FDI Center, Germany
Andreas Dressler has been active in foreign direct investment (FDI) for over 20 years. He is the founder of Location Decisions, a specialized location advisory firm that assists companies from different industries to select the best locations and secure favorable conditions for their investments worldwide. He is also the managing director of the FDI Center, an advisory company that works with countries, regions, cities and industrial parks to implement investment promotion strategies and attract new investment.
In 2009, Andreas founded Terrain, a specialized consulting firm providing services to companies and investment promotion agencies worldwide. Terrain quickly became one of the most respected consulting firms in the field of foreign direct investment and provided services to the IPAs of numerous countries, states, cities and industrial parks. Terrain also assisted companies from the automotive, food, chemicals and other industries to select locations for new facilities. Terrain was acquired by Conway Data Inc. in April 2013. Following the sale of Terrain, Andreas continued to run the company as a stand-alone division until January 2017.
Andreas started his career with KPMG in Washington, DC. His initial work mostly involved helping companies to develop international market entry strategies, although he soon shifted focus to advising on location selection for international expansion. In 1998, Andreas moved to New York to join KPMG’s Business Incentives Group, which specialized in assisting companies to secure government incentives for new investments and expansions within North America. He expanded the service offering of the group to include location advisory and also created a specialized cross border investment practice (Global Location & Expansion Services). In 2003, he moved to Frankfurt to build a location advisory group for KPMG in Europe while continuing to coordinate the firm’s global FDI advisory activities. During his time at KPMG, Andreas assisted dozens of companies to select international locations for new manufacturing plants, shared service centers, R&D centers, headquarters and other types of corporate facilities.
Andreas’ clients have included some of the world’s largest corporations as well as medium sized companies and technology-oriented start-ups. He has also worked with the investment promotion agencies of many of the world’s leading regions and cities as well as a range of developed countries and emerging economies. Through this experience, Andreas has developed an in-depth understanding of how companies make location decisions and what it takes for locations to attract them. He is a sought-after speaker and coach on all topics related to foreign investment and provides training to investment promotion agencies throughout the world.
Andreas has a Master of Arts in International Relations from the Johns Hopkins University, School of Advanced International Studies in Washington DC and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Bath in England.