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NEOMA is pleased to welcome participants to the third Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) and Cities forum. The event will take place at NEOMA’s Paris campus on 2nd June, 2023.

The forum will be of interest to researchers, academics, practitioners, and policy makers with interests in foreign investment into cities in an era where sustainability, China’s emergence as a global investor in cities, and city mobility are under increasingly the spotlight.

Co-hosted by NEOMA, University of York (School for Business and Society), and United Nations University (Institute on Comparative Regional Integration Studies), the forum is the opportunity to hear from some of the latest thinking and to discuss from both academic and policy perspectives, in three panels themes:

  • Sustainability, FDI and Cities
  • Chinese FDI and Cities
  • Mobility, FDI and Cities

Speakers and talks

  • Alexandre de Crombrugghe, Economist at OECD

Keynote speech: Making international investment work for sustainable and regional development

  • Dr Simone SANDHOLZ, Head of Urban Futures & Sustainability Transformation Programme at the United Nations University – Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS).

Urban sustainability transformation for whom, why and how?

  • Phil HENRY, Built Environment Development Director at Genuit Group

The challenges of installing cloud connected blue and green infrastructure to existing assets in order to manage increase rainfall events and promote biodiversity in cities.

  • Dr Filip DE BEULE, Associate professor of International Business at the Faculty of Economics and Business of KU Leuven

Location decisions of Chinese MNCs during the internationalization process

  • Dr Haiyan ZHANG, Associate professor at NEOMA Business School

Location decisions of Chinese MNCs during the internationalization process

  • Alex Irwin-Hunt, Global Markets Editor and host of Rising Ecosystems Podcast at fDi Intelligence
  • Dr Davide Castellani, Professor of International Business and Strategy at Henley Business School, University of Reading

Getting there and around. The role of global and urban connectivity in MNEs’ location choices

  • Dr Martin KASPAR, Head of Corporate Development, Fränkische Industrial Pipes

The current revolution of the automotive industry and its impact on location choice


NEOMA Business School, Paris Campus (room 409), and ZOOM

Date: 2nd June 2023

Time: 12.30 – 18:00 CET

Information and registration

Open to staff, students (postgraduate researchers only) and practitioners/policy/business leaders.

Free admission, booking required.

More information Please register here