Dear Members and Friends,

The clocks may well have ‘fallen’ back and the darker nights are drawing in but our Calendar of Events is brighter and busier than ever. This week we hosted a full house of Strategy International members who joined Rachel Turner, Acting Director-General for Economic Development at the Department for International Development (DFID) for lunch.


DFID launched its ambitious Economic Development Strategy in January 2017, setting out how the UK will help the poorest countries attract investment, trade more, and create millions of jobs for a growing young population, so that people can seize new economic opportunities to escape poverty. Rachel answered many questions from a lively and engaged audience, updating on current progress and outlining actions for the next phase of activity.

Opportunities for Infrastructure in India were discussed by a small group on Wednesday when former BEI Chairman and Pinsent Masons Partner Martin Harman, CBE, joined with leading Indian legal firm Link Legal Law to share views on the market. They focussed on airports, roads, metros and renewable energy in particular, recounting experiences over recent years and valuable lessons learned in terms of introducing UK companies to the Indian market. This interactive session ran over its allocated hour and provided much very specialist and bespoke advice to those present.

Another event that continued into overtime was last night’s session over dinner with Dr Andrew Monaghan discussing the implications of 2018’s Presidential elections. With political uncertainty seemingly coming from every angle there was much to discuss, and to speculate on!

Next week the building will be busy.  Kicking off on Monday is a session with The Aga Kahn Foundation which is almost full but has a few places available that can be booked via the website. On Tuesday, we are working with PWC on a bespoke event covering Women’s Economic Power which a number of our members and team will be attending, a session on International Development partnering with Spanish consultants, lunch will focus on big Infrastructure with the Projects Authority and the evening event will reveal new art via D Contemporary as we welcome artist David Clapham and guests.

Thursday, we have a detailed session for those of you working in the UAE and neighbouring countries as they prepare for the implementation of VAT in the GCC. All are welcome to this event.

Pulling the week to an end is the closing date for the British Expertise International Awards 2018. The website is very active this week and we are very excited by the responses and the fantastic range and scale of projects that have been submitted. The competition is on!

As always, we close on 5 November which this year happens to fall on a Sunday. Although the office will be closed please do email me at with any questions and I will help. While we do hope to get everything in by midnight on Sunday we know that sometimes these things just take longer than you think they will. Likewise, a new entry process can be confusing so if you do have trouble let me know and I’m sure we can work it out. Good luck everyone!


Best wishes to all.


Tracey Smith - Deputy Chair, Strategy International


Event highlights:

Tuesday 7th November – BEI Meeting
International Development: Partnering with Spanish Consultants
Meet Spanish companies looking to partner on international development projects.
Thursday 9th November – Middle-East Access Group
The Implementation of VAT in the GCC Region
Michael Patchett-Joyce, Director of Capplex Limited