Chief Executive, MCC (Michael Charlton Consulting Limited)
Michael is an independent consultant who advises city and country governments on how to promote themselves internationally as business locations and to attract foreign direct investment (FDI). He also consults with corporate clients going global mainly from Brazil and China to help realize their international aspirations. He currently acts as International Director of Rio Negócios, the official agency of the city of Rio de Janeiro responsible for attracting and promoting inward investment. Michael’s role includes developing and implementing strategies to use the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil and the Rio 2016 Olympics as catalysts for the broader promotion of the city and its many business opportunities.
Michael is also International Director for the Isle of Man Government. Based in London he is responsible for advising the government on its economic development strategy, proposition development and for raising the profile of and attracting investment to the Isle of Man from key international markets such as China, India, Russia and the Middle East.
Michael is Senior Advisor Europe working with the team delivering the Ontario International Investment Representation Services programme across Europe on behalf of the Ontario Ministry of Economic Development, Trade & Employment (MEDTE).
Michael has undertaken consultancy projects in China and the Middle East and is a regular global speaker on building city/country brands, developing compelling jurisdictional propositions, setting up investment promotion agencies and best practice in attracting FDI.
In addition, Michael is special advisor to ‘GrowthAccelerator’,a partnership between leading private sector business growth experts, Grant Thornton, Pera, Oxford Innovation and Winning Pitch and backed by the UK Government. ‘GrowthAccelerator’ is designed to accelerate high growth businesses and get them where they want it to be – faster. In particular Michael has worked on setting up the network which supports the community and allows interaction between the over 10,000 member companies.
Until March 2011, Michael was Chief Executive of Think London, the award winning public-private Foreign Direct Investment agency for London. Under his leadership Think London played a critical role in ensuring that London maintained its position as Europe’s leading destination for FDI. The agency assisted nearly 2,000 overseas businesses from more than 40 countries around the globe to set up and expand in London. Collectively these companies created over 40,000 jobs – adding $7.5 billion to the London economy. During his leadership, London increased its market share from 5% to 7%.of all FDI coming into Europe.
Michael is a Chartered Accountant having trained and spent ten years with KPMG in the UK and internationally. He has a BSc Honours degree in Accounting & Financial Management from Loughborough University of Technology.
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