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Record numbers of diplomats attended the fifth annual Embassy Event Expo at Central Hall Westminster, the site of the first-ever meeting of the United Nations – attracting more than double the 51 nations represented at that first meeting. An event dedicated to busy events planners and visits officers at London’s missions, it was a chance to network with event experts to plan their programmes. With the upcoming G8 Summit in June, business, trade and VIP visits were the focus of the workshops and two new networks were also launched: a Protocol Discussion Group and the Cultural Attaché Network.


Maria Schuett and Anne Voelkert of Central Hall Westminster meet Bauyrzhan Nurbalin (Kazakhstan)

"The Embassy Expo event certainly was well organized and put together. Attendance was always in good flow throughout the day. Times and duration are perfect, not too long and not too short. Overall, a very worthwhile day for any hospitality/service provider."
The Bentley Hotel - A Hilton Hotel

Jeeva Ekanayake meets Adele Taylor (Jumeirah Group)

Lidiya De (Royal Horseguards Hotel) and Bleddyn Pijpers (Charing Cross Hotel)

Dr Hashini Waidyaratne (Sri Lanka) talks to Jessica Manley of London Relocation

Phumudzo Ratshitanga and Cathy Moruke (both South Africa) get a warm welcome from the Embassy team

"A powerful networking tool for any company wishing to work within the Diplomatic market place."
Chacalli De Decker

Sofie Haag (From Sweden Productions) talks to Pavel Bobek (Czech Embassy)

Patrick Conway (bsix Group) talk logistics with Michael Thomas, Kristofer Miller and Donald Grindstaff, all from the US Defence Attaché Office

Laura Mildmay-White (National Army Museum) meets Xian Zhu (China)

Evanya Major (Bahamas) talks to June Park (Lancaster Hotel)

"Very good event that should enhance our standing with Embassies and Consulates"
London Capital People

Martina Berducci (Belgraves) with Phuchphop Mongkolnavin and Duansib Phathamasoonthorn (both Thailand)

Jamie Manning of No 11 Cavendish Square meets Amanda Barnes and Shelley Cox (both Barbados)

Carine Bouliere (ILEC) meets Mirlinda Gashi and Fatmire Sefaj (both Kosovo)

Ivy Jenkins and Isabel Marcilla Dankworth of the Corinthia Hotel meet Volodymyr Soshnikov and Tetiana Shoshnikova (both Ukraine)

"Embassy Expo is a fantastic social event which provides hotels with the unique opportunity to socialise with London based Embassies and keep up to date with their ever changing contacts and social affairs."
The Stafford London by Kempinski

Azzurra Marzi and Noeleen Alexopoulou (IDS) with Nakinda Daniel (Dominica)

Michael Black (Melia White House) talks to Maxim Stasiuk (Ukraine)

Lucy Hillard and Petra Bones introduce Historic Royal Palaces to Cristina Munoz (Ecuador)

Irine Dakhundaridze and Thea Vasadze (both Georgia) talk to Tony Hailwood (Capital People Catering)

"I was pleasantly surprised by the number of embassies that came to the event. Highly recommend it to other hotels that want to get contacts from embassies."
Lancaster London

Ahmet Duran and Emin Tugrul (both Turkey) meet Tatiana Simioni of InterContinental Park Lane

Frank Morey and Mark Howarth (Banham Security) talk to Dr Hafsah Mohd Ghazaly (Malaysia)

Eric Nyarku and Andrews Owusu (both Ghana) meet Maria 57Slinn (Blue Finn Conference Venue)

Laisani Jioji (Fiji) meets Robin Parker, Church House Conference Centre

“Another excellent Expo, very well organised and in a superb setting. The ideal opportunity for diplomats of whatever rank and years of service to mingle informally and learn or be refreshed on subjects of topical importance. A key date in the diary for future similar events.”
Royal Garden Hotel

Elizabeth Poland Smith introduces Ahmed Utaifa (Iraq) to the many venues of the Westminster Collection

Toastmaster Roy Theobald chats to Jorge Manuel Breia, Luiz Carlos Chagas and Maria Bryant (all from the Embassy of Brazil)

Victoria Diez-Davies (St Pancras Renaissance London Hotel) meets Iryna Buhera (Ukraine)

"Well organised event that offers an opportunity to network with a niche target market."
Parkers Imports and Exports

Rana Abuayyash and Haya Alfarra (both Palestine) meet Semiha Askin (51 Buckingham Gate)

Alice Cunningham (The Goring) talks to Lois Moss (US Embassy)

Gareth Byrne (Doyle Collection) talks to Khairulazam Annuar (Malaysia)

Tewolde Mulugeta (Ethiopia) meets Kirsten Kruls (170 Queen’s Gate, Imperial College London)

"It's my third year attending the event, year after year it get's bigger and better, fantastic Embassy networking event!"
Corus Hotel Hyde Park

Marcus Ward (left) and Alex Harrington (right) of Thamesview Corporate Services talk to Niranjala Wickremesinghe (Commonwealth Foundation)

Tim Pennington of Eclipse shows Jacob Nhial and Michael Saki Longwa (both South Sudan) what good AV adds to an occasion

Diplomats put in some quality networking time

The Adrian Reid Quartet (From Sweden Productions) entertaining the guests

"A well run event with qualified guests – a credit to the organisers"
InterContinental London Westminster

Paul Roe of the Copthorne Tara Hotel talks to Erika Blazeviciute (Lithuania)

Andrew Harrison (Bateaux London) meets Prof Tubagus Soelaiman (Indonesia)

Jinwei Guan and Yuhong Guo (both China) meet Antoine Vergeot of Brown’s Hotel

Christina Germeni talks to Dr Sigrid Hackstein (Naval Attaché Ladies Association)

"Considering it was our first Diplomatic event, first impressions overall are very good. Without this event we would have difficulty in reaching key decision makers. Our details have also been passed to other departments within the missions which is an added bonus."
bsixGroup Ltd

Paul Gardner  (Chacalli de Decker) in discussion with Olga Jerzjukova (Latvia)

Brenda Nyakira (Rwanda) talks to Michael Parker CBE (Parkers Imports & Exports)

Lauren Deakin (The Kensington Hotel) meets Sankalpa Guniyangodage and Wanda Connor (Both St Kitts and Nevis)

Charlotte Chapman (InterContinental Westminster) gives out goodies to Alejandra Pecoraro and Cynthia Mulville (both Argentina)

Francesca Mendola (The Stafford) chats to Kerry Low (Embassy Events)

"The idea of bringing together Diplomats, event and venue experts, chauffeur companies, and import/export advisers is a superb one: this provides each stakeholder with market opportunities in the palm of their hand"
High Commission for Grenada

Matej Zakonjsek introduces the services of Cox and Kings

Kaye Hales (Embassy Events) talks to Hannah Sherwood (London Marriott Grosvenor Square)

A great way to meet engaged event planners – perfect for unique venues of London!
Bateaux London

Managing Director of Central Hall Westminster Paul Southern welcomes diplomats

Former FCO Director of Protocol Charles de Chassiron briefs diplomats on VIP visits procedures

Dr Adam Marshall (British Chambers of Commerce), Derek Goodwin (UKTI) and Embassy Editor Elizabeth Stewart in the Trade Workshop

Embassy Editor Elizabeth Stewart, Kim Hart (British Arts Festivals Association) listen to Katie Childs (National Museum Directors’ Council) in the Cultural Workshop

The event was excellent, especially workshops for Protocol and VIP visits where very helpful, as we are new country to Diplomacy.
Embassy of the Republic of Kosovo

Sioned Hughes and Nataly Lorenz introduce the concept of the Cultural Attaché Network

Embassy Editor draws a winner

John Bradley of the Bentley awards Hala Wahby (Jordan) with a night at the Bentley Hotel

Semiha Askin of 51 Buckingham Gate presents Seniteli Wainiu (Fiji) with a prize

"A must for anyone at embassies looking after VIP visits and organising cultural events. A one stop shop for organising your national day - how to organise your national day in one afternoon!"
Malta High Commission

Audrey Rivera (Canada) wins lunch at the Terrace restaurant at the Lowndes from Adele Taylor

Suraya Afandi (Malaysia) wins Afternoon Tea at the Royal Horseguards from Sandy Kaur (Guoman Hotels)

Maxim Stasiuk (Ukraine) wins dinner and cocktails at the Charing Cross Hotel from Bleddyn Pijpers

Paulette Dejean (Morocco) wins a night at The Stafford Hotel from Francesca Mendola

"I appreciated the Embassy Event Expo very much and found it very useful to have the opportunity to meet not only colleagues from other Embassie but the representatives of hotels etc. as well"
Embassy of the Czech Republic

Noeleen Alexopoulou (IDS) awards a bottle of Champagne to Rana Abuayyash (Palestine)

Ana Lopez accepts a prize on behalf of Maria Bryant (Brazil) for Afternoon Tea at Melia White House from Michael Black

Helen Taylor (Australia) accepts her prize from Christine Rupprecht (170 Queen’s Gate, Imperial College)

Daniela Klebis (Brazil) bags a bottle of bubbly from Tony Hailwood (Capital People)

Haya Alfarra (Palestine) wins a one-night stay at the Ibis Hotel from Carine Bouliere (ILEC)

"Very useful networking event offering an opportunity to speak to lots of Embassies in a short space of time. Well organised and well run on the day."

Ammar Farhan (Iraq) wins a night at the Millennium Hotel London Mayfair from Paul Roe

Nakinda Daniel (Dominica) wins a prize from Matteo Faedda

Marjo Paavilainen (Finland) wins a Magnum of Champagne from Paul Gardner (Chacalli de Decker)

Nakinda Daniel accepts a prize on behalf of Sankalpa Guniyangodage (St Kitts) from Olga Nikoltsou of the Marylebone Hotel

"The Embassy Expo was a great opportunity to meet with key London Embassy contacts and new Diplomats. The level of attendees was good."
Starwood Hotels

Eva Vickerman wins lunch at the Caxton Grill from Christina Germeni (St Ermin’s Hotel)

Marja-Leena Payne (Finland) wins dinner at the Copthorne Tara Hotel from Susana Balint

Hanifa Ibrahima (Mozambique) accepts a bottle of Ayala Goring Champagne on behalf of Maker Ayuel Deng (South Sudan) from Alice Cunningham

Thea Vasadze wins a dinner for two at the Aubrey Restaurant from Lauren Deakin of the Kensington Hotel

"Ideal network within the embassy world"
InterContinental London Park Lane

Eva Vickerman accepts a dinner for two on behalf of colleague John Balavu at the Hix Mayfair from Amy Johnson (Brown’s Hotel)

Feona Sandy (Grenada) accepts a prize from Bateau London from Embassy Editor Elizabeth Stewart on behalf of Wanda Connor (St Kitts & Nevis)

Luiz Carlos Chagas (Brazil) wins dinner for two at Nipa from Steven Prichard (Lancaster Hotel)

Ana Lopez (El Salvador) accepts two Royal Passes from Historic Royal Palaces on behalf of Alicia Gilardoni (Argentina)

Snezana Cukic (Montenegro) receives a night at the Grosvenor Apartments on Park Lane from Arseli Harput

"The event was organised very well, fantastic venue and some great contacts were made".
The Kensington Hotel

Abdelhafid Hachem (Algeria) wins a night at the Belgraves Hotel from Preethi Sadhu and Martina Berducci

Wang Liam Lum (Malaysia) wins a night at the St Pancras Hotel from Victoria Diez-Davies

Feona Sandy wins Afternoon Tea at the Corus Hotel Hyde Park from Kalee Tsang

"Everything was perfect"
Malaysian High Commission

Fernanda Galvao (Botswana) wins dinner at One-O-One from Sam Jones (Starwood Hotels)

Mirlinda Gashi (Kosovo) wins dinner for two at Bougis Street Brasserie from Matteo Faedda (Millennium Gloucester Hotel)

Maria Adiego (Spain) wins an Afternoon Tea at the Bentley from John Bradley

"Very informative and well attended, good networking opportunity!"
Embassy of El Salvador

Josephine Mason (Dominica) receives a prize of Afternoon Tea at the Jumeirah Hotel from Adele Taylor

Matteo Faedda awards Liz Brown (Australia) with a one-night’s stay at the Millennium Gloucester

"Great opportunity to meet different positions"
51 Buckingham Gate, Taj Suites and Residences

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