Ifor Ffowcs-WilliamsCEO, Cluster Navigators Ltd, New Zealand
Ifor is acknowledged as one of the most influential cluster practitioners in the world, with hands-on experience extending to over 50 countries.
Ifor’s focus is on the practicalities of cluster development, leading training and strategy workshops with economic development agencies, cluster groups and support organisations. Ifor is a frequent conference speaker on competitiveness, clusters, smart specialisations, innovation and regional development.
Ifor has been an advisor to The World Bank, EU, OECD, UNDP, international aid agencies and national & regional economic development agencies on six continents.
Ifor is a Founder, Past President and Member of the Board of Advisors of TCI - The Global Clusters and Innovation Practitioners Network (Barcelona). He has served on the Advisory Boards of the Danish Cluster Academy, European Cluster Observatory, Indian Institute for Competitiveness and the Pan African Competitiveness Council.
At home base in New Zealand, Ifor has served as a Director of the Nelson Regional Economic Development Agency.
Ifor is the author of the ‘Cluster Development Handbook’, the first comprehensive guide to the What? the Why? and the How? of cluster engagement.
Prior to establishing Cluster Navigators in 1997, Ifor was with New Zealand’s export development agency, encouraging SMEs to cooperate-to-compete through networking and clustering.
Ifor is originally Welsh and lived in Canada before making New Zealand home.
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