A recognized expert in Foreign Direct Investment, offshore development and international business expansion, Andrea Haughian is currently the Vice President of Business Development at Invest Northern Ireland’s New York office and has helped C-Level executives accelerate business growth, maximize profitability and facilitate recruitment, training and R&D.
Andrea’s experience spans a diverse range of sectors including technology, financial services, legal and professional services, healthcare, BPO and global start-ups.
Proud to showcase the talents of home-grown companies and innovators, Andrea helps NI entrepreneurs make connections with advocates and influencers in the US to help local companies aim higher and succeed faster in the challenging US market.
Andrea is an advocate for the advancement of women and the promotion of diversity and inclusion in the workplace and is a long-time supporter of Young Enterprise. A frequent public speaker and active social media contributor who works with both national and regional governments, Andrea is also a regular contributor and moderator on expert panels
Andrea received the Global Recognition Award at the Digital DNA Awards 2019 which recognizes an individual who has made a significant impact on Northern Ireland’s digital and technology sector on a global scale. She is a past Irish Echo Top 40 Under 40 Awards honouree and has been named as one of Irish America’s Most Influential Women by the Irish Voice.
Before joining Invest Northern Ireland’s New York office, Andrea worked in the Financial Services sector in Belfast with BDO Northern Ireland. Prior to that, she worked for many years in international trade, marketing and business development in Europe, the US and Asia.
Andrea is a graduate of Queen’s University, Belfast, has undertaken post-graduate programs in both San Francisco and Chicago and is a graduate of Cornell University’s Executive Leadership Programme.
What, for you, is the importance of our global diaspora and how do you contribute to its success?
Our global diaspora is integral to our long-term economic prosperity and international success. I am proud to be part of the global diaspora and play an active role in promoting Belfast and the wider region to an international audience from my base in the US. I am delighted to showcase the talents of our home-grown companies and innovators, help local entrepreneurs make connections with advocates and influencers in the US and promote the region as a wonderful place to live, work, visit, study and invest.
Tell us how you connect to Belfast:
I am a graduate of Queen’s University Belfast and lived and worked in the city for many years before moving to New York to represent Invest Northern Ireland.
You know you’ve got Belfast heritage when…:
You don’t fear a Belfast bap, are frequently ‘baltic’ and know where the ‘Big Fish’ is…