was appointed as a National Director. Between 2004 and 2014 she held a number of portfolios, including Director of the National Hospitals Office and CEO of UL Hospitals Group.

In 2014, along with 25 other women, Ms Doherty was awarded as one of Ireland’s Most Powerful Women by the Women’s Executive Network.

Ms Doherty has studied at both the South Bank University in London and Glasgow University. She graduated with an MBA from the South Bank University, London in 1995.

James  King

James King

Africa and Middle East Editor
The Banker

James King is the Africa and Middle East Editor of The Banker. Prior to joining the magazine he worked for the economic research and consulting firm Oxford Business Group, in the United Arab Emirates and Thailand. He has also covered the global energy sector with The Oil & Gas Year, living and working in the US, Brazil, Canada and Peru. Mr King has a BA in International Relations from the University of Exeter and an MA from King’s College London.

Naoki  Iizuka

Naoki Iizuka

President and CEO

Naoki Iizuka leads NEC’s business in EMEA (Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Russia/CIS).

Mr Iizuka has more than 30 years’ experience providing IT and telecoms solutions and services to customers around the world. This includes extensive experience in international markets, including roles heading up NEC’s operations in the UK and China. In 2004, Mr Iizuka left NEC to take up senior management positions at Oracle Corporation and Alcatel Lucent before returning to head up NEC’s EMEA operations in 2011, based at its regional headquarters in London.

NEC operates in 31 countries with 19 companies and 20 branch offices across the EMEA region, focusing primarily on the telecom carrier, public safety, smart city and big data markets

Richard  Nunn

Richard Nunn

Business Development Director – UK
Jersey Finance

Richard Nunn joined Jersey Finance as Business Development Director for the UK following eight years with Barclays International. 

Prior to Jersey Finance Mr Nunn was Vice President and leader of the UK Resident Non Domicile business within Barclays International Banking based in Canary Wharf. Previous to this he spent six years based in the Jersey office having been an Investment Manager and Relationship Manager before leading the business development and relationship teams.

Mr Nunn is a holder of the Investment Management Certificate (IMC) and through the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) obtained the Diploma of International Trust Management with distinction.

He has an Honours degree in Economics & Social History from the University of Leicester.

Colm Reilly

Colm Reilly

Trade and investment expert
PA Consulting Group

Colm Reilly has substantial experience enabling public and private sector organisations to deliver substantial benefit by improving project performance. He works in technology-rich environments on complex project start-ups, turn-rounds and change programmes, and has accelerated system and product developments. Over the past 10 years Colm has worked with a range of government clients to support their economic development objectives by directly working with companies to develop and expand their regional footprints. These clients have included UK Trade & Investment (UKTI), the State of British Columbia and Department of Enterprise and Trade (Ireland). During this time he has designed and delivered a number of strategic account management programmes aimed at developing relationships and increasing support provisions, these have included UKTI’s Essentials of Account Management capability programme and the State of Tennessee’s Strategic Account Management programme.

Karen Boswell

Karen Boswell

Managing Director
Hitachi Rail Europe

Karen Boswell is the Managing Director of Hitachi Rail Europe, taking up her role in June 2015. She has experience in delivering strategic and commercial success within multi-faceted organizations and her leadership style is energetic and dynamic, motivating people by leading from the front. Ms Boswell advocates fairness in the workplace and is passionate about building teams by executing programmes that will increase both customer and employee satisfaction. She has a flair for turnaround and corporate mobilisation leadership and a proven track record in delivery.

Juan  Torrents

Juan Torrents

World Federation of Free Zones (Fédération Mondiale des Zones Franches – FEMOZA)

Juan Torrents is a senior adviser on international trade, free zones and export processing zones. He has provided consulting services on industrial development, design, implementation and management since 1996. Dr Torrents has 35 years of private sector experience in sales, logistics, economics, finance and management of a worldwide network as export manager in several Spanish industries. He worked in the public sector between 1986 and 1996 as manager of Barcelona Free Zone and led its diversification, development and expansion as well as promoting it internationally. Dr Torrents has been involved in international education about free zones and their potential, creating a trade delegation in Barcelona for the Chinese Government. He also helped design and implement the Shangai-Pudong Free Zone in 1990-1992. In addition, he has worked with UNCTAD as an external consultant for the Iranian Investment Promotion Review, and was a European Commission Consultant for the MATTEUS Seminar about Free Zones. His international public service led to his election as President of the World Federation of Free Zones, which is dedicated to their development globally. He has a PhD in External Trade and Economics from the EAE Business School at Barcelona University.

Catherine Woo

Catherine Woo

Investment Director, UK & Europe,
Government of Victoria, Australia

Catherine Woo is the Victorian Government's Investment Director for the UK and Europe, and is responsible for driving greater international trade and foreign direct investment (FDI) between the Australian state and Europe. Based in London, Ms Woo works with multinational and mid-sized organisations to advise them on establishing or expanding their operations in Australia. She has more than seven years of experience in international trade and FDI, working with companies across a diverse range of industries to analyse and execute international investment opportunities. She has held several government- industry liaison and FDI development roles in both the UK and Australia. She specialises in international business development; FDI market analysis and new market entry planning with expertise in the technology, retail, agribusiness and infrastructure sectors.  Ms Woo holds a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Melbourne.

Tim Hawkins

Tim Hawkins

Corporate Affairs Director

Tim Hawkins is Manchester Airport Group’s (MAG’s) Corporate Affairs Director, leading the group’s participation in the Airports Commission process, as well as engaging with key stakeholders including local and central government, aviation and regulatory bodies and the media. Mr Hawkins was part of Stansted’s leadership team from March 2011, holding the position of Director of Regulation and Planning.

Mr Hawkins was responsible for leading the airport’s engagement with the CAA during the Q6 review which led to Stansted being de-regulated. Before that he held a number of senior positions with BAA, giving him a wealth of experience in regulation and competition issues, as well as experience in shaping aviation policy.

Tariq Husain

Tariq Husain

Global Head of Outsourced Business Services
First Names Group

Tariq Husain is an internationally respected finance professional whose extensive multi-jurisdictional expertise and experience spans across a wide variety of regulated sectors. He has almost 20 years’ experience in outsourcing, tax, business development, capital markets and real estate funds across the world.

As Global Head of Outsourced Business Services, Mr Husain works with multinational businesses who are looking to expand into new markets and need back office support with their critical compliance such as accounting, tax, HR and payroll, corporate secretarial, director and domiciliary services. Mr Husain has a BSc Honours degree from the University of Hull in business management and is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants.

Pierre Mellinger

Pierre Mellinger

President and CEO, Head of Central Europe PE
PineBridge Investments Europe

Pierre Mellinger founded PineBridge’s Central European private equity business in 1998 and has overall responsibility for the firm’s private equity activities in the region. He was instrumental in raising Funds I and II for the firm and has been directly involved in the sourcing, evaluation, execution, monitoring and exits of portfolio investments as well as recruiting and training its New Europe Partners (NEP) Team. He has served on the investment committees of Funds I and II as well as GEM II since their inception. 

Mr Mellinger has more than 35 years of experience in investments, finance and management, including more than 20 years in private equity. From 1992 until he joined PineBridge, he was co-Head of the Financial Institutions Team at the EBRD. Prior to that, Mr Mellinger was a Director, Head of Business Development with Banque Sovac, a consumer finance, leasing and mortgage finance affiliate of Lazard Frères. Previous experience includes being in charge of export credit finance and financial relations with Central and Eastern Europe at the French Treasury.Mr Mellinger is a graduate of the French École Nationale d’Administration and the Institut d’Études Politiques of Paris, and holds a degree in Economics and a Law Degree from La Sorbonne.

Michael  Ansah

Michael Ansah

Vice President, Global Real Estate & Facilities
Dell Corporation

Michael Ansah is Vice President, Global Real Estate and Facilities at Dell Corporation, with responsibility for the development of Workplace and location strategies and the management of real estate and facilities operations in more than 350 locations. He has worked extensively in several countries advising corporates and public sector organisations on real estate and capital investment decisions. He has led initiatives at Dell to define investments and establish new operations in multiple locations. Mr Ansah is a lead member of Dell’s Tax Incentives and Policy Advisory Team that leads negotiations with Governments to establish the right business environment for investments in new and emerging countries to underpin competitiveness. He is an accomplished Corporate Real Estate and Facilities executive, and has held senior roles in leading organisations. He was previously Director at PWC Consulting, and prior to that he was Director at Regus and Symonds Group. He is a keen advocate on development issues and also served as CEO for the Ghana Millennium Challenge Account Programme, leading to the award of US$540M for multi-sector programmes to reduce poverty and remove constraints to economic growth. He has spoken at international conferences on a wide range of issues, including Site Selection and Location Optimisation, and Development issues, and contributed widely to thinking on the Future of the Workplace. Mr Ansah is a Chartered Architect and Member of the RIBA. He holds an MBA from Cranfield School of Management, UK.

David White

David White

Emerging Africa Infrastructure Fund
Nils  Chrestin

Nils Chrestin

Chief Financial Officer
Global Fashion Group

Nils Chrestin is the CFO of Global Fashion Group (GFG) and is based in London. GFG combines five leading fashion e-commerce businesses across 27 countries, namely Dafiti (Latin America), Jabong (India), Lamoda (Russia & CIS), Namshi (Middle East) and Zalora (South East Asia & Australia), targeting over 2.5 billion people who continue to move rapidly online and purchase via e-commerce. Ecommerce is at a vital inflection point in GFG’s target markets, benefitting from increasing internet penetration and an underdeveloped offline retail infrastructure. Prior to joining GFG, Mr Chrestin was Managing Director and CFO of Lamoda, based in Moscow. He has 10 years of professional experience; prior to Lamoda he worked at MSCP in London, a global private equity fund investing across a variety of sectors including retail, business services, energy and industrials. Prior to that he worked in the Investment Banking division of Morgan Stanley and with Bain & Company. Mr Chrestin holds a master’s degree in abstract mathematics from the University of Munich and a bachelor’s degree in economics from University of Goettingen in Germany.

Chris Giles

Chris Giles

Economics Editor
Financial Times

‪Chris Giles is the Economics Editor of the Financial Times. He leads the reporting of economics in the newspaper and on, and has been Economics Editor since 2004. 

He reports on international economic trends and the British economy, and contributes comment to’s premium blog, dedicated to central banking and money supply. He was previously the FT’s leader writer on economic affairs. 

Mr Giles was named Business Journalist of the Year at the British Journalism Awards 2012. He has also won the Royal Statistical Society’s prize for excellence in journalism in 2008 and 2012. He was a member of the 2014 advisory board of the Journal of the European Economic Association. 

Before becoming Economics Editor, he spent a year at the communications regulator, Ofcom, writing reports about digital switchover and public service broadcasting. 

Prior to joining the Financial Times in 2000, Mr Giles was an economics reporter at the BBC. He started his career in research, spending seven years as an economist for the Institute for Fiscal Studies and has a wide publications record. At the IFS he led or worked on projects for clients including the Treasury, the OECD and the European Commission. 

Mr Giles is a graduate of Cambridge University and holds a Master’s degree in Economics from Birkbeck College, London University.

David Marock

David Marock

Group Chief Executive Officer
Charles Taylor plc

David Marock was appointed Group Chief Executive Officer of Charles Taylor on 1 July 2011. He joined from specialist insurer Beazley plc, where he was Group Chief Operating Officer, a member of the Group Executive Committee and on the Board of Beazley Furlonge Limited. He previously chaired the Xchanging Review Board and was on the Claims Service Review Board on behalf of the Lloyd’s Market Association and a member of the Lloyd’s Market Association Claims and Market Process Committees. Prior to that he was at McKinsey & Company, advising financial services clients on strategic, operational and corporate finance matters. Mr Marock is a Fellow of the Faculty of Actuaries.

Peter Norman

Peter Norman

SVP, acquisitions & development, Europe, Africa, Middle East
Hyatt Hotels

Peter Norman is the Senior Vice President Acquisitions & Development for Hyatt Hotels Corporation.  He heads up the team responsible for developing Hyatt`s various hotel brands in the Europe, Africa and Middle East region. Previously, Mr Norman has held development positions in a number of international hotel groups including Dolce, Le Meridien, Marriott, Whitbread and Choice Hotels International.  A senior executive with a diverse background and extensive experience in the hospitality industry, Mr Norman has been involved in all aspects of real estate finance, development and consulting for more than 25 years. Earlier in his career, Mr Norman held a number of operational roles, with groups such as Hilton and Accor in France, Germany, Sweden and the UK before moving into consultancy working on market and financial feasibility studies throughout the world.

Giovanni  Amodeo

Giovanni Amodeo

Global Editor-In-Chief

Giovanni Amodeo became the Editor of Mergermarket in October 2007. He is also the editor of Wealthmonitor, a position he took up in July 2006 after a year as Frankfurt Bureau Chief for Mergermarket. Prior to that, Mr Amodeo was based in the Milan Bureau for three years as Mergermarket’s Italian Correspondent, and before that covered the telecommunications, leisure and media sectors for one and half years. Prior to joining Mergermarket in 2001, Mr Amodeo spent 10 months in the Italian Air Force. He graduated in Economics at the University of Brescia, Italy, and also spent nine months at the University of Mainz in Germany as an exchange student. 

Henry Loewendahl

Henry Loewendahl

Senior Advisor
fDi Intelligence

Chaired by (1)

Courtney Fingar

Courtney Fingar

fDi Magazine

Courtney Fingar is the editor-in-chief of fDi Magazine and head of content for fDi Intelligence. In her role she oversees all elements of editorial production for the bimonthly magazine and its website, as well as editorial outputs for fDi Intelligence.
She is also the presenter for the ‘fDi On Location’ video series, and a regular contributor to the Financial Times newspaper. As a trained journalist, Ms Fingar interviews political and business leaders at the highest levels about economic and investment issues. She has covered business stories in all major regions of the world and has been on assignment to more than 80 countries in her career.
She is a popular panellist and moderator at international economic gatherings and has appeared on television and radio in dozens of countries as a commentator on international investment.
Before joining fDi in 2004, she served as the editor of Trade & Forfaiting Review, a London-based magazine focusing on trade finance. She worked previously as a journalist in Washington, DC.

Ms Fingar has a BA in journalism from the University of Alabama in the United States and an MSc in International and European Politics, with a special focus on political economy and trade issues, from the University of Edinburgh in Scotland.

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Agenda - 24th Sep

  • 8:30am
    Registration and breakfast
  • 9:00am
    Welcome remarks from the chair

    Courtney Fingar, Editor-in-Chief, fDi Magazine

  • 9:10am
    Welcome address
    • What’s next for London as an international financial centre?
    • With global markets suffering volatility, how can London – and the UK – keep afloat?
    • What can other cities learn from London’s experience in attracting investors? 

    Alderman The Lord Mountevans

  • 9:25am
    Presentation: Economic outlook
    • What is the global economic outlook?
    • How are European economies dealing with the challenges of the eurozone?
    • How are structural reforms making growth more sustainable?
    • What are the economic challenges ahead?

    Chris Giles, Economics Editor, Financial Times

  • 10:00am
    Presentation: Global investment trends
    • What is the role of Foreign Direct Investment in the world economy?
    • Is global FDI in growth or decline?
    • What are the key trends, drivers and competitive advantages of cities when it comes to the globalisation of innovation?

    Henry Loewendahl, CEO, WAVTEQ

  • 10:20am
    Introduction to investment opportunities in Mali

    Mamadou Gaoussou Diarra, Minister, Department of Investment Promotion and Private Sector, Mali

    Followed by Panel discussion: Exploring the next FDI frontiers      

    • Where are tomorrow’s growth markets to be found?
    • What are the up and coming economies that offer the biggest potential for future business expansion?
    • How can emerging and frontier markets best be tackled?
    • What role do established economies play in facilitating entry into an emerging market?

    Michael Ansah, Vice President, Global Real Estate & Facilities, Dell

    Peter Norman, SVP, acquisitions & development, Hyatt

    David White, Chairman, Emerging Africa Infrastructure Fund

    Catherine Woo, Investment Director, UK & Europe, Government of Victoria, Australia



    James King, Africa and Middle East Editor, The Banker

  • 11:10am
    Networking break
  • 11:35am
    Presentation: China’s inward investment into Europe
    • What has driven China’s FDI policy historically?
    • Why is Chinese investment into Europe surging?
    • What opportunities and targets particularly appeal to Chinese investors?
    • What impact could recent stock exchange turmoil have on investors?


    Stuart Fuller, Global Managing Partner, King & Wood Mallesons

    Zhang Yi, Co-Chief Executive (Hong Kong), King & Wood Mallesons

  • 11:55am
    Keynote Interview: Risk and return in a turbulent location
    • How do you assess and manage risk in a new business venture?
    • How do you ensure a good return from investment in a risky location?
    • What impact is the Ukraine conflict having on investor perception in the CIS region?
    • What does the future hold for investors in Russia and the wider CIS?

    Mohammad Zahoor, Founder, Istil Group

    Interviewed by:
    Courtney Fingar, Editor-in-Chief, fDi Magazine

  • 12:15pm
    Panel discussion: EU developments and FDI
    • How are challenges in the eurozone impacting on investors?
    • What does the UK’s relationship with the EU mean for FDI?
    • What opportunities are there for investment in accession states?
    • How can the EU maintain its competitive edge?

    Ann Doherty, Chief Executive, Cork City Council

    Pierre Mellinger, President & CEO, Head of Central Europe PE, PineBridge Investments

    Richard Nunn, Business Development Director – UK, Jersey Finance

    Colm Reilly, Managing Director, Investment Services Team, PA Consulting

    Giovanni Amodeo, Global Editor-in-Chief, Mergermarket 

  • 1:05pm
    Networking lunch
  • 2:10pm
    Keynote interview: ‘Tata’s view of the world’
    • What is India’s growing role on the global stage?
    • How does Tata’s group structure impact on how it operates globally?
    • Which geographies and business segments provide growth opportunities for Tata?
    • What is Tata’s strategy for growth and how does it mitigate risks?

    David Landsman, Executive Director, Tata Limited

    Interviewed by:
    Courtney Fingar, Editor-in-Chief, fDi Magazine

  • 2:40pm
    Breakout panel discussion

    1. Financing cross-border expansion

    • What are the trends in financing cross-border expansion?
    • How do you leverage capital markets?
    • What special financing needs do SMEs have, and what types of lenders are filling the gap?
    • What support is there for companies expanding cross-border?
    • How do you overcome the challenges of outsourcing cross-border?

    Tariq Husain, Global Head of Outsourced Business Services, First Names Group
    David Marock, Group Chief Executive Officer, Charles Taylor
    Laura Whincup, Chief Executive Officer, Fords Packaging Systems

    Giovanni Amodeo, Global Editor-in-Chief, Mergermarket 

    2. Investing in Emerging Markets

    • How are investment barriers being broken down?
    • What are investors' biggest concerns about the bureaucracy associated with a cross-­-border expansion?
    • Many countries boast a 'one-­-stop-­-shop' for investors, but does the reality meet the promises?
    • How do you keep apace with regulations in an emerging economy?
    • How do free and special economic zones facilitate FDI in emerging markets?

    Sheikh Salman bin Hassan Al-Thani, Chief Strategic and Business Development Officer, Qatar Financial Centre

    Phei Chen Chin, Chief Executive Officer, Sino-Singapore Guangzhou Knowledge City Investment and Development Co

    Marios Tannousis, Senior Investment Promotion Officer, Invest Cyprus

    Juan Torrents, President, FEMOZA

    Steve Wooding, Managing Director, Emerging Markets, Janssen EMEA

    Courtney Fingar, Editor-in-Chief, fDi Magazine

  • 3:30pm
    Networking break
  • 3:55pm
    Presentation: Corporate growth strategies

    Colm Reilly, Managing Director, Investment Services Team, PA Consulting

  • 4:05pm
    Panel discussion: Learning from the masters, global strategies for growth
    • How do business leaders see the post-recovery world?
    • Where do they expect tomorrow’s growth opportunities to come from?
    • Which regions, markets and business segments hold the most promise?
    • What future threats to their businesses keep them up at night?

    Richard Daniel, Chief Executive and Managing Director, Raytheon UK

    Tim Hawkins, Corporate Affairs Director, Manchester Airports Group

    Naoki Iizuka, President and CEO, NEC EMEA Region

    Courtney Fingar, Editor-in-Chief, fDi Magazine

  • 4:55pm
    Closing remarks from chair

    Courtney Fingar, Editor-in-Chief, fDi Magazine

  • 5:05pm
    Drinks reception


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fDi Magazine provides an up-to-date image of the ever-changing global investment map.

Published bi-monthly with an ABC audited circulation of 15,284 active corporate readers and crossborder investment professionals, fDi Magazine is a central part of the fDi Intelligence portfolio of investment products and services from the Financial Times.

fDi Magazine is part of the fDi Intelligence portfolio of investment products and services from the Financial Times. Specialising in all areas relating to foreign direct investment and investment promotion, the fDi Intelligence suite also includes:

fDi Markets - The most comprehensive online database of crossborder greenfield investments available, covering all countries and sectors worldwide. It provides real-time monitoring of investment projects, capital investment and job creation with powerful tools to track and profile companies investing overseas.

fDi Benchmark - A platform to benchmark the competitiveness of countries and cities in more than 65 sectors. Its comprehensive location data series covers the main cost and quality indicators for more than 700 locations around the world.

fDi Reports - Provides sector, country, company and bespoke FDI reports, delivering vital  business intelligence to corporations, investment promotion agencies, economic development organisations, consulting firms and research institutions.

The Financial Times is one of the world’s leading business news organisations, recognised internationally for its authority, integrity and accuracy. The FT has a record paying readership of one million, three-quarters of which are digital subscriptions. It is part of Nikkei Inc., which provides a broad range of information, news and services for the global business community.

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An innovation and transformation consultancy, we believe in the power of ingenuity to build a positive human future in a technology-driven world. As strategies, technologies and innovation collide, we turn complexity into opportunity. Our diverse teams of experts combine innovative thinking and breakthrough technologies to progress further, faster. Our clients adapt and transform, and together we achieve enduring results. We are over 2,600 specialists in consumer, defence and security, energy and utilities, financial services, government, healthcare, life sciences, manufacturing, and transport, travel and logistics. We operate globally from offices across the Americas, Europe, the Nordics and the Gulf.  

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The Investment Promotion Agency of Mali (API-MALI) is a public administrative institution which was created in 2005 and placed under the supervision of the Ministry in charge of Investment Promotion. It contributes to Mali's economic development through the promotion and facilitation of private sector investment. Its main missions are:

• Encourage and support the development of domestic and foreign direct investment,

• Contribute to the improvement of the business climate,

• Contribute to the development and regulation of industrial zones.

It offers various services including business registration within its one-stop-shop. Soon, regional one- stop-shops will be operational in the towns of Kayes, Segou and Sikasso.

Cork has a long and proud heritage of hosting global businesses, having imported and exported people, ideas and products for centuries). It is an established base for major global corporates (including Apple, EMC, VMWare, Pfizer, Janssen and GSK) with 137 employing over 22,000 people.  Cork’s strengths in technology, biopharma, energy and agri-business are supported by our third level institutes (over 35,000 students in University College Cork and Cork Institute of Technology) and our R&D centres of excellence (including the Tyndall National Institute).  Cork is connected and easily accessible – just 55 minutes from London with frequent direct flights to London City, Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted Airports.  With a population of over 500,000, the Cork Region combines a vibrant, culturally rich yet compact city with  dramatic natural landscapes including mountains,  bays, beaches and the world’s second largest harbour. As Ireland’s second urban area, Cork is the beating heart of the region. A series of major new developments  are now underway which will further enhance the City’s high end office and retail offer and encourage further innovative developments and investments – all within an hour from London.

We are First Names Group. A global, independent provider of tailored outsourced services for companies looking to enter new markets and an independent member of Nexia International.

Our Outsourced Business Services team offer a range of services including:

  • • Accounting
  • • Payroll and HR administration
  • • Tax compliance
  • • Company formation
  • • Company secretarial services
  • • Domiciliation

Working with our network partners we offer additional services such as:

  • • Audit services
  • • Employee benefits
  • • Recruitment
  • • Serviced office space
  • • Tax and legal advice

All Outsourced Business Services are provided under a global contract and managed through a single, dedicated point of contact. To find out how we can help visit:

Invest Cyprus is the National Investment Promotion Agency of Cyprus and was established as a not-for-profit company limited by guarantee in 2008. Invest Cyprus holds a threefold mandate:

 To promote Cyprus as an attractive investment destination;

 To advocate reform required by improving the regulatory and business environment and infrastructure;

 To provide investor support with after care and further development services; Invest Cyprus takes the lead in attracting foreign direct investment in conjunction and partnership with the private sector and related government organizations and agencies. Cyprus has successfully achieved economic turnaround and now offers numerous investment opportunities in the following sectors: Banking and Financial Services (including Investment Funds), Shipping, Energy, Large Real Estate Development Projects, Professional Services, Education, Research & Development, ICT, Medical Services and Wellness Tourism.

INVEST Essex work with businesses from across the world providing professional services to assist companies to locate and thrive in one of the UK’s number one business locations; immediately adjacent to London and to transport gateways into Europe.

We work directly with companies seeking to identify a profitable business location in the UK/Europe enabling them to take full commercial advantage of the UK’s largest market opportunity as quickly and efficiently as possible from one of the best connected locations in the UK.  We provide a free, bespoke and confidential service providing professional advise, guidance and intelligence to companies through every aspect of locating and doing business from the Essex/UK

“Essex is also convenient for London. The train service makes it easy to meet clients based in the City or visit our head office. The location ticked all the boxes, and the support we received from INVEST Essex gave us the confidence to make the final decision”

Invest Victoria is a world-class investment promotion agency providing free confidential services and professional advice to international investors considering establishing operations in Australia and Asia-Pacific through a base in Victoria. We offer the potential investor support to help build their market-entry business case and ensure a warm welcome to our state. If you're considering setting up a business or headquarters in Australia or in the Asia Pacific consider Victoria for its dynamic business environment, enviable lifestyle and its AAA credit rated economy. Our capital city of Melbourne has Australia's most highly skilled and innovative workforce, world- class infrastructure and extensive government support services. We're ready to you help make your project an outstanding success in Australia's most talented and liveable city. Visit:

Jersey Finance, promotes and leads the development of Jersey as an International Finance Centre (IFC). Its primary role is to communicate the many advantages that Jersey offers investors, including the experience and expertise of its practitioners, its political, economic and fiscal stability and its high level of regulation.  It has offices in Hong Kong and Dubai, along with representation in London, Shanghai, Mumbai and Delhi.  

As an IFC, Jersey has substance and critical mass in the breadth and depth of its financial services, which enable it to act as a major player in the global FDI market. As capital continues to flow across borders in increasing amounts, IFCs like Jersey provide investors with essential services that facilitate FDI. Such investors find Jersey a particularly attractive centre because of the strengths of its financial markets and the quality of the services it offers.

As a result, the jurisdiction has handled very substantial amounts of FDI, adding considerable value to the global economy by supporting the growth in cross-border investment.

King & Wood Mallesons is the first and only global law firm to be headquartered in Asia, connecting Asia to the world, and the world to Asia. With unparalleled depth of both inbound and outbound capability, we are uniquely placed to support regional clients as they internationalise and international clients as they look to invest or expand into Asia.

Strategically positioned in the world’s growth markets and financial capitals, the firm is powered by more than 2,700 lawyers across more than 30 international offices spanning Asia, Australia, Europe, the Middle East and North America.

Louisiana Economic Development (LED) is responsible for strengthening the US state of Louisiana's business environment and creating a more vibrant Louisiana economy. With dedicated and knowledgeable professionals committed to Louisiana's economic future, LED strives to help businesses find the resources they need to make relocation and expansion a successful, profitable endeavor.

In addition to its headquarters in Baton Rouge, LED maintains representation in ten countries: Canada, China (Beijing and Shanghai), Germany (also covering Austria and Switzerland), India, Japan, Mexico, South Korea and the United Kingdom. Together, the international team showcases Louisiana’s value proposition to potential investors and traders across the globe.

Established by the Government of Qatar in 2005, the Qatar Financial Centre (“QFC”) is an on-shore centre which has become an integral part of Qatar’s economy and rapid growth story and is fulfilling its mandate to help build a world-class financial and business environment in Qatar, providing a platform for domestic, regional and international growth.

The QFC Authority is the commercial and strategic arm of the QFC, it is responsible for developing and ensuring compliance with the QFC regulations and rules comprising the QFC’s legal and tax environments and it helps firms to quickly establish a physical presence in Qatar and the region. The QFC continues to attract a broad range of leading regulated and non-regulated firms, both domestic and international. QFC-licensed firms benefit from an environment which operates to international standards, with a legal system based on English Common Law, regulation which is risk and principles-based, and a competitive tax regime.

SINO-SINGAPORE GUANGZHOU KNOWLEDGE CITY  (SSGKC) is an iconic Sino-Singapore collaboration project jointly initiated by both Singapore and Guangdong governments to serve as a model and catalyst for Guangdong’s economic transformation. With the strong support from the governments, the development of SSGKC is now moving into a new phase of growth. The ‘enterprise-led, market-operated and government-supported’ approach plays a dominant role in SSGKC’s development.

Located at the core of the Guangzhou Eastern Scenic New City, SSGKC covers a total land area of 123 sq km, with a developable area of 60 sq km. Over a period of 20 years, SSGKC will house a population of 540,000 and become a vibrant city for all to “live, work, learn and Play”. The first phase of the project is the development of the 6.27 sq km Southern Start-Up Area.

With the emphasis to draw talents and high-value industries, SSGKC aims to be a key driver for Guangdong’s economic transformation to develop and accelerate the clusters of knowledge-based industries such as New Generation

ICT, Biotechnology, Clean-Tech, New Materials, Cultural & Creative, Science & Education. To date, it has successfully attracted foreign investments such as Ascendas, Sun Yat-sen University Cancer Centre, Proton Therapy Centre, Patent Examination and Cooperation Centre and China Telecom Research and Development Centre.

Tbilisi is located at the crossroads of Europe and Asia. Population of the city is about 1.2 million inhabitants representing about 25% of the national population. Tbilisi is the leader city in the Caucasus Region in the fields of Tourism, Culture and Economy. Spread over 500 km² area Tbilisi generously accommodates diverse cultures, religions and ethnicities. For more than 1 500 years, Tbilisi’s greatest asset has been its strategic location. Within a four-hour flying distance, Tbilisi has direct access to the European Union (EU), Gulf Cooperation Countries (GCC) and Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), market of more than 1 billion consumers. This represents a major opportunity for Tbilisi to position itself as a centre for regional businesses and the hub for logistics and distribution activities. Majority of the international companies choose the capital city as the location of regional offices.

The Capital city generates 70% of the country’s economic output, and accounts for most of the formal employment. Improvement of business environment in the city is a priority of Tbilisi city government. Vision of the city is to create business friendly climate ready to accommodate and support investment opportunities. This approach became the turning point that finally brought fundamental improvements related to doing business in Tbilisi.

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Giovanni Amodeo - EU Developments

Henry Loewendahl - Global Investment Trends

Zhang Yi - China Outbound Development



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