The European Energy Forum - London, 16 January 2014

On 16 January 2014, IBDE organised The European Energy Forum, kindly hosted by the European Centre for Energy and Resource Security (EUCERS) at Great Hall, King’s College London. The Forum explored some of the key challenges facing the future of European energy security and infrastructure as well as the business and investment opportunities in this sector.

Download the keynote speech by The Rt Hon Michael Fallon MP, Minister of State for Business and Energy

Read the forum summary here

View the Forum's BROCHURE here

View the Forum's PHOTOS here.



More than 170 participants attended the 2nd International Forum on Responsible Banking and Finance organised, on 24 June, by the International Business and Diplomatic Exchange (IBDE) at Cass Business School, in London. View photos here

Speakers included MEPs, MPs and the most senior industry leaders.

The conference was divided into three sessions, the opening session exploring the Lithuanian EU Presidency priorities, the first session on responsible banking and finance and the way forward, and the second examining the subject of best practices in banking and corporate governance. Inevitably, these two latter areas are not independent and the discussion switched between the two throughout the conference. As well as the main speakers, there were also some challenging questions raised from the floor.

The second forum in this series developed some interesting questions to be examined further in future forums as well as across the financial sector at large. The key word throughout the event was “customer”, popping up regularly during both panels. Read the summary of the event and more



7th EU-Balkans Discussion Group Luncheon - Residence of the Turkish Ambassador, London, 21 Nov '12

Ambassador of the Republic of Turkey, His Excellency Mr Ahmet Unal Cevikoz, and the Chief Executive of IBDE, Mr Rudi Guraziu hosted the 7th luncheon for the EU-Balkans Discussion Group at the Residence of the Ambassador of Turkey in London on 21 November. Photos of the meeting

The luncheon was attended by the Ambassadors and other senior representatives of EU-Balkans, European Commission, Republic of Turkey Prime Ministry, European Investment Bank, London Stock Exchange, HSBC, EBRD, Morgan Stanley, UBS, E&Y, Clifford Chance, Mott MacDonald, Baker & McKenzie, EiU, BBC, LAD, UEA etc.


These high-level meetings in this series with speakers including most successful investors in the region serve as an excellent platform to identify investment opportunities in Southeast Europe with a particular focus on infrastructure, energy, mining, 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 Southeast Europe.

Download the PDF Summary of the meeting.

Download ENKA's presentation

Download the speech of the Ambassador of Turkey to the UK, HE Mr Unal Cevikoz


9th Vienna Economic Forum - Vienna - 18 -19 Nov. 2012

IBDE's CEO, Rudi Guraziu, delivered a statement at the Official Opening of the 9th Vienna Economic Forum

18-19 November 2012 at Palais Niederosterreich, Vienna, Austria.


Download speech here



IBDE's Report on the Sovereign Debt Crisis and its Impact on World Markets - June 2012

The content of this Report draws on the discussion topics raised by the speakers and the participants at a breakfast seminar on the sovereign debt crisis and its impact on world markets as part of "The City - London Embassies series". The event was held at the German Embassy on 11 May 2012 with the support of the City of London Corporation. The Report is supported by further research and the authors’ assessments of the Eurozone crisis. It focuses on the main discussion topics concerning the causes and impact of the Eurozone crisis, the effectiveness of the mixed policy responses at the member state and EU governance level and the implementation of appropriate strategies to mitigate uncertainty and spur growth in Europe.


Read the Digital version of the Report here

Download the PDF version here



Photos of the Conference available here. (Photo credit: IBDE & Alban Bytyqi) IBDE and South East European Studies at Oxford (SEESOX), University of Oxford hosted the first Southeast European Ministerial Conference "Assessing the EU's Enlargement in the Western Balkans: Progress and Challenges" on Thursday 14 February 2013, in London. The conference was held at Europe House, in London and brought together some 170 participants from government, business academia and other relevant institutions.

This high level event, with speakers including senior ministers from the Western Balkans countries, international business leaders and experts from the University of Oxford, sought to provide constructive informed input to political and economic reforms in the region - key to the region’s accession process. In addition, the Forum served as the gateway for prospective investors interested in the region to explore the FDI climate and opportunities in Southeast Europe with the added bonus of direct contact with regional policymakers and businesspeople. Participants had also the opportunity to enjoy a selection of regional wines, at a South East Europe Wine Tasting Networking Reception that followed the Forum. Presentations and the conference summary will be disseminated in due course. Click here to view the attendee list You can read a brief summary here


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Sir Winfried Bischoff

Chairman, J.P. Morgan Securities plc; Member of IBDE Advisory Board

Sir Roger Carr

Chairman, BAE Systems plc; Member of IBDE Advisory Board

Rt Hon Sir Michael Fallon MP

Secretary of State for Defence, UK Government

John McFarlane



Sir Michael Rake

Chairman, BT Group

Member of IBDE Advisory Board



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


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.