David East


Highly accomplished, dynamic and experienced cross-border investment professional, with over 18 years’ experience gained in the industry working with large multinationals, leading consultants, multilateral organisations, government investment promotion agencies and academic institutions globally.

Currently, David is the Director, Product Strategy for the Tax/Transfer Pricing, FDI & Economic verticals at Bureau van Dijk, a Moody’s Analytics company.

Formerly, as Head of FDI & Economic Products at Bureau van Dijk. David initiated the concept and developed the only global database tracking both Greenfield FDI projects and cross-border M&A deals – Orbis Crossborder Investment. This unique tool is underpinned by Bureau van Dijk’s world-class company information.

Prior to that, David was the Publisher of fDi Magazine (part of the Financial Times group) before becoming Business Development Director in OCO Consulting Ltd and then fDi Intelligence. As Business Development Director, he oversaw the development of two market-leading cross-border investment databases, growing revenues by over 600% in just under 7 years. His main areas of expertise are on corporate globalisation trends and comparisons of location competitiveness and how governments and corporations can use data to inform their FDI activities as well as how they can market their locations to attract FDI.

David is regularly invited to participate at international FDI events as a moderator, panellist and as a trainer. He led a 3-day UNCTAD/WAIPA workshop for African IPAs training them on best practices in investment promotion. Most recently, he has presented at the following events: the AIM Congress (Dubai); the IEDC Annual Conference, WAIPA’s FDI Excellence Training Series; Global Expansion Summit, the FDI Expo and SIDO.

David is an active member of the “Worshipful Company of Carmen” and was awarded the “Freedom of the City of London” in 2003.