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Induction Seminar Links

Andrew Sabey (BMW Diplomatic Sales) meets Phuchphop Mongkolnavin and Ketsuda Supradit from the Embassy of Thailand

“It was very refreshing to meet so many newly arrived diplomats, an excellent event within the diplomatic calendar, defiantly one not to miss”
BMW Group

Fiona Johnson (The Bentley Hotel) talks to Patrick Haley (USA)

Norsuriashikin Hj Ismail (Brunei) meets Amy Suanders of Clements International

Jamie Manning (11 Cavendish Square) talks to Col Zulfiqar Bhatty (Pakistan)

This was a great, informative and well organized event that offered a range of possibilities for networking with local businesses and opportunities to meet new diplomats.
Halcyon London International School

Simona Feruliovaite (51 Buckingham Gate Taj Suites and Residences) meets Hai Nguyen Xuan (Vietnam)

Emma Moore (G4S) in discussion with Abdulmomen Sharaf (Saudi Arabia)

Joe Perry (The Ritz) talks to Kerry Low (Embassy Group)

“A comprehensive introduction to the diplomatic community, dispelling myths and opening doors to make the transition to a comfortable lifestyle and efficient workplace”
Embassy of Costa Rica

Diplomats enjoying some quality networking time

Fiona Greenwood and Sue Ackerman (Rowland Brothers) catch up with Christian Sys (Belgium)

“A fantastic well organised event which at Chacalli we feel is invaluable for new Diplomats and Diplomatic suppliers alike!”
Chacalli - De Decker Ltd

Peta Nicholas and David Rose of Dwight School London meet Polona and Anze Sagadin (Slovenia)

John Rees (Vauxhall) with Rose Adobea Agyapong (Ghana)

Arseli Harput (Grosvenor House Apartments) meets Esther Kasi and Miriam Panganayi (both Zimbabwe)

Excellent opportunity to create long lasting business partnerships and to make even better friends
Millennium Mayfair Hotel

Anthony Gallo (London Relocation) and Tomas Raiz (Philippines)

The Marshal fields a question in the Q&A

Emmanouil Agianniotakis (Cox & Kings Global Services) meets Olena Navas (Cuba)

“In general it was interesting, covering many areas attending many emabsssies with great work experiences. Above all knowing who is who and making firends and sharing your diplomatic work was great as well”
Embassy of the State of Eritrea

Elena Gervaiso (Waldorf Hilton) chats (in Mandarin!) to Mian Meng (China)

Mia Rosengren introduces Jessica Bermudez (Ecuador) to the Halycon London International School

New envoys sign up to the various diplomatic clubs

Wojciech and Anna Namiotko (Poland) give their details to Miguel Fontalvo of Citadines

“The turnout was good and there was ample opportunity during the entire day to connect and network with the delegates. It gave a good platform to interact with new embassy/ consulate staff formally during break-out sessions and informally during the evening cocktail session”
VFS Global

Hamad Mohamed Al-Muftah (Qatar) finds out about schooling options at Southbank International

The Strand Palace Hotel doing brisk business

llham Mohamed (Wellington Hospital) talks healthcare with Andre Candido (Angola)

Kaye Hales (Embassy Group) welcomes Brunei delegates to the Induction Seminar

“The event was very fruitful and I am confident that it will enhance our future diplomatic cooperation to our mutual benefit”
Embassy of Ukraine

Nunzio Giannone (InterContinental Westminster) chats to Sonja Kos and Andreja Petric (both Slovenia)

Laura Bryan introduces the International Community School to Ibrahim Al Farsi and Mohamed Al-Juma (both Oman)

Piero Chiricozzi (Frasers Hospitality) meets Dylan Findlater (Australia)

Nigel Coelho (VFS Global) talks to Dick Chibuye (Zambia)

“A well-organised, smooth running event”
International School of London, Surrey

IDS doing a roaring trade

Hayam Furgler (Switzerland) meets Paul Gardner (Chacalli De Decker)

Kerry Phipps (ISL) with Jean Omer Mpeho (Republic of Congo) and Rustam Kayumov (Uzbekistan)

Martina Holmgren and Mauricio Almonacid (Radisson Blu Portman Hotel) with Jean Joseph Leandre (Haiti)

“The event is first of all very important and necessary, because each country has its customs and laws that all we know and respect”
Embassy of Cuba

Franck Benoit (Frasers Hospitality) meets Mariana Beija (France)

Kristina Stapulionyte (Royal Horseguards) talks to Mabrouk Masaud (Libya)

Diplomats help themselves to a well-earned lunch

“It's a very useful event”
Embassy of the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste

Saba Di Roberto (Somalia), the Ambassador of Somalia Mr Abdullahi Mohamed Ali, Ruth Macharia (Kenya) and Alice Sanshima (Zambia)

Julia Nachama Abeso Avomo (Equatorial Guinea) unwinds over a glass of wine with Anthony Gallo (London Relocation)

Aziz Pandor (Victoria Medical Centre) and Troy Coldrick (HCA) explain the healthcare options in the UK

“Excellent introduction to London for diplomats. Keep on doing well!”
Embassy of Switzerland  

Etiksha Patel (Metro Bank), with Elizabeth Stewart, Joey Zegerius (BMW Diplomatic Sales), Nick Horner (Horner Blakey) and Jo Field (TFL) in the Transport/Finance session

Dan Shah of the UK Higher Education International Unit briefs the education and cultural attachés, joined by Kim Hart (BAFA), Katie Childs (NMDC) and Sioned Hughes (CAN)

Eamon Cassidy (BIS) briefs trade attachés with (right) Peter Astrella (UKTI) and moderator (left) Georg Karabaczek (Austria)

“Exceptional event and would love to go again”
Niche Etiquette Children

Lord Dubs explains how parliament works with fellow panellists Crispin Poyser (Parliament Overseas Office), moderator Maria Monteiro (Portugal), Sara Everett (FCO), Adam Bye (FCO) and Christopher Wyld (FPA)

Spouses compare notes in the spouse discussion group

Embassy Editor Elizabeth Stewart makes a welcoming address

“The event exceeded my expectations. Informative presentations, great networking opportunities, beautiful venue and great food”
Botswana High Commission

Welcome to a new generation of envoys
Almost 200 new diplomats and their families from 90 missions packed the halls of 11 Cavendish Square for the 2013 Diplomatic Induction Seminar for a day of briefings and intense networking.

Newcomers started the day with an introduction to diplomacy with the Foreign Office, the Marshal and the Dean of the Diplomatic Corps, followed by a Living in London session that included talks by the Diplomatic Protection Group on safety, as well as briefings on transport, finance, healthcare, education and accommodation in the Capital.

The afternoon was devoted to diplomacy where envoys attended specialist workshops in politics, the press, culture, education, consular work, trade and economics, admin and finance. They were able to meet key contacts from various government departments, parliament as well as the private and NGO sector.

And in between envoys were able to meet trusted diplomatic service providers on hand to smooth their transition to their new life in London.

The event ended on a high with a lively wine reception where some diplomats struck it lucky in the prize draw. But with pockets bulging with cards and bags full of information, everybody ended the day a winner.


Marthe Huguette Mabaya and Suzanne Kenfack from the Cameroon High Commission bring a splash of colour to the occasion

“A very important event, which should be included on the Calendar of every Diplomatic Mission in the UK”
Jamaican High Commission

Ines Garcia introduces Brad Fribley (USA) to GLH Hotels

The Marshal of the Diplomatic Corps Mr Charles Gray

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

"Very helpful. In my previous foreign assignment there was no induction seminar for diplomats such as this so I just find that having this seminar makes it easier for newly arrived diplomats in London to know the system and network"
Embassy of the Philippines

Brian Pitkin of the DPG gives the personal safety briefing

Suzanna Colley (Commonwealth Secretariat) talks to Michael Burgess (Belize)

“All in all I very much enjoyed the event, I think it is a very good ice breaker event for all who have just been assigned to London and have never lived here before. It makes you feel you are welcome here”
Embassy of Hungary

Yoel Gordon (ISL) gives diplomats an overview of the schooling system in the UK

AERL Chairman Georg Karabaczek

CCL President Bernard Silver (Seychelles)

“The event was well organised, useful and informative”
South Africa High Commission

Siobhan Hughes, Coordinator for the Cultural Attaché Network

DPAAL President Maria Monteiro (Portugal)

“The seminar was very well organized and successful. It is very useful to get along with so many colleagues”
Chinese Embassy

LDSC President a.i. Prof Salvatore Amendolia (Italy)

YDL President Mike Guy (Bahamas)

FAC Chair Shereen Capper (New Zealand)

Richard Bradley (Home Office) briefs consuls, with fellow panellists (from left) Duncan Prime (Ministry of Justice), Sue Ackerman (Rowland Brothers) and moderator George Georgiou (Cyprus)

“An extremely useful and spot-on introduction to new diplomats covering all the major essentials for newcomers to London!” 
Embassy of Qatar

Andy Palmer (FCO Protocol) leads the discussions at the Admin Manager Round Table

Muthu Padmakumara (Sri Lanka) in the Q&A

“Amazing, useful and so necessary”
Embassy of Mexico

Former British diplomat Adele Taylor from the Jumeirah Group gives diplomats relocation tips

Daniel Oliphant (South Africa) wins a bouquet of flowers courtesy of Sue Ackerman and Fiona Greenwood of Rowland Brothers

“A first successful introduction into diplomacy”  
Embassy of Colombia

Fiona Johnson of the Courthouse Hotel awards Michael Tesfai (Eritrea) a prize of a treatment at the Sanook Spa

Tej Bahadur Chhetri (Nepal) bags a bottle of bubbly from Kerry Phipps of the International School of London

Rappalini (BMW Diplomatic Sales) for her colleague Mian Meng

“The seminar was a wonderful opportunity to meet new people and to get a first glimpse on various facets of the diplomatic life in London”
Embassy of Romania

Kristine Salle (Philippines) wins a bottle of Champagne courtesy of Chacalli De Decker from Paul Gardner

Acacio Chacate (Mozambique) wins a Volvo Holdall from Ian Grover (Volvo Diplomatic Sales)

Alfredo Perez de Tejada (Mexico) wins a lunch for two at the Park Terrace Restaurant from Christopher Goodwin (Royal Garden Hotel)

"It is useful and provides interesting information for new Diplomats"
Embssy of Libya

Su liya (China) wins a night at the Millennium Gloucester from Matteo Faedda

Siobhan Allan (Embassy Group) greets Tomas Raiz (Philippines)

Anna Wypych-Namiotko (Poland) wins a night at the Grosvenor House Apartments from Arseli Harput

“A great catapult for global networking!”
Malaysian High Commission

Kristof Markus (Hungary) wins a prize from Kristina Stapulionyte (Royal Horseguards)

Ma Yongchao (China) wins a stay at the Thistle Kensington Gardens from Ines Garcia (GLH Hotels)

Ines Herrera (Colombia) chats with General Angel Antonio (Mexico)

“A great introduction to the diplomatic life in London”
Uganda High Commission

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