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FDISTRATEGYAWARDS 2020


JUDGINGPANEL


PaolaSuarezBuhrmann Ms Suarez Buhrmann works as manager at FDI Center, a leading advisory firm in the field of foreign direct investment, where she supports regions worldwide on projects


related to the operations of investment promotion agencies. She is also involved in delivering training courses related to FDI and is speaker at international events discussing the world of FDI. Before joining FDI Center in 2018, she worked at different investment promo- tionagencies in Colombia and Germany. She holds a Master’s degree in interna- tional economics and public policy from the Johannes-Gutenberg University in Germany.


Jacopo Dettoni


Jacopo Dettoni is the editor


of fDi


Intelligence, where he leads the title’s multi- media editorial cover- age and strategic devel- opment. Prior to join- ing 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.


GeraldineEwing


Geraldine is the head of fDi Markets, the most comprehensive online database of crossborder greenfield investments on the market. She oversees the tracking of FDI pro-


jects and the investor signals database, an early-warning module to predict when companies are preparing for inter- national expansion. Delivering the annual fDi Report, Geraldine works with journalists to provide real-time insight into global FDI.


BostjanSkalar


Born in Ljubljana, Slovenia, Bostjan Skalar is theCEOof the World Association of Investment Promotion Agencies, the umbrella organisation of world- wide investment pro-


motion agencies established in 1995 in Geneva under the auspices of UNCTAD. Previously he served as a director of the SlovenianPublicAgency for Promotion of Investment, Internationalization, Entrepreneurship and Tourism. He also served as a consul for economic affairs for Slovenia in Istanbul. Mr Skalar has more than 20 years’ management experience and is one of the global leaders in the area of investment promotionwith a pri- vate sector focus.


54 www.fDiIntelligence.com December 2020/January 2021 AlexIrwin-Hunt


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 conferencesontopicssuchas investment, technology, start-ups and real estate.


ChrisKnight


Chris Knight is CEO and co-founder of Wavteq. He has been working in the field of foreign direct invest- ment and advising gov- ernments for more than 15 years. He is an


expert in the benchmarking of locations, as well as analysing and interpreting FDI trends worldwide. He is also an expert on how to market and promote a location globally.Hehasworked withlocations all over theworldona variety of lead genera- tion and strategy projects, and is a board member of the International Economic Development Council. As well as this, Chris is the SVP for fDi Intelligence in the UK and US, working with IPAs on data products and GISmapping.


DrAlissaSklar


Dr Alissa Sklar is vice president for market- ing at GIS Planning, with expertise in com- munication, media and digital marketing. She works directly with clients to develop


and fine-tune their marketing to pro- mote their use of online GIS data tools. Using a customised, collaborative approach, sheworks to expand the reach of locationbrands in the highlycompeti- tive fields of investment promotion and economic development. With an MA andPhDin communication and cultural studies from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, she has worked extensively in both private and academic sectors.


AnatalioUbalde


Anatalio Ubalde is co- founder andmanaging director of GIS Planning. He is an eco- nomic developer, entrepreneur and inventor. He works globally with eco-


nomic development organisations and investment promotion agencies to foster enhanced business investment strate- gies using GIS Planning’s internet tech- nology. He was named a fellow member of the International Economic Development Council for achieving exceptional stature in the field of eco- nomic development. He is a highly sought-after thought leader and fre- quently speaks about the use of the internet,small business,marketing, and geographic information systems for eco- nomic development at national and international conferences.■


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