Annette Klerks

Top Influencer for Foreign Companies in Düsseldorf

Annette is Head of Department of International Business Service at the Office of Economic Development of the City of Düsseldorf. Among others, she and her team are in charge of supporting foreign companies in Düsseldorf.

She started her carrier with a practical training in Business Administration and Marketing at a Düsseldorf based newspaper publisher. After her studies in economic history and geography she became Area Sales Manager Germany of Oxford University Press, Academic Division.

From 2001-2007, Annette worked as Trade Officer at the headoffice of UK Trade and Invest in Germany.
In 2007, Annette joined the Office of Economic Development of the City of Düsseldorf, initially as Area Manager Europe, North America and India, since 2009 as Head of Department, International Business Service.

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Düsseldorf – Your base in Europe

The City of Düsseldorf is one of the most successful business locations in Germany and Europe. Düsseldorf’s economy is very international and strong in ICT, wholesale and retail, industrial production, marketing and creative industries. Companies choose Düsseldorf because of the outstanding B2B potential, the international airport, efficient infrastructure, high quality of life and attractive location costs. The Office of Economic Development is a one-stop agency supporting companies with tailored services: i.e. assisting investors with administrative procedures and permits, relocation of expats and finding office space. In our presentation, we will focus on the potential of the business region of Düsseldorf, explain its advantages to British companies and outline the support available to companies.