On Wednesday, 25 November 2015, IBDE hosted a highly successful event: INVEST UK – Presented by IFB2016. The event was held at FTI Consulting, 200 Aldersgate in the heart of London’s financial district. Representatives from over 30 countries attended the forum including; Belgium, Canada; Columbia; Denmark; France, Japan; Nigeria; Philippines; Poland; Romania; Singapore; Spain; Switzerland; Thailand; United Arab Emirates; Vietnam an many more.

10 illustrious speakers, from HSBC, PwC, UKTI, Heathrow Airport, DONG Energy UK, representing sponsors and partners of IFB2016 spoke at the event including the Minister for Local Growth and the Northern Powerhouse, offering their predictions for the future and unique insights for investors/companies of the countries represented.

Delegates had the chance to hear first-hand from the IFB2016 Chairman about the opportunities at IFB2016 as well as investment opportunities in the UK.

Speakers' presentations and more here.


In Conversation with James Bardrick - London, 21 October 2015


On 21 October 2015, IBDE organised its 3rd "In Conversation With.." event - a series of high level evening seminars featuring the most influential business leaders, policy-makers and diplomats. Our guest speaker at the event was James Bardrick, Citi Country Officer for the UK. In conjunction with this role, James is also CEO of both Citi Global Markets Limited and Citi International Limited and sits on the Citi EMEA Operating Committee, EMEA Governance and Risk Committees.The events in this series are kindly supported by the European Commission Representation in the UK and hosted at Europe House by Rudi Guraziu, Executive Chairman of IBDE.

Find out more about forthcoming events in the 2016 series


7th International Banking and Finance Forum - London, 26 June 2015


On 26 June 2015, IBDE organised the 7th International Banking and Finance Forum, hosted kindly by Thomson Reuters in Canary Wharf, London.

The Forum was one of the most successful events in this series having brought together some 15 CEO-level speakers and 150 senior delegates. Speakers included, among others; President of Financial & Risk, Thomson Reuters, Chairman of J.P. Morgan Securities, Chairman of the Bank of New York Mellon, EMEA, Barclay's Global Group Head of Regulatory Policy, President of MasterCard UK & Ireland and many more. You can view Events Photos here.


Register here for the 9th International Banking and Finance Forum


Our Man in... The Role of Ambassadors and Business Diplomats in the 21st Century Diplomacy


On 14 April 2015, Rudi Guraziu, delivered a public lecture at the London Academy of Diplomacy, "Our man in ... exploring the role of ambassadors and commercial diplomats in the 21st century" diplomacy.

The event was a great success. It assembled over 100 attendees; including Ambassadors, High Commissioners as well as many other senior diplomats and businesspeople from across industries, engaging in a discussion on the commercial, economic, defence, security and political aspects of diplomacy. The event provided an overview of what the role of today’s diplomat should be and an opportunity to encourage London diplomats to become more commercially active in securing more bilateral and multilateral trade and investment both from and in the UK.

You can download the PDF presentation here



6th International Banking and Finance Forum - London, 20 January 2015


On 20 January 2015, IBDE organised the 6th International Banking and Finance Forum, hosted kindly by Cass Business School in London.


The Forum was yet another highly successful event in this series, bringing together some 15 CEO-level speakers and 200 senior delegates. Speakers included CEOs of Barclays Personal Banking, British Business Bank, SEB, Aberdeen Asset Management,  BVCA, IFG Group plc, Bip,  Hampshire Trust Bank, Deloitte, Euroclear UK & Ireland, TheCityUK.


Find out more

5th International Banking and Finance Forum, Liverpool, 2-3 July 2014


On 2-3 July 2014, IBDE organised the 5th International Banking and Finance Forum. The forum was organised as part of the Official Programme of the IFB 2014. The Forum assembled senior decision-makers from City of London Corporation, Santander, Jersey Finance, Deloitte, DWF LLP, Bip, Linklaters, Bibby Financial Services, BBA, PwC, Dubai Financial Services Authority, Financial Times, BT Global Services, Lloyds Banking Group, European Investment Bank, Institute of Directors, Business Growth Fund (BGF), Maxeler Technologies, UK Export Finance, and around 180 delegates from across the financial industry, government agencies, and media. Find out more here.


View the Forum's photos here


Download the Forum's Brochure here

Global Economic Forum 2014 - Liverpool, 16-18 June 2014


On 16-18 June 2014, IBDE organised a highly successful Global Economic Forum 2014 in Liverpool as part of the Official Programme of the IFB 2014. The conference attendees listened from over 30 distinguished decision-makers and from the world of politics and business from across the world. Find out more here


View event photos here


Inward investment and access to finance: Challenges for recovery, London, 15 October 2013


On 15 October 2013, The Rt. Hon. The Lord Mayor Alderman Roger Gifford and the Chief Executive of IBDE, Rudi Guraziu hosted a High-Level Meeting on “inward investment and access to finance: challenges to recovery”. The meeting took place at the Mansion House and was attended by heads of mission and other senior representatives of EU and business leaders.

Mark Tilden, Partner and Head of UK Practice, Ares & Co provided an excellent presentation on Alternative Finance for SMEs and Mid-Market Companies - a Report commissioned by TheCityUK.

These high-level meetings in this series provide an excellent platform to discuss inward investment regulatory environment, access to finance and the impact of financial regulation on long-term investment and challenges for the European economic recovery. For more details visit IBDE events


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Sir Winfried Bischoff


JP Morgan Securities plc

The Rt Hon Michael Fallon

Secretary of State for Defence


The Rt Hon the Lord Heseltine CH

UK Deputy Prime Minister (1995-1997)


John McFarlane



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A great number of IBDE events are held with the support of our partners



Clifford Chance


Thomson Reuters



Cass Business School

EUCERS, King's College London

European Institute, UCL

SEESOX, Oxford University

LAD, Stirling University