Martin Parsons from The Bentley talks to Valerie Leignel
Time for business
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.
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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."
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."
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)