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OCO Global Founder and CEO Mark O’Connell to Deliver OC World Trade Week Keynote Address

Tuesday, November 05, 2019

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Mark O’Connell, founder and CEO of OCO Global, will answer the question, “Is Globalization Dead or Still Working Undercover?” during his keynote address at the Greater Irvine Chamber’s sixth annual Orange County World Trade Week (OCWTW) Breakfast and Forum on Wednesday, May 13, 7– 11 a.m., at the Irvine Marriott, 18000 Von Karman Ave.

O’Connell’s work in international trade and investment spans more than 20 years, initially in the private sector for a Saudi investment fund, before moving on to Enterprise Ireland, the Irish government export agency. He spent six years in the management consulting division at PricewaterhouseCoopers specializing in trade and investment advisory work.

In 2001 O’Connell established OCO Global, a leading boutique consultancy firm which specialises in foreign direct investment (FDI) and international trade. OCO Global employs 100 full-time professional staff and has offices in the leading FDI and trade hubs of New York, London, Paris, Dubai, Frankfurt, Shanghai, and Tokyo, supported by an analytics and back-office research team in Belfast. OCO works with private clients to support international expansion as well as with government agencies and international organizations to advise on both FDI and trade issues, and as a trusted delivery partner.

Key government clients include U.K. Department of International Trade, JETRO, Invest Hong Kong, Bahrain EDB, Italian Trade Commission, and Business Sweden as well as numerous regional agencies.

O’Connell has worked on several private client engagements between the U.S., Middle East, and Europe advising on site selection, incentives, and export/distribution. In the Gulf region OCO Global has worked with development agencies such as Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority, Bahrain Economic Development Board, Ras al Khaimah, Sharjah, and Jordan Investment Board to develop and implement policies of inward investment attraction, helping to build pipeline and facilitate investment projects.

A well-known and respected figure in the international trade and investment arena across the world, O’Connell serves on the board of the International Economic Development Council in the U.S., and is on a number of private sector boards in U.K. and Ireland where he resides.

O’Connell earned a First Class Honours degree from University of Ulster in business studies and French, a master’s in marketing management from Lancaster University, and a degree in economics from Caen University in France.

OCWTW brings together Orange County’s International-American chambers and business associations, public sector and private trade organizations, and members of the business community to grow awareness of the impact of international trade and export in Orange County. OCWTW drew an audience of more than 550 attendees last year, more than double that of its inaugural 2015 event.

Register here for OCWTW 2019.

For sponsorship, partnership, or general inquiries, contact Jessica Yip.

Press inquiries, should be directed to Anna Spitz.

Category: Chamber News, Events, International Trade

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