Chief Executive Officers
Felix Neugart is Managing Director of the new NRW.Global Business GmbH, the foreign trade promotion agency of the state of NRW. The political scientist has many years of expertise in the field of foreign trade and has already held various management and consulting positions in Germany and abroad.
Felix Neugart began his career in political consulting at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University in Munich. From 2006 to 2016, he held several positions at the Association of German Chambers of Industry and Commerce in Berlin, where he headed the Foreign Trade Policy and Law Department, among other things. From 2014 to 2016, he was also a member of the EU Commission's advisory board on the Transatlantic Free Trade Agreement in Brussels. Felix Neugart then moved to the German-Emirati Chamber of Industry and Commerce in Dubai. In addition to his role as Managing Director, he was the German Delegate for Economic Affairs in Qatar, Kuwait, Oman and Iraq.
Back in Germany, Felix Neugart became Managing Director International at the Chamber of Industry and Commerce in Düsseldorf.
NRW.Global Business offers foreign trade promotion from a single source: from investor and location advertising to market development and export promotion. With our global team and strong network, we are the right contact for every type of investment project and together we promote North Rhine-Westphalia as a location for business and innovation.
Petra Wassner has been CEO of NRW.INVEST GmbH since 2001, which was merged with NRW.International on November 1, 2020 to form the new foreign trade promotion agency NRW.Global Business GmbH.
Petra Wassner has been working in business development for more than 25 years. A graduate in political and social sciences, she previously held various positions for the state of North Rhine-Westphalia. The focus of her work was initially on the promotion of small and medium-sized companies as well as the topics of business start-ups, corporate succession and corporate restructuring and the establishment of cooperation networks of economic development agencies in North Rhine-Westphalia. She is an expert on concepts and action strategies of economic development, has national as well as international experience and has developed a part-time study program for economic development. She built up the network of international branches of NRW.Global Business and promotes dialog with international investors in North Rhine-Westphalia.
In September 2016, Petra Wassner was awarded the National Friendship Award of the People's Republic of China for her 15 years of commitment to expanding Sino-German economic relations.
With the merger of NRW.INVEST and NRW.International we are creating synergies to make foreign trade promotion even more successful in the future. North Rhine-Westphalia is Germany's most important economic region and No. 1 investment location, and NRW.Global Business is providing dynamic impetus here to further strengthen the international competitiveness of the location.