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Branch Event

UK - Philippines: Opportunities for Business Growth Collaboration

29 Jun 2021
Online webinar, Online

The Chair of IoD Central London invites all IoD members, their guests and non-members to the International Trade Special Interest Group Event on trade opportunities with the Philippines. 

The Philippines has a population of 109 million people with a median age of under 30 and an pre-covid annual economic growth of over 6%.. It offers many export opportunities, and in the year up until March 2019 UK exports to Philippines amounted to £731 million (ONS, 2019). There is a strong consumer market, and luxury items, real estate and service consumption is growing annually. Western goods and services continue to be popular in the Philippines.

The UK was in the top 10 foreign investors in the Philippines from 2015-2018 (Philippines Statistic Authority, 2019). UK business, telecoms and financial services have a strong presence and are well recognised, whilst electrical, machinery and pharmaceutical goods (amongst a wide range of others) are the most popular goods.

Philippines is spreading government and economic activity right across its provinces to become less reliant on its capital city. Infrastructure and transport are being improved, locations to base a business are varied, industries are diverse, and growth outside of the city is encouraged.

Gain key insights on how to grow your business in the Philippines in this networking and discussion event exploring Philippines-UK trade opportunities held in partners.

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Date & time: 29 Jun 2021 10:00 - 11:30
Location: Online webinar, Online
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Event manager:
Yusuf Muntazir
Contact phone:
020 8142 8835


Daniel Pruce, Ambassador to the Philippines 

Daniel Pruce was appointed as Ambassador to the Philippines in August 2017. Previously he was Deputy Head of Mission at the British Embassy in Madrid from 2012 to 2016 and British Embassy in Bangkok from 2008 to 2012.

Before that he worked in the Europe Directorate of the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) in London, heading the department that dealt with internal EU issues, including economic reform and the EU’s institutions. He was also responsible for strategic communications on the EU, including the Lisbon Treaty. From 2004 until 2005, Daniel was the Programme Director of the FCDO’s change programme (the “Organisation Project”). This included restructuring the FCDO in London and overseas.

Daniel was seconded to the Prime Minister’s Press Office in 10 Downing Street from 2002 to 2004, responsible for briefing journalists on foreign, defence and development issues and accompanying the then Prime Minister Tony Blair on his visits overseas.
He has twice worked in the UK’s Permanent Representation to the EU in Brussels. First dealing with the closing stages of the GATT Uruguay Round negotiations (1993-1996), then as British Spokesman on EU issues from 1999 to 2001.

Daniel was seconded to NATO HQ during the Kosovo crisis in 1999. During this period Daniel also spent time in Macedonia, working with the NATO communications team.

Chris Nelson, Executive Director, British Chamber of Commerce Philippines

Chris is the Executive Chairman of the British Chamber of Commerce Philippines (BCCP). He is a Director of the Philippine National Bank (PNB) and Chairman of the Trust Committee and Chairman of the Board of Domuschola International School.

Prior to joining PNB, he was President of Philip Morris Fortune Tobacco Corporation, Inc. (PMFTC, Inc.) for 2 years and Managing Director of Philip Morris Philippines Manufacturing, Inc., a position he held for 10 years. He worked in the tobacco industry for 32 years and 27 years with Philip Morris, 25 of which were in management positions including Area Director for the Gulf Cooperation Council (Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates), Yemen, and Horn of Africa.

Chris is actively involved in various business and non-profit organizations that work in social and economic development. He is Vice President of the American Chamber Foundation Philippines, Inc., Director of the Federation of Philippine Industries, Fellow of the Institute of Corporate Directors, Trustee of the Philippine Band of Mercy. He is also a Trustee of Dualtech Training Foundation, and a former Trustee of Bellagio 3 Condominium and Greenhills Community, Tagaytay.

He holds BA and MA in History from Emmanuel College, Cambridge University, U.K., and a Diploma in Marketing from the Institute of Marketing, Cranfield, U.K.

Michelle Fatima S. Sanchez, Commercial Counsellor, Philippine Trade and Investment Centre London (PTIC London)

Michelle is the Commercial Counsellor at the Philippine Trade and Investment Center – London, the commercial section of the Embassy of the Philippines in London.  

She has previously served as Commercial Counsellor in Bangkok (Thailand), Sydney (Australia) and New York (USA).  In between her foreign postings, she held various positions in the Department of Trade and Industry - Technical Assistant to the Senior Undersecretary, crossposted as Special Assistant to the Chairperson of the Securities and Exchange Commission, Coordinator for the International Trade Group and Technical Assistant to the Secretary of Trade and Industry.  Prior her London posting, she was Executive Director of the Committee on ASEAN Economic Community and Assistant Secretary and Coordinating Officer of the Foreign Trade Service Corps of the Department of Trade Industry.
Prior to joining government, Michelle worked with the Philippine Exporters Confederation and developed its range of export support services and policy advocacy program.  Michelle was also involved in consulting for trade development programs and in crafting the first medium term Export Development Plan of the Philippines. 

Michelle earned her undergraduate degree in Business Administration, cum laude, from the University of the Philippines.  She completed her graduate studies in business with an MBA in International Business and Export Management at the City University Business School in London, UK under a British Chevening Scholarship.

Zainab Sadat

Zainab Sadat has been appointed as General Manager for GSK Philippines on 1st February 2020. Prior to this appointment, Zainab was GSK’s Commercial Head for Classic and Established Portfolio (CEP), covering Japan, Canada, Korea, Australia, Singapore, and Hong Kong.
Zainab has a diversified experience of over 18 years in the pharmaceutical industry and has held roles spanning across Marketing & Sales, Business Development, Strategy, Commercial Operations and Corporate Crisis/Change Management. Prior to leading CEP as Head of Intercontinental, Zainab was the Chief of Staff and Strategy Director for Asia-Pacific, Australia, and China where she also played the role of Board Secretary for GSK Singapore Country Board across the enterprise and oversees business and commercial relations with Singapore Economic Development Board, liaising with different functions across GSK as Task force lead.

Christos Papalexis

Christos spent much of his career in the shipping business, the majority of that time as a senior executive of a private shipping and ship management group based between London, UK, and Athens, Greece. 

He has been involved in the management of a diverse range of ocean-going vessels, including oil tankers, chemical tankers and bulk carriers, of all sizes, for a variety of first-class clients who have included publicly-listed shipping companies, private shipowners and financial institutions who have controlled ships from time to time. He has also been involved in the management of distress/workout situations involving shipping assets on behalf of such financial institutions.

Christos served on the Board of Directors of the London-based Greek Shipping Co-operation Committee (established 1935) between 2000-2012 and represented the interests of Greek shipping on the Safety & Environment Committee of the UK Chamber of Shipping between 2008-2014.

He has enjoyed a long association with the Philippines going back over three decades and, in particular, with the Magsaysay Group, the parent group of Global Process Manager (GPM) and one of Asia’s leading human resources organisations. GPM offers best-in-class Business Process Offshoring (BPO) services to UK companies, providing a simple bridge solution to establishing flexible, cost-effective and reliable operations offshore in the Philippines.

He has been a frequent contributor to the shipping media and an occasional speaker. He is a Member of the UK’s Institute of Directors.

Steven Paul

Steven Paul is a Chartered Director and the MD of Kirra Ltd, an active advisory boutique firm. He provides advise to firms across diverse sectors on international business, brings a fresh perspective to creating high-impact boards, a blend of scaling businesses, leadership alignment, business transformation and strategic operations.

Steven serves as an Independent Non-Executive Director for an EU textile firm.
Throughout his international career, Steven has held senior executive and board positions at various companies. His passion is to help SME companies achieve growth, scale globally, and develop authentic leaders.

He holds a degree in Business Administration, executive education on Leading Global Businesses from Harvard Business School, and the Chartered Directors CDir designation from the Institute of Directors. For more information, visit


David Stringer-Lamarre

David is the Chair of the Institute of Directors London Region. He is the Managing Director of Fortis Consulting London which helps organisations meet their objectives via ‘business matching’ and knowledge input. He is a member of the London Business Board, chaired by Sadiq Khan, the Mayor of London. 

He frequently engages with members of the Central Government, Local Government, embassies and international trade organisations, and business leaders to discuss how to ‘drive up business performance’. He is a frequent participant at conferences contributing to a wide range of subjects, including innovation, entrepreneurship, diversity & inclusion and the need for effective communication between international business cultures.

Andrew Lambert CEng FIET MIoD

Chair of the IoD Central London Branch, International Trade Sig. He is Founder and CEO of Electronic Media Services Ltd (EMS) and Founder and COO of Fibre Ltd. 

He is an experienced board-level executive with a proven record of developing new technology to solve business problems with extensive practical experience of working in Europe and Asia.

EMS is a Technology Consultancy and Telecoms Company, which manufactures, the award winning i-MO® 4G/5G WAN router appliances and associated Optibond® Software Defined Networking (SDN) cloud management software.

He is also Vice-Chair of the techUK UK-China Tech Forum and a member of the UK5G International Trade and SME/LEP Working Groups.



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