FDI Center

Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) Center is a leading advisory firm in the field of foreign direct investment (FDI). We specialize in the attraction of FDI by investment promotion agencies, other government agencies, free trade zones and industrial parks from all parts of the world. FDI Center is the foremost source of knowledge and practical advice related to all aspects of FDI attraction.

We have worked with countries, regions, cities and private-sector organizations from around the world to develop and implement successful strategies and methods for attracting foreign investment. We know how intensely locations compete to attract investment. We can draw on our experience to help you increase your performance in attracting and maximizing the benefits of foreign direct investment to your location.

Our website is expanding along with our firm, so please visit us frequently to find out more about our activities, insights and how we can assist you.
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What we do

The FDI Center provides practical support with key aspects of foreign
investment attraction. We can help you improve your performance
and achieve results in the following areas:


A sound strategy is the foundation for successful FDI attraction and provides the direction for all your activities to identify, engage with and successfully attract foreign investors.
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Foreign direct investment is a highly complex and dynamic field. Investment promotion professionals require a range of skills to be competitive and need to keep up to date with a rapidly changing market.
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Investment promotion agencies need to continuously evaluate their own performance and compare their performance and operations with other agencies from around the world.
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Government budgets for foreign direct investment attraction are limited and agencies are expected to deliver results. An effective organizational structure allows you to make the most of available resources.
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Finding and retaining the right professionals can be difficult given the specialized requirements and challenges of foreign direct investment attraction.
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Thousands of locations around the world compete for the attention of decision makers. Marketing can help you stand out from the crowd and generate awareness of your location’s strengths.
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Who we are

FDI Center was founded by Andreas Dressler (profile), who is a leading advisor in the field of foreign direct investment. With 22 years of experience in corporate location and investment promotion, he has advised companies from different industries to select the best locations for their operations and secure favorable conditions for their investments worldwide. He has also worked with countries, regions, cities and special economic zones to successfully implement investment promotion strategies and attract new investment.

Our team consists of experienced investment attraction specialists that have worked with investment promotion agencies and advisory firms from around the world. We also partner with other organizations for different areas of our work, including worldwide lead generation, specialized research and intelligence tools for investment promotion professionals as well as location advisory and site selection for companies looking for the best location for investment or expansion.

Our experience

We have worked with investment promotion and economic development agencies at all geographic levels
(countries, states, regions and cities) from around the world on a range of FDI-related assignments.

The following are just some of the projects that we are currently working on
or have completed since starting operations in September 2017:

Developed and delivered the “Winning Investment for Australia” course for federal and state investment attraction professionals from Australia on behalf of the Australian Trade and Investment Commission (Austrade).

Provided FDI attraction training to the FDI attraction leadership and team of Invest in Sharjah, the foreign direct investment arm of the Sharjah Investment and Development Authority (Shurooq).

Evaluated and recommended potential locations and advised on recruiting the right professionals for the new North American investment attraction office of a northern European investment promotion agency.

Currently developing a strategy and business development plan for attracting highly specialized energy-intensive yet environmentally friendly industrial operations for a Nordic country.

Currently assessing the potential for attracting investment from Europe as well as the potential impact of free trade agreements including CETA and NAFTA for a Canadian province.

Developed a comprehensive series of FDI training programs that we are currently delivering in cooperation with the World Association of Investment Promotion Agencies (WAIPA).

Latest News – our views on significant FDI projects and news about us

FDI Center to participate in AIM Conference in Dubai
Several members of the FDI Center team will participate in the Annual Investment Meeting (AIM), a leading FDI event held annually in Dubai...
FDI Center to run FDI attraction training session in Dubai with World Association of Investment Promotion Agencies
The next edition of the FDI Excellence Series of training programs that FDI Center...
Andreas Dressler presents at public sector funding event in Copenhagen
FDI Center’s managing director Andreas Dressler held a presentation...
FDI Center extends training collaboration with the World Association of Investment Promotion Agencies
Following the success of the “FDI Excellence” training programs held in different cities in 2018...

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Current jobs – investment attraction positions with IPAs around the world


Senior Manager, Investment Promotion

Invest Puerto Rico

Chief of Business Development and Investor Support

Invest Ottawa

Marketing Director, Europe

Berlin Partner

Projektmanager (m/w) Ansiedlung für den Bereich Biotech I Pharma

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