David Briel, Executive Director, Center for Direct Investment, Office of International Business Development Commonwealth of PA
David Briel currently serves as Executive Director, International Investment, Office of International Business Development, Department of Community and Economic Development, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. He oversees a team of five development specialists in Harrisburg and a network of 11 overseas authorized representatives, whose mission is to attract foreign direct investment to Pennsylvania and create employment for Commonwealth residents. Since 2007, this network has created and retained more than 3,500 jobs and attracted more than $ 500 million of capital investment. Before working for the Commonwealth, David worked for six years in Japan for ITOCHU, a large Japanese trading firm, and the Japanese Ministry of Education. After returning to the U.S., he worked with the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs at the Embassy in Washington working with US businesses expanding into the Japanese market. David has passed the top level of the Japanese language proficiency examination. David has also traveled to Israel four times and has worked with the Philadelphia Israel Chamber of Commerce to assist Israeli companies looking at the U.S. market.