Dear Members and Friends, 

The focus of this letter is very much on the 37 British Ambassadors visiting Grafton Street in a fortnight to brief our members. 

Here are the timings and brief details. It’s an impressive line up and a great opportunity for all Strategy International members (including The D Group, British Expertise International, The Future Group, Middle East Access Group) and other guests to make contact.

If you wish to contact us about any of these events or any specific regions, the key people are:

Africa – Derrick Sanyahumbi
MENA – Ruari Cahill
Central Asia and South Caucasus –  Alexandra Barnes
South and South-East Asia – Luisa Edves
Latin America and the Caribbean – Edward Thicknesse



South Asia
Monday 21 May, 10.00am to 12.00pm

  • H.E. Richard Morris, British Ambassador to Nepal
  • H.E. Thomas Drew CMG, British High Commissioner to Pakistan
  • H.E. James Dauris, British High Commissioner to Sri Lanka

Monday 21 May, 12.30pm to 2.30pm

  • H.E. Sir Dominic Asquith KCMG, British High Commissioner to India

East Africa
Monday 21 May 2018, 4.00pm to 6.00pm

  • H.E. Nic Hailey, British High Commissioner to Kenya
  • H.E. Sarah Cooke, British High Commissioner to Tanzania
  • H.E. Peter West, British High Commissioner to Uganda
  • H.E. Jo Lomas, British High Commissioner to Rwanda

Francophone Africa
Tuesday 22 May 2018, 8.30am to 10.30am

  • H.E. Catherine Inglehearn, British Ambassador to Guinea
  • H.E. Dr John Murton, British Ambassador to Democratic Republic of the Congo and non-resident Ambassador to the Republic of the Congo
  • H.E. Josephine Gauld, British Ambassador to Côte d'Ivoire
  • H.E. Dr Rowan Laxton, British High Commissioner to Cameroon
  • H.E. George Hodgson, British Ambassador to Senegal

Middle East and North Africa
Tuesday 22 May, 8.30am to 10.30am

  • H.E. Philip Parham CMG, British Ambassador to UAE
  • H.E. Ajay Sharma CMG, British Ambassador to Qatar
  • H.E. Hamish Cowell CMG, British Ambassador to Oman
  • H.E. Frank Baker CMG, OBE British Ambassador to Libya
  • H.E. Rob Macaire CMG, British Ambassador to Iran
  • H.E. Jonathan Wilks CMG, British Ambassador to Iraq
  • H.E. Hugo Shorter, British Ambassador to Lebanon
  • H.E. Irfan Siddiq OBE, British Ambassador to Sudan

South East Asia
Tuesday 22 May, 10.30am to 12.30pm

  • H.E. Moazzam Malik, British Ambassador to Indonesia, ASEAN and Timor Leste
  • H.E. William (Bill) Longhurst, British Ambassador to Cambodia
  • H.E. Hugh Evans, British Ambassador to Laos

Southern Africa
Tuesday 22 May 2018, 12.30pm to 2.30pm

  • H.E. Nigel Casey CMG MVO, British High Commissioner to South Africa
  • H.E. Catriona Laing CB, British Ambassador to Zimbabwe
  • H.E. Fergus Cochrane-Dyet OBE, British High Commissioner to Zambia
  • H.E. Holly Tett, British High Commissioner to Malawi
  • H.E. Kate Airey, British High Commissioner to Namibia

Central Asia and South Caucasus
Tuesday 22 May 2018, 3.30pm to 7.30pm

  • H.E. Judith Farnworth, British Ambassador to Armenia
  • H.E. Dr Carole Crofts, British Ambassador to Azerbaijan
  • H.E. Justin McKenzie Smith, British Ambassador to Georgia
  • H.E. Mike Gifford, British Ambassador to Kazakhstan
  • H.E. Robin Ord-Smith MVO, British Ambassador to Kyrgyzstan
  • H.E. Hugh Philpott OBE, British Ambassador to Tajikistan
  • H.E. Christopher Allan, British Ambassador to Uzbekistan


Next week, aptly enough amongst all the international trade discussion that will doubtless be generated in vast quantities by all this activity, we also have one of our regular C-level / Board Brexit group meetings. Having heard from all quadrants, on this occasion it is the ‘leavers’ camp visiting us, with the influential Economists for Free trade Group (with advisors such as James Dyson and Jacob Rees-Mogg) setting out its analysis of the economic upsides of and rationale for a Brexit with no customs union. 

Whatever form it eventually takes, there are technological issues facing UK business that have profound ramifications regardless of Brexit. Among them are the challenges and opportunities posed by digitisation. Atos’s UK CEO Adrian Gregory gives his views on this subject on 16th May at 6.30pm.

Warm regards, 


Peter O'Kane - Executive Chairman, Strategy International