Defence Priorities and Economic Reality

Defence Priorities and Economic Reality

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Johnny Mercer MP, MP for Plymouth Moor View and member of the House of Commons Defence Sub-committee.

Doing Development Differently – Putting Theory into Practice

Doing Development Differently – Putting Theory into Practice

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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.

SBJBC/BEI Roundtable with Saudi General Authority of Civil Aviation

SBJBC/BEI Roundtable with Saudi General Authority of Civil Aviation

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The Saudi British Joint Business Council (SBJBC UK) and British Expertise International (BEI) will be hosting a roundtable with a high-level delegation from the Saudi General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA) from 09.30-12.00 on Thursday 6 September.

Accessing Project Financing Support - UK Export Finance

Accessing Project Financing Support - UK Export Finance

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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.

Building an effective modern-day security strategy

Building an effective modern-day security strategy

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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.

London & Brexit

London & Brexit

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Rajesh Agrawal, Deputy Mayor of London for Business. London is very much the UK’s strongest bargaining chip in the ongoing Brexit negotiations.

Upskilling the Civil Service

Upskilling the Civil Service

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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.

How can the UK up its game in the Middle East?

How can the UK up its game in the Middle East?

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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.

Doing Development in a Digital World - DFID’s Digital Strategy

Doing Development in a Digital World - DFID’s Digital Strategy

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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’.

EBRD Infrastructure & Procurement - Working and Delivering on Projects

EBRD Infrastructure & Procurement - Working and Delivering on Projects

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We are delighted to welcome Sue Barrett, Director for Transport and Jan Jackholt, Director of Procurement, both at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) as they provide useful information and updates on strategies, working and delivering projects with the EBRD.

Fighting the corner for free enterprise

Fighting the corner for free enterprise

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Joining The D Group for the first time to put forward the continued case for free enterprise is Sir Mick Davis. Sir Mick is the CEO of the Conservative Party.

Rachel Reeves MP

Rachel Reeves MP

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Rachel Reeves is a British economist and Labour Party politician. She has served as the Member of Parliament for Leeds West since 2010. In 2017, Reeves was elected chair of the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee.

America’s voice as a global leader; enhanced or diminished?

America’s voice as a global leader; enhanced or diminished?

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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: Artificial Intelligence - the challenge for business

Sir Nigel Shadbolt: Artificial Intelligence - the challenge for business

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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.

Apprenticeships and Skills

Apprenticeships and Skills

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The UK faces a challenge with a shortage of skills across Sectors, particularly STEM. We welcome the Minister to discuss the challenge of skills and apprenticeships with our members and how we can all ensure a strong and capable workforce for the future.

Lord David Willetts, The Resolution Foundation

Lord David Willetts, The Resolution Foundation

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We look forward to welcoming David Willetts, Chair of the Resolution Foundation, to discuss the Resolution Foundation’s latest reports on the Intergenerational Commission.

Transforming business models with Blockchain

Transforming business models with Blockchain

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Andrew Wheen is Mott MacDonald’s principal communications consultant and the author of Dot-Dash to Dot.Com: How Modern Telecommunications evolved from the Telegraph to the Internet. An IT and Telecoms expert who has worked in a number of roles across the sector, including stints at Energis and Mentor, Andrew joined Mott MacDonald in 2006.

Implications of the US mid-term elections on the Trump Administration’s Foreign Policy

Implications of the US mid-term elections on the Trump Administration’s Foreign Policy

We are delighted to welcome back Dr Karin von Hippel, Director-General of the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) to debate the implications and share her well-gotten insights. Having served nearly six years in the US Department of State as a Senior Adviser in the Bureau of Counterterrorism, then as a Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations, she is extremely well placed to lead what should be a fascinating discussion.

Putting the I into IOT, opportunities for industry through early adoption

Putting the I into IOT, opportunities for industry through early adoption

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According to Jeremy, CEO, The Digital Catapult, failure to establish an accessible network based on the IoT could “dull the UK’s competitive edge”. Digital Catapult’s Things Connected programme aims to counter this threat by supporting the development of the IoT, placing the UK in a better position to compete in this potentially lucrative market.

Will robots destroy jobs and increase inequality?

Will robots destroy jobs and increase inequality?

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Ian Stewart is a Partner and Chief Economist at Deloitte where he advises Boards and companies on macroeconomics. Ian devised the Deloitte Survey of Chief Financial Officers and writes a popular weekly economics blog, the Monday Briefing. His previous roles include Chief Economist for Europe at Merrill Lynch, Head of Economics in the Conservative Research Department and Special Adviser to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions.

How Britain's Ports can thrive in the future

How Britain's Ports can thrive in the future

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Tim Morris has been the Chief Executive Officer of the UK Major Ports Group since November 2017. Tim joined the UK Major Ports Group from the communications consultancy Hanover, where he was the Director responsible for the energy and infrastructure practice. Prior to Hanover Tim spent eleven years in the steel industry with Tata Steel Europe and its successor companies, latterly as the Head of Public Affairs and interim Director of Corporate Communications. He has degrees from the London School of Economics and the University of Warwick.