IBDE's EU Ambassadorial Luncheon discussing Brexit

On 21 September 2016 IBDE hosted its first informal EU Ambassadorial Luncheon as part of IBDE’s Ambassadorial Discussion Group. The meeting was held in line with IBDE’s EU engagement strategy and as a follow-up of IBDE’s eight seminars on debating the consequences of Brexit, which IBDE has hosted since June 2015.

Held under the Chatham House Rule, the meeting brought together senior representatives from the EU Embassies, European Commission, FCO, Department for International Trade, and the City of London, alongside members of the IBDE Board and Advisory Board, to explore the future UK-EU Relationship following the UK’s vote to leave the EU. The meeting featured on the front page of the City A.M.




Part of the International Festival for Business 2016




IN CONVERSATION SERIES - Part of the Brexit Debate

Rudi Guraziu, Executive Chairman of IBDE

In Conversation with:

Rt Hon Chris Grayling MP

Lord President of the Council & Leader of the House of Commons,Biography available here

Mark Boleat

Chairman of Policy, City of London (Member of IBDE Advisory Board) Biography available here

Lord Jay of Ewelme GCMG

European Union Committee, House of Lords, Biography available here

John Mills

Chairman, JML, Deputy Chairman, Vote Leave, Biography available here



On Wednesday, 25 November 2015, IBDE hosted a highly successful event: INVEST UK – Presented by IFB2016. The event was held at FTI Consulting, 200 Aldersgate in the heart of London’s financial district. Representatives from over 30 countries attended the forum including; Belgium, Canada; Columbia; Denmark; France, Japan; Nigeria; Philippines; Poland; Romania; Singapore; Spain; Switzerland; Thailand; United Arab Emirates; Vietnam and many more. Delegates had the chance to hear first-hand from the IFB2016 Chairman about the opportunities at IFB2016 as well as investment opportunities in the UK. Speakers' presentations available here.



7th International Banking and Finance Forum

On 26 June 2015, IBDE organised the 7th International Banking and Finance Forum, hosted kindly by Thomson Reuters in Canary Wharf, London. The Forum was one of the most successful events in this series having brought together some 15 CEO-level speakers and 150 senior delegates. Speakers included, among others; President of Financial & Risk, Thomson Reuters, Chairman of J.P. Morgan Securities, Chairman of the Bank of New York Mellon, EMEA, Barclay's Global Group Head of Regulatory Policy, President of MasterCard UK & Ireland and many more. You can view Events Photos here


The Role of Ambassadors and Business Diplomats in the 21st Century Diplomacy

Speaker: Rudi Guraziu, Executive Chairman, IBDE and Visiting Professor, London Academy of Diplomacy, University of Stirling.

Download the PDF presentation here


Inward Investment and Access to Finance: Challenges for Recovery

On 15 October 2013, The Rt. Hon. The Lord Mayor Alderman Roger Gifford and the Chief Executive of IBDE, Rudi Guraziu hosted a High-Level Meeting on “inward investment and access to finance: challenges to recovery”. These high-level meetings in this series provide an excellent platform to discuss inward investment regulatory environment, access to finance and the impact of financial regulation on long-term investment and challenges for the European economic recovery.


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Sir Winfried Bischoff

Chairman, J.P. Morgan Securities plc; & Financial Reporting Council

Rt Hon Michael Fallon MP

Secretary of State for Defence, UK Government

Rt Hon the Lord Heseltine

UK Deputy Prime Minister (1995-1997)

John McFarlane



Sir Michael Rake


BT Group

IBDE is a proud official partner of the International Festival for Business 2016. IFB2016 is officially supported and funded by the UK Government. The IFB2016 was held in Liverpool from 13 June to 1st July 2016. It hosted over 26.000 delegates from over 100 countries. High profile attendees included  the most Senior Government Ministers and Her Majesty the Queen. To find out more got to www.ifb2016.com


Global Economic Forum

Liverpool, 16-18 June 2014

On 16-18 June 2014, IBDE organised a highly successful Global Economic Forum 2014 in Liverpool as part of the Official Programme of the IFB 2014. The conference attendees listened from over 30 distinguished decision-makers from the world of politics and business from across the world. View event photos here


5th International Banking and Finance Forum

Liverpool, 2 July 2014

On 2 July 2014, IBDE organised a highly successful International Banking and Finance Forum in Liverpool as part of the Official Programme of the IFB2014.