David East


David is a highly accomplished, dynamic and experienced cross-border investment professional, with significant experience gained in the industry working with large multinationals, leading consultants, multilateral organisations, government investment promotion agencies and academic institutions globally. David was Publisher of fDi Magazine (part of the Financial Times group) before becoming Business Development Director in OCO Consulting Ltd and then fDi Intelligence. As Business Development Director, David oversaw the development of two market-leading cross-border investment databases, growing revenues by over 600% in just under 7 years. David then joined Conway Inc. as their Senior Vice President and was responsible for managing the overseas offices and further developing their international footprint. David founded Crossborder Intelligence in August 2015 – it is a unique advisory firm aimed at supporting organisations engaged in the business of globalisation. Combining significant global experience in the FDI/cross-border investment arena with a vast network of industry contacts, Crossborder Intelligence delivers a range of services designed to save both time and money.

David received a BSc Joint Honours from Kingston University in 1999. 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. David is regularly invited to participate at international FDI events as a moderator, panellist and as a trainer.

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