Joey Zegerious (BMW Park Lane) chats to Aydin Sipaloglu (Australia)
"A fantastic and informative way of welcoming Diplomats in a relaxed environment"
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.
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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"
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"
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"
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"
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"
Diplomatic Spouse Club of London committee: Carmen Davies, Ling Eleanor Zhang (Finland), Chairperson Agnes Fenyvesy (Hungary) and Monika Dyk (Poland)