Photos of the Conference available here. (Photo credit: IBDE & Alban Bytyqi) IBDE and South East European Studies at Oxford (SEESOX), University of Oxford hosted the first Southeast European Ministerial Conference "Assessing the EU's Enlargement in the Western Balkans: Progress and Challenges" on Thursday 14 February 2013, in London. The conference was held at Europe House, in London and brought together some 170 participants from government, business academia and other relevant institutions.

This high level event, with speakers including senior ministers from the Western Balkans countries, international business leaders and experts from the University of Oxford, sought to provide constructive informed input to political and economic reforms in the region - key to the region’s accession process. In addition, the Forum served as the gateway for prospective investors interested in the region to explore the FDI climate and opportunities in Southeast Europe with the added bonus of direct contact with regional policymakers and businesspeople. Participants had also the opportunity to enjoy a selection of regional wines, at a South East Europe Wine Tasting Networking Reception that followed the Forum. Presentations and the conference summary will be disseminated in due course. Click here to view the attendee list You can read a brief summary here

IBDE launched the first International Forum on Responsible Banking and Finance on Tuesday 19 March 2013. The forum was kindly hosted by KPMG in London. Photos available here

This high level event, with speakers including members of the Parliamentary Commission on Banking Standards, industry practitioners and diplomats, sought to provide constructive informed input on the banking reforms in the quest for improving conduct and standards - key to restoring confidence and trust in financial services. It is encouraging that both the banking sector and the policy-makers identified some of the failings in banking standards and ethics and it seems that they are determined to address these failing and improve the banking culture. These goals are of particular importance given the crucial role of the financial industry in support of much needed global economic growth. However, as was stated at the Forum, this will be a long process and therefore it will take time before we will see any significant improvement in conduct and standards within the global banking sector. IBDE in partnership with industry practitioners, policy-makers and diplomatic representatives will strive to make a contribution to this process. The 2nd International Forum on Responsible Banking and Finance will take place at the Cass Business School on 24 June 2013.

Brochure available here

Events in this series are open to policy-makers, regulators, industry practitioners (CEOs, CFOs EDs, MDs, managers, directors and board members, decision-makers and strategists), diplomats, economists as well as experts from participating sectors and institutions and the media.For more information please contact us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


4th UK-Albania Investment Forum Photos here

The International Business and Diplomatic Exchange and our partners, the Albanian Embassy in London hosted a high level UK-Albania Investment Forum on 19 April 2012, at Europe House, in London.

Some 130 participants from government, business and other relevant institutions listened to various presentations and engaged in a lively discussion about investment opportunities in Albania, with a particular focus on the tourism and the energy sector.

Click here to read the Conference Brochure with interviews and articles from senior government ministers and business leaders.

Click here to read a comprehensive Report on "Doing Business in Albania 2012

Real Estate and Construction Legal Framework in Albania - By Sokol Elmazaj

Albania: Economy and Banking System - By Seyhan Pencabligil





The International Business and Diplomatic Exchange (IBDE) and the German Embassy in London co-hosted a breakfast seminar on the sovereign debt crisis and its impact on world markets as part of "The City - London Embassies series". The event was held at the German Embassy on 11 May 2012 with the support of the City of London Corporation.


Events in this series are open to policymakers, Heads of Mission, business leaders (CEOs, CFOs, EDs, MDs, senior directors and board members, decision makers and strategists), international economic & finance experts and the media.


Event photos here


Photo: Alban BytyciEU-Balkans Ambassadorial Roundtable

24 November 2011, Europe House, London SW1P

Photo: Alban Bytyci

The economic and political reforms in the Western Balkans were under the spotlight at the recent conference organised by International Business & Diplomatic Exchange (IBDE) in partnership with the UCL European Institute and the European Commission Representation in the UK. The event was held at Europe House and gathered nearly ninety participants including ambassadors and other senior diplomats from the EU-Balkans as well as business people, politicians,  academics and researchs. The Roundtable addressed the most pressing issues of the moment including the developments concerning the accession process of Western Balkans countries with the EU, the vulnerability of the region from the Eurozone crisis, the problems with regional cooperation, and the economic model adopted by these countries. Read the detailed report here


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Sir Winfried Bischoff

Chairman, J.P. Morgan Securities plc; Member of IBDE Advisory Board

Sir Roger Carr

Chairman, BAE Systems plc; Member of IBDE Advisory Board

Rt Hon Sir Michael Fallon MP

Secretary of State for Defence, UK Government

John McFarlane



Sir Michael Rake

Chairman, Worldpay

Member of IBDE Advisory Board



IBDE is a proud official partner of the International Festival for Business 2016. IFB2016 is officially supported and funded by the UK Government. The IFB2016 was held in Liverpool from 13 June to 1st July 2016. It hosted over 26.000 delegates from over 100 countries. High profile attendees included  the most Senior Government Ministers and Her Majesty the Queen. To find out more got to


Global Economic Forum

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 from the world of politics and business from across the world. View event photos here


5th International Banking and Finance Forum

Liverpool, 2 July 2014

On 2 July 2014, IBDE organised a highly successful International Banking and Finance Forum in Liverpool as part of the Official Programme of the IFB2014.