Who We Are


IBDE is a London-based non-profit organisation providing leadership in promoting financial and professional services, international trade and investment flows through facilitating dialogue and resource-sharing between the global business, policy-making and diplomatic communities.

Since its inception over 6 years ago, IBDE has consistently delivered excellent outputs in partnership with its strategic partners like City of London, European Commission, Foreign & Commonwealth Office, UK Trade & Investment, major Corporates and Embassies, as well as leading academic institutions such as the University of Oxford, University College London (UCL), Cass Business School, and London Academy of Diplomacy, to name a few.

Beside its regular trade & investment promotion programmes, IBDE runs a highly successful international program focusing on responsible banking and investment, effectively restoring resilience, trust and confidence in global financial markets. Consequently, the banking and finance forums, as part of this programme, have made a significant contribution to addressing the principal regulatory changes in the banking landscape. They have focused policymakers’ and industry participants’ attention on the appropriate role and structure of banking supervision and regulation and the crucial role that the financial services industry plays in the effective financing of the so called real economy, thereby setting economic growth back on track.

IBDE is a proud Official International Delivery Partner of the International Festival for Business 2016 - a major project funded by HM Treasury and fully backed by the UK Government. the first festival, IFB2014, 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 IFB2016 in Liverpool from 13th of June to 1st of July 2016. Should you wish to find out more about our planned activities during the IFB2016, please contact us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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 support its 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 Working 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


A great number of IBDE events, programmes and reports are delivered with the kind support of our partners