Dear Members and friends,


The 2018 British Expertise Awards celebration dinner is fast approaching. This prestigious event is a key fixture in the calendar for the professional services sector recognising and celebrating outstanding international achievements by UK companies and a great evening of networking. Full details are available here: 2018 BEI Awards. We look forward to you joining us.

Earlier this week, British Expertise International CEO, Tracey Smith, attended the Infrastructure Exports UK (IE:UK) Board meeting. Several project opportunities were discussed that might benefit from a 'UK Plc' approach. This included a number of South American rail initiatives, forthcoming global sport events and the concept of generating a UK waste to energy proposal for developing markets. In our role as a convener for the broader supply chain, we look forward to providing more information once the ink has dried on the Board Minutes.


This week also marked the spring equinox and Nowruz – the traditional spring festival marking the beginning of the New Year, that has been celebrated for over 3,000 years across Western Asia, Central Asia, the Caucasus, the Black Sea Basin, and the Balkans. We wish all our colleagues Happy Nowruz! Alexandra Barnes, who heads our Central Asia and South Caucasus group, has already attended Nowruz celebrations at the Cambridge Central Asia Forum and at the Uzbek Embassy, and looks forward to seeing colleagues at next week’s Nowruz reception at EBRD.


The Future Group’s leadership programme held its second workshop, focused on Effective Communication for Influencers and facilitated by our members Thomson Reuters Foundation. Working with recognised communication experts, participants learnt how to prepare and deliver key client messages, combine emotion and reason to create powerful presentations, and take control in difficult situations. The next session is scheduled for May 2018 and will tackle one of the greatest challenges facing any promising executive – dealing with Whitehall.


Looking ahead to next week, on Tuesday Rob Wainwright, Executive Director of Europol, will share his insights with The D Group on tackling threats to business and the economy from financial and cyber crime. Thursday offers two very different, but equally stimulating events: we welcome the Turkish Ambassador, H.E. Abdurrahman Bilgiç, to lead what should be a lively and illuminating discussion for those interested in Turkish issues, DFID’s Head of Profession on Climate and Environment, John Carstensen, who will tackle two of the largest challenges we collectively face: climate change and environmental degradation.


With Best Wishes


Derrick Sanyahumbi, Director, Government - Prosperity and International Development

Event highlights:

Tuesday 10th April – D Group Lunch
One year on: the reality of a Trump presidency for UK business
Xenia Wickett, Head of US and the Americas Programme; Dean, The Queen Elizabeth II Academy for Leadership in International Affairs, Chatham House

Wednesday 11th April – BEI meeting
Are GCC countries still a market opportunity for UK companies?
Seumas Kerr CBE, Managing Director, The D Group; Christopher Ennis, Director, Time|Quantum Forensics Ltd

Tuesday 17th April – D Group Lunch
UK Trade Policy Post-Brexit
Shanker Singham, Director, International Trade and Competition Unit, Institute of Economic Affairs