Join us as Douglas Barnes, DIT Director Burma shares insights and experiences of Burma and the business opportunities this high growth market offers. He will highlight how DIT can support UK businesses interested in doing business in Burma (Myanmar).
Mathew Rycroft CBE, DFID’s Permanent Secretary aims to build on DFID’s strong base to create a department better connected with the rest of Whitehall, and to demonstrate the importance of international aid to a sceptical British public. We are delighted to have him join us to share his vision of the department, it’s cross-government engagement and what UK plc can contribute to this agenda.
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.
Join us as Emma Wade Smith OBE, Her Majesty’s Trade Commissioner for Africa sets out the UK Government’s strategy towards Africa; challenge perceptions about doing business in Africa; describe some current and future opportunities across the continent; and look ahead to the possibilities of the years ahead.
After five years at Goldman Sachs and a stint as Chairman of the Bow Group, a Conservative think-tank, Sam Gyimah was elected MP for East Surrey in 2010. He has held a number of roles in government, including Parliamentary Private Secretary to Prime Minister David Cameron, Undersecretary of State for Childcare and Education, and Undersecretary of State for Prisons and Probation. He read PPE at Somerville College, Oxford, where he was also President of the Oxford Union.
Justine Greening MP was the Secretary of State for Education and the Minister for Women and Inequalities from 2016-2018. In the Cameron government she filled the same role at the Department for International Development and, prior to that, the Department for Transport. She has been the incumbent MP for Putney since 2005, and is an advocate for ‘free’ schools, the creation of new grammar schools, and retaining university tuition fees.
Considering the circumstances, the Russian economy has been impressively resilient in recent years. The inevitable collapse that many predicted, founded on collapsing oil and gas prices, corruption and Western-led sanctions, has not come to pass: indeed, a combination of new economic policies has seen an increased stability, with inflation in decline after the troubling peaks of 2016 and dependence on foreign debt much reduced.
Prime Minister Abe’s recent statement that Britain would be welcomed into the Trans-Pacific Partnership with “open arms” sent a clear and welcome message to our beleaguered government: there is a world outside the EU, and it wants to work with Britain. The UK is Japan's second-biggest investment destination after the US, with £117bn committed as of 2017. With strong ties in industry and defence the foundations for a long and profitable trade relationship are already in place.
Join us as Andrew Koleros, Director of Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning at Palladium shares his team’s recently published a paper in the American Journal of Evaluation. The paper outlines a new framework for improving the design and evaluation of complex programmes. The paper outlines a new framework for improving the design and evaluation of complex programmes.
The D Group is delighted to welcome Sir Richard Dearlove, former Chief of the Secret Intelligence Service, MI6, from 1999 to 2004. With a career spanning over thirty-eight years in British Intelligence, Sir Richard rose to Chief, known as “C”, after serving as a frontline case officer behind the Iron Curtain, in Geneva and Paris, in Africa and as station head in Washington D.C. Sir Richard was elected the Master of Pembroke College, Cambridge, in 2004.
Richard is a Senior Account Director for the European region primarily responsible for driving sales and partnerships business development, with a broad technical background across multiple industries. He is a global leader in Asset Performance Management and predictive maintenance technologies, enterprise scale Industrial IoT (IIoT) platforms and complex systems integration.
Jonathan was appointed Executive Director of Systems and Networks from 1 April 2018. He is responsible for energy systems strategy, leads on regulation of price controls for the distribution and transmission networks for gas and electricity (RIIO) and leads on the interconnector and offshore transmission regimes.
Educated at both Oxford and Cambridge Universities, Commissioner Dick joined the Metropolitan Police as Constable in 1983. She spent several years as a Superintendent with Thames Valley Police before returning to the Met as a Commander in 2001. From there, she advanced through the ranks to be appointed Commissioner in April 2017, and her first official duty was to attend the funeral of PC Keith Palmer, the officer killed in last year’s Westminster attacks.
Dr Pete Burnap is a Professor of Data Science & Cybersecurity at Cardiff School of Computer Science & Informatics. He developed a reputation for data-driven, innovative, and interdisciplinary research that broadly contributes to the growing field of Data Science, working closely with the Cardiff School of Social Sciences and School of Engineering.
Lunch with Julian Kelly, Director General Nuclear, Defence Nuclear Organisation, Ministry of Defence
We are looking to organise a mission to the 2019 ADB Business Opportunities Fair (BOF). Please register your interest to participate and your sector focus. We will organise sector focused meetings with ADB specialist teams to ensure relevant and productive engagement. Specialist sectors include; infrastructure, agriculture, environment, energy, transport, water, urban development, health, and education sectors.
Immigration remains a key political issue with a perceived public demand to better control immigration being a major factor in the EU referendum debate. However, according the Social Market Foundation, the British public’s attitude towards immigration is much more a grey area than is commonly appreciated.
Dick Elsy is the Chief Executive of the High Value Manufacturing Catapult. Prior to his appointment, Dick spent his time at Land Rover and then Jaguar, where he was engineering director. At Land Rover he became a member of the Board from where he led the creation, development, and manufacture of the Freelander. Dick was also the CEO of Torotrak plc the FTSE listed developer of traction drive technology. Dick is the holder of a Silver Medal from the Royal Academy of Engineering and is also a Fellow of the IMech E and IET. Dick was awarded a CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list in 2018.
Dido Harding became Chair of NHS Improvement in 2017. She is a non-executive director on The Court of the Bank of England and Chair of the Bank’s Remuneration Committee. She was Chief Executive of TalkTalk Telecom Group plc from 2010 to May 2017. Prior to TalkTalk, Dido was Sainsbury's convenience director, having been appointed to Sainsbury's operating board in March 2008. Dido joined Sainsbury's from Tesco plc where she held a variety of senior roles both in the UK and international businesses. In August 2014, Dido was offered a peerage and sits in the House of Lords as a Conservative peer. She was appointed to the Economic Affairs Committee of the Lords in July 2017.
We are delighted to welcome The Rt Hon Tobias Ellwood MP for a Dinner event on 22nd May at The D Group.
Tobias Ellwood was appointed Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Ministry of Defence on 14 June 2017. Tobias served as Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office from July 2014 to June 2017. He was elected Conservative MP for Bournemouth East in May 2005.
Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen John Hillier, KCB, CBE, DFC, ADC is a senior Royal Air Force officer. He won the Distinguished Flying Cross for actions in the Gulf in 1999 and was awarded the US Bronze Star Medal for service in the Iraq War. He went on to be Air Officer Commanding, No. 2 Group, Director Information Superiority at the Ministry of Defence and then Deputy Chief of the Defence Staff (Capability). Hillier succeeded Air Chief Marshal Andrew Pulford as Chief of the Air Staff on 12 July 2016.
We are delighted to welcome Dr Tim Stone CBE,The Nuclear Industry Assoication for a Lunch event on 25th June 2019.
Dr. Timothy Stone is a businessman, senior expert adviser, and former public servant with interests in finance, nuclear power and infrastructure. Dr. Stone is Chairman of Nuclear Risk Insurers (the world’s leading insurer for the nuclear industry) a Non-Executive Director of Horizon Nuclear Power, a member of the Arup Group Board and is a senior expert Non-Executive Director on the board of the European Investment Bank where he is the longest serving member around the board table.