Michael Blakeley is a former exporter and business owner who applies his hands-on experience to design, manage and implement economic development programs. With 20 years of experience in emerging markets, Mr. Blakeley is an expert in developing strategies for industry and enterprises to optimize new market opportunities. He has held positions in the public and private sector and is a key resource for private sector development for Nathan Associates Inc. As Managing Director of Enterprise & Industry Development, Mr. Blakeley oversees business development and program design of donor-funded activities that support business growth and competitiveness.
As Director of the USAID-funded VALUE Project in Thailand, Mr. Blakeley assisted strategic sectors in Southeast Asia in forming a single production base and advancing regional economic integration by 2015. He created numerous private and public sector partnerships that amplified project resources and secured buy-in at high levels for project objectives.
Previously Mr. Blakeley designed and directed the Nigeria Expanded Exports Program (NEEP), which built the capacity of exporters desiring to expand regional and international exports. Under this program Mr. Blakeley increased project funding and managed numerous high-level consultants.
As the Director of Enterprise Assistance for the Morocco New Business Opportunities project, Mr. Blakeley organized training for more than 150 enterprises to take advantage of the US-Morocco Free Trade Agreement. Under this program, participating enterprises increased exports to the United States by $20 million in the first year of the FTA (2007). Earlier, as director of AGOA Jumpstart, he directly assisted more than 50 enterprises in generating approximately $5 million in new exports from Madagascar to the United States under the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA).
Before joining the firm, Mr. Blakeley owned and managed a company that traded agricultural commodities worldwide. He sourced goods from exporters in Africa, Asia, and South America while selling into retail channels in Europe, Japan and the United States. Mr. Blakeley has worked with such organizations as the Overseas Private Investment Corporation and the World Bank, while collaborating with several Fortune 500 firms in the United States that were also his former clients.
Trade, export promotion, competitiveness, business development services
An Alternative to China: ASEAN as a future apparel powerhouse. Prime Source Forum Hong Kong (2012)
Sourcing Spotlight: Southeast Asia. U.S. Fashion Industry Association, West Coast Seminar (2013)
Apparel Exports to the United States: A Comparison of Morocco, Jordan, and Egypt (2009)
Using Market Intelligence to Enhance Export Opportunities (2009)
U.S. Food Sales Channels Opportunity Study (2008)
The U.S.-Morocco Free Trade Agreement: Opportunities for French Firms. Presentation, UBIFRANCE. Paris (2008)