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IBDE is headed by an executive director who has extensive experience in the worlds of business and diplomacy.


The CEO is responsible for overall strategy development, fundraising and relationship with key stakeholders. He is also in charge of IBDE’s delivery of programmes and services, team management, administration and financial issues. An Advisory Board made up of policy-makers, ambassadors, businesspeople and experts from relevant fields supports the CEO.

Rudi Guraziu | Chief Executive

Rudi is founder and chief executive of IBDE, a Visiting Professor at the London Academy of Diplomacy University of Sterling, and a regular public speaker. Rudi spent the 1990s as a principal of a large pharmaceutical business. Before founding IBDE, he initiated the establishment of the Centre for Business and Parliamentary Dialogue. For much of that time he has worked with different parliaments particularly in the relationship between legislative bodies and economic operators. For many years, Rudi has been actively engaged with business leaders and diplomats as an expert on international affairs, including as an external expert at the FCO's high-level "policy challenge" sessions. His expertise covers trade & investment promotion, international affairs with a particular focus on EU affairs, public policy, financial services, political risk, international trade, economic and commercial diplomacy. His research interests are in exploring the impact of international events and turning crises into opportunities.

During 2013 and 2014, Rudi was a Member of the International Steering Group & Thematic Board of the International Festival for Business 2014 (The IFB 2014 which took place in Liverpool UK during June and July 2014 hosted 415 world-class business events and 70.000 business delegates from 92 countries across the globe). £300m of sales and investment and 10.000 jobs are estimated to be created in the next three years as a result of the IFB 2014. He played a key role at the Festival with IBDE hosting a number of international events on international banking and finance, global trade and investment promotion. As a result of the Festival's huge success the UK Government has committed the funding for a re-run of the IFB in Liverpool from 13 June to 1 July 2016. Click here to view the Official IFB 2014 Review video.

Rudi is founder of Blackstone Events & Consulting Ltd and AlbionRock Ltd and serves as NED and on the advisory boards of a number of companies. He holds an MA in International Relations (distinction). Rudi is a UK National and has previously worked and lived in the Balkans, Switzerland, Sweden.

Speaker Request:

As well as building up over the past years significant expertise in expert speech-writing  and coordinating more than 200 conference presentations Rudi is an accomplished public speaker himself, with wide experience in speaking at conferences and round-tables, large and small in the United Kingdom and abroad.

Rudi is pleased to consider invitations to speaking or chairing conferences and panel discussions related to his expertise as described above. Please contact us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


Penelope Bridgers  I  Special Advisor & Associate Editor




Professor John Missenden  | Advisor to Chief Executive



Professor Jacques N. Couvas | Associate Editor







Who We Are

Advisory Board






Annual Newsletter 2013/14

Advisory Groups

Trade & Investment Promotion

Financial & Professional Services

Energy, Mining & Infrastructure

Commercial & Economic Diplomacy




The Rt Hon the Lord Heseltine CH

UK Deputy Prime Minister (1995-1997)

Sir Michael Rake

Chairman, BT Group

President, CBI

The Rt Hon Michael Fallon

Secretary of State for Defence


Sir Winfried Bischoff


Lloyds Banking Group








These high-level meetings with speakers including most successful investors in the region serve as an excellent platform to identify and promote investment opportunities in South East Europe (SEE) with a particular focus on infrastructure, energy, ICT, Financial & Professional Services and the possibility of enhancing PPP opportunities in the region. In addition, they serve as an excellent platform to further enhance the regional political and economic cooperation in SEE. If you are an investor or are looking to invest in SEE please get involved. To find out more please contact us.