BDA Webinar series – new dates and first session online

The first BDA webinar, entitled “The Perfect Storm: How the COVID-19 pandemic and oil price crash combine to undermine prospects for geopolitical and economic stability in 2020 and beyond” took place on the 19th of May kicking off a new BDA series of webinars.

The speaker was Bashir Bernard Siman OBE, Financial Diplomacy Coordinator for the BDA, and former UK Special Representative for Financial and Professional Services. The webinar can be watched here.

These events, moderated by Ambassador Len Ishmael, the BDA’s Global Affairs advisor will focus on issues across a wide range of themes covering the BDA’s cross-cutting and geographic fields of expertise including cultural and financial diplomacy, the trans-Atlantic relationship, and the role of international organisations during these times of crisis. Geographic spread is core to these debates and will cover Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, CIS countries, the Middle East, Europe and Asia.

Each webinar will introduce the individual BDA coordinators and their fields of expertise to the virtual audience through robust conversations around topical issues. The series will run from 19 May until 18 June, at 14:00-15:00 CET (GMT+1). Anyone is welcome to join. More info can be obtained from

Further information on the rest of the series can be found here.