INTELLIGENT INSIGHTS FOR INTERNATIONAL EXPANSION AND REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT
Experts in lead generation, consulting & business services, with focus on international expansion, inward & foreign direct investment and trade.
See Intelligence Ltd provides international business introductions for public and private sector. We match governments and economic / regional development authorities with corporates seeking to expand internationally and help corporates engage with the region(s) which best fit(s) their needs. Our main strengths are: investment lead generation and business development; research, analysis and reporting; event planning and management.
We are able to offer the expertise of a broad team of industry, market and fdi experts, researchers, analysts and data experts and writers who work with us on projects for consultancy, lead generation and events. Our experience and expertise is what sets us apart from our competitors. We are able to answer your questions in a number of languages including, but not restricted to English, French, German, Danish, Dutch, Spanish, Italian, Russian, Polish and Arabic.
Our partner companies: AMENA Trade and Investment Consulting GmbH; Emerging Europe; and Forglobal ensure that our joint FDI, market and industry expertise gives our clients quality they can trust and rely on with a range of quality services. Please see our partners page for more details.
Clients are offered a dedicated project manager as well as access to their own area within our our CRM database. Each user is given a username and password providing a reliable, transparent and quality base for all projects and data and information that is easily downloadable into clients' own CRM systems. We do not charge clients for this service as we believe it should be offered as standard to ensure the best quality and communication.
Please contact us to discuss your requirements. All enquiries are treated as strictly confidential and with no obligation.
Key business offerings
- Lead generation /new business development
- Strategic planning
- Event planning/management
- Industry/market specific surveys and reports
Key industry sector expertise
- Financial & professional services
- Cyber security
- Healthcare / Medtech
- Automotive / Aerospace / Advanced manufacturing
See Intelligence has a fantastic team with a broad wealth of experience and knowledge across a number of different industries and markets within both the public and private sectors. We have specialists in lead generation, foreign direct investment, business services, consulting as well as market, industry and sector specific experts on our team, offering intelligent insights you can rely on.
Our team is also multi-lingual and is able to offer advice in English, French, German, Dutch, Italian, Spanish, Russian, Polish and Arabic. For other languages, please check with us first.
You can find out more about our key experts below. See Intelligence also has a wider network of research analysts, consultants and associates available for industry/sector/market specific projects as well as three key partners: Amena Trade and Investment Consulting GmbH; Emerging Europe; and Forglobal, so please feel free to contact us to discuss your requirements.
Christina See has been Managing Director at See Intelligence since January, 2017 and is based in the UK. She previously worked for 5 years at Ecorys and was Head of Lead Generation and Corporate Location for the Foreign Direct Investment Business Unit. Christina was involved in a number of inward and foreign direct investment projects to match EDAs with relevant international investors looking to expand. She has also worked on a number of sector-based research reports and is currently project managing the joint report and series of monthly online and offline events with Forglobal called ‘Spotlight on Urban Tech in Europe’ urbantech.world
With 18 years of experience, prior to See Intelligence, Christina has also worked for Datamonitor (now part of Informa) and the Economist Intelligence Unit, Economist Corporate Network and Economist Conferences (all part of the Economist Group). She has organized events including conferences, seminars and roundtables between government officials and business leaders within EMEA as well as trade missions. She has also project managed meetings programmes at trade events and for government missions, as well as lead generation and appointment setting projects. Christina has extensive experience across a number of different industry sectors and geographies, particularly in North and Central America, EMEA, China and Australia.
Key skills include: FDI and inward investment; project and event management; lead generation; new business development; strategy; sector report writing; analysis and research. A native English speaker, Christina is also fluent in French, German and Russian.
Clients she has worked for include both government and corporate entities such as: Columbus 2020; Jobs Ohio; US Virgin Islands; Washington State; St John port (Canada), NRW Invest (Germany), Government of South Australia, Government of Shenzhen; Hong Kong Economic Trade office; London and Partners; Innovation Quarter (Netherlands); Brabant Region (Netherlands); Leeds and Partners; Invest Northern Ireland; Locate Jersey; Thames Valley Chamber of Commerce; London Chamber of Commerce; JadeWeser Port (Germany); Helsinki Business Hub; Invest Bavaria (Germany); Hautes de Seine (France); Invest in Toulouse (France); CFLD International; Bosch; Rolls Royce; Cambridge Science park etc. She has strong connections with businesses across the world.
Nicola is a dedicated and passionate International Business Expansion and Investment Specialist with twenty years’ proven track record in the design, implementation and delivery of trade support and investment promotion campaigns on behalf of government and public-private partnerships. She has lived and worked in Germany three times and has been permanently located in Berlin since 2014. With her FDI and trade knowledge as well as extensive experience in Creative Content Production, Tech and Startups Nicola acts as senior consultant for See Intelligence, but also runs her own company Creatives Loop an award-winning international media consultancy.
In 2018 she was appointed interim Chief Representative of London & Partners Germany, where she worked with the Mayor’s International Promotion Agency for trade and Investment in London to open two local offices, located in Berlin and Munich and build a locally based team in market. In June 2019, a permanent Chief representative was appointed, and Nicola was retained as Principal Advisor for Germany. She works with the team one day per week. During the course of her work for London & Partners, she has worked across Urban (including mobility, real estate, smart cities), FSBT (including Fintech, Insurtech and Business Services), Creative (including Immersive technologies, Gaming, Film & TV, Fashtech, Publishing), ILS (Innovation and Lifesciences).
Examples of Trade Promotion activities: • Trade matchmaking events and general export promotion • Collective trade fair participation including matchmaking and tailored programmes outside the fair • Sector specific trade missions and export promotion campaigns • Governmental and administrative delegations with business development and company matchmaking; Organisation and delivery of over 200 outward trade delegations including market exploration visits, sales development missions and representation at international exhibitions. A proportion of these visits have been ministerial-led or had Political accompaniment. • Developing cluster and sector network co-operations with Germany and Europe • Trade promotion desks: German or European trade promotion office representation • Designing and delivering integrated projects in trade and investment promotion • Seminars and workshops on Germany and Europe in your home country • Strategic advice on effective export promotion targeting Germany and Europe • Integrated approach to Location marketing including Education, Tourism, Culture, Sport, Business and Leisure.
Examples of International Investment Promotion Activities:
• Strategy development: definition of the ULP (Unique Local Proposition) and a marketing approach tailored to the client's needs • Generation of leads, projects investment opportunities (already actively working for two clients on implementation of post-Brexit investment strategies) • Marketing
A native English Speaker, Nicola is based in Berlin and also speaks German and French.
Oliver acts as lead FDI consultant for See Intelligence Ltd. He assists with introducing companies to prospective investment locations and unlocking new markets. He is responsible for liaising with the company’s external analysts’ network regarding the production of leads and for liaising with clients regarding their information requirements. His main focus is on:
- Lead Generation both annual and event targeted and has detailed knowledge and experience of attracting FDI leads to both established and challenging markets.
- Events including full production of, and attending on behalf of client development agencies
- Business Development
- Bespoke research and data
- Recruiting and managing the external analyst and subcontractor network
Oliver previously worked for Oxford Intelligence, a consultancy focused on corporate location and foreign direct investment (FDI). He supported the company’s Head of Lead Generation and Corporation Location in delivering service to clients. He has a number or years’ experience in FDI and corporate location as well as project management, working on global projects mainly in North and Central America, Europe, Middle East, Africa and Australia.
Farzana works as Senior Data Analyst for See Intelligence Ltd and is responsible to collecting, collating and managing company and market data. She has extensive experience as a data analyst and systems developer. Prior to See Intelligence Ltd she worked for the Lead Generation team of Oxford Intelligence, assisting with data gathering, verification and quality control. In her role for Buck Consultants, she used financial and statistical modelling to evaluate financial risks and prepared standard reports. As an implementation analyst at Puntersouthall & Co, she was responsible for delivering calculations, maintaining applications and manipulating and cleaning data. Farzana has a degree in Mathematics and Economics and an MA in Economics from the University of Lancaster. She also possesses strong IT and analytical skills, vital to ensuring the quality of information used by our analysts and presented to our clients. She also speaks some basic Spanish.
David has more than 20 years experience in the Financial Services Sector and most recently helped to develop Financial Services Operations at the heart of the UK Government's inward investment growth strategy. He was engaged by UK Trade &Investment (now the Department for International Trade) over a two year period to deliver a significant increase in investment wins in the financial services operations sector and to develop and promote the UK's regional financial services offer.
Since David's engagement, the UK government has had a record year of inward investment wins. David also successfully delivered and hosted a programme of eight financial services events across the UK regions, culminating in a high profile conference at the prestigious Lancaster House supported by numerous senior cabinet ministers and leaders from the financial services industry in the UK to ensure that the financial services operational offer in the UK is clearly defined and well promoted globally.
Educated at Charterhouse School and Brunel University, Peter is an experienced international trade adviser, with particular expertise in B2G and long / complex sales cycles.
As a member of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport, Peter has established commercial operations in developing / transitional countries, preparing and disseminating information to facilitate trade and encourage foreign investment.
Whilst with steel fabricators the Mabey Group, Peter was responsible for the former Soviet Union, Indian Sub-continent, plus several SE Asian and European countries. He was a Senior Manager in the Overseas Revenue Consulting Group at PricewaterhouseCoopers. He spent over 15 years in the independent inspection and testing industry, designing and implementing pre-shipment inspection programs for governments.
He works closely with DIT and DFID, leading various outbound and inbound trade missions. Peter currently chairs the DIT supported "Central Asia & Trans-Caucasus Business Information Group" (CATBIG), ensuring active involvement of all delegates. He also offers ad hoc support / market intelligence to various DIT International Trade Advisers.
In addition to extensive overseas travels, Peter has lived and worked in Switzerland, Taiwan, Zambia, the former Soviet Union, Russia and central Asia. A native English speaker, he also speaks Russian and French.
A graduate of LSE, Mikhail is a business consultant with 15+ years’ experience in high-profile Strategy, Commercial Due Diligence and Business Transformation projects. Opportunity screening and investment case are among the key areas of focus.
Mikhail has broad industry expertise with deep specialisations in Oil & Gas; Renewables; Manufacturing; Engineering; Energy & Utilities; and Media & Telecoms. He has over 10 years with blue-chip consulting firms, including L.E.K. Consulting, Capgemini Consulting and OC&C Strategy. UK-based, with vast international exposure (Europe, Middle East, US, SE Asia, Central Asia). He is a native Russian speaker, fluent in English and Italian. Mikhail also has four publications to his name:
Soren has spent most of his career working in the automotive intelligence industry. As founder and Managing Editor of Autelligence Ltd, www.autelligence.com he contributes extensive editorial and publishing experience, a global network of contacts on both the OEM and supplier side, in-depth understanding of the industry and the markets it operates in, hands-on sales and marketing experience, and, last but not least, a long-standing passion for all things automotive. A native Danish speaker, he is also fluent in English and German.
Dr Akanimo Odon is the CEO of Envirofly Consulting UK Limited and an international sustainable business strategy & development expert for Africa with working liaisons in over 30 African countries in a wide range of sectors. In the UK, he has been an Adviser to the British Government on developing international education policies under the National Student Forum; Education Consultant for British Council; Business Development Consultant for the Grow Creative Scheme under the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), City and Guilds UK, BG Group and Africa Business Adviser to Lancaster University, Aberystwyth University, University of London and a host of others. He holds a PhD in Environmental Management from Lancaster University, UK and enterprise fellowships from Cambridge University UK & Stanford University USA. In Africa, he has been Consultant for the National Centre for Energy and Environment under the Presidency, Nigeria; Technical Adviser for Lagos State Government; Research Fellow of the African Centre for Technological Studies, Kenya; Adviser for Africa Centre for Energy Policy in Ghana; Consultant for Trust Africa Senegal; Consultant/Adviser to the National Social Security Fund (NSSF) Tanzania, the African Development Bank, the Nigerian Liquefied Natural Gas, the National Economic Empowerment Council Tanzania under the Prime Minister’s Office, the Southern Agricultural Growth Corridor of Tanzania (SAGCOT) and a visiting professor to Strathmore University Kenya. Dr. Odon has organized, facilitated and spoken at over 100 Africa-focused international workshops and conferences; liaised and collaborated with government, industries and academia in over 30 African countries; developed over 100 strategic commercial partnerships between UK and African organizations; facilitated and supported the setting up of over 30 African-focused SMEs. He is also a multi-award winning film producer, author and poet.
Oksana is the executive director of Horizon International LLC based in Moscow. horizoninternational.ru Her area of expertise is helping European companies to enter the Russian market. Horizon International provides comprehensive services to facilitate and accelerate the international expansion of your business, including market analysis, search for customers and business partners in Russia, design and application of highly efficient online and offline marketing tools, organization of marketing and promotion events, complete business support of your company in Russia.
Kirsty is an experienced content and document production specialist, offering services including proofreading, copyediting, PowerPoint presentation design and desk research. She gained valuable experience spending over a decade working across numerous sectors as a business consultant in the UK and Australia, supporting clients in meeting their growth and business improvement objectives. She holds a double degree in Commerce and Arts from Monash University in Melbourne, Australia.
Selena Chavis is a skilled contract professional with more than 25 years as a writer, business strategist, industry analyst and research professional. She has worked with multiple international research companies specializing in foreign direct investment strategies and economic development and participated in the developing of leading industry reports covering such verticals as biotechnology, software, food and beverage, software, renewable energy and manufacturing. She has worked on lead generation projects for countries across North America, Western Europe, Asia, Latin American and Africa, covering a wide variety of industry sectors.
For regional development authorities:
- Target companies relevant to your region more effectively to enhance your existing investment lead generation efforts
- Promote your region in alternative ways to increase interest from potential investors
- Maximise retention as well as further investment via networking opportunities with existing connections
- Understanding what assistance/advice is available from different regional authorities and find the one(s) that best fit your expansion needs
- Guidance with finding additional information and advice specifically relevant to your company (e.g. grants available, legal, tax, practical advice etc. for setting up a new location)
See Intelligence is proud to partner with AMENA Trade and Investment Consulting GmbH. Working together ensures that our joint FDI, market and industry expertise gives our clients quality they can trust and rely on. with a range of quality services.
AMENA links the private and public sector in global Foreign Direct Investment. It is a global business consultancy based in Berlin with exceptional local market expertise and networks, and assists clients entering growth markets.
AMENA is your partner for investment and trade promotion, you can rely on a team built on experience, passion and success. Six global offices ensure local data collection, local client sourcing, in-market support and local business execution.
Source markets are Germany, Austria and Switzerland and the team consults and supports Economic Development Organizations from around the world to gain access to German companies and investments.
AMENA has a highly positive track record in supporting global institutions to attract German investments to their regions.
See Intelligence is proud to partner with Emerging Europe. We work together to offer a range of quality services. Our joint expertise gives our clients quality they can trust and rely on .
Emerging Europe is an intelligence, news and community platform that translates the region to the world and the world to the region. Access to its unrivalled intelligence and global network of key individuals and organisations enable all those with a stake in the region to participate in shaping the prosperous future of 23 countries.
Headquartered in London, with correspondents and analysts on the ground in key locations across the region it is well-placed to react to major events and set the agenda for constructive debate. Its independent insight is relied upon by almost three million people, who use it to form their opinions of emerging Europe while its unique networking events last year gave 1,200 business leaders a platform to discuss strategic opportunities.
See Intelligence is proud to partner with Forglobal. The subscription service provided by Forglobal offers a unique additional service to our clients.
Forglobal supports international entrepreneurs expanding into new markets. The Forglobal platform is a web-based solution already in use by the investment promotion agencies of 40+ major world cities.
The company believes that international business connects people across borders and strengthens local economies. It is an adventure that enriches your personal and professional life. The company supports entrepreneurs entering this world of opportunities. Its objective is to make international expansion easy.
Forblobal assists small and medium enterprises globally in finding verified service providers abroad. It also provides them with all necessary information to start a business in new markets. At the same time, supporting local service providers in being found and trusted by foreign companies starting an office abroad.