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Senior Associate - Freezones and FDI Advisory
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Professional Background
  • Experience includes over 10 years of Free Zone/SEZ policy and strategy formulation and feasibility assessments in more than 15 countries
  • 20 years of experience in FDI advisory for government and private sector clients
  • Additional experience in corporate finance, development banking,  and private equity in Africa and Asia, and as an Internet/media entrepreneur
  • MBA in Finance & International Business, Columbia University; BA in Anthropology, Reed College
  • Provides political and economic risk assessment and advice to leading financial institutions and fund managers
  • Clients have included Deloitte, KPMG, Morgan Stanley, McKinsey, Fidelity, Monitor Group, Schroders, Inter-American Development Bank, Asian Development Bank, USAID, DFID, Millennium Challenge Corp. UNDP
  • Has worked with numerous investment and export development agencies on strategy refocusing, organizational redesign, and capacity building
  • Has managed projects/programs with budgets of up to $5 million
  • Frequent blogger and writer on emerging and frontier markets business and economy
  • Work experience in over 50 countries in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Europe, and the Middle East
  • Industry expertise in ICT, media, agro-industry, mining, financial services, business process outsourcing, textiles/clothing
  • Has conducted sector/industry competitiveness assessments and benchmarking in over 20 countries
Proven Track Record
  • Has advised corporate clients on market entry, FDI, sourcing, and financing in emerging and frontier economies
  • Has advised national and regional governments and government agencies on export development, investment promotion, investment climate reform, and public-private partnerships
  • 6 years as World Bank consultant focused on SEZs and investment climate reform
  • Set up and directed the Botswana investment office in Hong Kong
  • Former Chief of the Africa Bureau of the International Trade Centre (WTO/UNCTAD)
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