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Events 2014

10th March 2014 H.E. Radoslaw Sikorski - Polish Minister of Foreign Affairs
‘Why Poland Wants the UK to remain in the EU’

H.E Radoslaw Sikorski's
keynote address discusses the reasons why Poland wants the UK to remain part of the European Union.

A response will be given by Mr Nirj Deva, MEP Conservative, South East England.

Photo source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Poland.

26th March 2014
Syria: Report on ‘Industrial Scale’ killing of detainees

Sir Desmond de Silva, QC  - the former prosecutor of the Special Court for Sierra Leone - led an investigation of international lawyers into the evidence of ‘systemic killing’ of 11,000 detainees by Bashar Al Assad’s security forces.

These came to light through a cache of evidence smuggled out of the country. Most of the victims were emaciated, bloodstained and bore signs of torture. 

Sir Desmond will talk through his findings and report back on the outcome of the Report at the Geneva Peace Conference.

7th May 2014 Hostage - MSClip Art HOSTAGE!

PETER SHAW, a banker with Standard Chartered Bank, was brutally kidnapped in the Georgian city of Tblisi. He will give a harrowing account of five months pushed into a dark hole underground in freezing conditions.
 Cramped, cold, wet and isolated, how did he cope with the mental and physical pressures while a demand of $2m was being made as ransom?


18th June 2014 Anglo-Jordanian Society The Anglo-Jordanian Society Biennial Supper

Lady Olga Maitland, chairman of the Anglo Jordanian Society thought you might be interested in attending this event which will be addressed by both the Duke of Kent and Prince Hassan. This will be a memorable evening in tremendous surroundings.

24th June 2014 "We shall remember them!" THE REAL STORY TOLD of WWI: The Shooting Of The Archduke...

Sir Gavyn Arthur, a former Lord Mayor of London, has made a ten year study about the role of the sinister Black Hand in the assassination of the heir to the Austro-Hungarian throne, the brutal dress rehearsal regicide 11 years before in Belgrade, the love affair between the Archduke and his wife, and all the factors which combined that June day to create the tragedy: the security failures, the forgetful Chief of Police, the gearbox that jammed and the patisserie that ran out of cakes...

18th Nov. 2014
Mohamed Ali Alhakim, Permanent Representative of Iraq to the UN, speaks to journalists, following the Security Council meeting
Photo Courtesy of the United Nations
Is There A Global Solution To The Fire In The Middle East?

Lord Malloch-Brown will address the issue of the raging conflicts in the Middle East – every day more complex and threatening for the entire region. The rapid rise of ISIS has confounded the experts... Is there indeed a role for outside nations to help quench the fire?

Lord Richards, familiarly known as General Richards in his role as Chief of Defence Staff will give his own analysis from a military perspective. Should there be a role for international forces?

10th Dec. 2014 Algerian British Business Council UK-Algerian Investment Forum

Lady Olga Maitland, as Chairman of the Algeria British Business Council is working closely with the organisers, DMA, Developing Markets Associates to mount the First Ever major Algerian event at top level to take place in the City of London.

The visit by the Algerian Prime Minister, M. Sellal will also include talks with the Prime Minister, David Cameron at Downing Street, and the Official Signing of the Double Taxation Agreement. This has come at an opportune time with rapidly developing trade and investment relations, and excellent dialogue between the UK and Algerian governments.

A DSF speaker. Lady Olga Maitland talking to delegates. A DSF speaker
Delegates enjoying the debate. Lady Olga Maitland chatting to a delegate. Cordingley

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