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Event Expo – March 2011

The IDS team

Tubagus Ahmad Fauzi Soelaiman (Indonesia) meets Rachael Saunders of Merchant Taylors’

Jessie Khera (Victory Services Club) and Esther Robinson-Bello and Lucy Cornibert

Jason Ellis (BMW Westminster) catches up with Amy Saunders and Glynis Day of Clements International

Daniel Eastcott (Chacelli de Decker) talks to Dejan Vukovic (Montenegro)

Kerry Low (Embassy Group) speaks to Emma Green (The Goring)

Jenny Stanton of the Churchill War Rooms talks to Benjamin Leyton Rodriguez and Teresa Hernandez (both Spain)

Johanna Sanchez Mawkin (Dominican Republic) talks to Sabina Kelman of the Royal College of Physicians

Ahmed Utaifa (Iraq) meets Lin Kennedy (Historic Royal Palaces)

Christopher Goodwin and Marilyn Watkinson enjoy meeting Olga Jerzjukova and Zanda Skuja (both Latvia)

Stephanie Dodgson and Andrew Harrison of Bateaux London

Miryam Farrell and John Freeston of Draper’s Hall meet Beverly Awonaya (Trinidad & Tobago)

Julie Bouabbane and Emily Howell of the London Transport Museum talk to Dr Mosaad Al Abdullatif (Saudi Arabia)

Caroline Faucher (left) and Paul Hirons (right) of Mint Hotel Westminster talk to Somisara Ekanayake (Sri Lanka)

Tina Woydowski (8 Northumberland) stamps the cards of Valery Kurdyukov and Dmitry Basik (both Belarus)

Beth Jefferson of Riba (Not sure which one) talks to Dejan Vukovic (Montenegro)

String Quartet (From Sweden Productions)

Catherine Curtzen and Ruth Osisi (both Belgium) explore the Lime Venue Portfolio with Sarah Sowerby

Janet Broadhurst, Moya Maxwell and Lucy Jennings meet Luis Marron (Cuba)

Auerlie Gossett of the Royal Opera House talks to Emeliana Zainol (Malaysia)

Ellie Baker (The Goring) meets Cristina Nica (Romania)

Natasha Pine, Emma Geddes and Shirley Jones of the Australian High Commission sample macaroons made on site by The London Kitchen

Celia Stalin and her band wows the audience with her international repertoire

Nurdin Daudah (Malaysia) talks to toastmaster Roy Dean

Mike Guy (Bahamas, centre) chats to Marcel Horande (left) and Marianne Kassapian (right) of The Corinthia Hotel

Wenpeng Zhang and Xiaorong Yang of the Chinese Embassy talk to The Langham, London

Diplomats sit down for the briefings


Esther Bello-Robinson talks to Rebecca Hewson from Beyond Certainty

Embassy Event Expo
With the Olympic Games just a year away, this year’s Embassy Event Expo was busier than ever with event organisers at London’s missions on expeditions to find the perfect venues for their hospitality and hotels for their VIPs. Diplomats thronged through the doors of the lavish ballroom at the Marriott Hotel Grosvenor Square, where they were given briefings from the FCO, Visit London and the DPG, after which they enjoyed a wine reception courtesy of IDS and live music by artists for From Sweden Productions. An exciting prize draw ended the day, but judging by the Embassy bags bulging with goodies, nobody went home empty handed!


Lisa Dumitru wins a stay at the Washington Mayfair from Martin Parsons

Catherine Crutzen (Belgium) accepts a prize for a colleague from Samantha Hart (HMS Belfast)

Teresa Hernandez wins a Volvo for the weekend from Ian Grover

Embassy Editor Elizabeth Stewart welcomes diplomats to the Embassy Event Expo

Somisara Ekanayake (Sri Lanka) wins a cruise on the Thames from Stephanie Dodgson of Bateaux London

Karen Boschoff congratulates Otto Riegler (Austria) on winning a luxury stay at the London Marriott Grosvenor Square

Chris Brown (Gibson Hall) and Kate Bevilaqua Sobriera (Brazil)

Jasmina Turajlic (Bosnia Herzegovina) wins a Fortnum & Mason hamper from Mike Smith (One Queen Anne's Gate)

Petra Petyko (Hungary) wins a dinner for two at the Radisson Edwardian Bloomsbury Street Hotel from Vivek Thadani

Olga Jerzjukova (Latvia) wins a stay at the St Ermin’s Hotel from Rebecca Weber

Anup Sarin of the Best Western Mostyn Hotel awards Shabwa Mwiinga (Malawi) his prize

Charles de Chassiron of the Royal Garden Hotel awards Ganesh Adhikari (Nepal) his prize

Roberta Forgie and Rebecca Hewson of Blue Fin

Siobhan Allan and Kaye Hales of the Embassy Group

Tony Hailwood (Capital Staff Catering) talks to Sergey Anufriev (Russia)

The Embassy Event Expo host,  General Manager of the Hotel Marriott Grosvenor Square John Hazard

Inspector Tracy Jarvis of the DPG gives a talk on event security

Warren Campbell introduces Kayleigh Kowaleswski (Chile) to 15 Hatfields

Sofie Haag (From Sweden Productions) talks to Brig Gen Mohamed El Sangak

Zanine Adams of Visit London gives a briefing on the London Olympics

Paul Taylor tells Yaruma Rodriguez (Venezuela) about entertaining on the EDF London Eye

Nigel Collett of the Westminster Collection talks to Brig Gen Abu Musa Sharfuddin (Bangladesh)

Hussain Takheroubt (Oman) meets Ageleee Rathor of Group Seven Events

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