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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. He 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 senior policy-makers, 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, energy security, political risk, international trade, economic and commercial diplomacy. His research interests are in exploring the impact of international events and turning crises into opportunities.

In addition to his role at IBDE, Rudi is a Visiting Professor at the London Academy of Diplomacy, University of Stirling, where he teaches international business, trade, commercial and economic diplomacy in practice.

Rudi is member of the International Steering Board at the International Festival for Business 2016, and has played a key role at the IFB 2014 both in his personal capacity as member of the International Steering Board and through IBDE having hosted a number of high-level international events, exploring the finance for SMEs, international banking and finance, and global trade & investment promotion. The IFB 2014 which took place in Liverpool UK during June and July 2014 hosted 415 world-class business events and 68.600 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. 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 Albion Rock 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 C-level 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









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 (2009-2014)








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