UK-Albania Business & Economic Forum More photos here

The International Business and Diplomatic Exchange and our partners, the British Embassy in Albania hosted a high level UK-Albania Business and Economic Reform Forum on 25 January 2012 in Tirana, Albania.

Over 140 participants from government, business and other relevant institutions listened to various presentations and engaged in a lively discussion about opportunities in Albania. The event was part of the IBDE objectives in enhancing the socio-economic development of Southeast Europe.

Click here to read a comprehensive Report on "Doing Business in Albania 2012

The conference was funded by the British Embassy in Tirana


Sixth EU-Balkans Discussion Group Luncheon, held at German Embassy - More photos here


Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany, His Excellency Mr Georg Boomgaarden and the Chief Executive of IBDE, Mr Rudi Guraziu, hosted a luncheon for the EU-Balkans Discussion Group at the German Embassy on 20 September.


Forty participants from the diplomatic and business communities listened to presentations by Ms Lin O'Grady from the European Bank of Reconstruction and Development, Mr Carsten Conrad from Tirana Business Centre, and Mr Pierre Kahn from Deutsche Bank, and engaged in a lively discussion about opportunities for infrastructure development in South Eastern Europe. The event was the sixth in a series organised by IBDE in cooperation with the EU Embassies.


The luncheon was attended by the Ambassadors and other senior diplomats of the EU-Balkans (including Turkey) Embassies plus, FCO, EC Representation, City of London Corporation, HSBC, London Stock Exchange, Visa Europe, EBRD, Ernst & Young, ICC, BBC, Thomson Reuters, The Economist amongs others.


Attendance at events in this series is by invitation only. VIP Luncheons are open to the Ambassadors of EU-Balkans (including Turkey), EC, FCO, UKTI Directors and business leaders.


Invitations are extended to CEOs, CFOs, COOs, EDs, MDs, DGs, senior board members, decision makers and strategists from blue-chip companies interested in, or already investing in South Eastern Europe.


Read summary here


More forthcoming events here To register your interest please send your name, position and affiliation to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it   


  Past events:

Fifth EU-Balkans Discussion Group Luncheon, Polish Embassy, London, 20 July 2011 - Read summary here


The fifth informal working luncheon of the EU-Balkans Discussion Group was hosted and chaired by Her Excellency Barbara Tuge – Erecińska Ambassador of the Republic of Poland at the Polish Embassy, London, on 20 July 2011, as a follow - up of the fourth meeting of 21 March 2011 hosted and chaired by the Hungarian Embassy.  


Regional economic and political cooperation and sustained foreign direct investment, as noted by Ambassador Tuge-Erecińska, and further elaborated by the IBDE, are necessary for further integration of the local economies of the Western Balkans into the European economic and political structures. In light of this, Mr Peter Hayes, Head of Public Affairs of the London Stock Exchange and member of the IBDE Advisory Board was invited to talk about how financial sector can promote public/private sector development in South Eastern Europe and the role of Stock Exchanges in facilitating the process.

The luncheon was attended by the EU-Balkans Ambassadors plus Turkey, FCO, UKTI, London Stock Exchange, HSBC, EBRD, DMA.


More photos here


Minutes available to participants and IBDE members.


EXCHANGE: Issue 5 Autumn 2011

Inside AUTUMN 2011 issue:

Exclusive interview with Jean-Marc Peterschmitt, Managing Director, Central and South Eastern Europe of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)

EBRD Examines investment opportunities in South East Europe. Read article here


Inside SUMMER 2011 issue:

Exclusive interview with His Excellency Dr Emil Brix, Ambassador of Austria to the UK.

Austria Fosters Opportunities in the Western Balkans



Page 5 of 5

<< Start < Prev 1 2 3 4 5 Next > End >>










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, Worldpay

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.