Noel H Nevshehir

Director International Business Services and Industry 4.0 Strategic Partnerships

Noel Nevshehir, director of Automation Alley’s International Business Services, leads Automation Alley’s award-winning Trade Mission program, which helps Michigan companies become globally competitive by expanding their markets overseas. Under Nevshehir’s leadership, Automation Alley received both the President’s “E Star” Award from President Barack Obama in 2013 and the President’s “E” Award from President George W. Bush in 2008, the nation’s highest, most prestigious international trade awards granted to organizations in recognition of their accomplishments in global trade and economic development. To date, companies participating in Automation Alley trade missions worldwide have generated $1 billion in export sales while creating over 6,000 local jobs.

Nevshehir’s other responsibilities at Automation Alley include promoting Michigan as a diverse high-tech powerhouse and global center of innovation to potential investors worldwide. This has led to more than 22 foreign companies setting up their operations in Michigan and generating $126 million in foreign direct investment and 741 jobs. As a result of these successes, Automation Alley “best practices” in the areas of international trade and foreign direct investment were ranked among the nation’s top ten in a 2013 study commissioned by the Economic Development Administration of the U.S. Department of Commerce.

Nevshehir’s title at Automation Alley was recently expanded to include director of Industry 4.0 Strategic Partnerships to help the nonprofit collaborate globally with like-minded organizations looking to bridge the gap between the cyber and physical world’s and keep pace with the transformation in manufacturing today.

A citizen of the U.K. and U.S., Nevshehir graduated with distinction from the University of Michigan with bachelor degrees in Economics and Russian Studies. He also received a master’s degree with honors from the London School of Economics in International Relations and Economic Development; and a doctorate in Chinese-Russian studies from the University of Michigan. Nevshehir’s cross-cultural experiences include having worked, studied, lived, and/or traveled to 80 countries.