Steve Harper

Executive Director of International Business Group

Invest Northern Ireland


Steve is executive director of the international business group for Invest NI. Steve has extensive local and international business experience, with a strong focus on identifying and developing opportunities in emerging markets. At Invest NI, he leads the trade division, international investment division and Invest NI’s International offices to deliver inward investment and export growth targets.


Prior to Invest NI, Steve was a business development director with Wrights Group for five years. He was responsible for growing the company’s export business, researching and identifying new markets, new products and service opportunities. He also played a key commercial strategic role at board level.


Steve’s previous positions include group sales and marketing manager with the McAvoy Group (three years). He has also held key roles in McCormick MacNaughton (four years), European sales manager for Powerscreen (two years, responsible for markets including Scandinavia and Eastern Europe) and global business development manager for Mitsubishi Materials Japan (six years, based in Tokyo, responsible for markets including Australia, New Zealand, India and South Africa).


Originally from Ballymena, Steve currently lives in Hillsborough with his family.