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Finance, Government/Foreign Direct Investment

fDi Forum Asia 2015

Hong Kong |
Speakers include:
Alan  Bollard

Alan Bollard

APEC Secretariat

James Lockett

James Lockett

Huawei Technologies

Gregory   So

Gregory So



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. Chinese firms are looking to broaden their portfolios internationally and Asia is becoming increasingly attractive to international investors.

However, there are still hurdles to overcome, with investors getting to grips with challenges such as choosing the best location to invest, regulatory differences and overcoming the cultural challenges associated with a global investment.

Building on the inaugural UK fDi event, fDi Forum Asia 2015: Capitalising on a global investment brings together a high-level strategic group of corporate decision-makers and other cross-boarder investment professionals to debate the FDI environment and examine how to successfully navigate the challenges of investing in a new territory.

Expert speakers will explore:

  • Global investment trends
  • Where the next FDI frontiers are
  • What to consider in a cross-border expansion
  • Global strategies for growth
  • How bureaucracy barriers are being broken

This growing forum provides an excellent opportunity to learn about company expansion strategies from corporate experts.

fallback Add to my Calendar 06/30/2015 08:30:0006/30/2015 16:00:00truefDi Forum Asia 2015 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. Chinese firms are looking to broaden their portfolios internationally and Asia is becoming increasingly attractive to international investors.However, there are still hurdles to overcome, with investors getting to grips with challenges such as choosing the best location to invest, regulatory differences and overcoming the cultural challenges associated with a global investment.Building on the inaugural UK fDi event, fDi Forum Asia 2015: Capitalising on a global investment brings together a high-level strategic group of corporate decision-makers and other cross-boarder investment professionals to debate the FDI environment and examine how to successfully navigate the challenges of investing in a new territory.Expert speakers will explore:Global investment trendsWhere the next FDI frontiers areWhat to consider in a cross-border expansionGlobal strategies for growthHow bureaucracy barriers are being brokenThis growing forum provides an excellent opportunity to learn about company expansion strategies from corporate experts.fDi-Forum-Asia-2015-9deb8f0b741d1c6e7a192c36b92936e8MM/DD/YYYY

Keynote by (2)

Alan  Bollard

Alan Bollard

Executive Director
APEC Secretariat

Alan Bollard is the Executive Director of the APEC Secretariat based in Singapore, the body that promotes trade, investment and sustainable economic growth in Asia-Pacific. Dr Bollard advances APEC’s agenda by executing APEC’s work programmes as mandated by leaders and ministers. Prior to joining APEC, Dr Bollard was the Governor of the Reserve Bank of New Zealand from 2002 to 2012. In that position, he was responsible for monetary policy and bank regulations, helping to steer New Zealand through the global financial crisis. From 1998 to 2002, Dr Bollard was the Secretary to the New Zealand Treasury. As the government’s principal economic adviser, he managed the Crown’s finances and helped guide economic policy. He has served as New Zealand’s Alternate Governor to the International Monetary Fund, the Asian Development Bank and the World Bank. From 1994-2008, he was the Chairman of the New Zealand Commerce Commission. Prior to this, from 1987-1994, he was Director of the New Zealand Institute of Economic Research. Dr Bollard has helped rebuild the famous MONIAC hydraulic model of the British economy. He has also designed a computer simulation game called OIKONOMOS where you play the role of a Minister of Finance. He wrote a best-selling account of the global financial crisis called Crisis: One Central Bank Governor and the Global Financial Collapse. More recently he has published a novel entitled The Rough Mechanical, and a biography of the New Zealand economist Bill Phillips. Dr Bollard has a PhD in Economics from the University of Auckland. He also has several honorary doctorates. In 2012, he was honoured as a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit.

James Lockett

James Lockett

Vice President, Head of Trade Facilitation and Market Access
Huawei Technologies

James Lockett has more than 30 years’ experience in international trade and investment law and policy.

He has been based in Shenzhen, China, in his current role as Vice President, Head of Trade Facilitation and Market Access at Huawei Technologies Co Ltd since 2013. He covers global trade and investment issues. He was recently appointed to the World Economic Forum Global Advisory Council on Trade and Investment.

In 2011, he led the USAID ASEAN-US Technical Assistance and Training Facility at the ASEAN Secretariat in Jakarta, Indonesia. This included work on the implementation of the ASEAN Comprehensive Investment Agreement (ACIA) and regional investments in telecommunications.

In 2008, Mr Lockett joined the Vietnam office of Baker & McKenzie, co-leading the firm’s trade and customs practice in Asia-Pacific and its Vietnam infrastructure investment practice. 

From 1998 to 2005, he was a senior lawyer in the US Department of Commerce in Washington DC, where he focused on international trade law. He then moved to Indonesia for several years advising and training the Indonesian Ministry of Trade on WTO, ASEAN and other trade and investment issues, under USAID auspices, including assisting them on drafting and implementing their 2007 Investment Law.

He worked from 1983 to 1997 in Belgium where he finished as a partner in a Wall Street law firm. His practice served an international clientele on trade and investment issues on every continent.

Mr Lockett is listed in the International Who’s Who of Trade and Customs Lawyers

Speakers (18)

Gregory   So

Gregory So

Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development

Gregory So was appointed Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development of the fourth term Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) on 28 June 2012. The Commerce and Economic Development Bureau is responsible for various policy matters including Hong Kong's external commercial relations, inward investment promotion, intellectual property protection, industry and business support, tourism, consumer protection, competition, information technology, telecommunications, broadcasting, film-related issues, creative industries, and development of innovation and technology.

Mr So joined the third term Government of the HKSAR on 1 June 2008 as Under Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development, and was appointed Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development on 28 June 2011.

Before joining the Government, Mr So was a practicing solicitor. He previously served as the Vice-chairman of the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong; Board Member of Hong Kong Hospital Authority; Council Member of Lingnan University; Member of Commission on Strategic Development; and member of the District Council of Wong Tai Sin District.

Ashwani  Goel

Ashwani Goel

Head and General Manager
TATA South-East Asia

Ashwani Goel is Head and General Manager of TATA South-East Asia Limited (Hong Kong), a 100% subsidiary of TATA International, part of the US$100 billion TATA Group. 

He has worked for the TATA Group in various posts in India and Hong Kong since 1993. 

Mr Goel’s achievements include: helping TATA’s entry into China; representing the group as industry representative in the free trade negotiation between India and South Korea in 2000; being part of the President of India’s delegation during a visit to China in 2010 to strengthen India-China trade and business; being Vice Chairman of the Asia committee of the Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce promoting trade and business with Asia and Africa; and being a member of HKTDC  advisory committee. He is also a member of the Indian Chamber of Commerce China committee promoting India-China trade.

Mr Goel has a Bachelor in Mechanical Engineering with Hons from Malaviya Regional Engineering College, India, and a post graduate degree in International Business from the India Institute of Foreign Trade-India. 

In 2003, he completed the Accelerated Development Programme at the London Business School and the Business Leadership – Advanced Management Programme at the Judge Institute of Management Studies, University of Cambridge. 

In the same year, Mr Goel’s achievements were recognised when he received a Business Leadership award from the UK government. In 2008, he was awarded the Pravasi Bhartiya Shiromani Puraskar (Excellent Contribution to Indian International Business) award by the Institution of Economies Studies, New Delhi.

Patrick  Tsang

Patrick Tsang

Executive Director and Chief Investment Officer
GNet Group plc

Patrick Tsang is an Executive Director and the Chief Investment Officer of GNet Group plc. He founded Global Angels Ltd.and has extensive experience in venture capital, private equity and corporate law. Mr Tsang has worked on international IPOs and M&A transactions and has made numerous investments in technology, media, telecom, eCommerce, gaming and entertainment globally. 

Mr Tsang has served as a director and advisor to many listed companies, particularly including as an advisor and an executive director of Hong Kong listed companies. He won one of the awards for China Economic Person of the Year at the China Economic Development Forum in 2014. He is a Young Fellow of The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award World Fellowship since 2014, and is active in various charity and business associations in China and Hong Kong as well as in the UK.

Steve Owen

Steve Owen

Executive Vice President

Steve Owen is a global sales and marketing executive with extensive experience in developing business internationally in new or emerging markets that are focused on the use of complete hardware and software solutions for security, embedded systems and contactless RF applications. He leads global sales and marketing organisations in the areas of mobile and secure transactions, payment, eGovernment (passports, ID and health cards), transportation, access control, RFID, retail POS, PC readers, automotive, cloud security, authentication and smart grid.

Mr Owen spends much of his time helping to influence critical ecosystems involving smart mobile devices and secure payment cards. He has been instrumental in promoting the emergence of NXP’s NFC technology, MiFARE solutions and NXP’s award-winning SmartMX family of secure microcontrollers.

During his time with NXP, Mr Owen has been a market and sales leader for its Distribution and EMS channels overseeing the Multimarket Semiconductors product portfolio, with annual European sales revenues of more than US$700m. He has consistently increased market share and profitability for NXP Semiconductors throughout his career with the company.

Before joining NXP, Mr Owen held key positions in various electronics companies, including Arrow Electronics.

He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Electronics and Electrical Engineering from the Royal Naval Academy. He is fluent in several languages, including English, Dutch and Mandarin Chinese.

Charles Fine

Charles Fine

President and Dean,
Asia School of Business, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Charles H Fine is the founding President and Dean of the Asia School of Business in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, a collaboration between the MIT Sloan School of Management and Bank Negara Malaysia, the country’s central bank. For more than 30 years at MIT Sloan, Professor Fine has taught MBA and Executive Education courses in Operations Strategy, Supply Chain Management, Quality Management, and Innovation. He led the collaboration between MIT Sloan and the Indian School of Business on manufacturing curriculum development (2011-14), and was a founding co-director of MIT’s Tata Center for Technology and Design (2012) and its Communications Futures Program (2002). He previously served as co-director of MIT’s International Motor Vehicle Program (1993-1998).

Professor Fine’s recent research focuses on the development of principles for entrepreneurial companies to build operations strategies and capabilities consistent with their business objectives.  His previous work addressed strategic supply chain design principles for fast-clockspeed manufacturing and service industries. 

He has an AB in Mathematics and Management Science from Duke University, and an MS in Operations Research and a PhD in Business Administration (Decision Sciences) from Stanford University. He is the author of Clockspeed: Winning Industry Control in the Age of Temporary Advantage, Perseus Books, 1998.  His work, on quality management, flexible manufacturing, supply chain management, and operations strategy, has also appeared in a variety of leading publications.

Jaya  Skandamoorthy

Jaya Skandamoorthy

BRE China

Jaya Skandamoorthy is Director of BRE China, responsible for growing the company’s business and establishing a network of Innovation Parks in the country. He works with UK and Chinese organisations (government, industry and academia) to facilitate research and knowledge sharing and create opportunities for collaborations and partnerships. 

He joined BRE in 1995, where he worked on numerous building and civil engineering projects. He was made Head of Marketing in 2001 responsible for supporting  the company’s strategic growth initiatives.

Mr Skandamoorthy has a degree in Civil Engineering (with Honours) from Imperial College London and a marketing diploma from the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM). 

James Mabey

James Mabey

Senior Vice President Development - Asia Pacific
Jumeirah Group

James Mabey joined the Jumeirah Group in September 2013 as Senior Vice President of Development – AsiaPacific. He is responsible for the company’s growth and expansion across the Asia Pacific region.

Dr Mabey has lived in Asia since 1999, and has more than a decade of business consulting and real estate development experience in the region. Prior to joining the Jumeirah Group, Mr Mabey previously held key positions as Senior Director of Development for Marco Polo Hotels, and Director of Development for Jumeirah Private Island, Phuket. He also served as Economic and Tourism Development Advisor to the Thailand Ministry of the Interior, and Phuket Governor’s Office from 2005 to 2011.

Dr Mabey is a frequent speaker at industry and academic conferences, and guest lecturer at universities throughout Asia Pacific. He holds an MBA in Hospitality and Tourism, and a Doctorate Degree in Hospitality and Tourism Management from Hong Kong Polytechnic University.

Michal Kaczmarski

Michal Kaczmarski

Deputy Editor
fDi Magazine

Michal Kaczmarski is the New York-based Deputy Editor of fDi Magazine. In his role he oversees publication of data-driven editorial reports, projects and supplements, focusing on cross-border investments.

Before joining the magazine, Mr Kaczmarski lived, worked and studied in Chicago, Moscow, Warsaw and London. While in Poland, he was in charge of the Polish edition of Stuff Magazine, the world's best-selling publication on gadgets and new technologies. In 2010-2011 he also oversaw the day-to-
day activities of the Stuff editorial team. He has written for various media outlets such as National Geographic Traveler, Press, Aktivist, The Banker and Existence and worked for the Polish National Radio ‘Bis’.

Mr Kaczmarski has an MA in international relations from the University of Warsaw. He has also studied political communication and journalism at City University in London and Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago (APAC UW programme). He is also an alumnus of the American Institute on Political and Economic Systems (recipient of the Rosenstiel Foundation Scholarship) organised by the Fund for American Studies with the cooperation of Charles University in Prague and Georgetown University in Washington, DC.

Jayant  Menon

Jayant Menon

Lead Economist (Trade and Regional Cooperation), Economic Research and Regional Cooperation Department
Asian Development Bank

Jayant Menon is Lead Economist at the Asian Development Bank in Manila, Philippines, where he works on trade, international investment and development issues, and leads the Trade Team. He holds adjunct appointments with the Australian National University, University of Nottingham, UK and Cambodian Institute for Cooperation and Peace, and serves on the Advisory Board of the University of Nottingham Campus in Malaysia. Prior to joining ADB, he worked as an academic in Australia for more than a decade, mainly at the Centre of Policy Studies at Monash University in Melbourne. He is the author or co-author of more than one hundred academic publications, mostly on trade and development, and particularly as they relate to Asia.

Patrick  Sim

Patrick Sim

Senior Vice President, Asia Pacific,
Orange Business Services

Patrick Sim is the Senior Vice President for Asia Pacific at Orange Business Services. As Head of Asia Pacific region, he is responsible for setting the strategic direction of the business and driving growth across all market segments in the region, including ASEAN, China, Hong Kong, India, Australasia, Japan and Korea. 

Dr Sim has been with Orange Business Services for eight years, previously as Vice President of Sales & Marketing for Asia Pacific. In this role, he worked closely with regional and country management teams to drive business growth and generate revenues from key business streams, and helped transform the business and increase market share. 

An industry veteran, Dr Sim has held several leadership roles, including Chief Executive Officer at Bridge Mobile; Managing Director at Nortel Networks Singapore & ASEAN Enterprise; Vice President, Communications, Media and Utilities Industries at Oracle Corporation APAC; and General Manager Transmission Division at NEC Australia. 

He is a Chartered Professional Engineer with a PhD in Electrical Engineering, who had several international patents approved whilst at NEC Australia.

Tewolde GebreMariam

Tewolde GebreMariam

Ethiopian Airlines

Tewolde GebreMariam has been CEO of Ethiopian Airlines since 2011 having joined the company in 1985. He was previously its Chief Operating Officer in charge of the airline’s Commercial, Flight Operations, Customer Services and Maintenance and Engineering divisions. From 2004 to 2006 he was Executive Officer, Marketing & Sales. In October 2000, he was appointed as Regional Director for the Americas, while from 1998-2000 he was Area Sales Manager for North East USA and Canada. In 1995, he became Regional Director for India and South East Asia, based in Bombay. He later moved to Jeddah as Area Manager for Saudi Arabia. Before this, he held a number of positions including Manager, Cargo Traffic Handling, and Transport Agent at Addis Ababa Airport in Ethiopia.

Mr Tewolde also serves as a member of the Board of Governors of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and is an Executive Committee member of the African Airlines Association (AFRAA); Chairman of the Ethiopian Tourism Board (ETO); a Board member of Ethio Telecom, Ethiopian Railway Corporation and the Commercial Bank of Ethiopia; and a member of the Airlink Advisory Council.

He has won several awards, including The Airline Strategy Award for Regional Leadership (2013)and the 2013 Planet Africa professional Excellence Award. In 2012 the African CEO Forum named him African CEO of the Year and he picked up theBest African Business Leader award from the Corporate Council on Africa.

Mr Tewolde has a BA in Economics from Addis Ababa University in Ethiopia and an MBA from the Open University in the UK.

Tao Liu

Tao Liu

VP and Chief Operating Officer, China Division
Nexteer Automotive

Tao Liu has been the VP and Chief Operating Officer of Nexteer Automotive’s China Division since 2013. Between 2011 and 2013 he was the Division’s Executive Director, and from 2010-2011 he was the company’s China Operations Manager/Executive Director. 

Prior to these roles, Mr Liu held positions with companies that have renamed to   Nexteer. These included China Operations Manager and Managing Director of Steering Suzhou Plant and Saginaw Steering (Suzhou) Co Ltd; and China Operations Manager of Delphi Steering and Managing Director of Steering Suzhou Plant. 

Mr Liu was also the General Manager of China Operations at Metaldyne Powertrain Group from 2004-2006, and the Asia Pacific Delphi Manufacturing System Manager at Delphi Energy, Chassis and Steering System from 2001-2004. Between 1997 and 2001, he was the Manufacturing Manager at Delphi Shanghai Steering and Chassis Systems Co Ltd, and from 1987-1996 he was an Electrical Engineer at Shanghai Machine Tool Works. 

He has a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Tsinghua University, China, and an MBA from Purdue University in the US.

Raymond  Yee

Raymond Yee

Vice President, Customs and Regulatory Affairs, DHL Express Asia Pacific
DHL Express

Raymond Yee is the Vice President for Customs and Regulatory Affairs for DHL Express covering Asia Pacific. His role includes working with Customs on various reform and modernisation programmes and enhancing partnerships between DHL Express and Customs administrations from across the region.

He has more than 18 years’ experience dealing with Customs issues in both the public and private sectors. Before joining DHL, he headed indirect tax issues for Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa for an international tobacco company. He previously worked as a customs and trade consultant in various consulting companies including PricewaterhouseCoopers and Ernst & Young.

His first role involved setting up the ASEAN Free Trade Area in the ASEAN Secretariat in 1994 and managing Customs cooperation issues as the Secretariat’s Assistant Director for Trade Facilitation.

Mr Yee has a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Cambridge University and a Master’s degree in Economic Development (specialising in ASEAN Trade) from Oxford University.

Scott Kronick

Scott Kronick

President and CEO
Ogilvy Public Relations, Asia Pacific

Scott Kronick, a 30-year PR veteran, was a primary architect in the founding of Ogilvy Public Relations in mainland China in 1995 as one of the first international PR agencies in the country. 

Over the course of two decades, Mr Kronick’s leadership has grown the agency to more than 500 employees in China and one of the largest and most influential agencies in Asia. 

Today, as President and CEO of Ogilvy PR Asia Pacific based in Beijing, he leads more than 1,200 employees across a network of 23 offices across the region.

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.

Stefano Poli

Stefano Poli

President and Managing Director
Toshiba Mitsubishi-Electric Industrial Corporation Asia

Stefano Poli was appointed President/ Managing Director of Toshiba Mitsubishi Electric Corp Asia in October 2014. Prior to this, Mr Poli was CEO of Electro Power Systems, a leader in fuel cell systems based on hydrogen technology. Between 2011 and 2012, Mr Poli served as Group CEO of Continental Chemical Corporation Group, an Asian intermediate chemical company with major interests and operations in China, Thailand, Singapore and Indonesia, where he was in charge of a major restructuring project. In 2002, Mr Poli was appointed CEO of Pirelli Indonesia, and was later promoted to be CEO SEA. He also took the role of Group Vice President within the Group Strategic Committee. When in 2005 the Pirelli Group sold the cable & systems division to Goldman & Sachs and the Group was renamed Prysmian, he assumed the role of CEO Asia. Mr Poli is currently a Board member and Vice President of the European Chamber of Commerce in Singapore (EUROCHAM). He was the Founder, past Chairman, and an Independent Board Member of the EU-ASEAN Business Council (EU-ABC). He is also a Member of Aspen Institute Italia Overseas Talent Community and was named Board Member of ROPATEC, a leader in the industry of vertical axes wind turbines within the renewable energy industry. Mr Poli holds a degree in Engineering of Materials from the University of Trento, Italy.

Henry Loewendahl

Henry Loewendahl

Founder & CEO

Henry Loewendahl is Group CEO of the WAVTEQ Group and Senior Vice President representing fDi Intelligence, Financial Times Limited.  He has 20 years of experience in FDI. He has advised over 150 governments and multinational enterprises in 60 countries and has worked extensively in the region, advising clients in Algeria, Jordan, Lebanon, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, and UAE.  Mr Loewendahl started his career in PwC's International Investment Group before becoming Manager of Inward Investment in IBM and subsequently founding several successful start-up companies.  He has over 50 publications on FDI and he has been an FDI expert to the World Bank, UNCTAD, Financial Times, and Columbia Law School for many years. His most recent publication in July 2016 was titled The Impact of Brexit on FDI into the UK: Recommendations for UK Investment Promotion Strategy.  Mr Loewendahl holds a primary degree in Economics & Politics, a Masters Degree in International Political Economic and a PhD studying German and Japanese FDI strategies and economic development implications.

Chris Knight

Chris Knight


Chris Knight is the Co-Founder of Wavteq Ltd., as well as SVP for fDi Intelligence. Chris has been working in the field of foreign direct investment and advising governments for over a decade. Chris is an expert in the benchmarking of locations, as well as analysing and interpreting FDI trends worldwide. Chris is also an expert on how to market and promote a location globally. Chris has worked with locations all over the world on a variety of lead generation and strategy projects.

Chris has worked with 100’s of EDO’s worldwide in all aspects of foreign direct investment including: lead generation, event organisation and management, best practice, investment promotion and location benchmarking propositions. Chris has extensive experience working in global markets including Asia, Europe, North America, South America, Africa and Middle East.

Chris is a regular speaker and trainer on how to attract more FDI and over the past 10 years has spoken at events all over the world.


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.

Agenda - 30th Jun

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

    Courtney Fingar, Editor in Chief, fDi Magazine

  • 9:05am
    Opening keynote address: The Asia Pacific investment landscape
    • What is the investment landscape in Asia Pacific?
    • What efforts are being made to reduce barriers to doing business?
    • How are APEC member economies driving investment opportunities?

    Alan Bollard, Executive Director, APEC Secretariat, Singapore

  • 9:30am
    Presentation: Global investment trends
    • What factors are driving current global investment trends?
    • What investment trends can be expected in the future?

    Chris Knight, Global Commercial Director, fDi Intelligence

  • 9:50am
    Panel: 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?
    • How can sustainability add value to developments and buildings – and why is this important to investors in tomorrow’s growth markets?
    • How do emerging economies prove to the rest of the world that they are open for business?

    Prakash Khemlani, Founder and Owner, Vision Pacific Group

    James Mabey, Senior Vice President, Development - Asia Pacific, Jumeirah Group

    Jaya Skandamoorthy, Director, BRE, China


    Michal Kaczmarski, Deputy Editor, fDi Magazine

  • 10:35am
    Networking break
  • 11:00am
    Presentation: Chinese and Asian FDI: trends and prospects
    • What is driving the rise of Chinese inward and outward FDI?
    • What are the characteristics of Chinese FDI in a comparative perspective?
    • What are the prospects for Asian FDI?

    Henry Loewendahl, CEO, WAVTEQ (Hong Kong)

  • 11:20am
    Panel discussion: Realising the value of international expansion for Chinese firms
    • What are the obstacles to international expansion for Chinese firms?
    • How do you ensure a successful international investment?
    • How do you protect yourself against the risk of an international investment?
    • How do you address the cultural challenges associated in an overseas investment?
    • How are Chinese government policies driving outward investment?
    • Where are the biggest opportunities to be found?

    Wang Feng, Editor in Chief,

    Scott Kronick, President & CEO, Ogilvy Public Relations, Asia Pacific

    Tao Liu, VP and Chief Operating Officer, China Division, Nexteer Automotive

    Patrick Tsang, Executive Director and Chief Investment Officer, GNET Group plc


    Courtney Fingar, Editor in Chief, fDi Magazine

  • 12:05pm
    Networking lunch
  • 1:15pm
    Keynote presentation: How Huawei sees the world
    • How do Chinese multinationals progress through the learning curve? - And are there differences between Chinese private-owned companies and SOEs?
    • What has membership of the WTO meant for Chinese companies?
    • What can Chinese firms learn from Huawei’s growth story?
    • What are the opportunities and risks for global ICT supply?
    • What is Huawei’s strategy to capitalise on these opportunities and mitigate these risks?
    • What is Huawei’s strategy for cross-border growth?
    • How can companies and economies move up the FDI value chain?

    James Lockett, VP, Head of trade facilitation and market access, Huawei

  • 1:40pm
    Panel discussion: ASEAN integration
    • What is the impact of ASEAN economic integration on FDI in the region?
    • How do you develop an ASEAN investment strategy?
    • How is the changing policy environment improving prospects for investors?
    • Where are the future FDI opportunities in the ASEAN region?

    Charles H Fine,Professor of Management, MIT Sloan School; President and Dean, Asia School of Business

    Jayant Menon, Lead Economist, Asian Development Bank

    Stefano Poli, President/Managing Director, Toshiba Mitsubishi Electric Industrial Corp; Vice President, European Chamber of Commerce Singapore and Former Chairman, EU-ASEAN Business Council

    Raymond Yee, Vice President, Customs and Regulatory Affairs, DHL Express Asia Pacific


    Michal Kaczmarski, Deputy Editor, fDi Magazine

  • 2:25pm
    In discussion with fDi: How NXP sees the world
    • What global opportunities and challenges does NXP face?
    • What is NXP’s strategy for cross-border growth?
    • What is the role of China in NXP’s global investment strategy?

    Steve Owen, Executive Vice President, NXP

    Interviewed by:

    Michal Kaczmarski, Deputy Editor, fDi Magazine

  • 2:35pm
    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?

    Ashwani Goel, Head and General Manager, TATA South-East Asia

    Steve Owen, Executive Vice President, NXP

    Patrick Sim, Senior Vice President, Asia Pacific, Orange Business Services

    Patrick Tsang, Executive Director and Chief Investment Officer, GNET Group plc


    Courtney Fingar, Editor in Chief, fDi Magazine

  • 3:30pm
    Closing address
    • What are the latest trends for FDI in Hong Kong?
    • What are the latest developments in Hong Kong's laws and policies that facilitate investments and trades?
    • How is economic cooperation improving between Hong Kong and the rest of Asia?

    Gregory So, Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development, HKSAR

  • 3:50pm
    Closing remarks from chair

    Courtney Fingar, Editor in Chief, fDi Magazine

  • 4:00pm
    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.

GNet Group plc (GNet) is a rapidly growing E-Commerce company based in China. The company’s proprietary technology platform provides integrated two way O2O (online-to-offline and offline-to-online) services that connect producers, suppliers, service providers and consumers through its E-Mall, E-Terminals, GNet Boxes and mobile application.

At the core of GNet’s business is its highly localised big data strategy that enables vendors to deliver targeted advertising, which accurately matches products and services to the consumer.

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:


Gregory So, Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development, HKSAR

James Lockett, VP, Head of trade facilitation and market access, Huawei


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