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Induction Seminar – October 2012

Joey Zegerius and Jason Ellis (BMW Diplomatic Sales)chat to the High Commissioner for Jamaica Mrs Aloun Ndombet-Assamba

I found the event to be very well organized and great deal of thought went into planning and organizing it. As a result an excellent networking platform was created. Wouldn’t change anything as the system in place works very well
51 Buckingham Gate, Taj Suites and Residences

New diplomats pack the theatre for the briefings

Jamie Manning (No. 11 Cavendish Square) welcomes Paul Hussar and Aleksandra Siemianowska from the Embassy of Romania

The Embassy Induction Seminar is a must do for newly arrived diplomats. It is a fantastic opportunity to learn about London, the diplomatic circles, and to network. In a nutshell, the seminar has helped me break the glass between London, the diplomatic community and myself
Palestinian Mission

Embassy Events Director Kerry Low and Matthew Bieszczad (51 Buckingham Gate)

As always a fantastic, well organised event with excellent networking opportunities. Well done!
Chacalli - De Decker Ltd

Sue Ackerman and Fiona Greenwood from Rowland Brothers International meet (centre) Tania Hussein (Iraq)

The event was very useful and worthwhile.  I was impressed with the amount of practical information, supplier contacts and networking opportunities all under one roof!
Government of the British Virgin Islands, London Office

Eka Aryanto Suripto and Mardalina Fitrisya (Indonesia) meet Najihah Abas (Malaysia) over a cup of tea

Camilla Holland (Southbank International) meets Mapitso Tembo (Malawi)

The event was wonderful. I was amazed by the number of diplomats that appeared. I was also in a seminar in 2009 and compared to this one is very much improved. Good workshops, a chance to meet other diplomats and very friendly environment and also know more about the diplomatic supplies. I can say it was wonderful
Embassy of Afghanistan

Embassy Editor Elizabeth Stewart assists Christine Dale (Jamaica) at the registration desk 

John Rees (Vauxhall) meets Kim Emmanuel (St Lucia))

Another fantastic event, great opportunity to network and gain new contacts and future business
Corus Hotels

Andrea Segrt (Montenegro) talks to Ali Miley and Peta Nicholas (Dwight School London)

Lan Feng, International Relations Manager for the Mayor of London

I was very impressed with the event as a whole; it was well organised and managed. I am very keen to come back for other events in the future
Banham Security 

Nodene Tayolor and Annette Farrell (Manors) meet Renuka Koninger (Trinidad & Tobago)

Sohair Younis (Egypt) poses a question in the Q&A session

This is an excellent seminar for key facts to having a successful diplomatic work in the UK
High Commission of Nigeria  

Grant Chapman and Jahangir Khan (Alan Day Volkswagen) network with Norene Callender (Barbados)

Kaye Hales, Siobhan Allan and Kerry Low from the Embassy Group with Andrew Bennett (IDS) prepare for the IDS-sponsored wine reception

We felt this was a well organised event which the delegates clearly enjoyed; it had a very good atmosphere and we believe it was of benefit to attendees and exhibitors alike

Jim Hollington (British Council), Dorian Branea (EUNIC), Yvette Vaughan Jones (Visiting Arts) and Catriona Finlayson (UK Higher Education International Unit) in the Culture/Education briefing

Clement Vivant (Hilton) with Oksana Kyzyma (Ukraine)

The event provided information required for easy transition from our varying cultures of persons in the diplomatic community to the British norm.  
Jamaican High Commission

The days before mobiles… Ian and Kim Fenwick (Chain Telecom Group) talk to Oarabile Motlhaga and Phumudzo Ruphus Ratshitanga from the South African High Commission

Olivia Sichi and Sin-Han Thiede (Frasers Hospitality) chat to Bruno Aguesse (France)

"Very enjoyable for all participants, exhibitors and delegates alike"
The Wimpole Street Orthodontic Practice

Trade/Economic briefing panellists: Jeremy Fern (City of London), Ray Ward (HMRC), Adam Marshall (British Chambers of Commerce) and Philip Worley (UKTI)

Mark Howarth and Jason Abrahams (Banham Security) meet Beatrice Chitamalika and Mable Chanda of the Zambian High Commission

An important event gives an overview about the diplomatic Life in London and a networking event that not only helps diplomats network with fellow diplomats, but also puts in direct contact with agencies and association in their roles in embassies
Embassy of Yemen

Nigel Coelho and Almona Mehmeti (VFS Global) talk to Neville De Silva (Sri Lanka)

The Living in London panel, including PC Brian Pitkin (DPG), Annette Farrell (Manors), Margaret Burton (The Belgravia Surgery), Heather Mulkey (International School of London), Jo Field (Transport for London) and Brian Mairs (British Banking Association)

Excellent event very worthwhile.
International Community School

Matthew Bieszczad of 51 Buckingham Gate welcomes Evea-Liisa Haanus (Estonia) and Kaupo Kiisler (Estonia)

Carly Grimes and Charlotte Marshall assist Lt Col Ron van de Put at the DVLA Help Desk

A very well attended seminar, good for all the exhibitors and I feel sure even better for the Diplomatic officers.

Isabella Moroni of the Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park Hotel meets Evelyn Vera and Adam Hayder of the Mexican Embassy

Panellists for the Press/Politics briefing: Crispin Poyser (House of Commons Overseas Office), Sara Everett (FCO), Christopher Wyld (Foregin Press Association), Cristina Nita (DPAAL President and Romanian Press Secretary), Lord Dubs and Michael Hoare (FCO Press Office)

The overall event was most productive and enjoyable with plenty of opportunities for business, the attendance at our stand was exceptional, and it’s now our job to capitalize on these opportunities
Chain Telecom

Networking at the Clements Worldwide stand

The seminar provides an excellent opportunity for networking.
Philippine Embassy

Paul Gardner (Chacalli de Decker) meets Zoltan Varga (Hungary) and Andrea Fenyvesy (Hungary)

Qian Liu and Lin Zhu of the Chinese Embassy meet Matej Zakonjsek (Cox and Kings Global Services)

A well organised and easily accessible event
Rowland Brothers International

Kerry Phipps (International School of London) talks to Younes Nejjar (Morocco)

Felt like I wanted to stay over the week-end
Embassy of Romania

Maq Kashmiri and Alex Cummins of Not Just Stationery meet Margaret Lesuuda (Kenya)

Renuka Koninger (Trinidad & Tobago) meets Dr Stephen Hunter of The Wimpole Street Orthodontic Practice

Good start at the very start of work in London
Embassy of Ukraine


Barry Nicholas, Head of DMIOU at the FCO Protocol Directorate

You can only gain by attending!

Record breaking crowds attend Induction Seminar

A capacity crowd of almost 200 new diplomats and their families from 85 missions attended Embassy Event’s Annual Diplomatic Induction Seminar for an essential introduction to diplomacy in London and a packed day of networking. Envoys started the day with a Living in London expo where they could meet trusted diplomatic suppliers after which they received briefings from the Marshal, the Dean, the FCO and the Diplomatic Protection Group. A Living in London panel gave them got tips on finding their bearings in the capital before they broke up for lunch. The afternoon session included a series of four thematic workshops where diplomats could learn more about politics and the media, consular affairs, trade and economics or culture and education in the UK. The day ended with a convivial networking reception and prize giving – but judging by the number of new friends and contacts made, no diplomat left the seminar empty-handed.


The Marshal of the Diplomatic Corps Charles Gray

Ian Grover (Volvo) meets Guolei Hu (China)

Extremely good and thorough overview. By far the most complete induction I have received in any posting
(have been posted in Nigeria, United Arab Emirates, Israel and the UN in New York)

Embassy of Sweden

Ambassador of Kuwait and Dean of the Diplomatic Corps Mr Khaled Al Duwaisan

Kaye Hales (Embassy Events) welcomes Nadine Joly (France) and Linda Akpene Hogba-Adzanku (Ghana) at the registration desk

I found this to be a wonderful introduction to London and to life as a diplomat in this great city.  A very well-organized and thorough seminar which succeeded in answering many questions
Canadian High Commission

PC Brian Pitkin (DPG) gives a personal safety briefing

Renuka Koninger (Trinidad & Tobago) gets to know Craig Miller (US)

It was useful to get in contact with the diplomatic community in London and learned a lot about the city rules and regulations
Turkish Embassy

Beverly Allen (Trinidad & Tobago) talks to Carine Bouliere (ILEC Conference Centre)

Dr Stephen Hunter briefs diplomats about dental care in the UK

The event is is like a timely sprinkle that comes when the drought-hit crops are longing for it. It helps me intergrate myself more effectively and efficiently into the life of London and UK
Embasy of China

The spouse/partners discussion group

Georg Karabaczek (Austrian Trade Commissioner) introduces the AERL

It was a very interesting and useful event. Every new comer diplomat should attend
High Commission of Cyprus

Above and below: after a packed morning, diplomats enjoy a well-earned lunch

A very well organized and worthwhile event, with all the information needed to smoothly blend in. The networking opportunity for newcomers
Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands

Mr Marcin Tatarzynski introduces diplomats to the YDL

It was very useful especially when one is less than 3 weeks in the country. It prepared the grounds for easy settling down
Ghana High Commission

David Ramsbotham on the Consular Briefing talks about the role of the UKBA with moderator Bernard Silver, Consular Corps Vice President

Consular panellists: Graham Wilkinson (Ministry of Justice), Sue Ackerman (Rowland Brothers International) and Tracy Jarvis (Diplomatic Protection Group)

Well organized, useful information, plenty of networking opportunities
Embassy of Romania

Bonita Tulloch (Canada) wins a bottle of Champagne from Andrew Bennett (IDS)

Steward Nchimunya (Zambia) is thrilled with his prize from Joey Zegerius (BMW Diplomatic Sales)

My best first diplomatic networking event!
Embassy of El Salvador

Sandy Kaur of Thistle and Guoman Hotels presents Bukhari Afandi (Sudan) with his prize

Matteo Faedda (Millennium Gloucester & Bailey Hotels) presents Thomas Legones (US Embassy) with a dinner for two

Very usefull and it gives an opportunity to meet with other new diplomats
Embassy of Poland

Siobhan Flax (BVI) wins a bottle of Ayala Champagne from Alice Cunningham (the Goring)

Nazifa Haqpal (Afghanistan) accepts a prize of lunch for two for her colleague Freshta Omer from Christopher Goodwin (Royal Garden Hotel)

Really a fantastic networking event which newly appointed diplomats can not miss!
Embasy of China

Lin Zhu wins a weekend stay at the Hilton Park Lane from Jelena Schleimann

Miha Erman (Slovenia) receives his prize from Matthew Bieszcsad of 51 Buckingham Gate

It was very well organised and useful
Embassy of Egypt

Ahmed Utaifa (Iraq) wins a luxury limo for the night from Sue Ackerman (Rowland Brothers International)

Uche Nkemakonam (Nigeria) wins a bottle of Champagne from Paul Gardner (Chacalli de Decker)

Very useful and interesting for new diplomats
Embassy of the Argentine Republic

Alex Cummins (Not Just Stationery) presents Andreea Oniga (Romania) with her prize

Elizabeth Stewart awards a prize from ILEC to Aysen Atan (Turkey)

Very good initiative
Embasy of France

Qian Liu (China) wins a prize from Ian Fenwick (Chain Telecom)

Xiang Xiaowei (China) wins a Volvo for the weekend from Ian Grover (Volvo)

Event is very interesting and useful. Just keep on
Embassy of Serbia

Juan Carlos Lombardo (Mexico) accepts his prize of a bottle of Champagne courtesy of the International School of London from Elizabeth Stewart

Dr Mrs Kokila Waidyaratne (Sri Lanka) wins Champagne Afternoon Tea a the Waldorf Hilton from Clement Vivant (Hilton)

The seminar was very well organized and useful.
Embassy of Bulgaria

Elizabeth Stewart awards Lei Yan a prize on behalf of his colleague Hu Zhangliang (China)

Elizabeth Stewart presents a prize courtesy of Roomservice by CORT to Rulan Samara (Jordan) on behalf of Tonie Frangie (Lebanon)

Great seminar! Great atmosphere!
Estonian Embassy

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