Tuesday 4th June afternoon pre - Conference Workshop (14.30 – 17.30 hrs.)

Local, Government or International Support

Making the Proposal

Speaker          Jim O’Gara      

Jim O'Gara is Vice President of The Services Group of Arlington, Virginia, USA and is a specialist in free zones, industrial estates, and inward investment promotion strategies who has worked in 25 countries worldwide.  He is the Manager in charge of the Free Zones and Industrial Parks Practice Area.  

Formerly, he was lead advisor to the Subic Bay Freeport, and a senior executive with Shannon Development in Ireland where he developed area development / promotion strategies. He also held positions with The Rohan Group and Ove Arup and Partners. He holds a BS in Engineering from University College, Gallway, and an MBA from University of Limerick.

Mr O'Gara is currently directing teams managing projects such as the implementation of the Aqaba Special Economic Zone in Jordan, the Howard Airbase conversion in Panama, and the Calabar Free Zone in Nigeria.


 Friday 7th June Full Day Workshop (09.30 – 17.00 hrs.)  

Strategic Investment Promotion & Marketing Development


Marketing, Lead Generation & Incentives              Speaker          David Lovegrove 


Indigenous Business Development Strategies             Speaker          John Wims


Creating and Developing Linkages                       Speaker          David Lovegrove


Aftercare Strategies                                           Speaker          John Wims

David Lovegrove is Secretary to the Board of Forfas which is the Irish Agency for Development of Enterprise Policy and Strategy Development and he is also Secretary to the National Competitiveness Council which reports directly to the Irish Prime Minister.

He has worked for 24 years in different capacities with IDA Ireland on all aspects of FDI promotion, International Marketing/Promotional Programmes, Production of marketing materials for Investment Promotion and Small Business Development. He has been involved at a strategic level with the development and restructuring of the Industrial Development Agency and has worked closely with the Export Processing at Shannon from time to time.  

He has wide experience of working on World Bank, EU, USAID and Government Financed Projects worldwide. Overseas experience include, Thailand, Mozambique, Jordan, Philippines, Indonesia, Uganda, Bahrain.  He has been recently invited to Jordan to make a presentation to His Majesty the King on the approach that Jordan should adopt in promoting Foreign Direct Investment. He speaks fluent French and Swahili.

John Wims is a qualified accountant with a legal background who has
worked in Investment Promotion and Industrial Development since 1979 and has also acquired vast experience of working with emerging economies. As an expert on the promotion of international investment and small business development, his work has focused largely on policies and operation, the introduction of new initiatives in the intervention and support mechanisms to attract  a mobile international investment as well as  development strategies for SMEs.

He worked for 6 years in Germany promoting Ireland as a location for inward investment and was successful in attracting a number of German Companies to locate in Ireland. Since 1992, he has been involved with all aspects of indigenous industrial development. He has also developed successful strategies for the engineering, clothing, textiles and footwear industries.   His overseas experience includes working in Zimbabwe, Moldova, Estonia, Malawi and Bahrain. He is a part-time lecturer at the Dublin Institute of Technology and speaks fluent German.


DAY ONE - World Free Zone Convention - DAY TWO