November 27-28, DUBAI - UAE
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About 22nd WAIPA World Investment Conference


The 22nd annual WAIPA World Investment Conference (#WIC17) is being held in Dubai, UAE, on November 27-28, 2017. This annual meeting will bring together Investment Promotion Agencies (IPAs) from all around the world; other government officials, development sector leaders, private sector representatives and academics relevant to FDI policy and strategy.

At last year’s WIC in Istanbul (2016), it was emphasized that WAIPA has the crucial role as an informative intermediary between IPAs and governments to help increase the FDI score for countries, and between private sector businesses and IPAs to address key economic challenges, and create a Global Investment Policy Narrative to enhance and promote inclusive investments. These sustainable investments should create decent jobs and should help the technology transfer. The fight against investments that are exploitative or inequitable cannot be won singlehandedly by IPAs alone, but collectively as a global community.

That is why WAIPA continues to put full effort on empowerment of IPAs and their corporate development with the support of other international bodies and global community and created this year together with its Consultative Committee Members programs and projects to enhance IPAs capacities, for them to use FDI as a driving force for sustainable development, our overarching theme for this conference. It will guide our discussions in the different sessions of #WIC17.

WAIPA #WIC17 Dubai debate sessions will focus on the following topics:
– Empowering IPAs and creating a positive investment environment to achieve the SDGs
– Global Value Chain: Growth and Entrepreneurship through Linkages
– Corporate Investment Drivers, Challenges and the Future of FDI

WAIPA believes in partnerships and cooperation and brings together the three key players to discuss what makes investments more sustainable: global businesses, Investment Promotion Agency (IPA) professionals that can help scale up quality of investment promotion and the leaders of relevant international organizations.

Dubai FDI and WAIPA welcomes all IPA officials, members, and partners at WAIPAs flagship event.


November 27, Monday

9:00 AM – 12:30 PM / FDI Excellence Workshop

09:00 AM – 09:10 AM
Welcome by Bostjan Skalar, WAIPA CEO

09:10 AM – 10:40  AM
Andreas Dressler, FDI Advisor

10:40 AM – 10:55  AM
Coffee Break

10:55 AM – 11:15  AM
CNBC Presentation of FDI survey in collaboration with WAIPA

11:15 AM – 12:10  AM
IPA Presentations
– Department of Trade and Industry DTI (United Kingdom)
– JETRO (Japan)
– Invest in Istanbul (Turkey)

12:10 AM – 12:30  AM
University of Columbia – CCSI, Presentation on WAIPA-Columbia survey

12:30 PM – 2:00 PM  / Luncheon in Creekside Promenade

2:00 PM – 6:00 PM   / WAIPA General Assembly Meeting*

Opening Call And Chairmanship
Audited financial statements 2016-2017
Annual Report of WAIPA activities 2016-2017
Elections (Moderator Jean Louis Collart – WAIPA Legal Advisor)

7:00 PM – 11:00 PM  / Gala Dinner – Creekside Promenade
Dress code: business attire

*) Participation in the Workshop and General Assembly is restricted to WAIPA Members

November 28, Tuesday

09:00 AM – 10:35 AM  / Conference Opening
Welcome Address:
Arda Ermut, President of WAIPA and ISPAT

Special Address:
Jeffrey Sachs, Quetelet Professor of Sustainable Development and Professor of Health Policy and Management and Director of the Earth Institute

• Oussama A. Kaissi, CEO of the Islamic Corporation for the Insurance of Investment and Export Credit (ICIEC) and Chairman of ITAP Supervisory Committee, Islamic Development Bank Group
• Vic van Vuuren, Director, Enterprises Department, ILO
• Michael Langley, Chair of the IEDC Board of Directors, Founding CEO of GREATER MSP, the Minneapolis Saint Paul Regional Economic Development Partnership

11:00 AM – 12:30 PM / First Plenary Session
Topic: Empowering IPAs in developing countries and LDCs and the creation of a positive investment environment to achieve the SDGs

Felipe Sandoval, Senior Advisor, Trade Law and Negotiations, International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development

• Athena Yu, Co-Founder and COO, Made in Africa Initiative
• Anne Chappaz, Chief, Trade and Investment Support Institutions, International Trade Center
• Thouraya Triki, Principal Economist and Division Manager, African Development Bank
• Mahmoud Al Burai, Deputy Chair and MENA Representative, UN Global Compact Local Network Advisory Group (LNAG)

12:30 PM – 02:00 PM / Luncheon in Creekside Promenade

2:00 PM – 3:30 PM / Second Plenary Session
Topic: Global Value Chain: Growth and Entrepreneurship through Linkages

Wim Douw, Trade and Competitiveness Global Practice, Investment Climate, at World Bank Group

• Sean Doherty, Head, International Trade & Investment, Member of the Executive Committee, World Economic Forum
• Simon Bell, CEO, Armillary Ventures
• Baybars Altuntas, Chairman, World Business Angels Investment Forum (WBAF), Vice-President, European Trade Association for Business Angels, Seed Funds and Early Stage Market Players (EBAN)
• David East, Head of FDI & Economic Products, Bureau van Dijk

3:30 PM – 3:45 PM / Coffee Break

3:45 PM – 5:15 PM / Third Plenary Session 
Topic: Corporate Investment Drivers, Challenges and the Future of FDI

Lucia Cartini, Senior Industrial Development Officer and Coordinator for the UNIDO Investment and Technology Promotion Offices (ITPOs)

• Fahad Al Gergawi, CEO, Dubai FDI
• Michele Ziosi, Director Instituional Relations – Europe, Middle East, Africa & Asia Pacific; CNH Industrial
• Abdul Malek Al Jaber, President and Managing Partner of Peppers & Rogers Group
• Chris Knight, Global Commercial Director, fDi Intelligence

05:15 PM – 05:30 PM / Closing Remarks
By Bostjan Skalar, WAIPA CEO


Please visit the following link in order to download the .PDF version of the WAIPA World Investment Conference 2017 Program;
WAIPA World Investment Conference 2017 Program

Learn about the speakers of the #WIC17 conference.
Jeffrey D. Sachs is a world-renowned professor of economics, leader in sustainable development, senior UN advisor, bestselling author, and syndicated columnist whose monthly newspaper columns appear in more than 100 countries. He is the co-recipient of the 2015 Blue Planet Prize, the leading global prize for environmental leadership. He has twice been named among Time magazine’s...
Former Senior Advisor of the Elite Programme of the London Stock Exchange Group (LSEG), entrepreneurship and innovation guru, global leader, best-selling author, angel investor, columnist, star of the Turkish version of the television show Dragons’ Den, Chairman of the World Business Angels Investment Forum (WBAF), Vice President of the European Trade Association for Business Angels,...
Ms. Lucia Cartini is a Senior Industrial Development Officer in the UNIDO Investment Promotion Division, Department of Trade, Technology and Innovation of UNIDO -United Nations Industrial Development Organization). Ms. Lucia Cartini also serves as the Coordinator for the UNIDO Network of Investment and Technology Promotion Offices (ITPOs). This specialized Network includes offices in nine locations...
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 also works with countries, regions, cities and industrial parks...
Chris Knight is the Global Commercial Director for fDi Intelligence, as well as co-founder of Wavteq Ltd. Chris has been working in the field of foreign direct investment and advising governments for over a decade. Chris is an expert in the benchmarking of locations, as well as analysing and interpreting FDI trends worldwide. Chris is...
Since 2014 Michele Ziosi is Head of Institutional Relations in Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific of CNH Industrial, global leader in the capital goods sector that designs, produces and sells agricultural (New Holland Agriculture; Case IH) and construction equipment (Case and New Holland Construction), trucks, commercial vehicles, buses (Iveco; Ivecobus) and specialty vehicles,...
Simon Bell is an international investor and consultant.  He has spent more than 25 years advising many of the world’s leading companies, as well as governments and industry associations, on strategies to accelerate investment and growth in key emerging markets. Simon is the founder of Armillary Ventures, a boutique investment fund focused on launching community-based...
Thouraya Triki is acting manager for the Microeconomics, Institutional and Development Impact division at the Vice-Presidency for Economic Governance and Knowledge Management of the African Development Bank. Under this role, she manages a team of professional economists providing support to AfDB sector complexes to screen and process lending operations to non-sovereign beneficiaries, as well as...
Athena YU is Chief Operation Officer and Co-Founder of the Made in Africa Initiative which is a professional NGO advises African government for industrialization and investment promotion.Now she leads MIAI’s global strategy and investment promotion. She has deep expertise in international development strategy, public and private investment strategy in emerging markets, and Industrial Zone development...
Michael Langley is the founding CEO of GREATER MSP, the Minneapolis Saint Paul Regional Economic Development Partnership. GREATER MSP leads global promotion, regional strategy, and project management for economic growth and job creation in the Minneapolis Saint Paul region, with 3.5 million residents and a Gross Metropolitan Product of over $230 Billion. He brings years...
Anne Chappaz is the Chief of the Institutional Strengthening Section of the International Trade Centre (ITC) in Geneva. ITC is mandated by WTO and UN to improve the competitiveness of small businesses in less-developed, developing and transition economies. Her team of experts deliver trade and investment impact for good, by helping trade and investment promotion...
Currently serving as Head of FDI & Economic Products at Bureau van Dijk, David is an experienced cross-border investment professional. Over the past 16 years, he has worked with large multinationals, leading consultants, multilateral organisations, academic institutions, and over 150 government investment promotion agencies across all continents. David initiated the development of Orbis Crossborder Investment,...
Fahad Al Gergawi is the Chief Executive Officer of Dubai Investment Development Agency (Dubai FDI) since 2008. Dubai FDI is an agency of the Department of Economic Development – Government of Dubai (Dubai DED). In his current role, he leads a team that assists regional and international investors to seize new and emerging opportunities across...
Mr. Oussama KAISSI, is the Chief Executive Officer of The Islamic Corporation for the Insurance of Investment and Export Credit – ICIEC, the Export Credit, Political Risk Insurance and Credit Enhancement Arm of the Islamic Development Bank Group KAISSI a graduate from Indiana University in USA has thirty years of diverse experience in the Insurance...
Felipe is now ICTSD’s Senior Advisor, Trade Law and Negotiations, having previously been a Lead Negotiator Trade in Services Agreement – TISA 2012-2017. In this capacity, Mr. Sandoval coordinated Chile´s team on a variety of topics ranging from electronic commerce financial services, and telecommunications, to overall negotiation strategies. Felipe’s additional experience includes: Counsellor. Permanent Mission...
After completing a law degree Vic started his working career at the South African Department of Justice as a public prosecutor and magistrate. Thereafter he moved into the private sector as a corporate legal advisor and progressed later to executive positions in human resources for large corporates. Vic was later appointed as the Chief Operations...
Dr Abdul Malek Al Jaber is the President of the Peppers & Rogers Group in EMEA region Dr. Abdul Malek Al Jaber has extensive experience and a long record of achievements locally and regionally in the ICT Services, entrepreneurship, and Financial Services industry Dr. Al Jaber is Chairman of ; MEPS, MENA Apps, Golden Mills,...
Eng. Mahmoud AlBurai is currently serving as CEO of Dubai Real estate Institute. He is currently the Vice President of International real estate federation, FIABCI, UK, since Jan 2011 and sits on the board of International Real estate Society (IRES). Mahmoud has been selected to be FIABCI representative at the United Nations Economic Commission for...
Wim Douw has been active at the intersection of Foreign Direct Investment and Private Sector Development in developing countries for 15+ years. At the World Bank Group, Wim has been leading the design and implementation of private sector development, investment climate reform and investment promotion programs in a wide range of countries across Eastern Europe,...
Sean Doherty is head of International Trade & Investment and a member of the executive committee at the World Economic Forum. He leads the Forum’s work on digital trade, investment, global value chains, the Global Alliance for Trade Facilitation and the Global Future Council on Trade & FDI. He has headed the World Economic Forum’s...
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The investment community is coming together for the 22nd time to meet at the World Investment Conference 2017 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates organized by the World Association of Investment Promotion Agencies (WAIPA).

This annuel meeting will bring together Investment Promotion Agencies (IPAs) from all over the world; goverment officials, development sector leaders, private sector and academia relevant to FDI policy and strategy. Together they will discuss the future of FDI, share best practices and sharpen their investment promotion skills.

This also presents an opportunity to organizations to promote their messages and brands and make a lasting top -of-mind impression on decision makers, world leaders and influential academicians.

WAIPA invites sponsors at various levels to support the event and get an opportunity to get maximum visibility among investment practitioners and build reputations.

Last year’s sponsor include;

We define four levels you can choose to sponsor to event in exchange for quantifiable deliverables at the #WIC17 in Dubai.

To take advantages of this options please complete the sponsorship form or contact WAIPA’s Executive Assistant, Ezgi Güven at

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