44th ICCIUK Annual Conference

Press release

On the 6th October, one of the most important event for the Italian-British business community took place at the Royal Automobile Club, London.

The Italian Chamber of Commerce and Industry for the UK with the patronage of the Italian Embassy in London has organised the 44th edition of the Annual Conference. The Conference, established in 1981, originally took place at the same time as the International Monetary Fund meeting, as an occasion to gather Italian businessmen together in Washington.

During the years, the Annual Conference has become an unmissable appointment in the agendas of businessmen and bankers, both for the topics covered and for the participation of internationally renowned speakers and guests of honour, including ministers and representatives of the business development between Italy and the UK.

This year’s theme is “Diversity and Inclusion”, a very important topic of discussion, that will focus on the changing aspects of the world of work and the resulting awareness. The Italian Chamber of Commerce and Industry for the UK is proud to celebrate and reflect on diversity and inclusion. In a world that thrives on diverse cultures, talents, and perspectives, the Chamber recognizes the importance of fostering an inclusive environment for all.

The Conference started with an introduction by President Belluzzo and H.E. Ambassador of Italy to the UK Inigo Lambertini, followed by a keynote speech by Lady Suzanne Heywood, COO of EXOR. The President then awarded Lady Heywood and Istituto Marangoni represented by Sennait Ghebreab, Programme Leader Fashion Business BA, with Keynes Sraffa Awards which recognize entrepreneurial realities who have made groundbreaking contributions to these areas, promoting innovative economic thought and the advancement of society. The conversation continued with few words by Amedeo Scarpa, Executive Director, Head of the Italian Trade Agency overseas Network and Giovanni Sacchi Director of Italian Trade Agency London Office.

The first panel was moderated by Tony Barber (European Comment Editor, Financial Times) and included Kate Field, Global Head Health, Safety & Wellbeing, BSI and Sun Young Lee, Associate Professor/Deputy Director for Diversity and Inclusion, UCL School of Management. The panellists discussed about the academic point of view and the best practice of D&I.

The second panel moderated by Barbara Serra (Journalist and Broadcaster) included Mathew Dixon, Partner: Retail and Consumer Practice at DHR Global, Ben de Pfeiffer-Key, Founder, DPK Consulting & coaching, Elena Mazzocchi, UK Regional Manager, Brunello Cucinelli. The panellists were able to compare their realities of their businesses and the issues in diversity and inclusion.

At the lunch Katherine Mills, Head of Regulatory Compliance Intesa Sanpaolo London Branch, gave a speech about the perspective of D&I in the corporate world.

Thank you to the sponsors of the event: Intesa Sanpaolo, Leasys, BSI and La Doria LDH.