Record-breaking numbers attended the Embassy Induction Seminar in a momentous year in the UK
There was sense of change in the air as the Embassy Induction Seminar made a return to the King’s Fund in central London in October. Not only did the hugely popular annual event – which this year connected almost 300 diplomats from 120 countries with diplomatic suppliers and senior policy makers – take place under a new Prime Minister and monarch, but also a new Dean of the Diplomatic Corps in Honduran Ambassador Ivan Romero-Martinez.
HE Romero-Martinez was one of the speakers who opened proceedings in the packed lecture theatre alongside Alistair Harrison, the Marshal of the Diplomatic Corps; Jeremy Pilmore-Bedford, the new Deputy Director of Protocol at the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office; and Elizabeth Stewart, director of Embassy Group.
A busy day of networking was broken up by talks and workshops covering practical issues such as staying safe in London with the Met Police, an introduction to the many diplomatic networks in London, plus sessions on Defence Diplomacy; Embassy Management & Protocol; Multilateral Diplomacy; Politics and Parliament; Consular and Home Affairs; Economics, Trade and Energy; Media and Public Diplomacy; and Culture, Education and Science.
After a crammed programme, diplomats enjoyed a networking reception and prize-giving as another successful Induction Seminar came to an end.