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This year’s Chevening Alumni Alliance (CAA) Global Forum is taking place on the 10th November 2018 at Regent’s University (Inner Circle, Regent’s Park, London NW1 4NS).

The forum, with the theme Frictionless Borders, will bring together senior members of the Chevening network from across the world. Most participants are already part of CAA industry networks in finance, entrepreneurship, media and law and each network will be represented at the event. Members will also have the opportunity to give short (pecha kucha-style) presentations on a topic of their choice.

The Global Forum is an opportunity for members to network, explore business opportunities, and debate about challenges and common interests that are a priority for their countries and organisations, such as technological innovation, financial inclusion, European issues, international law, media and entrepreneurship. It is also an opportunity to share inspiring stories about how members are revolutionising their sectors with innovative ideas and disruptive projects.

On the eve of the forum, members will be invited to a gala dinner to celebrate the best of Chevening, this year in its 35th year.

Gala Dinner
Location: Regent’s University, Herringham Hall
Date: Friday 9th November 2018
Time: 19:00 to 22:00hrs
Dress code: Black tie or national dress

Global Forum, Frictionless Borders
Location: Regent’s University, Ackland 201
Date: Saturday 10th November 2018
Time: 09:30 to 18:00hrs
Dress code: Business casual

Please RSVP by sending an email to info@cheveningalumni.com
and include the following information: Name, Surname, Current role, Chevening Year and Country. Remember there are a limited number of places available!


09.30 Registration

10.00 Welcome
Laura Vanessa Munoz, Chairperson
Chevening Alumni Alliance

Opening remarks
Ben Coates, Head of Scholarships
UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office

10.30 Session 1: Businesses that cross borders and invest in people
Keynote Speaker: Marine Tanguy, Founder, MTArt and Forbes 30 under 30

11:30 Coffee Break

12:00 Member presentations

  • Debbie Widjaja, Indonesia
  • Qian (John) Sheng, China

12.30 Session 2: Friendly collaboration or healthy competition? The future of investigative journalism
Chaired by Sharon Spiteri, CAA Media Network

Carlo Bonini, special correspondent, La Repubblica, Italy
Manuel Delia, blogger and political activist, Malta
Rebecca Vincent, UK Bureau Director, Reporters Without Borders

13:30 Lunch

14:30 Session 3: Sharing good practice; Immigration and Safeguarding

Women and the Law
Lizzette Robleto de Howarth, International Programmes Manager, Law Society of England & Wales

Immigration and the effects of Brexit
Courtenay Barklem, Barrister, Garden Court Chambers

Safeguarding and the International Aid Sector
Aneeta Williams, International Consultant, Bridging Worlds Consulting

15.30 Member presentations

  • Roumiana Atanassova, Bulgaria
  • Oscar Rangel, Mexico
  • Olga Tsetskova, Belarus

16.00 Session 4: The financial services industry and technological disruption
Chaired by Gui Silva, CAA Finance Network

Pete Hahn, Dean and Henry Grunfeld Professor of Banking, London Institute of Banking & Finance
Emilio Cattaneo, Executive Director, Emerging Africa Infrastructure Fund
Priyanka Lilaramani, Founder, Plinth.Tech

17.00 Closing Remarks followed by High Tea Reception

18:00 ENDS


How much does it cost to attend?
This event is free for all the members and guests of the Chevening Alumni Alliance.

Who pays for the flight?
You need to pay for your own flight. The event is fully catered, and we have secured funding and sponsors to be able to host the forum inside a beautiful venue, and provide a gala dinner and a full day of interactive panels.

Who pays for accommodation?
You need to pay for your own accommodation and we have two recommendations for you.

Option A
We have secured an excellent low rate at Park Plaza Waterloo Hotel for all our members attending the event.

£169 GBP on single occupancy basis, per room per night.
£179 GBP on double occupancy basis, per room per night.

This is an unbeatable price for a four-star hotel in the heart of London and the rate will only be available for the 9th, 10th and 11th November. Reservations can be made by email  or by phone +44 333 400 6130. Please use promo code 091118CHEV and book by the 28th September to secure room and price.

Option B
Affordable comfort at The Hub by Premiere Inn in three great locations. Book online, with prices starting from £70GBP per night according to location.

Can I bring my partner?
Yes, but please let us know when you RSVP.

Can I invite other Cheveners?
Yes, but please let us know when you RSVP and ask them to send their confirmation with the following information: Name, Surname, Current role, Chevening Year and Country.

I need an invitation letter for VISA purposes.
Please email info@cheveningalumni.com to request the letter and provide your full name and the dates you plan to be in the UK.