Rudi Guraziu
Founder and Executive Chairman​​

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Rudi has extensive experience in the worlds of business and diplomacy. He leads the IBDE's overall strategy development, fundraising and relationship with stakeholders. Rudi is also in charge of the delivery of programmes and services, team management, administration and financial issues. He is supported by the IBDE's Management & Advisory Boards made up of senior business leaders, policymakers, ambassadors, and experts from relevant fields.

Rudi founded IBDE in March 2010 after a year of consultations with his close friends James Roberts, Penelope Bridgers Amb. Zef Mazi and Prof. John Missenden. Before founding IBDE, he offered his experience and expertise pro bono in emulating the Industry and Parliament Trust concept internationally. For much of that time he has worked with different parliaments particularly in the relationship between legislative bodies and economic operators. Prior to that, Rudi was a principal of a pharmaceutical business for a decade.

For many years, Rudi has been actively engaged with senior policy-makers, business leaders and diplomats as an expert on international affairs, including as an external expert at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office high-level "policy challenge" sessions. His expertise covers trade & investment promotion, international affairs with a particular focus on strategic policy, EU affairs, financial services regulation, energy security, public policy, political risk, international business, international trade, economic, corporate and commercial diplomacy. His research interests are in exploring the impact of international events and turning crises into opportunities. Following the recent financial crisis, Rudi led IBDE to the launch of the first international programme on responsible banking and finance which came to be supported by most senior industry practitioners, regulators and policymakers.

As a member of the International Steering Board at the International Business Festival, Rudi has played a key role since the launch of the Festival in 2013 both in his personal capacity as member of the Steering Board and through IBDE having hosted a number of high-level international events, exploring finance for corporates and SMEs, international banking, and global trade & investment promotion.

In addition to IBDE, Rudi is founder of AlbionRock, a business advisory firm providing strategic consulting on Brexit; Global Economic Forum and the GBD Golf Network, providing an exclusive informal environment for business leaders and senior diplomats to establish, enhance and broaden their partnerships whilst enjoying the game of Golf.

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Rudi is an accomplished public speaker, with wide experience in speaking at conferences and round-tables, large and small, in the United Kingdom and abroad. He has built up over the past years significant expertise in expert speech-writing having conducted and coordinated annually more than 100 CEO/Chairman level conference presentations.

Rudi is pleased to consider invitations to speaking or chairing conferences and panel discussions. Please forward your requests to