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Event Expo – March 2010

Diplomats get down to some serious networking

"I think it was a very successful Expo. I also want to compliment the Embassy Group for bringing so much valuable information"
Bulgarian Embassy

Cheryl Nelson (South Africa) visits Jamie Manning at The King’s Fund/11 Cavendish Square stand

"Was an excellent opportunity to meet people and to be informed about important issues"
Mozambique High Commission

Nicoletta Chistofilaki (Greece) and Fiona Johnson (The Bentley London Waldorf Astoria Collection)

Very well organised, great venue and good fun!
El Salvador Embassy

Hon Lam, Rachael Saunders and Liz Morgan (Merchant Taylors')

Chester Boyd Catering provided delicious treats on the day

Ian Musyani (Malawi) with Catherine Hutchings (Churchill Museum and Cabinet War Rooms) and Kerry Mutter (HMS Belfast)

"The event brought together suppliers from different areas including hoteliers and event planners"
Jamaican High Commission

Lali Lomsadze (Georgia) and Semiha Askin (The May Fair)

''As a business if you are looking to break into the diplomatic market then look no further than the annual events expo organised by Kerry and Elizabeth from Embassy magazine. Our stand attracted over 80 diplomats who were genuinely interested in talking to us. It would have taken us over a year to meet them individually. We will definitely do this again next year. Thank you both for a professionally organised event and we look forward to seeing you again next year''
The May Fair & Radisson Edwardian Hotels

Nicoletta Christofilaki (Greece) talks to Haralambos Stavrou of Beyond Certainty event management

Ramon Abadi Balid (Panama) chats to Samantha Hart (Bateaux London)

Elizabeth Stewart and Kaye Hales welcome delegates to registration

Anna Lopez (El Salvador) and William Manful (Ghana) talk to Lorraine Blake (Chelsea Flower Show)

"Fantastic opportunity to meet with our target market"
Sodexo Prestige – Official Hospitality at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show

David MacCallum (Sodexo Prestige – The Open Official Hospitality) and Olexandr Pakhil (Ukraine)

Kerry Low (Embassy Group) talks to Ian Grover (Volvo)

"A good initiative to bring people together in an informal setting for networking. Thank you for organising this event"
Netherlands Embassy

Rene Dee introduces embassy workers to the Westminster Collection of venues

"A focused and important event reaching London’s diplomatic community"
The Westminster Collection

Elizabeth Stewart (Embassy Editor) welcomes the delegates

Yasser Elsayed Embassy of Egypt finds out more about the Royal College of Physicians

Patrick Doyle (IDS) has a chat with Anna Lopez (El Salvador)

Members of the Ghanaian delegation chat to Petra Bones and Katherine Haynes (Somerset House)

Mary Griffiths (Lavender Green) with Cheri Wood and Evanya Major (The Bahamas)

"Great attendance – a targeted and relevant audience. We did not stop talking all afternoon"
Lavender Green

The Embassy Group (from left) Elizabeth Stewart, Kerry Low, Carol Scarisbrick and Kaye Hales

Rafael Sardina Gonzales (Cuba) talks to Lili Iliescu (Capital People Catering)

Qiang Wang (China) meets Tina Woydowki and Claire Butler of The Goring Hotel

"Great way for us to meet a new market"
Somerset House

Toastmaster Roy Dean chats to delegates

Hussain Takheroubt (Oman) with Janet Broadhust (The Foundling Museum)

Maanna Mapetja (Lesotho) share a joke with Terry Knee and Lynette Carstens (both Red Jacket)

Natalie Harris and Zineb Garess of The Langham Hotel meet Carol Gould (Canada)

"The Expo was an enjoyable, well-run and informative event. I also appreciate the opportunity to network with the counterparts from other missions"
New Zealand High Commission

Monica Antonioni and Simonetta Campanari (both Italy) visit the Royal Institute of British Architects stand

Emma Waycott (The Landmark London) and Katie Sainsbury (The Lancaster London) meet Bouthaina Makarem (Bahrain)

Brad Coulson and Cristina Onodi (Church House Conference Centre) meet Dolores Azemia (Seychelles)

"Great networking event for event planning. I was introduced to many exciting venues I never knew existed or
were hidden in the tourist attractions"

Canadian High Commission

Dee Hodges (Canada) and Mrs Toubal (Algeria) watch truffles being made at The London Kitchen

Louise Pullicino (The Royal Garden Hotel) meets Hakon Sveinsson (Iceland)

IDS hosts a wine-tasting competition

"It was a good exposure especially for new diplomatic staff in getting to know of the different services available"
Seychelles High Commission

Frank Jacobs (Belgium) chats to Robin Vermeire (London Marriott Grosvenor Square)

Claudia Haeberli (Switzerland) talks to Sarah Yarrall (Guoman & Thistle Hotels)

"A very neatly organised networking event that gave one the opportunity to do a full day's work in a couple of hours"
Malta High Commission

Frosina Kstovska and Katerina Josifoska (both Macedonia) talk to Lisa Fisher of One Great George Street


Carlton Walcott (Euro Presentations) chats to Simon Spier (Israel)

Event Expo draws huge crowds
The second annual Embassy Event Expo attracted record numbers with more than 140 embassy workers from 70 missions attending the exhibition at the historic King’s Fund in Cavendish Square. Diplomats heard briefings on official visits from Tony Humphries at the Foreign Office, as well as security advice from both the DPG and Jamie Stephen, a top security consultant who has advised the Olympic Delivery Authority. Barbara Jamison of Visit London gave diplomats an update on preparations for the Olympics and tips on arranging events in the capital. Embassy staff had the opportunity to network with a wide range of top-notch suppliers in the event industry, after which they enjoyed a wine tasting competition, hosted by IDS, and a prize draw with some fantastic prizes, from luxury hotel stays to spa treatments, days at the races and a motorsport day, courtesy of BMW Park Lane.


Noleen Alexopoulou (IDS) congratulates joint winner of the wine-tasting Enrique Facelli (Uruguay)

"Good organisation. All providers gave an interesting and good description of their products. Speakers gave good insight into the work of their respective organisation"
Malaysian High Commission

Andrew Bennett (IDS) gives out a prize to William Manful (Ghana)

Sherifa Khairy (Egypt) accepts her BMW sports day prize from Elizabeth Stewart (Embassy Editor

Harpist Rebeca Jones

"Well planned, interesting and useful literature at hand"
South Africa High Commission

Kerry Low (Embassy Group) with Manuela Pinna of Historic Royal Palaces

Sarah Harris (The Bentley) with Maanna Mapetja (Lesotho)

"Very useful for networking with colleagues, venues and event organisers"
Belgian embassy

Catherine Hutchings (Churchill Museum and Cabinet War Rooms) with Ilona Ruban (Ukraine)

"I was very impressed with the talks and the set-up – Great work"
Yemen Embassy

Maria Virlan (The Westminster Collection) talks to Rose Ngabire (Rwanda)

Jennifer Werner (USA)

"Well organised, good contacts"
Montenegro Embassy

Ilda Trigo (Mozambique) and Kathrin Wildeshaus (Millennium Gloucester Hotel and Conference Centre)

"It was a very beneficial event, time was well spent and the overall atmosphere was very positive"
Millennium Gloucester Hotel and Conference Centre

Host Jonathan Morris of the King’s Fund opens the event

Charles de Chassiron and Sven de Laet (Belgium)

"Very good, well organised with large quantity of different organisations presented at the event"
Ukraine Embassy

Assistant Director of Protocol Tony Humphries talks to diplomats about VIP visits

Nicoletta Christofilaki (Greece) and Zineb Faress (The Langham)

Helena Jarc (Slovenia) accepts her prize from One Great George Street from Elizabeth Stewart (Embassy Editor)

"Excellent Event, many opportunities to meet, introduce and improve knowledge"
Montenegro Embassy

Carolina Mendez Petech (Argentina) accepts her bottle of Centenary Champagne from Tina Woydowski and Claire Butler of the Goring Hotel

Fantastic Event. We thoroughly enjoyed it and loved being part of it.
The Goring

Inspector Tracy Jarvis of the DPG

Aniska Barnett (Bahamas) and Robin Vermeire (London Marriott Grosvenor Square)

"Great event to meet people from the diplomatic market, very useful networking"
London Marriott Hotel Grosvenor Square

Security Consultant Jamie Stephen talks about event security preparations

Lisa Dumitru (Egypt) and Pam Louhichi (Guoman Hotels)

"The event was very successful as always"
Embassy of Egypt

Barbara Jamison of Visit London gives delegates the a briefing on the countdown to the Olympics

Vivek Thadani (The Mayfair) and Valentina Alexandrova (Bulgaria)

Mike Guy (Bahamas) accepting his prize from Magdy Rustum of The Landmark (left)

"The event was informative and well organised"
Barbados High Commission

Linda van Raas (Netherlands) with Kathrin Wildeshaus (Millennium Gloucester Hotel & Conference Centre)

Oleksandr Pakhil (Ukraine) is presented a prize from Semiha Askin (The May Fair)

"It was my fist time and it was very educative. I would always want to attend anytime it is organised"
Ghana High Commission

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