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Event Expo – March 2012

Noeleen Alexopoulou (IDS), Andrew Bennett (IDS) with Marcela Llosa and Fanny North (Peru)

"I believe the event was very well organised and run smoothly due to the excellent organising of the EXPO team. Very good turn-out and network of London Embassy and Diplomatic contacts!"
St Ermins Hotel

Let the Games begin...
Embassy event planners are bracing themselves for an action-packed year as the 2012 Olympics draws near so it was no surprise that the Embassy Event Expo attracted a record crowd. Almost 200 diplomats and embassy staff from around 100 embassies signed up to find out how their countries could stage events to capitalise on the activities surrounding the biggest sporting event on the planet.

Diplomats were able to network with a range of event suppliers and attended workshops where they heard briefings from FCO Protocol on arrangements for VIP visitors; UKTI on business networking during the Olympics; and the Greater London Authority on plans for the London 2012 Festival.

Guests enjoyed live music throughout the day by artists for From Sweden Productions.

At the end of the busy afternoon, guests were able to unwind at a wine networking reception courtesy of IDS, which included the prize draw where some lucky diplomats walked away with fabulous prizes.


The Ambassador of Panama Ana Delgado with Christopher Goodwin (Royal Garden Hotel)

"Another Embassy success, allowing new and established Diplomats to network and see what is actually available during their stay in London"

Valery Rodichkin (Russia) and Joey Zegerius (BMW)

Jeroen Suijker (51 Buckingham Gate) with Donville Johnson (Barbados High Commission)

"Very good event.Thank you for everything"
51 Buckingham Gate

Haralambos Stavrou (Beyond Certainty) with Peter Ekema (Cameroon)

Jayne Torotich (Kenya) with Helen Gardner (Chacalli De Decker)

"This event is invaluable. A chance to meet all the decision makers in one room is excellent"
Chacalli De Decker

Marilou Coronado (Philippines) with James Jude (Best Western Premier Mostyn Hotel)

Javier Mendoza and Nidya Casey (Ecuador) with Charles Boyd (8 Northumberland)

Biagio Gaeta (The Bentley London) with Ambika Luintel (Nepal)

"Great event, with a good number of high quality attendees"
The Bentley Hotel

Uwe Koppel (German Embassy) with Sofie Haag (From Sweden Productions)

Sandro Volpato and Deena Amin (Guoman Hotels)

Lowell Cabual and Janice Shapiro (One Moorgate Place) with Spyros Diamantis (Greece)

Chinuukhei Bat-Erdene (Mongolia) with Helen McEvoy (Royal College of Physicians)

Hanifa Ibrahim (Mozambique) with Vivien Leuenberge (Bateaux London)

Embassy of Japan

Mariam Smith (South Africa) with Tony Hailwood (Capital People Catering)

"An excellent opportunity to meet people that you would not ever meet at other events"
Capital People London

Anna Delaney and Isabelle Blondin (Quebec) with Jamie Manning (No 11 Cavendish Square)

Cristina Spencer (Church House) with Habtom Abreha (Ethiopia)

"Everyone one on the day was organised and helpful from the start of the event from the venue/Embassy Expo Team to the delegates"
Bateaux London

Acclaimed wind quintet the Galliard Ensemble (From Sweden Producttions)

Frosina Kostovska and Mile Prangoski (Macedonia) with Rowan Lingard (Central Hall Westminster)

Paul Knightley (Thistle Hotels) with Helga Thomas (Denmark)

Vivian Aisen (Israel) with Corina Goetz and Marcel Horande (Corintha Hotel)

Excellent exposure to diplomats. Great attendance
Corinthia Hotel

Emmanouil Agianniotakis (Cox & Kings Global Services) with Melania Barbetta and Irene Tomassi (Italy)

"Very well organised and well attended. Excellent for networking"
Cox & Kings Global Services

Jamie Manning (No 11 Cavendish Square), David Clews (HMS Belfast) and Luca Costa (Churchill War Rooms)

Christin Stein (Germany) Lucy Hillyard (Historic Royal Palaces)

"A really good opportunity to meet with key event organisers from the Embassies, with genuine intention to use our venue spaces available for hire around Historic Royal Palaces"
Historic Royal Palaces

Kerry Low (Embassy Group) with Hanna Sherwood and Darin Davies (London Marriott)

The Embassy Expo obtained a relaxed and very enjoyable experience for everyone. A truly great event, which I would jump at the chance to attend once again.
London Marriott Hotel Grosvenor Square

Pavel Bobek (Czech Republic) with Mike Smith (One Queen Anne’s Gate)

Christine Rupprecht (170 Queen’s Gate) with Alisva Coronel and Nidya Casey (Ecuador)

"A successful event with a great turn out from people who were genuinely interested in the products on offer"
170 Queen's Gate (part of Imperial College London)

Alasdair Macleod and Christine James (Royal Geographical Society) with Jayne Torotich (Kenya)

Senitiel Wainiu and Laisani Jioji (Fiji) with Ricky Sahota (Scabal)

"Very well organised with good attendance and entertainment"

Olivia Parrott and Nick Davis (St Pancras Renaissance Hotel) with Emma Geddes, Shirley Jones and Natasha Pine (Australia)

"Extremely useful to connect with decision makers and key bookers from the Diplomatic world"
St Pancras Renaissance Hotel London

Katerina Esakova (The Stafford London by Kempinski) with Valentina Alexandrova and Tanya Koicheva Bulgaria)

Jacqueline Austin (Barbados) with Tim Reynolds (Thistle)

Delegates line up at the Unique Venues stall

Laura Montenegro (Panama) with Sabina Kelman (Searcys at The Hurlingham Club)

"The organisation was brilliant"
Searcys at The Hurlingham Club

Jayna Patel (The Westminster Collection) with Charles Parchment (The Cayman Islands)

Taking notes in the workshops

Embassy event administrators Siobhan Allan and Kaye Hales assist Hala Al Wahby (Jordan) at registration

DJ RajK behind the decks (From Sweden Producttions)

Christina Tselepou (St Ermin’s Hotel) and Matteo Faedda (Millennium & Copthorne Hotel)


Elizabeth Stewart (Embassy group) welcomes guests

"Fantastic job by the Embassy Network team, well organised event and very good networking and business opportunities with new Embassy and High Commissions"
Frasers Hospitality

Royal Garden Hotel General Manager Graham Bamford gives his welcoming address

Royal harpist Claire Jones (From Sweden Productions)

"Very warm welcome. Very positive and helpful people. Well structured and well thought-out event"
Quebec Government Office

Tony Humphries (FCO Protocol) briefs Olympic Attachés

Martin Hall (UKTI) talks about the British Business Embassy

Brett Taylor (London Business Network)

"A great networking opportunity for a diverse group"
Knightly Order of St George

Barbara Jamison (London and Partners)

Chenine Bhathena (Greater London Authority)

Christopher Goodwin (Royal Garden Hotel) with the High Commissioner for Grenada Ruth Rouse

Andrew Bennett (IDS) with Hanifa Ibrahim (Mozambique)

Semiha Askin (51 Buckingham Gate) with Luce Hodge-Smith (British Virgin Islands)

"It was very well organised and thank you for the invitation"
Fiji High Commission

Hopey Nze (Nigeria) with Paul Gardner (Chacalli De Decker)

Ricky Downs (Clements)

"Excellent overall. Extremely impressive turnout, with a diverse collection of attendees. It created a very unique networking environment"
Clements Worldwide

Christopher Goodwin (Royal Garden Hotel) with Claudia Cupid (Trinidad and Tobago)

Siobhan Allan (Embassy Group) with Lingam Murugayah (Malaysia)

Katie Bengaard (Clements)

Andrew Bennett (IDS) with Cristina Nita (Romania)

Tony Hailwood (Capital People Catering) with Enid Williams (Jamaica)

Toni McCloggan (170 Queen's Gate (part of Imperial College London)) with Marriet Phiri (Zambia)

"Excellent networking opportunity"
Canadian High Commission

51 Buckingham Gate cupcakes

Lisa Hatswell (Unique Venues) with Senitiel Wainiu (Fiji)

Edgar King (Trinity House) with Olufemi Olonijolu (Nigeria)

Alasdair Macleod (Royal Geographical Society) with Penny Papadopoulou (YDL)

Toastmaster Roy Theobald with Henri Steane Mpollo (Cameroon)

Irene Tomassi (Italy) with James Jude (Mostyn)

"Fantastic, friendly atmosphere in which to engage with potential new clients"
Best Western Premier Mostyn Hotel

Natasha Pine (Australia) with Semiha Askin (51 Buckingham Gate)

Corina Goetz (Corinthia) and Isabelle Blondin (Quebec)

Lucy Hillyard (Historic Royal Palaces) with Laisani Jioji (Fiji)

Lowell Cabual (One Moorgate Place) with Adam Heller (United States)

Fiona Johnson (Bentley/Washington Mayfair) with Fanny North (Peru)

Matteo Faedda (Millennium & Copthorne Hotel) with Tamara Andrews (Bahamas)

Nick Davis and Olivia Parrott (St Pancras Renaissance Hotel) with Volodymyr Soshnikov (Ukraine)

Christian Resetarits (The Stafford London by Kempinski) with Hala Wahby (Jordan)

"This event was very useful"
Ukraine Embassy

Sabina Kelman (Searcys at The Hurlingham Club) with Isabelle Blondin (Quebec)

Vivien Leuenberge (Bateaux London) with Catherine Crutzen (Belgium)

Andrew Bennett (IDS) with Esther Robinson-Bello

Melania Barbetta (Italy) with Christina Tselepou (St Ermin’s Hotel)

Tony Hailwood (Capital People Catering) with Luce Hodge-Smith (British Virgin Islands)

"It was very good networking event"
Jumeirah Carlton Tower & Jumeirah Lowndes Hotel

Andrew Bennett (IDS) with Luce Hodge-Smith (British Virgin Islands)

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