Wim Douw

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, South Asia, Middle East, Southeast Asia and the Africa region. He currently works as a senior Private Sector Specialist with the Trade & Competitiveness Global Practice of the World Bank Group based in Vienna, where he leads the Investment Climate unit’s sector based work program (incl. programs to support countries with FDI-led diversification and strengthening of FDI-local SME linkages). Between 2010-2015, Wim was based in Nairobi, Kenya where he led the scaling-up and implementation of the Investment Climate for Industry advisory portfolio in Sub Saharan Africa.

Prior to joining the World Bank Group in Washington DC in 2005, Wim worked as a Management
Consultant at the corporate location strategy practice of PricewaterhouseCoopers Consulting in Brussels
and Ernst and Young’s International Location Advisory Services practice in Utrecht the Netherlands. In
that capacity, he advised senior management of multinational corporations in a wide range of industries
on location strategy as well as governments of developed and developing economies on issues related
to overall investment climate and foreign investment competitiveness.