Cover image to promote interview with Alina Harastasanu on the topic of FDI drivers and incentives.

Interview with Alina Harastasanu on FDI project drivers and incentives on February 20 

On February, 20 at 15:00 (CET), we will be joined by Alina Harastasanu Director of European Business Development at Jobs Ohio, the organization responsible for investment attraction into the US state of Ohio for a live interview. The discussion will delve into how the drivers behind FDI projects are changing, the role of incentives in the decision-making process of investors and what ultimately makes investors’ confirm a site for their project.   

Managing director, Andreas Dressler will be asking Alina questions related to the decision-making processes of investors and the impact of US federal funds on investors’ decisions, such as the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA). They will also be discussing what is more important: access to incentives or the most optimal location? 

As customary to our #TGEinFDI expert interview series, we’ll also be touching on the topic of gender equality. Alina will be sharing insights into how European investors and European ESG requirements, including those related to gender equality, are having an impact on the business climate in the US.  

The interview is expected to last approximately 30 minutes and will be livestreamed via LinkedIn. To watch the interview, please join the event on LinkedIn here.    

Alina leads the European business development efforts at JobsOhio across all the nine targeted industries ranging from food and agri-business to advanced manufacturing. She engages daily with European companies in different stages of their internationalization plans towards the U.S. Prior to coming to the U.S., Alina worked in Italy as a consultant on projects funded by the European Commission. Before joining JobsOhio she worked for an Ohio based tier 2 automotive supplier. Her position involved hedging risk deriving from trade agreements, tariffs, political elections, Brexit, the Belt and Road initiative etc. Originally from Romania, Alina graduated from the University of Bucharest with a bachelor’s degree in political sciences. She also holds a master’s degree in geopolitics and international security from University of Rome “La Sapienza” and an MBA from The Ohio State University with an International Business major.  

This interview is the eighth interview of a monthly repeating interview series as part of the Towards Gender Equality in FDI initiative. Every month, female guest speakers will be invited to speak about a particular aspect of foreign direct investment and investment promotion. These very practical conversations will highlight best practices and explore the intersection of FDI and gender equality. 

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