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Join us for a lunch-time discussion as Sir Dominic Asquith KCMG, British High Commissioner to India shares updates on the country’s political and economic outlook and also the business opportunities for British companies.
Rt Hon David Gauke MP, Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice
Join us for breakfast with Ms. Mitsuko Hayashi, Director of International Defence Equipment at the Acquisitions, Technology and Logistics Agency, who will be discussing the future relationship of Japan and the UK in the defence space.
Join us Becks Buckingham OBE, Head of DFID in South Sudan shares an overview of DFID’s work in South Sudan which focuses on three main areas; humanitarian, education and health interventions. The presentation will include two project examples focusing on their work on Girls Education and the Health Pooled Fund.
Join us as DFID Nepal Head of Office, Rurik Marsden shares an update on DFID’s work in Nepal. DFID in Nepal have been working closely with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) on key policy priorities and together use their combined influence to promote progress on large hydropower projects, reducing barriers to trade with India (with DFID and the FCO in India) and promoting political inclusion and the peaceful transition to the new post-conflict constitution.
As Chairman of the parliamentary Defence Select Committee, Dr Julian Lewis MP oversees the work of the Ministry of Defence and its associated bodies, as well as commissioning inquiries and reports.
To effect transformative social change, development projects must include everyone, from both a rights and evidence-based perspective. Join Michele Turner, Managing Director of World Learning Europe as she takes us through the toolkit and guide for inclusive development through the TAAP (Transforming Agency, Access, and Power) Approach.
Join us as Leni Wild, Director – Global Learning for Adaptive Management at ODI shares her insights and experience on the ‘doing development differently’ approach, of which DFID is a proponent. Leni is a recognised leader in this area, with particular interests in the politics and management of aid, institutional reform and incentives, and adaptive management.
The Conservative strategy – The Rt Hon Esther McVey MP, Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
Join us as Louis Taylor, Chief Executive of UKEF, Gordon Welsh, Head of the Business Group UKEF and some of the UKEF team provide insights into the workings of UKEF, services offered and details on how UK companies can access support.
The Rt Hon Ben Wallace MP, Minister of State for Security and Economic Crime at the Home Office, to discuss his role and what he sees as the principal challenges for the coming years.
We are delighted to welcome back Lord Francis Maude who has led illuminating discussions at the D Group three times already. A familiar face in British public life, he entered Parliament in 1983 and rose quickly to hold numerous senior posts in government and opposition.
We look forward to welcoming Ed Husain, Global Fellow - Middle East Program at The Wilson Center and Author of The House of Islam (2018) for a lunch to discuss what the UK needs to improve in its approach to the Middle East and forge stronger relations.
Dr David Kingham, Executive Vice Chairman, Tokamak Energy Ltd
Join us as Frances Sibbet, DFID’s Digital Service Lead as she shares DFID’s Digital Strategy and how the organisation prepares for ‘Doing Development in a Digital World’.
Professor Gerstle is currently Paul Mellon Professor of American History and Fellow of Sidney Sussex College. He received his BA from Brown University and his MA and PhD from Harvard University. He is a Fellow of the British Academy and of the Royal Historical Society.
Sir Nigel Shadbolt is one of the world’s leading scholars in the field of artificial intelligence. Beyond exploring A.I. from a technological standpoint, his work also considers some of the broader, philosophical questions posed by the digital age; his seminal text, The Spy in the Coffee Machine, examines how advancements in tech could corrode trust and privacy.