AIM 2019 Speakers

Conference and Workshop Speakers


Andreas Dressler

Managing Director

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.

Country Presentation Speakers


Mikheil Khidureli

Chief Executive Officer
Enterprise Georgia

H. E. Nabeela F. Tunis

Minister of Planning and Economic Development
Ministry of Planning and Economic Development, Sierra Leone

H.E. Mr. Husin Bagis

Ambassador of The Republic of Indonesia to Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Embassy of The Republic of Indonesia, Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates

Ridwan Hassan

Consul General of the Republic of Indonesia in Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Consulate General of Indonesia

D. Rizky Novihamzah

Indonesia Investment Promotion Centre (IIPC) in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Anthony Nkinzo Kamole

Managing Director
National Investment Promotion Agency (ANAPI), DR Congo

Patient Sayiba TAMBWE

Managing Director
Multimodal Freight Management Office - OGEFREM, DR Congo

Mr. Omphitlhetse Bobo Senosi

Director, Investment
Botswana Investment & Trade Centre (BITC)

Dwianto Eko Winaryo

Deputy Chairman
Business Facilities of Batam FTZ- Riau Islands Province, Indonesia

Paola Maccani

Head of Unit Territorial Development and Attractiveness
Ervet, Emilia Romagna Regional Agency, Italy

Francesca Chieti

Head of Institutional Investors Business Development
London Stock Exchange Group, Italy

Patrizia Celia

Head of Large Caps, Investment Vehicles & Market Intelligence
Borsa Italiana, Italy

Stefano Nigro

Director of the Foreign Direct Investment Department
ITA Agency, Italy

Alessandro Bonfiglioli

Chief Executive Officer
Agriculture and Food Centre of Bologna, Italy

Jaba Phutkaradze

Minister of Finance and Economy
Autonomous Republic of Adjara, Georgia

Nino Mghradze

Deputy Head of Municipal Department of Economic Development
Tbilisi City Hall, Georgia

Tengiz Tsereteli

Senior Investment Officer
JSC Partnership Fund, Georgia

Otar Dikhaminjia

Supervisory Board Member
JSC Axis Towers

Davit Ebralidze

Chief Executive Officer
Poti Free Industrial Zone, Georgia

Mariam Asatiani

RE/MAX Capital, Georgia

Ibrahim Ahli

Director of Investment Promotion Division
Dubai FDI, United Arab Emirates

Marwan Ben Hareb

Director of Investment & Promotion Department
Chamber of Commerce, United Arab Emirates

Neville Matjie

Chief Executive Officer
Trade & Investment KwaZulu-Natal (TIKZN)

Hamish Erskine

Chief Executive Officer
Dube TradePort Corporation

Russell Curtis

Non-Executive Director
Durban Chamber of Commerce and Industry

Emad Aubry

Business Development Specialist – Director of Investment Promotion Department
Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Ras Al Khaimah

Mohammad Juma Al Mashrekh

Executive Director
Sharjah Investment & Development Authority (Shurooq)

Valentina Setta

Consul General
Consul General of Italy in Dubai

Mr. Lasha Chikovani

Investment Projects Adviser
Colliers International Georgia

Minister Paul Tasong

Minister Delegate in Charge of Planning, Minister of the Economy, Planning and Regional Development

Zeng Yan

Deputy Director General
Tianjin Municipal Bureau of Commerce

Aubrey Shabane

Chief Executive Officer
KZN Growth Fund

Juma Al Kait

Assistant Undersecretary
Foreign Trade Affairs at Ministry of Economy

Sharief Habib Al Awadhi

Director General
Fujairah Free Zone Authority (FFZA), Fujairah

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