We are an independent foreign direct investment consultancy underpinned by well over 30 years of international private and public sector business development and Executive level management experience. We have multicultural and multilingual international business expertise derived from a wide range of international assignments and regional accountabilities.
Michael I. Gourlay BA, FCII, MIoD
Mike Gourlay has enormous experience of international business. He was for 8 years Director at Think London, the official foreign direct investment agency for Greater London, where he had responsibility for the Asia Pacific, Europe and Africa regions. Prior to that he held a number of senior positions within the international division of RSA Insurance Group including country manager in Japan and the Philippines and Commercial Insurances cum Strategy Director for 15 territories within the Asia Pacific region. He has in-depth experience of UK, Australasia, Bahamas, China, France, Germany, India, Jamaica, Japan, Korea, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam. He speaks fluent English, French and a high level of Japanese and German.
Mike played a key role in setting up a brand new insurance company in the Bahamas, and established new offices in Beijing, Mumbai, Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. He has a BA in French and German from Nottingham University, is a Fellow of the Chartered Insurance Institute and a Member of the Institute of Directors. He has held a wide range of directorships as far afield as India, Thailand and Bermuda and is currently Non Executive Director of Aegon Direct Marketing Services Europe Ltd., Stonebridge International Insurance Ltd. and Cornerstone International Holdings Ltd.
Mike is an experienced public speaker and coach on FDI related topics. He also has a certificate in business cross-cultural training from International House, London.