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The Changing Face of Foreign Direct Investment | Forecast: 2020 - 2025

  • 13 Sep 2017
  • 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM
  • Webinar

Date: September 13, 2017

Time:  2:30 pm - 4:00 pm ET

Price:  $95 for IEDC members, $135 for Nonmembers

Registration Deadline: September 13 at 11:00 am ET

Instructions will be emailed on September 12

Last date to request a refund or cancel registration: Tuesday, September 5

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This webinar is sponsored by OCO Global.

The growth of FDI has been a key driver of globalization, which today is under threat from populist policies advocating nationalism, trade protectionism, and controlled migration. In 2016, global FDI fell 13% to an estimated $1.52 trillion, according to the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development. This, however, was not equally shared across regions. FDI inflows to Europe, developing Asia, and Latin America fell drastically due to political issues, slowing economic growth, and/or falling commodity prices. Meanwhile, regions like North America, Australia, and Japan witnessed modest growth. The effects of Brexit and Trump on global trade and investment flows is still uncertain, but both promise to be disruptive forces while artificial intelligence, robotics, and technology are transforming the workplace and location drivers.

Past Predictions Deliver on Promises

In 2010, OCO made predictions of the impacts of FDI on market and sectors, most of which did come true. These included the increasing convergence between FDI, trade and innovation, growth of cities as a magnet for FDI, and rebalancing of West-East flows via re/nearshoring. As we look to the future, some of the major changes in global FDI trends will most likely gain momentum in the short and medium term. Join us on June 29 to hear Mark O'Connell, CEO of OCO Global, outline how the prevailing mood of international business will differ from 2020 to 2025.

Don't miss this interactive discussion on the following topics:

• Which countries will benefit (and those at a disadvantage) from the recent political global changes 
• Hot sectors likely to see growth though the cycle 
• Changes in regulation/trade barriers due to social media, security issues and cyber crime 
• New wave of globalization driven by SMEs and Millennials 
• Migration of economic development to digital platforms to provide investors and exporters with easier research and comparison options 
• Need for EDOs to differentiate services and innovate/invest in their clients in order to stay relevant




Keynote Speaker and Moderator

Mark O'Connell 
Chief Executive Officer 
OCO Global
Belfast, United Kingdom

At the start of his career Mark gained a First Class Honours degree from University of Ulster in Business Studies and French and a Masters degree in Marketing Management from Lancaster University. Mark was also awarded a Licence in Sciences Economiques from Universite de Caen and speaks French. Mark's industry experience includes two years at IMES UK an economic development consultancy firm where he worked as a consultant in international trade, four years with Alrumaih Corporation, a Saudi investment firm where he managed a portfolio of retail and consumer goods clients ranging from Bally Shoes to Mexx apparel. This was followed by two years with Enterprise Ireland in London, the Irish government export agency. Prior to establishing OCO in 2001 Mark spent the last six years of his career in the management consultancy division of Price Waterhouse Coopers.

In the last decade Mark has established OCO Global, a leading boutique consultancy firm which specialises in FDI and International trade. OCO clients include private firms, government agencies and international organisations.

Mark is retained by a number of leading private clients to advise them on international expansion and corporate location decisions. He also has participated on the Boards of Government Agencies such as UK Trade and Investment, Invest Sweden Agency, Enterprise Ireland, Italian Trade Commission, Invest Hong Kong, Enterprise Florida and the State of California. Mark is also regularly cited as an FDI expert in leading publications such as the Economist, Wall St Journal and Financial Times.

Mark has published a wide range of thought leadership pieces on FDI including OCO's Annual Report and is widely quoted in international media. Mark is an accomplished public speaker and regularly participates in international conferences on investment including WAIPA, UNCTAD, IEDC, MIPIM, La Baule and UK's Global Investment Conference. Mark is also a founder and shareholder of Loco Software who together with OCO Global developed the wellknown database tools fDi Markets and fDi Benchmark before their acquisition by the Financial Times in 2008. Mark serves on the Board of the IEDC.



Dr. Joachim Arnold 
Director, Lead Generation & Representation Services
OCO Global
Frankfurt, Germany

Dr. Joachim Arnold is OCO’s Director of Lead Generation & Representation services and head of OCO Germany, based in Wiesbaden. Joachim has 12 years' experience in the field of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) & International Trade. Joachim has provided strategic and operative marketing and business development support to some of the world’s leading investment promotion agencies including JETRO, Invest in Morocco, Bahrain EDB, Paris Region, Invest in Bavaria and BaselArea.

Joachim also conducted strategic consulting projects such as perception studies, sector propositions, regional development concepts as well as cluster and innovation strategies on behalf of various German national and state government institutions as well as for Multinational companies such as BASF.

In addition to his experience in working with international IPAs, he has supported corporate clients in evaluating foreign market potentials, developing entry strategies, identifying partners and customers and site selection – both for German SMEs expanding abroad as well as for companies planning to access the German market.

Before joining OCO Joachim worked for PM&P in Berlin and Frankfurt and was a research associate at the University of Bayreuth in Germany, where he was lecturing on FDI related topics and conducted field studies on Regional Development and FDI in emerging Eastern European markets. He wrote his PhD thesis on the spatial evolution of foreign subsidiaries in Germany after graduating with a master degree in Economic Geography. Joachim started his career at the German State Investment Promotion Agency Hessen Trade & Invest, with the aim of promoting inward investments from the US, Japan and Korea.

Joachim is a Native German speaker and is fluent in English.

Gareth Hagan 
Executive Director - Commerical
OCO Global
Belfast, United Kingdom

Gareth is the Commercial Director at OCO Global and has overall responsibility for all client activities across its international office network. Gareth has 17 years’ experience across senior commercial roles within a range of international businesses.

Gareth worked at the Boston Consulting Group in London, leading assignments across Strategy, Operations and large-scale Change programmes with both Private and Public Sectors, across multiple sectors in UK & Ireland, Europe and North America.

Within industry, Gareth’s roles prior to joining OCO include Head of Strategy and Products at Ulster Bank, part of the RBS group. In this role, he led the development of the bank’s turnaround strategy and worked extensively with its corporate and SME client base.

He was also Strategy Director at HomeServe plc (a FTSE 250 listed company), where he was responsible for defining and executing their growth strategy, including international market development and developing its partnership model in key markets in Europe and the US.

Von Hatley 
Managing Director
Jones Walker Consulting, LLC
Mobile, Alabama

Von Hatley is the Managing Director of Jones Walker Consulting, LLC. Jones Walker Consulting is a wholly owned entity of the law firm Jones Walker, headquartered in New Orleans and with offices in 11 states from New York to California. Mr. Hatley works to support clients considering expansion, relocation, or consolidation of business operations. He also provides support to economic development entities and foundations seeking to stimulate growth and develop collaborative partnerships. He has over 30 years of experience serving as a manufacturing executive, management consultant, university educator, and economic development leader under three separate Louisiana governors.

As a manufacturing executive, Mr. Hatley was responsible for the management of several hundred employees in multiple plant sites located in 6 countries throughout North and South America and Western Europe. During that time, Mr. Hatley also taught senior level marketing courses in the Louisiana University system.

Mr. Hatley previously served as a strategic management consultant, working with Global 1000 clients such as General Motors, American Axle, Rolls Royce-Aerospace, and Applied Materials. Mr. Hatley managed the sales and delivery of more than $40 million in consulting revenue, including improving overall profitability for his clients by over $500 million. He worked throughout the United States and internationally in the Middle East, Canada, South America, Western Europe, and the Pacific Rim.

During his tenure in Louisiana Economic Development (LED), Mr. Hatley had direct responsibility of more than $6 billion in investments, which created and retained more than 20,000 manufacturing jobs. In addition, he was responsible for the development of more than $3 billion in overall incentive offers. He served as team leader for projects such as General Motors, Union Tank Car, Shaw/Westinghouse, General Dynamics, Northrop Grumman, Airbus, Nucor, Bristow, Continental Airlines, and others. The overall results of his efforts increased output by 168%, propelled Louisiana as the #1 state in the nation in manufacturing momentum and was a key driver in ranking LED as the best performing Economic Development Organization in the U.S.

Von holds an undergraduate degree in Production Management from the University of Louisiana – Lafayette and an honors MBA from Loyola University of New Orleans. He also is a Certified Production and Inventory Control Manager with the American Production and Inventory Control Society. He currently resides in Mobile, Alabama with his wife, Rachael, and two sons, Oliver and Samuel.


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