Who We Are


International Business and Diplomatic Exchange (IBDE) is a London-based non-profit organisation providing leadership in promoting financial and professional services, international trade and investment flows through facilitating a high-level dialogue and resource-sharing between the global business, policy-making and diplomatic communities. Beside its trade & investment promotion programmes, IBDE runs an international programme on restoring resilience, trust and confidence in global financial markets.

Through commercial diplomacy and selected high-profile 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 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. 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 To find out more about IFB and the IBDE activities during the Festival watch the official review of the IFB 2014 here

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 the University of Oxford, UCL, and Cass Business School. 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 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



Sir Winfried Bischoff


JP Morgan Securities plc

The Rt Hon Michael Fallon

Secretary of State for Defence


The Rt Hon the Lord Heseltine CH

UK Deputy Prime Minister (1995-1997)


John McFarlane



Sir Michael Rake


BT Group










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