Global Foreign Direct Investment Association Announces Board of Directors

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Global FDI Association Board Selected As Pioneering Organization Launches

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"The Global FDI Association is dedicated to facilitating cross-border investment by fostering relationships and collaboration, disseminating knowledge and best practices that lead to lasting economic development and job creation.

Today the Global FDI Association announced the seating of its first full Board of Directors, a dynamic and diverse group of leaders representing corporate, government, research and service organizations from all corners of the world. This global association is dedicated to facilitating cross-border investment by fostering relationships and collaboration, disseminating knowledge and best practices that lead to lasting economic development and job creation.

“Through decades of experience in both the public and private sector, I’ve witnessed first-hand the need for a global association bringing together the broad ecosystem of leaders in foreign direct investment. The credibility and experience our board members bring to the discussion will ensure the Global FDI Association’s voice helps craft the future of corporate expansion and foreign direct investment,” said Barry Johnson, Chairman of the Board. “Job creation drives economic growth, and the need for improved collaboration and cooperation between business leaders and policy makers cannot be understated. At its core, the Global FDI Association is about the intersection of different cultures, business practices, perspectives, and policies.”

The Global FDI Association’s Board of Directors includes:

Barry Johnson
Chairman of the Board
Principal, Head of Inbound Investment & Global Market Access – 32 Advisors

Dalya Al Muthanna
Chief Executive Officer
General Electric – Gulf Region

Anne Berner
Chairman of the Board
OY Vallila Interior AB

Lisa Boulton
EVP & General Counsel to the CEO
AGS Automotive Systems

Andreas Dressler
Managing Director
Terrain Consulting

Nolitha Fakude
Executive Director and EVP, Sustainability and Human Resources
Sasol Limited    

Craig Hagen
Corporate Director of Government Affairs
Electronic Arts

Yin Hong
National Director & Head of Manufacturing Services China
Jones Lang LaSalle Shanghai

Vikram Kuriyan
Chief Investment Officer
K3 Advisors and Executive Director, Investment Centre – Indian School of Business

Claus Longborg
Managing Director
Copenhagen Capacity

Andrea Machado
Deputy Managing Director and Member of the Board

Dato’ Azman Mahmud
Chief Executive Officer
Malaysian Investment Development Authority

Theodore H. Moran
Professor and Chair in International Business and Finance
Georgetown University

Stephen Moret
Secretary of Economic Development
Louisiana Economic Development

Cathy Rodgers
Vice President Global Opportunities

Christopher Sanders
EVP & Head of Corporate Planning
Leopold KOSTAL GmbH. Co KG

Maria Sebastian
Director Worldwide Sales and Marketing
Virgin Atlantic Airways

Robert Whyte
Global Specialist, Investment Promotion
World Bank Group

Jim Winter
National Director, Industrial Services
Cresa Industrial Services

About the Global FDI Association
The Global Foreign Direct Investment Association is the only non-profit association in the world dedicated to the advancement of cross boarder investment in every corner of the globe. By convening corporate executives, public officials and other critical stakeholders for innovative collaboration and learning. The Global FDI Association was officially launched at the World Forum on FDI in 2013 in Shanghai. The association meets annually at the World Forum, which is the Association’s official event, celebrating its 12th edition in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates on February 8-10, 2015.

The organization is dedicated to creating a dialogue between government, industry and academia being a global association of practical use in helping governments to provide optimal conditions for foreign investors. We are raising the profile of an activity that makes a quiet but very significant contribution to the global economy, providing an unmatched, exclusive forum for debate, deal-making and professional education.

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