​​International Business & Diplomatic Exchange
Championing international trade, investment flows and commercial ​​diplomacy

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International Business and Diplomatic Exchange​​ (IBDE) is a London-based not-for-profit, non-political, membership organisation providing leadership in promoting international trade and investment flows, financial and professional services, energy, infrastructure and ICT sectors as well as championing commercial and trade diplomacy. IBDE delivers its services, which effectively contribute towards the strengthening of dialogue on international political, business and economic issues, through enhanced consultation and resource-sharing between businesspeople, policymakers, academics and the diplomatic communities. ​Bridging the gap between business and governments is the game changer for business people and diplomats today, and this is the focus of IBDE.

IBDE provides an independent, accessible platform for debate and exchanges of views to help inform international trade & investment policy and decision-making. In its approach IBDE considers the risks to business, including political risks, and the political aspects of business risk.

​Through commercial and trade diplomacy and selected high-profile events such as investment forums, round-tables, workshops, conferences, seminars and networking opportunities, IBDE supports international businesses and diplomatic missions in identifying key trade and investment opportunities as well as debating regulatory and political issues impacting global markets.

​​The IBDE's Advisory Board, chaired by Sir Roger Gifford, brings together the most senior business leaders, ambassadors and policymakers, including Sir Winfried Bischoff, Sir Mark Boleat, Sir Roger Carr, Jan De Plessis, Sir Simon Fraser, Martin Gilbert, Sir George Iacobescu, Dame Helena Morrissey DBE, Sir Michael Rake, Anne Richards CBE, and the Heads of Misson of India, Japan, Korea, Netherlands, Mexico, Spain among many  others. Find out more about the IBDE Executive Board and Advisory Board.

Since its incorporation over 8 years ago, IBDE has consistently received excellent feedback on its activities from its strategic partners like City of London, European Commission, Foreign & Commonwealth Office, UK Department for International Trade, major Corporates and Embassies, as well as leading academic institutions such as the University of Oxford, UCL, and Cass Business School 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.

Between 2013 and 2016, IBDE has been the Official International Delivery Partner of the International Business Festival - a major initiative 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. The IFB2016 was held in Liverpool from June 2016. It hosted 80 world-class conferences and 26.000 delegates from over 100 countries. High profile attendees at the IFB2016 included Noble Laureates, global business leaders, senior government ministers and Her Majesty The Queen. The 2018 International Business Festival will take place in Liverpool, UK in June 2018.

IBDE is also proud to have played an important and constructive role in the BREXIT debate. From June 2015 - April 2017, IBDE hosted over 20 seminars debating the consequences of Brexit. The aim of seminars was both inclusive, in that they have attracted leading representatives from various institutions and field of politics, policy makers and opinion shapers (including businesspeople, politicians, diplomats, academics, civil society representatives and the media) as well as thematically comprehensive in their content, having offered speakers and the audience an opportunity to explore the various viewpoints of the Brexit debate. Given IBDE is the only organisation that covers international commercial and trade diplomacy, it will continue to play an invaluable role in the post-EU referendum policy dialogue.