October 7-8, WARSAW - POLAND
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WIC Topic: The future of FDI: Prospects, challenges and role of IPAs


Rationale for Panel 1

Recover the slide of FDI: Key factors, policy concerns and opportunities.

Estimated global FDI flows were $1.3 trillion in 2018, which is 13% decline compared to the last year. This is the third consecutive drop in FDI flows and lowest since the global financial crisis. FDI slide is mainly concentrated in developed economies that experienced staggering 40% decline in FDI inflows. Key drivers behind these trends are policy and economic factors in addition with the structural changes in the way international business is conducted, i.e. rise of the digital economy and shift towards intangibles.

Implications of negative FDI trends are important concern for policymakers as FDI is an essential element in countries’ efforts to stimulate and enhance economic development. Especially it is significant for the developing world and transition economies due to their need of capital to stimulate industrialization. This panel will discuss main factors behind the slow-down in overseas investments, role of IPAs and attempt to find solutions.


  • UNCTAD. (2019). Global Investment Trend Monitor, No:31. Geneva.
  • UNCTAD. (2019). World Investment Report. Geneva.


Rationale for Panel 2: FDI in the digitalized world

The digital revolution has left profound impact on the overall global economy. The recent statistics show that half of the world’s population is online, while internet industry has significant contribution to the GDPs of countries. These trends have significant implications on FDI. They shaped the way international business is conducted producing the new investment patterns with different impacts on host countries. Furthermore, digital technologies enabled higher efficiency and provided new development opportunities.

Reaping the benefits of digitalization remain a big challenge for countries all over the world as it requires adjustment of their development policies. This session will gather experts to discuss solutions for overcoming barriers that impede the development of digital economy. It will also address the main impacts of digitalization and technology on the current investment outlook, labor market, and how IPAs can utilize digitalization for determining potential projects and predict which companies are more likely to commit to an investment project.


  • Casella, B., & Formenti, L. (2018). FDI in the digital economy: A shift to asset-light international footprints. Transnational corporations, Vol:25, No:1. UNCTAD, Geneva.
  • Knight, C. (2018, April). Presentation: Emerging technologies and how IPAs can use them. WAIPA workshop at Annual Investment Meeting (AIM), Dubai.
  • UNCTAD. (2017). World Investment Report: Investment and the digital economy. Geneva.


Rationale for Panel 3: New types of investments

New type of investments, such as Venture Capital (VC), Corporate Venture Capital (CVC), Sovereign Wealth Funds (SWF), family offices, and impact investments, are offering new opportunities for countries to boost their development. For example, concepts of financing emerging companies with high growth potential, i.e. startups, known as VC or CVC investments are at record levels despite negative global FDI trends. Global analysis of venture funding by KPMG revels continues six-year straight growth of VC reaching $254 billion in 2018. Additionally, corporate participation in VC deals, i.e. CVC, reached an all-time high, where corporations participated in 20% of all VC deals in 2018.

Furthermore, although SWF are growing less rapidly than before they are still playing important role in global capital markets. Another emerging source of investments are family offices. According to the EY’ sources, there are more than 10,000 single family offices worldwide. Also, more and more investors are focusing on impact investments. These types of investments are following ethical principles and creating positive social impact.

This panel will gather experts to discuss what are the main pros and cons of these new types of investments? How governments can create fertile environment for creation of startups and utilize opportunities that VC investing is offering? How startups can go about capturing the attention of CV and CVC investors? Which key factors are driving SWF and family offices to invest? What is the future of impact investments?


  • KPMG. (2019). KPMG Venture Pulse Q4 2018: Global analysis of venture funding.
  • Dressler, A. (2019, February). Presentation: FDI drivers. WAIPA “Innovation in Investment Attraction” training, Istanbul.
  • East, D. (2018, January). Presentation: Global FDI trends. WAIPA “FDI Essentials” training, Istanbul.
  • Elliot, H., & Alexander, P. How do Sovereign Wealth Funds invest?. SSGA, Boston.
  • EY. (2016). EY Family Office Guide.




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7 October 2019, Monday




  • 09:00 – 09:30 Registration


  • 09:30 – 12:30 Workshop* (details tbd)

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  • 09:30 – 12:30 Steering Committee Meeting**                           

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  • 12:30 – 14:00 Luncheon

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  • 14:00 – 17:30 WAIPA General Assembly Meeting***

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  • Opening Call and Chairmanship
  • Audited Financial Statements 2018-2019
  • Annual Report of WAIPA Activities 2018-2019
  • Elections (Moderator Jean-Louis Collart – WAIPA Legal Advisor)


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


**) Participation in the Steering Committee Meeting is restricted to WAIPA Regional Directors


  • 19:30 – 21:00 Gala Dinner                          


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Dress Code: Business Attire




8 October 2019, Tuesday




(Location: tbd)


  • 08:00 – 09:00 Registration


  • 09:00 – 10:30 Conference Opening


  • 10:30 – 11:00 Coffee Break


  • 11:00 – 12:30 First Plenary Session “Rebounding the slide of FDI: Key factors, policy concerns and opportunities.”

    Moderator: Courtney Fingar, Editor in Chief, fDi Magazine


    • Bernardo Calzadilla-Sarmiento, Director, Department of Trade, Investment and Innovation, UNIDO
    • Ana Novik, Head of Investment, OECD
    • Vic van Vuuren, Director of the Enterprise Department, ILO
    • Tracye McDaniel, Board Chair, IEDC
    • Armando Heilbron, Investment Promotion Workstream Leader, World Bank Group
  • 12:30 – 14:00 Luncheon (location TBD)


  • 14:00 – 15:30 Second Plenary Session “FDI in the digitalized world”

    Moderator: Andreas Dressler, Managing Director, FDI Center


    • David East, Director, Product Strategy, Bureau van Dijk
    • Wissam Kadi, Global Director, SAP Next-Gen Labs
    • Krzysztof Senger, Executive Vice President, PAIH


  • 15:30 – 15:45 Coffee Break


  • 15:45 – 17:15 Third Plenary Session “New Types of Investments”

    Moderator: Henry Loewendahl, Group CEO, WAVTEQ


    • Gamze Cizreli, CEO, Big Chefs
    • Paweł Borys, CEO, Polish Development Fund
    • Borys Musielak, Partner, SMOK Ventures


  • 17:15 – 17:30 Closing Remarks


  • Bostjan Skalar, Executive Director, WAIPA
Leadership and Advocacy Training
9-10 October 2019, the FDI Excellence Series: Leadership and Advocacy Training in collaboration with Andreas Dressler.

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Learn about the speakers of the #WIC19 conference.
Leader for Investment Promotion at the World Bank Group. Global executive with 32-yrs experience in international business, investment promotion and private sector development with development organizations, private sector associations, governments, multinationals, and SMEs mostly in the U.S., Canada, Latin America, Caribbean, and Africa, but also getting more involved in Eastern Europe and Asia. Within the...
Andreas Dressler has been active in foreign direct investment (FDI) for over 20 years. He is the managing director of FDI Center, an advisory company that works with countries, regions, cities, industrial parks and special economic zones to implement investment promotion strategies and attract new investment. He is also the founder of Location Decisions, a...
She graduated from Middle East Technical University. After she experienced 3 years corporate life in a company that was in Defence Industry, she could not resist her entreprenurial spirit. Between 1993-2005, she created CAFEMİZ, KUKİ, QUICK CHINA in different concepts in Ankara. In 2007, she left back all these brands and without equity, she created...
Before becoming the director of Trade, Investment and Innovation Department at UNIDO, Dr. Calzadilla was the Director of Trade Capacity Building Branch at UNIDO as well as a Senior Quality and Standards expert. He also served as a former UNIDO Deputy Representative to the United Nations and Other International Organizations at UNIDO office in Geneva....
Highly accomplished, dynamic and experienced Senior Sales and Business Development professional, creative sales innovator, corporate account and relationship management specialist, and strategic planner, with superior technical and business vision and execution. Significant experience of over 15 years and demonstrated achievements in consultative sales, training and support services, global business/revenue growth, new business development, account, program...
Courtney Fingar is the editor-in-chief of fDi Magazine, a specialist publication from the Financial Times, and the head of content for its associated data division, fDi Intelligence. In her role she oversees all elements of editorial production for the bimonthly magazine and its website, as well as editorial outputs for fDi Intelligence. She is also...
  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...
Conference Venue
WIC19 will be held in InterContinental Warsaw in Warsaw, Poland.