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.International Business and Diplomatic Exchange - IBDE


International Business and Diplomatic Exchange (IBDE) is a London-based non-profit organisation whose aim is to provide leadership in promoting international trade and investment flows through facilitating dialogue and resource-sharing between the global business, policy-making and diplomatic communities - with a particular goal of giving a voice to emerging economies as drivers of the next stage of global development as well as promoting international businesses worldwide.


Beside its trade & investment promotion programmes, IBDE runs an international programme on restoring trust and confidence in global financial services.


Through selected events such as investments forums, round-tables, workshops, conferences, seminars and networking opportunities, IBDE supports international businesses and embassies in identifying key investment opportunities and strategies within the international economic and political context. IBDE provides an independent, accessible platform for debate on the international business and political issues impacting global markets.

IBDE is delighted to have been the official international partner of the International Festival for Business 2014. IFB is supported and funded by the UK Government. The IFB 2014 which took place in Liverpool during June and July 2014 hosted 415 business events and 68.600 delegates from 92 countries across the globe. £300m of business and 10.000 jobs are expected to be generated in the next three years as a result of the IFB 2014. Given the Festival was a huge success the UK Government has committed the funding for a re-run of the IFB in Liverpool in 2016. To find out more about IFB and the IBDE activities during the Festival watch the official review of the IFB 2014 here Should you wish to find out more about our planned activities during the IFB 2016, please contact us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

IBDE prides itself on its excellent partnerships with prestigious institutions and organisations such as European Union, City of London, Foreign & Commonwealth Office, embassies and corporates as well as leading academic institutions such as University of Oxford, UCL, University of East Anglia, Cass Business School etc. IBDE’s overarching concept, linking business, policy-making, diplomacy and academia at all levels, commits the organisation to using its influence to help both embassies and businesses secure new business, trade and investment opportunities. As such IBDE has both the background and outlook to stimulate and supports members’ commercial interests offering an accessible platform to diplomatic as well as global corporate representatives from the widest spectrum of nations.

If you would like to get involved with the work of the IBDE Advisory Groups and enjoy access to events and initiatives, or for more information on how to become an IBDE member please contact us on membership (at) ibde.org



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.