Global Business EXPO 2019 

Incorporating the Institute of Export & International Trade's World Trade Summit

sponsored by Moneycorp


12 September 2019


“The best businesses are looking for growth opportunities NOW ahead of a post-Brexit Britain”

This September, Chamber International will welcome trade specialists from its partner network across the world to deliver a well-rounded look at opportunity markets for UK manufacturers and exporters at this one-day event being held in Leeds.

The occasion will further expand on Chamber International’s unrivalled reach across UK exporters and international export service providers, featuring sessions addressed by and for businesses from a wide range of sectors.

  • One-to-one meetings with in-market specialists representing several continents at this unique one-day event
  • An overview of different overseas markets and the opportunities they present, with tips to manage risk
  • Make connections and share knowledge with more than 150 delegates, trade officials and export support agencies

First wave of confirmed trade officials

#GBEXPO19 Trade Official - David Marsden  

David Marsden is the Director UK & Ireland of the Hong Kong Trade Development Council. A graduate of the London School of Economics, in Economic History, David spent 10 years in the private sector, in financial services, advertising, and interior design before joining the TDC in January 1986.

GBEXPO19 - Trade Officials - David Gardner  

David Gardner has been country Director at DIT Chile since September 2017. He has been a member of HM Diplomatic Service since 1978 and has served in varied roles in Colombia, Spain, Afghanistan, Mexico, France, Japan, Poland, El Salvador and Honduras. A Spanish speaker with long experience in Latin America, he is keen to publicise Chile as an ideal stepping off point for the region, with its free market approach, excellent business environment and a population with an anglophile outlook.


Dr Evgeny Polyakov is a senior transformational leader with 20 years of project management, business development and international sales experience gained with top OEMs in the UK, Europe, USA and the Middle East.

He currently oversees Hayward Tyler regional business development and sales in the Middle East, Russia and Caspian region.


Yassin Nahi is the representative of the British Centre for Business in the UK.

The BCB is a business-to-business professional services company established with the mandate to provide operational support and market entry services in the UAE to British companies.


Ms. Elsherif was appointed Secretary-General of the Egyptian-British Chamber of Commerce in 2016. Prior to this, she worked as a Business Relationship Manager for several international companies including Infracon and Shimco International. Iman also worked at the Medical Office of the Egyptian Embassy in London and at the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment.   

GBEXPO 19 Trade Officials - Abdeslam El-Idrissi  

Abdelsalam El-Idrissi, one of the UK’s leading experts on Anglo-Arab trade relations, Deputy CEO & Secretary General of the Arab-British Chamber of Commerce.

During his 36 year career with the ABCC, he has developed important relationships with British Chamber of Commerce, government bodies, educational institutions, NGOs as well as the UK-Arab business communities as a whole.

GBEXPO 19 Trade Officials -  Peter Keszthelyi  

Peter Keszthelyi is Vice-President of the Budapest Chamber of Commerce.

The UK ranks as the fifth largest investor in Hungary, and the city of Budapest contributes 40% to the country’s GDP. Peter is keen to develop bi-lateral trade links with the UK on behalf of the Budapest Chamber  which holds details of 200,000 registered companies and has 4,000 members.


Rohit Singh is Head of Market Entry & Research at the UK India Business Council

Rohit's specialisms include the Indian regulatory environment and corporate affairs. He's been instrumental in setting up factories, establishing business start-ups and managing business transitions on behalf of many US and European companies in India.


Zoltán Horváth is Attaché for Trade & Investment at the Consulate General for Hungary in Manchester.

Prior to becoming Trade Attaché, Zoltan worked for the Hungarian Prime Minister’s Office specialising in international collaboration and organising trade delegations.

GBEXPO 19 Speakers - Maria Kotova  

Maria Kotova is a Head of UK and Ireland Desk and Senior Advisor at Dezan Shira & Associates based in Shanghai office. With a strong understanding of China regulatory issues, business environment factors, and industry services, Maria advises foreign businesses on corporate formation, taxation and legal issues for their investments in China and SE Asia. Maria has been living in China for 9 years working with FDI investments to Asia.

Christopher Gaunt  

Chris Gaunt has been Chair of the British Chamber of Commerce Turkey since 2013. He is a highly accomplished and respected businessman with invaluable international experience across several business sectors, and has held senior management positions in the UK and internationally. He has his own consultancy company “Euroasia Consultancy” in Istanbul and is a Board Member at Suzer Group Istanbul Turkey and Advisory Board Member at Global Thinkers Forum London UK.

Chris Innes-Hopkins  

Chris Innes-Hopkins was appointed UK Executive Director of the Saudi British Joint Business Council in March 2014, and CEO of SBJBC UK in July 2014.

He heads the Secretariat in London and is a former senior diplomat having held positions in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Ankara and Jerusalem, with wide experience of Middle East economic and social development in both public and private sector roles.


Chris Thatcher has lived in Thailand since 2003, when he ran a World Bank Education project working for the government of Thailand.

He is now Chair of the British Chamber of Commerce in Thailand, as well as member of the Legal Group and the D&T Group, and is involved in the Young Professionals Group. 

Mark Ashton  

Mark Ashton is the founder and leader of Resolve, an ecosystem of expert individuals and niche SME partner consultancies. He is a mentor, coach and trusted advisor.

His area of expertise covers UK/USA business growth, and his career spans over 30 years in B2B sales, as well as 20 years in strategic consulting in the UK, Europe and North America.

Philip Gray  

Philip Gray is the Director of Brazil Business Hub and has been working on the Brazilian market since 2009 originally as part of his supply chain consultancy work on the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics. His experience with private and public sector clients involves sectors including power engineering, oil and gas, medical, aerospace, domestic utilities and sports infrastructure. He is also the founder of Commercial Doctor Ltd launched in 2005.

GB EXPO 19 Speaker - Scott Muir  

Scott Muir is the founder of Regroup China, helping UK brands establish awareness and sales in China via key digital channels such as WeChat, Weibo, Baidu, Tmall and JD. Expertise: 

  • Online Customer Acquisition Strategies
  • Building brand awareness and engagement via Social channels
  • Digital Marketing strategies for emerging markets, principally China

World Trade Summit

Chamber International is proud to support the Institute of Export & International Trade in bringing their highly successful World Trade Summit programme to the Yorkshire region for the first time.

As part of its commitment to build competence in British businesses, the Institute of Export & International Trade produces a series of Regional Trade Summits that bring together experts and leading authorities to speak on the key issues of the day.

These one-day events explore the increasingly complex international trade environment, looking at the many opportunities and a few of the challenges currently facing those working in international trade - particularly around Brexit. 


14:00   Lesley Batchelor OBE (pictured right), Director General of the IOE&IT - 'Exporting is Easy - When you know how'

14:20   Speaker TBC

14:40   Liz Ward, Principal at Virtuso Legal - 'Legal implications of Brexit'

15:00   Speaker TBC

15:00   Afternoon break

15:30    Grant Thornton UK LLP - 'Customs and VAT - what you need to know'

15:50    UK Export Finance - 'How UKEF can help'

16:10   Case Study Panel - creating and maintaining relationships post Brexit

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Venue: Cloth Hall CourtLeeds 

Date: 12 September 2019

Time: 9.00am to 4.30pm

GB Expo19 from 9.00 to 2.30pm

World Trade Summit from 2.30pm to 4:30pm

Day ticket prices: 

1. Regular Customers / Chamber Members who are exporters, importers, traders, manufacturers and producers of physical goods  £20 +VAT

2. Non-Regular Customers / Non-Chamber Members who are exporters, importers, traders, manufacturers and producers of physical goods  £57 +VAT

3. All service providers such as banks, insurance companies, logistics companies, consultants, business advisors, translation companies, brokers and professions £247 +VAT

Includes lunch and refreshments.

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Global Business EXPO 19 - 12 September 2019, Cloth Hall Court, Leeds


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