Wilfred Muskens, Deputy Secretary, International Business Development Muskens had served the commonwealth for more than seven years before his appointment as Deputy Secretary for International Business Development in August 2007. He is heavily involved in implementing Governor Rendell’s World Trade PA initiative. The program, a first of its kind for Pennsylvania, is aimed at accelerating and expanding the commonwealth’s trade and international investment activities. Muskens leads a professional team of international economic development specialists that contribute to the growth and strength of the commonwealth’s economy by providing value-added international trade services to Pennsylvania’s businesses and ports by attracting foreign investment to the state. His previous experience with the commonwealth includes serving as executive director of the Center for Direct Investment and director of foreign investment for the Governor’s Action Team. In that capacity, Muskens oversaw more than $500 million in capital investments and the creation and retention of more than 5,000 jobs by foreign-owned companies such as German energy giant Conergy, South Korean-based dental implant manufacturer Osstem, and the Spanish wind energy company Gamesa. Before coming to work for the state of Pennsylvania, Muskens was a project manager and public relations consultant for several organizations in Europe, where he oversaw new investment projects, proposed possible sites for companies considering expansion and developed communications strategies. Muskens spent his youth in the Netherlands, earning Master’s Degrees from Bordeaux University in France and Utrecht University in the Netherlands. His undergraduate degree was also from Utrecht University but included a full year as an exchange student at Hull University in the United Kingdom. Wilfred’s native language is Dutch, but he is fluent in French, English and German.
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