Welcome to World Investment Conference

Hosted since 1995, the WAIPA World Investment Conference (WIC) is a forum where IPAs convene to address current economic and social issues that may affect global investment flows and other strategic and policy considerations. The Conference includes formal panel presentations, ample networking opportunities and social events for the members. Past panelists include global and business leaders, along with other influencers like economists and members of academia. The topics of the panels are selected based on current events and trends.

#WIC22 Speakers

More speakers are being added, stay tuned!

Deepak Bagla
Deepak BaglaPresident of WAIPA, CEO & MD of Invest India
Escipion Oliveira Gomez
Escipion Oliveira GomezAssistant Secretary General, OACPS
Rizwan Soomar
Rizwan SoomarCEO & MD, DP World Subcontinent
Cecile Billaux
Cecile BillauxHead of Unit E2, European Commission, DG INTPA
Vincent Raufast
Vincent Raufast Director, OCO Global
Pilar Madrigal
Pilar Madrigal Director, Investment Advisory, CINDE
Matthew Stephenson
Matthew StephensonHead, Investment Policy & Practice, WEF
Geraint John
Geraint JohnVice President, Interos Resilience Lab
Todd Greene
Todd GreeneBoard Chair, International Economic Development Council (IEDC)
James Zhan
James ZhanDirector Division on Investment and Enterprise, UNCTAD
Shannon Olsson
Shannon Olsson Global Director, The Echo Network
Laurent Sansoucy
Laurent SansoucyDirector, OCO Global
Andreas Dressler
Andreas DresslerMD, FDI Center
Henry Loewendahl
Henry LoewendahlGroup CEO, WAVTEQ
George Campanellas
George CampanellasCEO, Invest Cyprus
Ajay Mathur
Ajay MathurDirector General, International Solar Alliance (ISA)
Anna-Marie Baisden
Anna-Marie BaisdenHead of Autos and Infrastructure Research, Fitch Solutions
Maurizio Tamagnini
Maurizio TamagniniChairman of the Supervisory Board, ST Microelectronics NV
Agi Veres
Agi Veres Director, UNDP Representation Office Geneva
Bernardo Calzadilla Sarmiento
Bernardo Calzadilla SarmientoDirector, Division of Fair Production, Sustainability Standards and Trade, UNIDO
Armando Heilbron
Armando HeilbronInvestment Promotion Workstream Leader, World Bank Group
Vanesa Bandak
Vanesa BandakInvestment Manager, Investment Promotion Agency of El Salvador
Nangula Uaandja
Nangula UaandjaCEO, Namibia Investment Promotion and Development Board
Zaher Al-Qatarneh
Zaher Al-QatarnehSecretary General, Ministry of Investment-Jordan
Mohamed Al Musharrkh
Mohamed Al MusharrkhCEO, Sharjah FDI Office (Invest in Sharjah)
Natasha Santos
Natasha SantosGlobal Head - Stakeholders Affairs & Strategic Partnerships, Bayer
Bogdan Bogdanov
Bogdan BogdanovExecutive Director, InvestBulgaria Agency
Mohammed Mulla Yaqoub
Mohammed Mulla YaqoubAssistant Director General for Business Development, KDIPA
Sarah Russis
Sarah RussisGlobal Head of Sales, The Financial Times
David Akinin
David AkininFounder & CEO, JABU Logistics Inc
Mohammed Al Muallem
Mohammed Al Muallem Executive Vice President, DP World
Grzegorz Słomkowski
Grzegorz SłomkowskiMember of the Board, Polish Investment and Trade Agency
Caroline King
Caroline KingGlobal Head Business Development, Government Affairs, SAP
Sara Lisa Ørstavik
Sara Lisa ØrstavikSDG Impact Specialist, UNDP
Jenny Chase
Jenny ChaseHead of Solar Analysis, BloombergNEF
Tamer Tandogan
Tamer TandoganInvestment Promotion Data Expert, UNIDO
Gerhard Adam
Gerhard AdamGlobal Food Value Chain Partnership lead, Bayer AG
Courtney Fingar
Courtney FingarEditor-in-Chief, Investment Monitor
Githa Roelans
Githa Roelans Head of Unit, Multinational Enterprises and Enterprise Engagement Unit, ILO
Leo Naut
Leo NautDeputy Executive Director, Caribbean Export Development Agency
Yofi Grant
Yofi GrantCEO, Ghana Investment Promotion Centre (GIPC)
Lokman Hossain Miah
Lokman Hossain MiahExecutive Chairman, Bangladesh Investment Development Authority BIDA
Stefan Kratzsch
Stefan KratzschInvestment and Technology Promotion Division, UNIDO


Here is the agenda for WIC. Click the other tabs to view other days.


Registration and Badge Collection

09:00 – 15:00  Room 4

Capacity building for Francophone LDCs (WAIPA-EIF-IsDB Project) Day 1 (Day 2 is on 15/9/2022)

09:30 – 11:30  Room 3

International Solar Alliance Investor & WRI Roundtable: Socializing ISA’s Roadmap to Mobilize USD 1 trillion for Scaling Solar Investments” 

13:45- 14:45 Plenary B

Masterclass (only for IPAs) by EchoNetwork:  “Transforming Communities through Social and Frugal Innovation” 

15:00 – 16:15  Plenary B

Masterclass (only for IPAs) by FDI Center: “What investors need and how to provide it” 

16:30 – 17:45  Plenary B

Masterclass (only for IPAs) by WAVTEQ: “How to incorporate SDGs and ESGs into IPAs”

18:00 – 19:00

Networking Reception


Registration & Badge Collection 

9:00 – 11:00  Room 3

Steering Committee Meeting (Steering Committee members only) 

10:00 – 10:40  Room 4

UNDP SDG Investor Maps: how IPAs could leverage market intelligence on SDG-aligned investment themes  

10:40 – 11:00  Room 4

Energy Transition Investment Trends

11:00 – 11:15

Networking Break offered by Switzerland Global Enterprise

11:00 – 12:30  Room 4

Building a Sustainable Global Startup Ecosystem [Strategic Consultation with Multilateral Organizations] (By invitation only)

11:15 – 13:00  Plenary B

General Assembly Meeting (Members Only)

13:00 – 14:00

Networking Lunch

14:00 – 15:30  Plenary B

Conference for IPAs from the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) region 

14:00 – 15:30  Room 4

High-level Working Group for Global Startup Support Pillars (By invitation only)

14:00 – 15:30  Room 3

Meeting of the World Investment for Development Alliance (by invitation only)

15:30 – 16:00

Networking Break offered by Switzerland Global Enterprise

16:00 – 18:00  Plenary B

LDC IPA Conference 

16:00-17:00: Francophone LDCs IPA Roundtable – “What are the recent (“post-covid”) investment trends? What impact for IPA in their long-term strategy?”

17:00-18:00: Introductory to Executive IPA college – in collaboration with UNCTAD, UNIDO, ILO and UN-OHRLLS

19:00 – 20:30  Beau-Rivage

Gala Dinner (By invitation) hosted by Invest India 


Registration and Badge Collection

9:00 – 10:30  Plenary A

Opening Ceremony

10:30 – 18:00 Plenary C

WIC Talks

10:30 – 12:00 Session 1 in collaboration with the World Economic Forum (WEF)  Plenary A

Digital FDI: Opportunities & challenges for attracting digital investments by IPAs

12:00 – 13:00

Networking Lunch

13:00 – 14:30 Session 2  Plenary A

Impact FDI and Sustainability: Enhancing the impact of FDI and linking projects with the SDGs

14:30 – 15:00

Networking Break

15:00 – 16:30 Session 3  Plenary A

Onshoring, nearshoring, and re-shifted GVCs: Reshuffles in global value chains and their effects on investment opportunities

16:30 – 17:00

Networking Break

17:00 – 18:30 Session 4  Plenary A

Creating & crafting investable projects: How can IPAs engage with financial investors to create investable projects

WIC is the FDI platform for IPAs

For 25+ years and counting, World Investment Conference welcomes ministers, business and government leaders, general directors, CEOs, global institutions officials, FDI and economic professionals, from all around the world, where they build relationships, explore opportunities and possibilities for better economies and communities.

Have a look at past WICs speakers & view gallery and videos.

Venue & Information 

The 26th World Investment Conference will be held in the International Conference Center Geneva – ICCG (website)

Location: Rue de Varembé 17, 1202 Genève, Switzerland

For accommodation options, travel visa, and other information please click here.


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