Douglas van den Berghe
CEO, Investment Consulting Associates (ICA)


Dr. 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 advisory products: location selector (powered by the Economist Intelligence Unit – EIU) and IncentivesMonitor. 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. He has been a visiting professor at the Erasmus University Rotterdam and Nijenrode University in the Netherlands. His thesis focused on the impact of globalization through FDI and trade on employment in home and host economies and analysed the role of incentives in this process. 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.

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 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 as well as delivered on behalf of many international organizations like: US State Department, UNESCAP, UNCTAD, UNDP and the OECD. 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 and World Free Zone Organization (World FZO) and many local conferences and seminars around the world. Most recent expert panels focused on the the role of investment incentives and how to align these policies with key economic development objectives. In 2016 he became a key advisor on incentives and free zones to the World Free Zones Organization based in Dubai. He is also the lead author of the AIM Annual Conference Report that is launched every year at the same Conference.

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