Rudi has extensive experience in the worlds of business and diplomacy. Rudi is Chairman of the International Business and Diplomatic Exchange (IBDE), chairman of Global Economic Forum, a member of the task Force on Brexit at the M&A Advisor and member of a number of Advisory Boards.
Rudi spent the 1990s as a principal of a pharmaceutical business. For many years, Rudi has been actively engaged with senior policy-makers, business leaders and diplomats as an expert on international affairs, including as an external expert at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office high-level “policy challenge” sessions. His expertise covers international affairs with a particular focus on strategic policy, EU affairs, financial services regulation, energy security, public policy, political risk, international business, international trade, economic, corporate and commercial diplomacy. Following the recent financial crisis, Rudi led IBDE to the launch of the first international programme on responsible banking and finance which came to be supported by most senior industry practitioners, regulators and policymakers.
Over the past years, Rudi was privileged to convene, facilitate, participate and contribute at a significant number of global events and initiatives which brought together many Ministers, Prime Ministers (including David Cameron), Heads of State (including HM The Queen), Ambassadors, as well as global business leaders (including Bill Gates) and many other successful global CEOs and Chairmen.
Rudi’s engagement with Brexit
Rudi (through IBDE) has played an important and constructive role in the UK’s EU Referendum debate. From June 2015 – June 2018, he has hosted and chaired some 30 high-level forums debating the consequences of Brexit. The aim of seminars was both inclusive, in that they have attracted leading representatives from various institutions (including businesspeople, politicians, diplomats, academics, civil society representatives and the media) as well as thematically comprehensive in their content, having offered speakers and the audience an opportunity to explore the various viewpoints of the Brexit debate. He continues to play an invaluable role in the post-EU referendum policy dialogue.
As a member of the International Steering Board at the International Business Festival, Rudi has played a key role since the launch of the festival in 2013 both in his personal capacity as member of the Steering Board and through IBDE having hosted a number of high-level international events, exploring finance for corporates and SMEs, international banking, and global trade & investment promotion.
Rudi is an accomplished public speaker, with wide experience in speaking at conferences and round-tables, large and small, in the United Kingdom and abroad. He has built up over the past years significant expertise in expert speech-writing having conducted and coordinated annually more than 100 CEO/Chairman level conference presentations.
Rudi is pleased to consider invitations to speaking or chairing conferences and panel discussions. Please forward your requests to firstname.lastname@example.org