In our efforts to sustain and develop trade between the UK and the Arab world, the Arab British Chamber of Commerce is delighted to invite you to participate in our forthcoming webinar titled Foreign Direct Investment & Trade Agreements. The webinar will be held on Wednesday 1st July 2020 at 11:00 am BST.

The discussion will be chaired by The Rt Hon Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean, Chairman of the ABCC, and will be joined by Mr Bandar Reda, Secretary General & CEO of the ABCC.

The webinar will have contributions of His Excellency Mr Ibrahim Mohieldeen, Ambassador of the League of Arab States to London, and The Lord Karan Bilimoria CBE DL, President of the Confederation of British Industry (CBI), who will each address key legal, institutional and procedural factors that are vital to growing business as the global economy recovers from the shocks of the COVID-19 pandemic. The webinar will also discuss the potential for new trade deals post-Brexit; and the range of incentives available for attracting FDI. The discussion will be followed by a Q&A.

Join us for what will be a timely and informative discussion.



The Rt Hon Baroness Symons of Vernham DeanChairman, The Arab British Chamber of Commerce

The Rt Hon Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean is a senior Labour member of the House of Lords and a business leader. Formerly Deputy Leader of the House of Lords, Baroness Symons was a Minister in the UK Government from 1997 until stepping down in 2005. Among her government posts she was Minister for the Middle East, Minister for International Trade and Minister for Defence Procurement, and the Prime Minister’s envoy to the Gulf.

Previously a trade union general secretary, she was an Equal Opportunities Commissioner and a governor of the London Business School. As well as working closely with DLA Piper, Baroness Symons is now involved with a number of other commercial organisations, including roles as a non-executive director of British Airways, and as an advisor to other companies, including those with strong Middle East links, and with a number of not-for-profit organisations, including the International Red Cross.


Mr Bandar Reda, Secretary General and CEO, The Arab British Chamber of Commerce

Mr Bandar Reda took up his position as Secretary General and CEO of the ABCC on 1st March 2019. As CEO for the Chamber, Mr Reda will contribute his expertise and a proven track record, along with his combined experience as a diplomat and extensive hands-on experience in the private sector to help bring the Chamber to the next level. Mr Reda has a distinguished professional career of more than a decade in banking and corporate industry at SABB HSBC Saudi Arabia, prior to taking up senior positions in the diplomatic service of his country, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, as the Commercial Attaché in the UK & Europe and before that in Italy and the Saudi delegation to BIE in Paris.

Mr Reda holds a BA in Economics and Business Administration from Orlando USA. He was an Executive Member of the Saudi-Italian Business Council, Council of Saudi Chambers; a Member of the Business Youth Committee, Jeddah Chamber of Commerce; a Member of the Saudi Economy Association; and a Member of the Saudi Arabian legal accountants. Mr Bandar Reda’s undoubted experience and abilities is clearly demonstrated in his extensive career of service in both public and private sectors. This appointment will enable him to make a vital contribution to the strengthening of the Chamber’s activities and extend its influence as the leading strategic business services organisation in the UK working to improve bilateral trade.


H.E Mr Ibrahim MohieldeenAmbassador of the League of Arab States in London

Ibrahim Mohieldeen has a BA Hons in Economics from the Faculty of Economics and Political Science, Cairo University, where he graduated in 1981. After working in banking, he joined the League of Arab States in 1991, and was assigned to the Cabinet of the Secretary General, where he was responsible for the International Political Affairs. He later joined the Political Sector as Head of the Latin American Section starting from 2003 to 2005, when he became the Director of the Americas Department.

During his tenure in the Americas Dept, he helped to organize several Arab South American Summits which successfully promoted closer relations between the two regions. He also worked to promote relations with the USA which resulted in the signing of an MOU in 2012 for cooperation between the Arab League and US Department of State. Mr Mohieldeen became Director of the Europe & Arab-European Cooperation in November 2015, where he supervised the launch of the Arab European Strategic Dialogue with the EU. Mr Mohieldeen was one of the founders of the Association of Friends of Cancer Institute in 1998, which was responsible for building the cancer Hospital for Children in 2007, which is considered to be one of the biggest hospitals specialized in children's cancer in the Middle East.


The Lord Bilimoria CBE DL, President of the Confederation of British Industry (CBI)

Karan Bilimoria is the founder of Cobra Beer, Chairman of the Cobra Beer Partnership Limited, a Joint Venture with Molson Coors, and Chairman of Molson Coors Cobra India. In the Monde Selection, one of the most prestigious quality awards in the world for beer, the Cobra range have collectively been awarded a total of 121 Gold and Grand Gold medals since 2001, making it one of the most awarded beers in the world.

Lord Bilimoria is the Founding Chairman of the UK India Business Council, a Deputy Lieutenant of Greater London, a former Chancellor of Thames Valley University (now the University of West London); he was the youngest University Chancellor in the UK when appointed. Karan was a former Senior Non-Executive Director of the Booker Group now TESCO PLC (2007-2016); he is one of the first two visiting entrepreneurs at the University of Cambridge; he is a founding member of the Prime Minister of India’s Global Advisory Council. In 2006, Karan Bilimoria was appointed the Lord Bilimoria of Chelsea, making him the first ever Zoroastrian Parsi to sit in the House of Lords.  In 2008 he was awarded the Pravasi Bharti Samman by the President of India. He is an Honorary Fellow of Sidney Sussex College Cambridge and was Chair of the Advisory Board of the Judge Business School, Cambridge University from 2015-2020.  He qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Ernst & Young and graduated in law from the University of Cambridge. He is also an alumnus through executive education of the Cranfield School of Management, the London Business School and the Harvard Business School. In July 2014, he was installed as the seventh Chancellor of the University of Birmingham, making him the first Indian-born Chancellor of a Russell Group University in Great Britain, and he is the President of the UK Council for International Students Affairs (UKCISA). Since 2017 Lord Bilimoria has been a Bynum Tudor Fellow at Kellogg College, University of Oxford. Lord Bilimoria is an Honorary Group Captain in 601 Squadron Royal Air Force. In June 2020, he was appointed President of the Confederation of British Industry (CBI).


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