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Diplomatic Induction Seminar – September 2009

Kaye Hales and Carol Scarisbrick of the Embassy Group welcome Seyed Ali Mousavi and Eisa Kameli (both Iran)

Diplomats enjoy a well-earned coffee break

"This event serves as an invaluable orientation exercise. The participant is furnished with key references to facilitate his or her assumptions of duties in London"
Jamaican High Commission

Matt Boyles of BMW Park Lane shakes hands with Victor Spasskiy (Russia) with Charlotte Willis and Joey Zegerius

Patrick Doyle (IDS) shows Fahriddin Nabiev (Uzbekistan) his autumn brochure

"Potential customers came to my stand and said ‘why are we not buying from you’ – I was able to take contact details and will follow up – that is priceless"
Patrick Doyle, International Diplomatic Supplies

Joost Jens (Mexico) and Tin Maung Aye (Myanmar) talk to Sue Ackerman and Melanie Walkling (both Rowland Brothers International)

Khimanand Bhusal finds out more about visa management from Christabel Silva and Daryl Rawat (VFS Global)

Kim Spooner (Southbank International) and Dessislava Ivanova (Bulgaria)

Esther Robinson-Bello (St Lucia) finds out more about education from David and Vivienne Rose (North London International School)

Gilda Velazquez and Beatriz Alfaro (both El Salvador) talk to Dean Foley of Hamptons International

Col Tuduetso Gareseitse (South Africa) and Daniel Johnson (Jamaica) meet Natalie Harris and Ebba Barchan of the Langham

"Fantastic networking opportunities with diplomats and their families in a very friendly surrounding"
The Langham, London

Khimanad Bhusal (Nepal) and Yoel Gordon of the London International School

Paulette Lewis of the Mount School talks to Fahriddin Nabiev (Uzbekistan)

The youngest diplomatic delegate! Astrid with her parents, Tao Jiang and Xia Hong (China) talking to Kerry Low (Embassy Group)

Urs and Luzia Schmid (Switzerland) receive their programmes from Embassy Editor Elizabeth Stewart

"Perfect, organised, good opportunity to meet and greet"
Austrian Embassy

Feona Sandy (Grenada) and Cosmina Steiner (Austria)

Slavica Grozdanic (Bosnia Herzegovina) and Esther Robinson-Bello (St Lucia)

Kaye Hales presents departing guests with designer cupcakes from Lola’s Kitchen

"A good event for establishing networking with diplomatic personnel, understanding the diplomatic life in London and coping with changes of working in the City"
Malaysian High Commission

Rostyslav Ogryzko, Olga Makukhina (both Ukraine) and Beka Dvali (Georgia)

Charles de Chassiron (Royal Garden Hotel) talks to Oliver Urquhart Irvine (British Library)

Joey Zegerius (BMW Park Lane), Diana van der Bijl and Tanja Demkow (both Netherlands)

It was a very interesting event with a lot of information and possibilities to meet people from relevant organisations and other Embassies.
Netherlands Embassy

President of the Consular Corps of London Guy van Glabeke and the Dean of the Diplomatic Corps, the Ambassador of Kuwait Khaled Al Duwaisan

A busy registration line as Helena Jarc (Slovenia) gets her workshop ticket

Steve Biggs (Finchley Golf Club) and Raja Badrulnizam (Malaysia)

Diplomatic delegates gather in the auditorium for the keynote addresses

"The event was overall perfect and well organised, besides it was a great opportunity to make new friends. Thanks"
Embassy of Egypt

Patrick Doyle (IDS) assists Hanan El Khatib (Malta)

Avril Bunton-Williams (Number One Health) and Simon Darfoor (Darfoor Dental Practice)

David Rose of the North London International School gives an overview of the UK schooling system

Chris Hiscock (Marymount International School) talks to Adham Mardini (Syria)

"The event was an excellent opportunity to get information and make contacts. It was great!"
Embassy of Mexico

Chris Wyld (Director of the Foreign Press Association), Mike Gapes MP (Head of the Foreign Affairs Select Committee) and Kenneth Courtenay (General Secretary of the Inter-Parliamentary Union UK) address the Press/Politics workshop

Diplomatic delegates tuck into lunch

Satonobu Matsunaga (Japan) and Salvator Amendolia (Italy)

Eno Jengeni (Albania) talks to Hui Xiong Zhang and Wenpeng Zhang (both China)

"Very good is an understatement. The event was EXCELLENT and a MUST for each new diplomat assigned to an Embassy in London"

Mariana Kocuc (Serbia) and Augusto Castro (Brazil)


Embassy Editor Elizabeth Stewart welcomes delegates to the Induction Seminar

Welcome to London
More than 150 diplomats and their families from 80 missions attended the annual Diplomatic Induction Seminar at the British Library, organised by Embassy Events. In addition to a video address by the Marshal of the Diplomatic Corps, diplomats were welcomed by the Chairman of the British Library Sir Colin Lucas and they received a briefing from the Dean of the Diplomatic Corps, the Ambassador of Kuwait Khaled Al Duwaisan, an overview of protocol and privileges from the former Director of FCO Protocol Charles de Chassiron, and an introduction to London’s diplomatic networks.

An intensive morning of networking followed, in which diplomats received a personal safety seminar from the Diplomatic Protection Group and attended Living in London workshops with their spouses. The afternoon programme included diplomacy workshops with speakers drawn from the world of politics, business, culture and consular affairs. The full day ended with a prize draw, networking reception and a tour of the Library. And as a reward for an intensive day’s networking, diplomats left the library with a designer cupcake courtesy of Lola’s Kitchen.


Chairman of the British Library Sir Colin Lucas

Charles de Chassiron gives an overview of protocol and privileges

The Dean gives his guide to diplomacy in London

"An excellent Introduction to some key features of life and diplomatic work in the UK"
Swiss Embassy

AERL Chairman Shmuel Ben-Tovim (Israel) introduces the Association of Economic Representatives in London to the new diplomats

Consular Corps President Guy van Glabeke introduces the Consular Corps to new diplomats

Prof Salvator Amendolia introduces the London Diplomatic Science Club

YDL President Bernard Hamilton introduces the Young Diplomats of London

"The event is a great opportunity for all the newcomers to find out useful things about future work in London and make new contacts. Thank you again for doing it!"
Embassy of Ukraine

Constable Brian Pitkin gives the Diplomatic Protection Group’s Personal Safety Seminar

Delicious cupcakes from Lola’s Kitchen went down a storm!

Tanja Demkow (Netherlands) talks to Catherine Walters (Gabbitas)

"Thoroughly worthwhile event and plenty of quality time to network"
Gabbitas Educational

Trevor Nelson (USA) networks with Adham Mardini (Syria)

Josef Mateska (Czech Republic) and Vivienne Rose (North London International School)

Ruben Andrade and Veronica Argote (both Bolivia)

"Great for networking opportunities"
Peruvian Embassy

Riina Salminen (Finland) talks to MargaretAnne Khoury (Southbank International)

Michael Guy (Bahamas) and Marijana Zivkovic (Montenegro)

Jacquie Sole talks to Ilda Raivoso (Mozambique) about English language training

Goce Dimovski (Macedonia) talks to Mary Mitchell (TASIS)

"Well organised. Covering all areas of interest. Not to be missed"
Sudan Embassy

Ludmila Spasskaya and Inna Kustova (both Russia)

Narendra Patel of HSBC discusses diplomatic banking options

Jeremy Fern (City of London), Stephen Cartwright (UKTI) give briefings in the Trade/Economics workshop with Eugene Forde (Ireland) facilitating

Sushma Gera (Canada) and Billy Wibisono (Indonesia)

"This is an excellent opportunity for newly arrived diplomats which will certainly help to make friends and establish a network here in London"
Embassy of Nepal

Eisa Kameli (Iran) and Giselle Morales (Nicaragua) consult the afternoon programme

Richard Fowler (UKBA), Consular Corps President Guy van Glabeke and Christabel Silva (VFS) at the consular workshop

Eno Jengeni (Albania) talks to Ismatullo Nasredinov (Tajikistan)

Simon Darfoor of Darfoor Dental Practice

Veronique Dehon (France) talks to Sue Ackerman and Melanie Walkling of Rowland Brothers International

Pat Killingley (British Council) gives a briefing on cultural and educational diplomacy, with Catriona Finlayson (British Library), Sioned Hughes (Visiting Arts) and Rossana Pittelli (Italian Cultural Institute) on the panel

Laura Querol (Mexico) talks to Beka Dvali (Georgia)

Christabel Silva gives a presentation on visa services management and biometrics

“The event was well organised, informative and well attended”
Zambian High Commission

Michael Morton (Finchley Golf Club) presents a prize to Seyed Ali Mousavi (Iran)

Patrick Doyle presents Mr Friday Nyambe (Zambia) with a voucher for a magnum of champagne and a perfume gift set for his wife

Bond girl – Nick Rapallini presents Carolina Nordling (Peru) with a weekend in a BMW Z4, 007’s preferred car

Natalie Harris awards Peter Kohandi (Estonia) with a night for two at The Langham

"Very important for new Diplomats"
Trinidad and Tobago High Commission

Sarah Harries from The Bentley Hotel awards Josef Mateska (Czech Republic) with a spa treatment at Le Kalon Spa

Tea for two: Rostyslav Ogryzko and Olga Makukhina won Afternoon Tea at the Ritz

"A well presented successful event"
Birch & Co

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