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

fDi Forum 2016

Navigating the rocky global investment environment

London |
Speakers include:
Courtney Fingar

Courtney Fingar

fDi Magazine

Derek  Mackay

Derek Mackay

The Scottish Government

James Lockett

James Lockett

Huawei Technologies


fDi Forum 2016: Navigating the rocky global investment environment builds on the latest trends in the global investment market. 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, examine how to successfully navigate the challenges of investing in a new territory and consider what the vote for Brexit means for international investors. Speakers will explore the global economic outlook and investment trends; how investors from emerging markets can capitalise on global opportunities; the fallout from Brexit and other developments in the EU, and how they impact on investors; corporate views of the world; how SMEs can work with big firms to achieve mutually beneficial results; and global strategies for growth. The event also provides an opportunity to learn from the experts about how they achieved a successful investment.

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Agenda - 21st Sep

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

    Courtney Fingar, Editor-in-Chief, fDi Magazine

  • 9:10am
    Opening keynote address
    • What are the priorities for policy makers three months after the Brexit vote?
    • How can government policies support the new global investment climate?
    • How can you achieve success in FDI?
    • What makes an attractive location for FDI?

    Derek Mackay MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Finance and the Constitution, The Scottish Government

  • 9:35am
    Presentation: Economic outlook
    • How does global economic performance in 2016 compare to other years?
    • Where are the greatest economic and political risks in 2016 and 2017?
    • What does Brexit mean for the UK in the long term?
    • What impact will the US election have on the global economy?

    Chris Giles, Economics Editor, Financial Times

  • 9:55am
    Presentation: Global investment trends
    • What are the global corporate location trends in 2016?
    • What is the impact of Brexit on FDI in Q1?
    • Who are the winners and losers of Brexit? And what are the predictions for the future?

    Henry Loewendahl, Group CEO, WAVTEQ Group and Senior Vice President, fDi Intelligence, Financial Times

  • 10:15am
    Panel discussion: Investing from emerging markets
    • What are the latest trends in investment from emerging markets?
    • What are the challenges and opportunities for investors from emerging markets?
    • How do you ensure a successful international investment?
    • How is Brexit impacting on investors into Europe from emerging markets?



    Baljeet Kaur Grewal, Managing Director for Strategy and Portfolio Investment, Samruk-Kazyna

    Sanjay Kanodia, Founder, Chairman and CEO, Pervacio

    Denise Li, CEO, PGC Capital

    Patrick Tsang, Chairman, Vale International Group


    Jonathan Wheatley, Editor, EM Squared, Financial Times

  • 11:05am
    Networking break
  • 11:30am
    Panel discussion: Brexit and the UK
    • What does Brexit mean for investors in the UK?
    • How will the FinTech sector be impacted by Brexit?
    • How can the UK reposition itself outside the EU?
    • How do you address the challenges of Brexit?


    Amy Bryant, Chief Operating Officer, Jersey Finance

    Damien Guermonprez, CEO, Lemon Way 

    Nicola Hewitt, Commercial Director, Marketing Birmingham

    David Marock, Group Chief Executive Officer,Charles Taylor


    Natasha Turak, Global Markets Reporter, fDi Magazine

  • 12:20pm
    Panel discussion: The EU and FDI
    • What does Brexit mean for Europe?
    • How are leading European economies positioning themselves to capitalise on opportunities associated with Brexit?
    • What is the future for investors in the EU?
    • What is the impact of Brexit on emerging markets in Europe and beyond?
    • How do non-European investors see a post-Brexit EU?


    Pierluigi Ghione, General Manager, Grammer Serbia

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

    Alexander Plekhanov, Deputy Director of Research, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development 

    Hani Redha, Senior Vice President, Portfolio Manager, Global Multi-Asset, PineBridge Investments


    Jacopo Dettoni, Deputy Editor, fDi Magazine

  • 1:10pm
    Networking lunch
  • 2:10pm
    Keynote interview: Huawei’s view of the world
    • How does Huawei’s global value chain enable it to achieve economies of scale throughout its network?
    • What role does innovation play in Huawei’s investment strategy?
    • What is Huawei’s advice to global investment policymakers?
    • What are Huawei’s investment priorities?


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

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

  • 2:30pm
    Panel discussion: Thinking big – how start-ups and SMEs can work with major companies to achieve mutual success

    • How can start-ups and SMEs help corporations to innovate?
    • How do SMEs achieve a successful strategic alliance with a major firm?
    • How do you overcome the risks of partnering with another firm?
    • How can major firms help SMEs break into new markets?


    Jason Lane, Executive VP, Market Development, Europe, MasterCard

    Nir Marom, Co-founder and Director, Business Development, Lumos

    David Morgan, Director of Commercial & Supply Chain Management, Raytheon Systems

    Dave Pattman, Director, Global R&D, Webhelp Group

    Ken Sutherland, President, Toshiba Medical Visualization Systems

    Jacopo Dettoni, Deputy Editor, fDi Magazine

  • 3:20pm
    Networking break
  • 3:40pm
    Panel discussion: Learning from the masters, global strategies for growth
    • How do business leaders see the business world of 2016 and beyond?
    • Where do they expect tomorrow’s growth opportunities to come from?
    • Which regions, markets and business segments hold the most promise?
    • How is Brexit changing investor sentiment?
    • What future threats to their businesses keep them up at night?


    David Landsman, Executive Director, Tata Limited

    James Tounkara, Co-founder and Managing Director, Gajah Investment Group

    Geoffrey White, Chief Executive Officer, Africa, Agility

    Miles Young, Former CEO and Chairman, Ogilvy & Mather

    Courtney Fingar, Editor-in-Chief, fDi Magazine

  • 4:40pm
    Closing remarks from chair

    Courtney Fingar, Editor-in-Chief, fDi Magazine

  • 4:45pm
    Drinks reception

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.

Speakers (27)

Derek  Mackay

Derek Mackay

Cabinet Secretary for Finance and the Constitution
The Scottish Government

Derek Mackay has been the Member of the Scottish Parliament for Renfrewshire North & West since 2011. 

He was appointed as Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Constitution in May 2016 having previously served as Minister for Transport and Islands and Minister for Local Government and Planning. 

Mr Mackay is currently SNP Business Convener (Chairman of the Party), responsible for chairing Conference, the National Executive and the management and administration of the party. 

Elected to Renfrewshire Council in 1999 at the age of 21, he was the youngest male councillor in Scotland at the time. He won three successive ward elections to become Leader of Renfrewshire Council in May 2007, taking the SNP from opposition to lead the administration for the first time. He became a national figure in local government leading the SNP group at the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities (COSLA) 2009-2011. 

He served on Greater Glasgow and Clyde Health Board as a Non-Executive Director and Chair of Renfrewshire Community Health Partnership from 2007-2011. He has also beenChair of the Paisley Vision Board and Renfrewshire's Fairtrade Steering Group.

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

Miles  Young

Miles Young

Worldwide Chairman
Ogilvy & Mather

Miles Young is Worldwide Chairman of Ogilvy & Mather (O&M). Mr Young has spent 32 years at Ogilvy & Mather, starting in the London office. He became Chairman of Ogilvy & Mather Asia Pacific in 1995 where he spent 13 years building Asia Pacific into O&M's fastest growing region. He assumed the role of Global CEO in 2009 and his current role of Chairman in July 2012. For the past six years he has led Ogilvy & Mather Worldwide to be the most effective and creative agency network in the world as recognised by the prestigious Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity and the Global Effie Effectiveness Index. Effective September, 2016, Mr Young will be retiring from this role at Ogilvy to take up the position of Warden of his alma mater, New College at Oxford University. Until then, he continues in his current role at Ogilvy & Mather. Upon taking up his new position at Oxford, he will remain working closely with both Ogilvy and parent company, WPP, on a non-executive basis.

Baljeet Kaur  Grewal

Baljeet Kaur Grewal

Managing Director for Strategy and Portfolio Investment

Baljeet Kaur Grewal is Managing Director, Strategy and Portfolio Investments, at Samruk Kazyna, the sovereign wealth fund of Kazakhstan. She provides strategic oversight to the Fund’s portfolio of investments and oversees corporate and investment strategy development. Before this, she was Advisor and Finance Specialist in the Public Management, Financial Sector and Trade Division at the Asian Development Bank, where she advised on national economic policy and sovereign funds in West Asia. Prior to this she was Managing Director and Vice Chairman of the investment advisory and Islamic finance arm of the Kuwait Investment Authority (KIA). She has also been Head of Investment Banking Research at Maybank Group, Malaysia, and prior to that held senior positions at ABN AMRO Bank and Deutsche Bank.

Ms Grewal has in-depth experience of investment advice and national economic strategies in emerging markets. She works closely with the ECB, IMF, World Bank and various governing bodies on regulatory and policy development. She has received numerous awards for excellence in investment and advisory work in the Middle East, as well as the Sheikh Rashid al-Makhtoum award for Regional Contribution to Finance in Asia. She is a leading advocate of women’s participation in the finance sector. 

Ms Grewal is a Fellow of Cambridge University, has an Executive MBA from the University of Cambridge and an honours degree in Economics.

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.

Sanjay  Kanodia

Sanjay Kanodia

Founder, Chairman and CEO

Sanjay Kanodia has hands-on experience of building and developing enterprise-class software solutions. A mobile software technology industry veteran, he founded Pervacio in 2004 and the company soon became a global leader in mobile device automation solutions for any type of device on any network in any organisation. Supporting businesses in the mobile phone supply chain and consumer market, Pervacio currently has 12 offices across six continents and Fortune 500 customers in more than 37 countries. 

Mr Kanodia began his engineering and management career at Image Memory Systems. He also led successful development teams at ISSI in Washington DC, US, at Manugistics (now JDA), at mobile software pioneer Riverbed Technologies, and at Aether Systems, where he established and managed technology partnerships. 

He has an MSc in Computer Science from University of Dayton, Ohio, US, and a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Bengaluru University.

Patrick  Tsang

Patrick Tsang

Vale International Group

Patrick Tsang is a seasoned investor in public and private companies and has extensive experience in venture capital, and private equity. He has worked on international IPOs and M&A transactions and has made numerous investments in financial, technology, media, telecom, eCommerce, gaming and entertainment globally. Mr Tsang serves as a director and advisor to many listed companies worldwide. He is also a qualified solicitor in England, Wales and Hong Kong.

Amy  Bryant

Amy Bryant

Chief Operating Officer
Jersey Finance

Amy Bryant joined Jersey Finance as Strategic Projects Manager in December 2011, becoming Chief Operating Officer in January 2013. Her role also includes oversight of Strategic Projects, which focuses on finance industry development projects and initiatives. 

She was previously a Tax Manager with PwC in the Channel Islands, where she specialised in the taxation of offshore funds and Jersey corporate vehicles and provided international structuring advice to a global client base. While working within the tax team Ms Bryant was admitted to the Chartered Institute of Taxation as a Chartered Tax Advisor. She initially qualified as a Chartered Accountant within PwC’s Assurance team working on the audits of a number of banks, financial institutions and public sector bodies. 

She has an Honour’s degree in Natural Sciences from Durham University.

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.

Ken  Sutherland

Ken Sutherland

Toshiba Medical Visualization Systems

Ken Sutherland is President of Toshiba Medical Visualization Systems in Edinburgh with responsibility for a large team of computer scientists, data analysts and clinical experts. This group is responsible for research and development of novel clinical applications for 3D medical imaging as part of Toshiba Medical Systems.  The team in Edinburgh collaborates with a number of practicing clinicians and academic researchers in the UK and across Europe and is focused on bringing new innovation into the Toshiba Medical product line. In this post Dr Sutherland is part of Toshiba Medical’s Global R&D leadership and serves as an industry advisory to the Scottish Government on the Life Sciences Industry Leadership Group. He also holds the position of Chair of the Scottish Lifesciences Association, a trade body for the industry in Scotland. Toshiba Medical Systems is currently in transition and will become a Canon Group Company before the end of 2016.

Dr Sutherland returned to Edinburgh in August 2007 to join Toshiba as R&D General Manager having previously held the post of Operations Director for a European multinational running its imaging R&D facility in Cambridge, England. He studied Electronics and Computer Science at Edinburgh University and has a PhD in Data Sciences and four years postdoctoral research experience in medical image analysis and machine learning.

James  Tounkara

James Tounkara

Co-founder and Managing Director
Gajah Investment Group

James Tounkara co-founded Gajah Investment Group (GIG) in 2015 with the Dubai-based family office Bhansali Equities. In just over a year, the firm has established a presence in key territories in Africa.
Mr Tounkara’s main focus at GIG is on de-risking and developing a portfolio of high-return and high-value projects across the continent.

He has specialised in identifying investment opportunities in Africa for more than a decade. Recent high-profile ventures include spearheading a mining project that’s now listed on the London Stock Exchange and initiating another in March 2016 when it signed an agreement with the government of Guinea and the state mining company. This makes GIG a holder of the BHP Boffa South block, which contains 9 billion tonnes of bauxite. The project, valued at US$7.95bn, will start production in 2017.

In 2010, Mr Tounkara joined the West Africa office of Swiss boutique investment group Geneva Management Group (GMG) as Managing Director. He has also set up a luxury distribution company in Belgium as well as a diamond trading company, alongside GMG Chairman Dave Elzas.

Geoffrey  White

Geoffrey White

Chief Executive Officer
Agility Africa

Geoffrey White, CEO of Agility Africa, is an expert on infrastructure development, retail supply chains, agri-business, and investment for African markets. Agility, a leading global provider of logistics and related infrastructure solutions for the oil and gas and FMCG markets, has over $5.6 billion in revenue, 26,000 employees, and offices in more than 100 countries. Mr White is a member of the Agility Strategic Advisory Board.

Agility is funding and developing an extensive network of warehouse distribution parks across Africa to provide international standard infrastructure to support both multinational corporations and the growth of SME’s in Africa and the development of African trade regionally and globally.

Mr. White joined Agility in 2014 after serving as CEO of Lonrho Plc for 8 years, where he developed product supply chains for some of the world’s largest retailers and developed essential infrastructure and logistics facilities for Africa’s burgeoning oil and gas industry. Mr. White’s career path has included working with Thomas Tilling Plc, BTR Plc, Asda Plc, Hilton, Ford PAG, and a leading Middle Eastern private investment office.

Mr. White frequently comments on Africa for the BBC, CNN, CNBC, Forbes, and at the World Economic Forum, AU, NEPAD, Royal Africa Society, Chatham House, The Economist and other important African forums.

Jason  Lane

Jason Lane

Executive VP, Market Development, Europe

Jason Lane is responsible for the development of MasterCard’s European business strategy, acceptance development, merchant relationship management, customer economics and government partnerships in Europe. Over the past 16 years, he has held positions of increasing responsibility across various business functions at MasterCard. Mr Lane has extensive international experience, gained during his tenure at MasterCard and previously in the consulting, retail and insurance industries.

Henry  Loewendahl

Henry Loewendahl

Group CEO of the WAVTEQ Group
and Senior Vice President of fDi Intelligence, Financial Times

Henry Loewendahl has 20 years of experience in the area of FDI. He has advised more than 150 governments and multinational enterprises in 60 countries. He 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.

Dr Loewendahl is Group CEO of WAVTEQ, a leading consulting firm providing services and tools to enable multinational enterprises to optimise their corporate location strategy and governments to attract FDI. 

WAVTEQ has worked with investors and governments to secure more than US$5 billion of investment projects since 2014, with a key focus on Chinese, Indian, Japanese, Korean, UK and US overseas investment. WAVTEQ is also the consulting and technology partner of the Financial Times, developing their suite of FDI and banking data products.

Dr Loewendahl has been at the forefront of expanding our knowledge of FDI, pioneering the development of new data sources on FDI (fDi Markets), location competitiveness (fDi Benchmark) and investment incentives (IncentivesMonitor). In 2016, WAVTEQ launched FDI Professionals, a totally free tool for multinational enterprises to identify and connect with corporate location advisors and governments in over 150 countries.

Dr Loewendahl 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.

Dr Loewendahl has a First Class Honors Degree in Economics & Politics, a Masters Degree with Distinction in International Political Economic and a PhD studying German and Japanese FDI into the UK.

Nicola  Hewitt

Nicola Hewitt

Commercial Director
Marketing Birmingham

Nicola Hewitt leads Marketing Birmingham's inward investment strategy, managing its programme Business Birmingham, which supports investors and businesses with a range of services to help them locate or expand within the Greater Birmingham and West Midlands region.

Ms Hewitt manages highly targeted campaigns that focus on Greater Birmingham's strengths to attract foreign businesses from a range of key sectors and markets to the region. She was previously Director of marketing and communications consultancy, View from the Hill, following on from international marketing roles at Hoople Limited, Brintons Carpets and Codemasters Software.

Hani  Redha

Hani Redha

Senior Vice President, Portfolio Manager, Global Multi-Asset
PineBridge Investments

Hani Redha is a Portfolio Manager for the PineBridge Investments Global Multi-Asset team in London. He chairs the Multi-Asset Strategy meeting and facilitates the debate and development of the team’s intermediate-term views and convictions. He also contributes to manager selection and monitoring, with a particular focus on Alternatives. Prior to joining the firm in 2012, he was an Investment Manager with the Mumtalakat Sovereign Wealth Fund of the Kingdom of Bahrain, where he built and managed its global multi-asset class investment portfolio, and oversaw strategic and tactical asset allocation as well as manager selection across all asset classes. He was previously Deputy Head of Global Fixed Income and Deputy Head of Hedge Funds with NCB Capital.

Mr Redha has a Master’s in Chemical Engineering from Imperial College London and a Diploma in Actuarial Techniques from the Institute of Actuaries (UK). He is also a Chartered Alternative Investments Analyst (CAIA).

Nir  Marom

Nir Marom

Co-founder and Director, Business Development

Nir Marom is the Co-founder of Lumos, a disruptive off-grid solar energy provider focused on emerging markets. The company offers low-cost solar systems to families and small businesses not connected to the electricity grid, using a pay-as-you-go system in partnership with mobile service providers.

Lumos is partnered with Nigeria’s largest mobile provider, MTN, and some of the world’s most influential development organisations, having received US$15 million in financing from OPIC to provide around 75,000 systems to the north of the country as part of President Obama’s Power Africa initiative.

Mr Marom has also founded two other innovative energy companies: Greenlet Technologies (a high-tech startup which develops and sells utility-scale energy demand management hardware and software) and SunIsrael (a solar energy producer which develops, finances, builds, operates and owns large-scale solar facilities).

Pierluigi  Ghione

Pierluigi Ghione

General Manager, Serbia,
Grammer System

Pierluigi Ghione is the General Manager, Serbia, for Grammer System, a German developer and manufacturer of components and systems for car interiors as well as seating for off-road vehicles, trucks, buses and trains. He is also regional coordinator for Serbia, Bulgaria and Russia, leading around 2,500 employees in four plants across the three countries.

His background is in automotive chemistry and textile engineering. He has worked for four major automotive interiors companies in nine countries over the past 24 years.

Mr Ghione is President of the Investor Club and a Board Member of the Regional Chamber of Commerce in Nis, Serbia. He is an expert in manufacturing footprint strategy  in South Eastern Europe (SEE) and Central Eastern Europe (CEE); grant and investment planning; and turnaround plans for multinational companies. He also leads on FDI in manufacturing in SEE and CEE. 

Damien  Guermonprez

Damien Guermonprez

Lemon Way

Damien Guermonprez is joint head of the Lemon Way payment institution with the founder and Executive Chairman, and aims to make it a European FinTech leader. His passion is innovation in financial services, and he has spent most of his career as an executive manager and investor in this and the FinTech sector.Over the past 20 years he has founded and run 14 credit institutions, leasing and insurance companies. His career highlights include being a Director at RCI Banque, the bank of vehicle manufacturer Renault, and Managing Director and founder of Case Credit Europe. For 10 years, he ran Banque Accord, the banking division of the Auchan Group, before taking over the chairmanship of Aon France. In 2014, he sold the former Belgian subsidiary of BNP Paribas Personal Finance, which he had bought four years previously with an investment fund. As one of France’s top 10 business angels, Mr Guermonprez has invested in 15 start-ups, mainly FinTechs.

Mr Guermonprez has an MBA from Harvard Business School and a Master in Finance from ESSEC Business School.

David  Morgan

David Morgan

Director of Commercial & Supply Chain Management
Raytheon Systems

David Morgan took up the post of Director of Commercial & Supply Chain Management at Raytheon Systems Limited in September 2013. 

In 1987, he joined the Commercial and Sub-Contracts department of British Aerospace Military Aircraft division, and worked on the Tornado and Eurofighter aircraft programmes for both the UK MoD and international customers based in the UK and in Germany. 

He moved to Logica in 1997 and worked in a number of divisions, starting in Space Systems and ending up as Commercial Director for its HR outsourcing business. 

In 2003, Mr Morgan joined KBR as Commercial Director for the Government Operations business, working on the UK NHS national programme for IT based. He then became commercial lead for the KBR CONLOG contract providing support to the UK forces in Iraq. 

He moved to QinetiQ in 2005, initially as Commercial Director of its Communications Division and being appointed Commercial Director of the UK Technology Solutions Sector two years later. In 2010, he joined the board of the Defence Support Group as Commercial and Supply Chain Director on a fixed term appointment as a member of the Senior Civil Service. 

He has a degree in Business Law and Finance

Dave Pattman

Dave Pattman

Director, Global R&D
Webhelp Group

Dave Pattman joined Webhelp in 2013 as Solutions Director for the UK business, and since the start of 2016 has been Director of Global R&D for the Webhelp Group. Prior to joining the company, he held senior roles in both the financial services and FMCG sectors across disciplines including innovation and NPD, strategy, insight, brand development and marketing.

Denise Li

Denise Li

Founder and CEO
PGC Capital
Jonathan Wheatley

Jonathan Wheatley

Emerging Markets Correspondent
Financial Times

Jonathan Wheatley is the FT’s emerging markets correspondent, writing about issues in the developing world across the FT’s output. He was formerly editor of beyondbrics, an online forum for outside comment on emerging markets, and of EM Squared, a premium service offering data-driven analysis of all things EM. He was a founding member of the FT’s emerging markets desk in 2011. He was previously the FT’s Brazil bureau chief in São Paulo, where he lived for the best part of two decades, writing about economics, politics, business, finance, the environment and social issues in Brazil and across Latin America.

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.

Natasha  Turak

Natasha Turak

Global Markets Reporter
fDi Magazine
Jacopo Dettoni

Jacopo Dettoni

Deputy Editor
fDi Magazine

Jacopo Dettoni is Deputy Editor of fDi Magazine. He has been following patterns of investment in emerging markets for more than 10 years. Prior to joining fDi Magazine, he covered the boom and bust cycle in commodity-dependent regions such as Central Asia and Latin America. His writing has appeared in leading publications across the globe.

Alexander  Plekhanov

Alexander Plekhanov

Deputy Director of Research
European Bank for Reconstruction and Development

Alexander Plekhanov is Deputy Director of Research at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development in London. His main responsibilities include editorship of the Transition Report and the Regional Economic Prospects as well as cross-country macroeconomic analysis, analysis of trade policy, foreign investment and the business environment. Previously, Dr Plekhanov covered economic developments in a number of countries in the region, including Russia, Belarus, Mongolia and Central Asia. He joined the EBRD in October 2007. Prior to that, he worked as an economist at the International Monetary Fund in Washington, DC.  He has a PhD in Economics from the University of Cambridge.


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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.

Business Birmingham is the commercial division within Marketing Birmingham and has played a key role in enabling the city to become recognised as the 6th most investible city in Europe two years running, ahead of every other UK city.

Awarded the title of top-performing UK investment agency 2016 by specialist locations magazine, Site Selection, Business Birmingham provides award winning support and services to its clients by providing an understanding of their specific requirements; presenting bespoke solutions, services, and support; tailoring their suite of unique products to each company’s requirements; and providing long-standing after care.

Business Birmingham acts as a single point of contact for clients, bringing together a project team from relevant organisations across the city such as property agents, recruitment consultants, public agencies and universities to deliver a comprehensive package of support.

Business Birmingham’s bespoke support programme includes:

§  Benchmarking against other potential investment destinations

§  Information to support business case development for expansion

§  Location & labour cost analysis

§  Solutions to training & recruitment support

§  Information on access to finance

§  Showcase of the commercial real estate available and short listing

§  Introductions to local support partners & programmes

§  Introductions to R&D centres of excellence & academia

§  Brokering introductions into the Greater Birmingham business community

§  Tailored familiarisation visit programmes

§  Investor development programme

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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.

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.

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