AIM 2019 Speakers

Conference and Workshop Speakers


Henry Loewendahl

Founder & CEO

Wavteq, UK

Henry Loewendahl
Chief Executive Officer, WAVTEQ 
Senior Vice President, representing fDi Intelligence, Financial Times Limited

Henry is widely regarded as one of the foremost experts on FDI and investment promotion. He has 20 years of FDI experience during which he has worked in the world’s leading FDI advisory and information companies and founded several start-ups, which have included a successful exit with a FTSE 100 company. Over his career, he has worked in over 60 countries and advised over 150 governments and multinational enterprises. Henry has pioneered new data sources on corporate expansion activity and location competitiveness, transforming our knowledge of FDI.

Following a Master’s Degree in International Political Economy and a VW-sponsored PhD on German and Japanese corporate FDI strategy, Henry started his career in PwC's International Investment Group before becoming Manager of Inward Investment in IBM-PLI, Co-Founder of OCO Global, and Product Director in the Financial Times. 

Henry established WAVTEQ in 2010, growing rapidly to become the largest FDI group globally, with 75 FDI consultants, offices in 10 countries, and the following key services:

- Consulting: Investment Promotion Strategy; Marketing Locations; Corporate Research; FDI Training; and FDI Lead Generation / Investment Attraction. Since 2014, WAVTEQ has assisted EDOs/IPAs attract $15bn of greenfield FDI creating 1,000s of new jobs; and
- Products: Over 1,000 economic development and FDI related organizations have subscribed to WAVTEQ-developed products (fDi Markets, IncentivesMonitor, fDi Benchmark, FDI Accounting, FDI Professionals, and IPACRM.) Henry was the patent applicant for fDi Markets and fDi Benchmark. 

Henry has over 50 presentations and publications which are widely considered authoritative guides for how to attract FDI, including “Framework for Investment Promotion” (published by UNCTAD) and “Handbook for Investment Promotion” (published by Columbia University). 

Henry’s latest publications include: “How to Identify Inward Investors that will Contribute to Sustainable Development”; “The Impact of Brexit on FDI into the UK”; “How to Attract FDI from China”; and “A New Foreign Direct Investment Accounting Method for Economic Development Organizations”. Henry is currently working on a new theory of Revealed Comparative Advantage for FDI.

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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