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
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



The Bulgarian Chevening Association is launching its Mentoring program Shapers of Tomorrow, developed under the CAPF2018 project.

The project partners are the British Bulgarian Business Association, the British Embassy in Bulgaria and the British Council in Bulgaria.

Aim: To support the professional and personal development of Bulgarian students in the UK or recent graduates returning to Bulgaria and encourage community of engaged and skillful youth to lead the social change and shape civil society of tomorrow.

Why? Effective mentoring relationship can shape someone’s future and career. Learning from experienced professionals and leaders can be an invaluable experience.

Who will mentor? Professionals from the Bulgarian Chevening Association and the British Bulgarian Business Association with similar career interests and professional aspirations.

The Mentoring Program description
The Shapers of Tomorrow Mentoring Program will include usually at least 5 working sessions/meetings per year, arranged via Skype/ Messenger/ Viber/ WhatsAp/email exchange and one or two face to face meetings (if possible).
Mentors are experienced individuals, motivated to share personal achievements, including the steps of successful professional realization in Bulgaria, experience and/or knowledge about their study/training in the UK. Mentors will provide an ongoing guidance and support to their mentees and will assist their professional development and career advancement.

Mentees ought to be committed to engage in a professional relationship, where the mentee will be jointly responsible for the effectiveness of the mentoring including willing to listen, learn, collaborate and take initiative.
At the end of the program successful mentoring will be awarded with a certificate and a digital badge.

What are the benefits in participating?
Mentoring benefits all parties involved. While most people believe that mentees gain the most from a mentoring relationship, mentors have a lot to take away as well.
Some benefits to mentees include:
• Access to a professional network
• Individual interaction with a professional from their filed of interest or study
• Exposure to new experiences, culture, etiquette
• Professional, honest, thoughtful advice on your portfolio (resume, elevator speech, presentation skills, cover letters, core competencies, shadowing on the job and etc.)
• An opportunity to join a network (connecting the mentee with colleagues, participate in civic/project events)
• Assistance in identifying career options

Who and How to apply?
Bulgarian students currently pursuing their study in UK or recent graduates to apply please fill in the form at
Potential Mentors :
Or contact us at

More information at: