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Managing Foreign Direct Investment (MFDI): An Assessment of what FDI can do for your region

Explore the opportunities emanating from the relationship between inward FDI and domestic firms in industries which are strategic for the sustainable future of the UAE

Program Overview

The attraction of inward Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) has been at the heart of industrial and regional policy across the developed countries for the last thirty years. UAE has long been open to FDI and it is actively seeking to attract foreign firms and is currently the 9th largest FDI recipient in Asia (2017 Global Investment Report). FDI is important in driving productivity growth and ultimately living standard for people in the UAE therefore, policy makers need to know about the nature and impact of both overseas and domestic investment in the various emirates of the UAE.

This program is aimed at analysing the important effects emanating from the relationship between inward FDI and domestic firms in industries which are strategic for the sustainable future of the UAE. Given that FDI is directed to different industries within the manufacturing and services sector, this program will furthermore highlight important policy recommendations that will optimize the extent to which the UAE can benefit from investments by domestic and foreign firms.

What the Programs Covers

This program will provide participants with:

  • Skills in economic policy analysis on the effects of FDI in order to formulate optimal economic policies for UAE regions
  • Awareness and understanding of the effects of inward investment, allowing to judge ex-ante whether certain types of inward investment are likely to benefit the UAE economy
  • Strategic thinking underlying the public policy framework for evaluating the impact of outward FDI on the UAE
  • In-depth knowledge and understanding of FDI and distinguishes you as an expert with specialised, high-level knowledge and skills to formulate and manage the benefits from inward investment

Program Key Benefits

After earning your certificate, you will be able to:

  • Evaluate and apply relevant concepts in appraising and formulating economic policies
  • Assess which types of FDI are conducive to the development of the UAE economy
  • Manage the integration and coordination of FDI and links to domestic firms and value chain.
  • Increase your professional value and secure your future
  • Earn credit points on UOWD Master Programs

Who should take this course?

This course is designed for policy-makers and government officials from various government departments. The attendants will learn practical skills that can be easily applied to their day-to-day work thus maximizing the benefits of their policy efforts and regional impact.

What you will learn

This comprehensive educational program is designed for senior policy-makers with hands on experience to carry out an assessment of their government department’s efforts to develop policy initiatives to attract FDI as well ensuring maximum benefit to the host region. It includes action learning methods to broaden and deepen the policy-maker’s knowledge of FDI policies and the contexts in which they are developed and implemented, as well as hands-on methodology to synthesize various disciplines that will include strategy, human capital, marketing and finance.


Introduce broad concepts of FDI
Overview of determinants and effects from FDI
Fundamentals of impact assessment
Planning and carrying out value propositions of host regions
Key implementation challenges in policy-making and potential solutions
Performance assessment of inward investments
Development of action plan for creating linkages between foreign and local firms
Implementation of action plans

Meet the Instructor

Dr Yama Temouri

Dr Yama Temouri has more than 5 year’s extensive consultancy experience, including projects for the OECD, European Commission and for several UK Government Departments, including the United Kingdom Trade and Investment (UKTI) Department; the Department for Business, Innovation and Services (BIS) and the Innovation foundation NESTA.

Dr Temouri is an active researcher and has published more than 40 publications including journal articles, conference papers and book chapters. He is also an Associate Editor for the Business Research Quarterly (Elsevier Publishers). His research interests are mainly in the economics of multinational enterprises and their impact on host and home economies. He is currently working on the link between institutional quality, foreign direct investment and firm performance as well as analysing the locational choices of foreign direct investment in tax havens.

Dr Temouri is an Associate Professor of International Business at the University of Wollongong in Dubai (UOWD) and obtained his PhD from the Aston Business School, UK.

Dr Vijay

Dr Vijay Pereira is a global leader on human capital development and cultural aspects in an emerging market context. He has more than 25 years’ experience in consulting, industry and academia. On academic level his experience includes leading and managing courses and curriculum design for undergraduate and postgraduate programs and conducting masterclasses for MBA students. He has collaborators in more than 20 countries and is a regular international keynote speaker.

Dr Pereira is an active researcher and has published more than 100 publications including journal articles, conference papers and book chapters and has seven books to his credit. He is the Associate Editor for the Journal of Business Research and on the editorial board of globally leading journals such as the Financial Times Production and Operations Management Society (POMS) journal and the Asia Pacific Journal of Management.

Dr Pereira is Associate Professor of International and Strategic Human Resource Management at the University of Wollongong in Dubai and obtained his PhD from the University of Portsmouth, UK.


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