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Induction Seminar Links

Joey Zegerious (BMW Park Lane) chats to Aydin Sipaloglu (Australia)

"A fantastic and informative way of welcoming Diplomats in a relaxed environment"
BMW Group

Full house at Embassy Induction Seminar
It was a full house at the eighth and largest-ever Embassy Induction Seminar, as almost 220 new diplomats and their families from 100 nations packed into 11 Cavendish Square for the popular orientation day at the start of their postings.

The day started with a briefing from Paul Connolly of the Foreign Office Protocol Directorate, as well as the Dean of the Diplomatic Corps the Ambassador of Kuwait Mr Khaled Al Duwaisan and HM Marshal of the Diplomatic Corps Alistair Harrison. Diplomats were also introduced to London’s many diplomatic networks and were given a security briefing from the Parliamentary and Diplomatic Protection.

There were a range of Living in London sessions designed to help them adapt to their host city as well as diplomacy workshops to introduce them to key contacts in their work.

Meanwhile spouses were introduced to the Diplomatic Spouse Club of London and a range of spouse groups.

The day ended with a jovial networking reception and prize draw, but with bags laden with contacts and information, everyone walked away a winner.


Sue Ackerman (Rowland Brothers International) and Thomas Burke (USA)

Dan Platt (Clements Worldwide) talks insurance with Mohamed Lamine Siari (Algeria)

Paul Gardner (Chacalli de Decker) meets Samra Koricic Mujkic (Bosnia Herzegovina)

"A great way to meet fellow Diplomats and share in the unique and privileged experience of serving as a Diplomat in London. It’s a great opportunity to benefit from each other and meet industry experts who take great joy in helping Diplomats and their families settle and take up their new posts with the least disruption to their mission"
Kerry Chislett Pickfords

Marc Stockbroekx (Diplomatic Card Services UK) in conversation with Wahida Dyrul (Malaysia)

Shalini Grover (Taj 51 Buckingham Gate) gives Christoph Roithner (Switzerland) the Taj treatment

Adrian Burford manning a very popular Jaguar Land Rover stall

Amy Russell (Athenaeum Hotel), Maja Zywiol and Ireneusz Gawedzinski (both Poland)

"Amazingly organised event with clear networking goals - there’s no beating about the bush. There was a clear ’This is who we are and this is what can we do for you!’ objective to the day"
The Lloyd Williamson School

Adrian Burford manning a very popular Jaguar Land Rover stall

Andrew Bennett (IDS) welcomes the Ambassador of Laos Mr Sayakane Sisaouvong

Dr Moira Wong and Lynda Thompson (Morina Wong Orthodontics) Mrs Mary Mphonda (Malawi)

"We certainly had a good level of interest at our stand, with lots to follow up on. It was very worthwhile attending and increasing the awareness of our great offer to the Diplomatic community"

Reina Sackey (Ghana) with Kerry Phipps (International School of London)

Uvaish Kagdi (Global Education and Training) meets Moungkhoun Chansavath (Laos)

Her Honour Christian Bevington and Michelle Grant of The Veronica Grant Centre for Spoken English & Culture

"Great way to meet new members of the diplomatic community in a relaxed environment"
The Athenaeum

Sergey Mazine (Chestertons) meets Sungjung Kim (Korea)

Jo Frais, Emily-Rose Hill and Nick Bridgen of Harlequin CDIS

Kerry Low (Embassy Group) assists Jim Spurrell (Hyatt Regency London - The Churchill)

Vikram Sharma and Kevin Sillwood of Heathrow Airport Ltd welcome Wilfred Nkong Makoge (Cameroon)

"An excellent opportunity to meet and interact with the diplomatic community"
Veronica Grant Centre

Trudie Dawson (Belgrave Dental Practice) and Kanamon Senanarong (Thailand)

The High Commissioner for Malawi Mr Kena Mphonda and Mrs Mary Mphonda chat to Grant Chapman of Alan Day Volkswagen

Amr Zaki (Bupa) meets Anouar Ben Youssef (Tunisia)

Laura Thompson (International Community School London) in discussion with Sunan Jiang (China)

"A really well organised and useful event that attracts many recently arrived Diplomats. A great opportunity for networking with them all under one roof saving time (and shoe leather!)"

Hala Wahby (Jordan) talks to Ken Craig (American School in London)

Liboma Lipalile (Zambia) meets Linita Alves and Lingbai Xu of Kingleigh, Folkhard & Hayward

Eva Amos (Germany) and Robert Wilson (USA) check out what’s on offer at Volvo with Raj Parekh

"A very well organised event which from what I understand is key to new diplomats in them learning about living and working in london"

Ioannis Koukoularides (Cyprus) in discussion with Geoff Keig, Rebecca Kendall and Marie Kirby of Stackhouse Poland insurers

Yuliya Klymko-Overchenko (Ukraine) talking to David Rose, Mary Langford and Karen Strickland of the Dwight School London

Wahida Dyrul (Malaysia), Lidiya Demirdal (Brown’s Hotel), Abhishek Shankar (Brown’s Hotel) and Syahrytz Mohd Daud (Malaysia)

Perfect opportunity for us not to sell at the event but plant the seeds for introductions in the future"
Nick Bridgen

Atageldi Annayev (Turkmenistan) meets Jonathan Frank (Trinity College)

Diplomats take a well-deserved lunch break

Gareth Halstead (11 Cavendish Square) and Megnimabou Mensah (Togo)

"The Whole event was very beneficial for networking and it was organised very well"
Alanday Volkswagen

Dominique Dyer (DVLA) meets Ntahitangira Clotilde (Burundi)

Armita Rahimi Moussavi (VFS Global) meets Martin Baptiste (Trinidad & Tobago)

Kerry Chislett (Pickfords) with Vivian Ajodo (Nigeria)

"Always a great introduction to London"
Rowland Brothers International

Nasreen Geyer (Wimpole Street Dental & Orthodontic Practice) chats to Alice Navratilova (Czech Republic)

Diplomats and spouses unwind at the networking reception at the end of a busy day

A packed theatre for the first plenary session of the day

"Another tremendous event organised by the Embassy team. Well Done!!"
Chacallli De Decker

Alexander Cook (Foreign Office) answers questions in the Q&A

Paul Connolly (Foreign Office) answers diplomats’ questions after the session

Rafal Sordyl, Ilona Suchacka and YDL President Bartosz Tymkowski (all Poland)

"A brilliant way to show your business and your foot print"
Harlequin CDIS

The Embassy Managers’ Meeting with Caroline Angove (HMRC), Jonathan Fox (HMRC), Dominique Dyer (DVLA), Lisa Statham (DVLA) and Inspector Darren Currey (PaDP)

Diplomats and spouses hear about higher education options in the UK from Mark Wilson (UCAS), Tom Weatherley (English UK) and Tim Buttress (NARIC)

Diplomats and their families find out about accessing healthcare in the UK from Aziz Pandor of Victoria Medical Centre

"We had an excellent, very productive day"
International School of London

DPAAL President Maria Monteiro (Portugal) introduces panelists for the press and public diplomacy workshop: FPA President Christoph Wyld, Steven Hardy (FCO Social Media Manager), Liliane Landor (BBC World Service) and Niall Duffy (IPSO)

Education and science attachés listen to panelists Dr Dan Shah (UK HE International Unit), LEARN coordinator Juliana Bertazzo (Brazil) and Dr Julie Maxton (of the Royal Society)

Steve Fisher (Home Office), Darren Currey (PaDP), Roman Bowden (NOMS), Sue Ackerman (Rowland Brothers International) and Consular Corps President Christiaan Sys in the Consular/Home Affairs workshop

"Excellent event with good arrangements"
Global For Education

Panellists in the politics workshop: Crispin Poyser (Commons Overseas Office), Lord Tugendhat, Anthony Stanley (Foreign Office) and Andrew Rosindell MP (Foreign Affairs Committee)

Diplomatic Spouse Club of London Chair Agnes Fenyvesy welcomes spouses with fellow panelists Monika Dyk (founder of DiplodoKids), Mrs Dalal Al Duwaisan, the wife of the Ambassador of Kuwait and Dean of the Diplomatic Corps and Sheila Reid (Embassy Group)

Introducing Samantha Sys of the new Diplomatic Spouse Club Committee

"Great event, really worth attending it"
Go Native

Diplomatic Spouse Club of London committee: Carmen Davies, Ling Eleanor Zhang (Finland), Chairperson Agnes Fenyvesy (Hungary) and Monika Dyk (Poland)

Embassy Group Director Elizabeth Stewart welcomes diplomats to the Induction Seminar

"The best initiative!!!! Many networking opportunities!!! Networking is great for sharing ideas and knowledge. The people in your network will come from a wide variety of backgrounds offering a broad range of perspectives and wisdom"
Embassy of Colombia

Caroline Breeds of ACS International School with stamps for the stamp card

Paul Connolly (FCO Protocol Directorate)

"As a newcomer I found the Embassy induction seminar very useful for me and my work. The organization was extremely good and the breaks between the workshops offered a great opportunity for networking"
German Embassy

HM Marshal of the Diplomatic Corps Alistair Harrison CMG

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

AERL Chairman Nicholas Niggli (Switzerland)

Consular Corps of London General Secretary Senen Mangalilie (Philippines)

"The event was very useful, the suppliers were very helpful and the networking was good"
Ghana HIgh Commission

Kaye Hales (Embassy Group) welcoming the diplomats as they arrive

DPAAL President Maria Monteiro (Portugal)

LDSC Chairperson Aniko Dobi Rosza (Hungary)

"The best way to start your diplomatic life in London. Beneficial, educative and networking event"
Embassy: Czech Republic

LEARN Coordinator Juliana Bertazzo (Brazil)

YDL General Secrtary Barbora Posluch (Slovakia) and Adam Fico (Houses of Parliament)

WDS scholar Siobhan Flax (BVI) and WDS CEO Rosalie Rivett

Ashley Samuels (PaDP) gives a safety briefing to diplomatic spouses

"Excellent networking opportunity and great introduction into diplomatic life in London. Concise, up to date and very amicable atmosphere"
Embassy: Ukraine

Foreign Agricultural Club Chair Shereen Capper (New Zealand)

Joey Zegerius (BMW Park Lane) in the Transport/Finance workshop

Ian Ascough of BIS talks about British trade policy in the Trade/Economic/Innovation session

"A must attend event for the newly posting diplomats to the UK"
High Commision of Malaysia

Andrew Rosindell MP talks about the role of the Foreign Affairs Committee

Gareth Halstead (11 Cavendish Square) and Toni McClogggan (Embassy Group)

Katie Childs of the National Museums Directors Council in the culture session

Lord Tugendhat explains the role of the House of Lords

"It was a very interesting Seminar, a real induction. Many thanks!"
Togo Embassy

Ljubica Peric and Magdalena Neskovic talks schooling options with Tony Binns of Mill Hill School

Diego Abad Cash (Argentina) wins a prize from Jennifer Milne of the English Coach

Rowena Ricafort (Philippines) bags a bottle of bubbly from Linita Alves of Kinleigh Folkhard and Hayward

"The ice breaking event for new comers as a diplomat in London"
Embassy of Mongolia

DiplodoKids Monika Dyk (Poland) with Laxmi Sonara (BUPA)

Acacio Chacate (Mozambique) wins a remote controlled car from Raj Parekh (Marshall Volvo)

Kanamon Senanarong (Thailand) wins two bottles of wine from Jacqui Sole of Exclusive English

Elliot Maswana and Thozama Sothwala (South Africa) win a BMW Track Day from Joey Zegerius (BMW Park Lane)

"The event is very useful for newcomers to settle in"
Embassy: Royal Thai Embassy

Alicia Carlow Johnson (Trinidad & Tobabo) wins dinner for two at the Shard from Kerry Chislett (Pickfords)

Rebecca Kendall (Stackhouse Poland) awards Pieter Tesch with a shopping voucher from Harrods

Vitaly Zubkov (Russia) wins a prize from Christopher Goodwin (Langham Hotel)

"The event is very useful for new diplomats"
Burundi Embassy

Jibu Jose (VF Services) presents Joyce Kallaghe with a bottle of Champagne

Margaret Nyuydzewira (Cameroon) wins four tickets to the Shard from Paul Horner of DigiConsul

Lydia Masote (Botswana) wins a magnum of Champagne from Paul and Helen Gardner (Chacalli De Decker)

Inyene Udom (Nigeria) wins a Landrover experience from Sue King (Jaguar Land Rover)

It has been a very useful introduction on the basic do’s when being posted to London.
Embassy of Poland

Sander Stockbroekx (Diplomatic Card Services) awards a prize to Ariunsanaa Tseyen-Oidov (Mongolia)

Ilona Suchacka (Poland) wins tea for two at The Ritz from Michelle Grant (The Veronica Grant Centre for Spoken English & Culture)

Arsenio Lingad (The Philippines) wins a trip for two to Windsor Castle from Sue Ackerman (Rowland Brothers International)

Yewande Oyefesobi (Nigeria) wins a stay at the May Fair Hotel from Harry Bhalla

"A must-attend event"
Diplomatic Card

Joey Zegerius of BMW Park Lane awards Sherwin Johnson (Trinidad & Tobago) a prize courtesy of IDS

Jana Czechslovska (Czech Republic) and Sue King (Jaguar Land Rover)

Sander Stockbroekx (Diplomatic Card Services UK) and Brig Boikanyo Gabriel Addanes (Botswana)

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