David East
Business Development Director, fDi Intelligence

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David has over 12 years experience in foreign direct investment and has worked with IPAs and MNCs from over 30 countries. He was Publisher of fDi Magazine, the leading publication on globalization which was launched in 2001. He then became Business Development Director in OCO Consulting Ltd and subsequently in fDi Intelligence. As Business Development Director, David has overseen the development of two market-leading databases, fDi Markets and fDi Benchmark, which are now used by over 150 governments around the world. David is also regularly invited to participate at international FDI events. David was a presenter at the International Outsourcing Forum in Reims, a panelist at the 2nd Global Free Trade & Special Economic Zones Exhibition & Summit in Kuala Lumpur on “Attracting FDI and inward investment to FTZ/SEZs” and a moderator at the AIM Congress in Dubai for a session covering “Corporate Investor Perspectives”. David’s main areas of expertise are on corporate globalization trends and comparisons of location competitiveness and how governments and corporations can use data to inform their FDI activities. Drawing on his experience as Publisher, David also has a strong knowledge of how locations can market their location for FDI. In November 2013, David was appointed to the inaugural Board of Governors for the newly created FDI Association.

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