Networking event in Sofia, Bulgaria for mentors and mentees

On 20 December 2018, the Bulgarian Chevening Association organised a networking event in Sofia, Bulgaria for mentors and mentees participating in the Shapers of Tomorrow Mentoring Programme implemented under a CAPF2018 project.

More than 50 Bulgarian students studying in the UK, mentors from the Bulgarian Chevening Association, the British Bulgarian Business Association, representatives of the International Chambers of Commerce, and guests attended the meeting.

Pic. 1 – left to right:Ms Dessislava Miteva, CEO of the British Bulgarian Business Association, Mr Tom Hines, Head of thePolitical Section at the British Embassy in Sofia and Ms Roumiana Atanassova, Head of the BCA

Ms Roumiana Atanassova, Head of the BCA, thanked Bulgarian Cheveners, the British Embassy and the British Council, as well as the British Bulgarian Business Association for their enthusiasm, which helped the programme reach 39 mentors and mentees teamworking together. Mr Tom Hines, Head of thePolitical Section at the British Embassy in Sofia, announced the approval of additional funding for the final event, which will allow for the participation of representatives of other regional Chevening associations.

Pic 2 – left to right: Mr Julian Voynov, mentor and member of the Management Board of BCA, Mr Tom Hines, Head of thePolitical Section at the British Embassy in Sofia and Ms Roumiana Atanassova, Head of the BCA

Ms Dessislava Miteva, CEO of the British Bulgarian Business Association, expressed appreciation of the initiative. Mr Julian Voynov, mentor and member of the Management Board of BCA, emphasised the importance of this project for the Association’s further development. Ms Kalina Mileva, mentee, talked about the programme’s importance for students and thanked organisers.

Overall, it was rewarding to witness the establishment of valuable connections between the members of such a diverse group. It is our firm belief that they will all benefit greatly from the training materials as well as the prospective results of the whole project.

Chevening Alumni Alliance Global Forum Frictionless Borders

 

Chevening Alumni Alliance Global Forum Frictionless Borders

 

The event will be in London on 10 November 2018

 

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!

AGENDA

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

Panellists:
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

Panellists:
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