Douglas van den Berghe


Douglas van den Berghe (PhD) is the CEO and founder of Investment Consulting Associates – ICA headquartered in Amsterdam and Boston with partner offices around the world and founder of two web based FDI advisory products: (powered by the Economist Intelligence Unit – EIU) and (currently named: He holds a Ph.D. in Business Administration from Erasmus University Rotterdam – Rotterdam School of Management (RSM) and was previously a Director at Ernst & Young and Economic Affairs Officer at UNCTAD. As a management and strategy consultant, he has assisted many corporate clients in successfully implementing their global investment strategies, their location selection, as well as optimizing their global supply chains across the world. Some of his corporate clients include Shell, Philips, Electrolux, HB Fuller, Appvion, John Deere, Johnson Controls, Knowles, Appnovation Technologies, and ING.

He is considered one of the leading global experts on FDI, location strategy and offshore strategies, investment incentives, SEZs, and how to develop FDI policies for economic development and increase competitiveness. He has been an advisor to numerous governments, free zones, and investment promotion agencies (IPAs) in countries in the Middle East, Africa and Latin America and various organizations including UNCTAD, UNDP, World Bank, USAID, OECD, US State Department and the EU. Douglas has also guest lectured at Harvard Business School, Rotterdam School of Management, Nijenrode University and published in several academic journals such as the International Business Review, Transnational Corporations, and Business Strategy Review. He has worked in many countries including EU-27, Central America, Albania, Australia, China, Ghana, India, Jordan, Iraq, Mexico, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United States, and Turkey. In addition, he has the following sector expertise: electronics, consumer products, financial services, automotive, oil and gas, chemicals, and IT.

Douglas is currently advising multiple countries in emerging and frontier markets on their investment and incentives policies and free zones. Douglas recently led major projects to build the capacity of countries and regions to attract FDI. He is also the founder of the FDI Academy Training Program of ICA: FDIexecutive™ that has successfully been rolled out in numerous countries. Douglas is also a guest speaker at numerous conferences around the world including UNCTAD World Forum for Investment, Annual Investment Meeting (AIM), International Economic Development Council (IEDC) annual conference, World Forum for FDI, CAIPA Investment Forum, World Free Zone Convention and many local conferences.

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