13-14.09.2022 - Geneva, Switzerland
World Investment Conference

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.

Past Speakers

In 25+ years of WIC, WAIPA were honored to host a large number of renowned global speakers, who have contributed to making this conference memorable and momentous. We were privileged to have you all with us. Some of the previous speakers at previous conferences included:

H.E. Dr. Thani Ahmed Al Zeyoudi
H.E. Dr. Thani Ahmed Al ZeyoudiMinister of State for Foreign Trade, UAE
H.E. Mehmet Şimşek
H.E. Mehmet ŞimşekDeputy Prime Minister of Turkey
H.R.H. Princess Abze Djigma
H.R.H. Princess Abze DjigmaCEO AbzeSolar
Carlo Calenda
Carlo CalendaThe Vice Minister of Italy
Wang Shouwen
Wang ShouwenVice Minister of Commerce of PRC and Deputy, China International Trade Representative
Tadeusz Kościński
Tadeusz KościńskiUndersecretary of State in the Ministry of Finance, Poland
Mathias Cormann
Mathias CormannSecretary-General, OECD
LI Yong
LI YongDirector General of UNIDO
James Zhan
James ZhanDirector of the Division on Investment and Enterprise, UNCTAD
Vic van Vuuren
Vic van VuurenDirector, Enterprises Department, ILO
Ratnakar Adhikari
Ratnakar AdhikariExecutive Director - Executive Secretariat for the Enhanced Integrated Framework (EIF) at the WTO
Amer Bukvić
Amer BukvićActing Chief Product and Partnership Officer, Islamic Development Bank (IsDB)
Bernardo Calzadilla Sarmiento
Bernardo Calzadilla SarmientoDirector Department of Trade, Investment and Innovation, UNIDO
Roberto Echandi
Roberto EchandiGlobal Investment Policy Lead of the Investment Climate Unit of the World Bank Group's Trade & Competitiveness Global Practice
Githa Roelans
Githa RoelansHead of the Multination Enterprises and Enterprise Engagement Unit of the ILO Enterprises Department
Celestin Monga
Celestin MongaVice President and Chief Economist, African Development Bank
Natalia Bayona
Natalia BayonaDirector of Innovation, Education and Investments, UNWTO
Barry Matherly
Barry MatherlyBoard Chair, International Economic Development Council
Nicolle Graugnard
Nicolle GraugnardSenior, Policy Manager Trade and Investment, International Chamber of Commerce
Nobel Laureate on Economics
Nobel Laureate on EconomicsMicheal Spence
Nobel Laureate on Economics
Nobel Laureate on EconomicsEric Maskin
Damien Bruckard
Damien BruckardDeputy Director, International Chamber of Commerce
Oussama Kaissi
Oussama KaissiCEO of the Islamic Corporation for the Insurance of Investment and Export Credit (ICIEC)
Sean Doherty
Sean DohertyHead, International Trade & Investment, Member of the Executive Committee, World Economic Forum
Anne Chappaz
Anne Chappaz Chief, Trade and Investment Support Institutions, International Trade Center
Grzegorz Zielinski
Grzegorz ZielinskiRegional Head of Central Europe, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)


Here is the agenda for WIC, with more details coming soon. Click the other tab to view day 2.

9:00 – 11:00 am

Steering Committee Meeting

From 10:00 am

Registration & Badge Collection 

11:15 – 13:00 pm

General Assembly Meeting (Members Only)

13:00 – 14:00 pm

Networking Lunch

14:00 – 15:30 pm

Parallel Workshops – TBD

15:30 – 16:00 pm

Networking Break

16:00 – 18:00 pm

Parallel Workshops – TBD

19:00 – 20:30 pm

Gala Dinner

9:00 – 10:30

Opening Ceremony

10:30 – 12:00 Session one

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

12:00 – 13:00

Networking Lunch

13:00 – 14:30 Session two

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 three

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 four

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.

View the previous WICs gallery and videos from here.

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The 26th WAIPA World Investment Conference offers you the chance to access not only IPAs from all over the world; but also, high ranking government officials, development sector leaders, decision makers as well as senior private sector representatives.

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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

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