Alice Charles leads the Cities and Real Estate workstreams at the World Economic Forum. These include the Global Future Council on Cities and Urbanization, the

Future of Real Estate, co-leading the Net Zero Carbon Cities: An integrated approach initiative and the Biodiverse Cities initiative, the productionof all cit- ies and real estate-related content and events at World Economic Forum Summits (including Davos). She has 19 years’ experienceworking in the areas of cities, urban development, town plan- ning, real estate, infrastructure, environ- ment, climate change and public policy globally. She has a master’s degree in Global Leadership through the World Economic Forumas well as a master’s in BusinessAdministrationfromUniversity College Dublin Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School.


Sérgio Costa is an expert in investment promotion, who served award-winning IPAs such as Apex- Brasil and InvestSP. He led strategy and opera- tions to attract more

than $21bn innewinvestments,promot- ing the image of both Brazil and São Paulo State worldwide. Under his leader- ship, in 2018 InvestSP was awarded Agency of the Year by the fDi Magazine, won the fDi Strategy Awards, while the state was ranked #1 state in Latin America for investments. He holds a master’s degree in Organizational Leadership from the Azusa Pacific University, USA. He is the CEO of STRINGS® - Strategy, Investments, Global Business.

Jacopo Dettoni

Jacopo Dettoni is the editor

of fDi

Intelligence, where he leads the title’s multi- media editorial cover- age and strategic development. Prior to joining fDi, he lived

and reported in Europe, Asia and Latin America, covering some of the world’s fastest-growing economies for interna- tional media. He is a regular speaker and moderator at events discussing the perks and perils of global trade and investment. He holds a master’s degree in economics and finance from the Catholic University of Milan, Italy, where he focused on trade policies and economic welfare.


Aideen Duffy is a strat- egy consultant based in London. She previ- ously worked as Head of Research for fDi Intelligence’s ranking program. She was involved in fDi’s

African Tech Ecosystems of the Future report, in addition to the 2020 Strategy Awards and Global Cities of the Future 2020. Aideen has a background in Economics, with a degree in economics andmanagement fromthe University of Oxford.


Matteo Grazzi is a sen- ior specialist in the Competitiveness, Technology and Innovation Division at the Inter-American Development Bank, where he designs and

manages programmes to promote inno- vation and private sector development in Latin America and the Caribbean. Before joining the IDB, he worked at the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC). He holds a PhD in economics and interna- tional law from Bocconi University in Milan and a master’s degree in develop- ment economics from the University of Sussex. His main research interests are in the economics of innovation and crea- tivity, international and development economics, and ICT for Development.


Alex Irwin-Hunt is global markets editor at fDi Intelligence. He covers the latest trends in cross-border invest- ment, writing features about themes shaping investment decisions

across industries and producing reports on investment destinations worldwide. He has focused his attention on writing about the international expansion of technology companies and produced fDi’s first Start-up Attraction Index and Venture Capital-powered FDI ranking. He has contributed to FT special reports and regularly hosts panel sessions at global conferencesontopicssuch as investment, technology, start-ups and real estate.


Ana Arias Urones is a senior trade and invest- ment specialist. She is leading several national and regional projects in Latin America and the Caribbean in foreign

investment attraction and promotion, digital one-stop shops for investment and digital tools investment. Prior to joining the Inter-AmericanDevelopment Bank, she worked at ICEX-Invest in Spain for six years and in several international telecom and aerospace companies. Ana holds a PhD in foreign investment, a master’s degree in foreign trade and a degree in law from the Oviedo University, Spain.


Rick Weddle is an eco- nomic development thought leader withan impact of 750 projects, 75,000 jobs and $7bn in investment. He is an internationally known podcaster and consult-

ant on economic development, commu- nity sustainability and future studies. Previously, he led the Site Selectors Guild, and major economic develop- ment efforts in Hampton Roads, Orlando, Phoenix, Toledo, and North Carolina’s Research Triangle Park (RTP). He served as president of the International Association of Science Parks and chairmanof the International Economic Development Council, receiv- ing their Lifetime Achievement Award. He holds a BA in political science from the University of Oklahoma.■

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