The main goal of FEMAC is to bridge the existing gap of knowledge in the Free and Special Economic Zones space, which is one of the most important and fastest growing sectors globally, helping to build dynamic zones that foster sustainable economic development.
To move towards a new generation of SEZ‘s, absorbing lessons learned on the design, operations and impact management of zones, responding to the new challenges raised by the sustainable development imperative, digitalization and the new industrial revolution, adapting to the changing patterns of international production, and experimenting with new ideas, including UN Sustainable Development Goals model zones.
- Encourage best practices
- Lead implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals
- Further integrate SEZs in the global economy
- Promote cooperation through Public-Private Partnerships
WHO WE ARE
A lawyer by training and an entrepreneur at heart, Titus Gebel founded several successful companies.
Previously, he formed resources company Deutsche Rohstoff AG (Frankfurt Stock Exchange: DR0), for which he served as President & CEO until he retired in 2015. In that role, he directed oil & gas, base and precious metals exploration and development projects in Europe, Australia and North America. Before, he served as Managing Director of resources company EurAsia Holding AG, and headed a family office that participated in venture capital and private equity activities. More recently, he created TIPOLIS, a company working on the next evolution of SEZs, the Prosperity Zones.
Titus holds a Ph.D. in foreign public law and international law from the University of Heidelberg and an MBA in International Management Consulting from the University for Economy in Ludwigshafen / University of Lincoln, England.
With his extensive worldwide network, he has assembled a world class team of finance, sales, marketing and operations professionals ensuring the highest standards of performance and measurable success for SEZs.
Juan Torrents, from Barcelona, Spain, is a senior adviser on international trade, free zones and export processing zones, having offered such consulting services since 1986. He is the founder and president of FEMOZA, the world’s leading zone federation. He has worked also as a Project Development Manager for Barcelona’s Free Zone.
For 25 years, Torrents gained private sector experience in sales, logistics, finance and management, creating a worldwide network as Managing Director in different economic sectors such as Textile Machinery, Paper Mill, and Logistics.
Juan later entered the public sector during the decade of 1986-1996 as Managing Director of the Barcelona Free Zone. During this time he led the zone to diversify its activities, develop, expand and increase its influence worldwide. As a result, he gained public recognition in 1989 as best Barcelona promoter of the year.
With a background in Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) and Special Economic Zones (SEZs) Advisory, Zoë Harries is the founder of Impact Zones, a boutique foreign trade and investment advisory firm specializing in sustainable SEZ development.
In complex and dynamic business environments, Zoë brings together commercial and sustainable growth strategies for public-private partnerships. She has extensive experience in industrial parks and SEZ conception and implementation, with a focus on sustainability, also from an operational and business modelling point of view.
She supports governments, special economic zones and business parks with attracting foreign investment. Zoë also supports companies with cross-border expansion projects, scaling sustainable supply chains.
Zoë co-developed and launched three digital FDI applications, including a location and SEZ benchmarking tool and an incentives database. In her previous role as Business Development Director she was responsible for driving sales resulting in profitable acquisitions by industry peers.
Active in the field of foreign direct investment (FDI), advocacy, trade promotion, business consulting and internationalization since 2011. Luigi is based between Germany and Italy. His previous positions include bilateral trade promotion, investment attraction, with a particular focus on Hi-Tech innovation and cross-border R&D cooperation. He is also CFO and Head of Investment of Vessel Global, a specialized advisory firm focusing on FDI, market entry and cross-border expansion processes.
Luigi has worked for German and US investment attraction and corporate expansion consultancies, the Italian Agency for Trade and Investment (ITA) in Germany, and the German-Korean Chamber of Commerce in South Korea, during the implementation of the EU-S.Korean Free Trade Agreement.
Luigi has supported government officials and businesses through worldwide trade scouting missions and tailored internationalization services, while also helping regional and national government agencies and SEZs/business parks to identify and attract foreign direct investment (FDI) across multiple industries.
Major former/current clients include: the US state of North Carolina´s Economic Development Partnership (permanent representation in Europe, Israel and Turkey), Special Economic Zones, VC Funds, Family Offices, multiple manufacturing SMEs and tech-driven startups.
Archibald has been active in the field of foreign direct investment (FDI), trade promotion, business consulting, and internationalization since 2011. He has been active since 2010 in business development for large companies (Amazon, Bosch, Total) and SMEs across Europe, and has worked in the Czech Republic, the United Kingdom, Germany, and France, where he supported expanding businesses in gaining market access. He is currently based between Brussels, London, Berlin, and Prague.
His previous roles in the manufacturing, logistics, and industry sectors represent the backbone of his investment prospection and market entry know-how.
Thanks to his overview of the industrial sector, he understands the infrastructure and logistics needs of manufacturing companies which are necessary for any site selection consultancy.
Furthermore, Archibald has gained experience in organizing roadshows for hi-tech commercial development across Europe and company HQ visits for territorial promotion and investment attraction agencies.
Archibald studied international law at the University of Paris X. He is a native English and French speaker and proficient in German and Czech.
Originally from Brazil but living in Austria, Francisco comes from a tech background. He is the co-founder and CEO of Atlantic Pacific Strategies ÖU, a marketing company for development projects.
After discovering competitive governance ideas in 2018, he became passionate about innovations in governance and started actively contributing to the field. Since then he has written several articles for different websites, including TechInsider, and is the author of a monthly literature review column at the Institute for Competitive Governance.
Having done several IT and Business courses in renowned institutions, he is currently doing his Masters in Business Informatics at the Johannes Kepler University in Linz. Besides his intellectual work, he has also worked as the Operations Manager at Tipolis, a company active in developing Prosperity Zone projects.
WHY CHOOSE US
We have unquestionable EXPERIENCE with Special Economic Zones, having worked more than 30 years in the field. With some of the world’s most advanced and successful SEZ projects under our belt, our team consists exclusively of high-performers who are recognized figures in their areas and known for getting things done.
We have an extensive international NETWORK that will help you and your SEZ achieve all your targeted goals. Our connections with investment promotion agencies, zone authorities, NGOs and industry partners will open new doors and generate unique opportunities and leads for your projects.
We are committed to warrant our clients the TRUST required for conducting good business. Our services are always performed by highly competent and reputable professionals, and our projects follow a strict work-ethic. We zeal for our reputation so that you know that FEMAC is a company you can rely on.
We have CREATIVITY as an integral part of our mentality, valuing the different perspectives of our members. In the century of innovation, the state of the art is not enough. Our company is always examining the newest trends and engaging the most promising ideas to make sure our clients stay ahead of the curve.
01. SEZ Consultant
- Consultant for our Management and Branding programs
- Travel availability for site visits required
- Business education or related background
- Remote work in an international company
- Main responsibility is to provide customer support
- At least two years of experience with Special Economic Zones
- 20-40 weekly hours workload
- Application per email or contact form