OUR PEOPLE / George Bennett
George Bennett is a highly experienced, expert practitioner in all aspects of FDI gained over 35 year’s employment with one of the world’s leading FDI agencies – IDA Ireland. During his career with IDA, George was responsible for winning countless new FDI Investments projects and the creation of thousands of jobs in Ireland.
George was a member of the Management & Leadership Team of IDA Ireland and held a range of senior management positions in IDA, primarily in new business investment. He led inward investment teams in a wide variety of business sectors – Electronics, Software, Services, Consumer, Engineering, Life Sciences & Clean Tech.
George also held the post of, Director of Communications at IDA with responsibility for all national and international communications including media, branding, advertising and promotion.
George’s was Head of Corporate Planning and Strategy at IDA Ireland where he had overall responsibility for the organisation’s strategic planning, performance measurement and strategy implementation. Most recently, he was directly responsible for the design, management and delivery of IDA’s new 5 year strategy, “Winning: Foreign Direct Investment 2015-2019”, published in February 2015.
Since departing IDA in June 2015, George now works as a Business Consultant, specialising in Foreign Direct Investment and Business Strategy Development. He is an FDI Consultant with the World Bank, currently working on National and Sub National projects in India and South Africa. He also lectures on FDI and corporate strategy development programmes in Ireland and overseas.