Courtney Fingar is the editor-in-chief of fDi Magazine, a specialist publication from the Financial Times, and the head of content for its associated data division, fDi Intelligence. In her role she oversees all elements of editorial production for the bimonthly magazine and its website, as well as editorial outputs for fDi Intelligence.
She is also the presenter for the ‘fDi On Location’ video series, and a regular contributor to EM Squared, the Financial Times’ data-driven news and analysis service focused on emerging markets.
As a trained journalist, Ms Fingar interviews political and business leaders at the highest levels about economic and investment issues. She has covered business stories in all major regions of the world and has been on assignment to nearly 80 countries in her career. She has a special interest in post-conflict investment sparked by her on-the-ground reporting from Iraq in 2009-11.
She is a popular panellist and moderator at international economic gatherings and has appeared on television and radio in dozens of countries as a commentator on international investment.
She is passionate about mentoring, especially for girls and young women, and currently mentors several early-career female professionals. She actively participates as a mentor in the Financial Times’ official mentoring scheme. She has been a speaker at Career Day for her postgraduate alma mater, the University of Edinburgh, and spoke to journalism classes at her undergraduate alma mater, the University of Alabama, about how to break into international journalism.
Before joining fDi in 2004, she served as the editor of Trade & Forfaiting Review, a London-based magazine focusing on trade finance. She worked previously as a journalist in Washington, DC.
Ms Fingar has a BA in journalism from the University of Alabama in the United States and an MSc in International and European Politics, with a special focus on political economy and trade issues, from the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. She serves as an advisory council member for the Advocacy in the Global Environment Master’s Program at the George Washington Graduate School of Political Management.
"Few speakers are able to engage as effectively with audiences as I have witnessed Courtney Fingar demonstrate over the past decade and a half. This is founded on not only her grasp of the essentials of global investment trends, but her ability to illustrate these trends and their impacts with examples relevant to whichever type of audience, and wherever, she is presenting or moderating to. To my knowledge, this has ranged from senior government leaders, sovereign wealth managers and CEOs in the finance sector, to global sports personalities, taciturn trade financiers, Midlands metal-bashers and earnest first-year undergraduates. Across what constitutes an international spectrum of audience participants, she has an uncanny knack ofmaking them feel that they are making a critical contribution to the debate – an enviable skill, crucial to the success of any conference."
Paul Forrest, Director, Director, Sovereign Wealth Focus and West Midlands Economic Forum
“I have had the pleasure of attending many conferences and events over the years at which Courtney has spoken, either as a presenter, keynote speaker or moderator. She is a natural on stage, always well prepared and well presented. What impresses me the most is the diverse range of topics from all corners of the world that Courtney is able to address. She brings a truly global perspective and yet is able to be insightful on the most local of issues.”
David Parker, Commercial Director, Oxford Intelligence. Previously with Invest Hong Kong
“Having delivered a range of content at our flagship events recently we would highly recommend Courtney as keynote speaker and moderator. As a speaker Courtney has extensive international experience, while as a moderator her engaging style wins the audience over every time.”
Paul Britton, Head of Inward Investment & Reinvestment, Thames Valley Chamber of Commerce