BEI Weekly Update — 8th April 2022

Dear Members and Friends,

I wanted to take this opportunity to welcome a further three new members who joined in the course of the First Quarter.

Senceive are a world leader in the design, manufacture and continuous improvement of wireless condition monitoring technology. Their precise, durable and robust products have been engineered in direct response to the demands of rail, construction and mining environment.

Crystal Facilities Management work with customers to provide integrated facilities management solutions. They are leveraging their strong base in the UK to expand their offering into the fast- growing markets in the Gulf region.

RM is a leading supplier of technology and resources to the education sector, supporting schools, teachers and pupils across the globe — from pre-school to higher education — including examination boards, central governments and other professional institutions. Their vision is to enable the improvement of educational outcomes globally.

We welcome all these members and look forward to their engagement in our Events and Working Groups. I will provide further details of more new members in the coming weeks.

I would also like to highlight the change in name of a member who joined late last year. After ten years in operation, Skotkonung is rebranding to be known as MetricsLed — a software company that works across the humanitarian, development, defence, and diplomatic space. It offers platforms and applications in two broad areas: operational management and data insight. You can find more details here:

This week, to complete our current series focusing on South- East Asia, we were delighted to host an in-person event in partnership with our sister companies The D Group and BFPG on the subject of ‘The Indo-Pacific Tilt — one year on’. Our outstanding panel included Sophia Gaston, Director of The British Foreign Policy Group and Research Fellow in the Institute for Global Affairs at the London School of Economics and Political Science; Bill Hayton, Associate Fellow of the Asia-Pacific Programme, Chatham House; Andrew Mitchell CMG, Director General for Exports and UK Trade at the Department for International Trade and Veerle Nouwens, Senior Research Fellow at the International Security Studies Department at RUSI. In the course of a fascinating hour, our panel shared their perspectives one year on since the government’s Integrated Review set out the importance of the region. We were delighted to host a lively networking session following the event.

As we head into a series of short weeks and holidays, I wanted to draw your attention to some other excellent in-person events in the coming weeks.

On 13th April we look forward to welcoming Mike Short, the first ever Chief Scientific Advisor to the Department for International Trade for a lunch meeting. Mike has over 40 years’ experience in electronics and communications, and his role allows him to lead the department on the technical aspects of international trade deals whilst also supporting inward investment. If you are interested in attending, please contact Ella.

On 20th April, we will be hosting Turkey’s Ambassador to the UK, Umit Yalcin for a lunch. The Ambassador will share his insights on commercial opportunities for UK companies in the fascinating market. In the past two decades Turkey’s economic and social development performance has been impressive. The Turkish government is investing significantly in a wide range of infrastructure projects, from nuclear power to road and rail, and there are opportunities across many other sectors including healthcare, education, technology, financial and business services. Please contact Ella to reserve your place.

Later on the 20th April, we have an excellent in person panel lined up to discuss the fascinating subject of ‘Technology and Aid: experiences, opportunities and challenges’. Our Panel will include Louise Thomas, Deputy Director, Global Science and Emerging Technology Department at the FCDO, Helen McElhinney, Head of Policy ICRC UK and Ireland; Alex Grainger, Associate Director and Head of Geospatial at Tetra Tech and William Morrison of MetricsLed. Globally, it is hard to think of a sector that is not being transformed by digital technology, driving greater efficiency and effectiveness. The practical application of AI and Machine Learning is already well established across industries that touch our everyday lives. The situation is no different for the development sector. There are significant opportunities to leverage digital technology to support the sector — from more effective modelling and forecasting of likely issues that will arise through to more effective management of implementation of programmes and monitoring of progress.

For more details and to register for these events, please click here.

Finally, I hope you will all have a relaxing weekend as we look forward to the Easter break next week.

With Best Wishes

Derrick Sanyahumbi
Chief Executive Officer
British Expertise International

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11th April — BEI Girls’ Education Working Group

13th April — Lunch with Mike Short: Chief Scientific Advisor

20th April — Lunch with Turkey’s Ambassador to the UK, His Excellency Ümit Yalçın

20th April — Technology and Aid: Experiences, Opportunities and Challenges

28th April — Exploring the intersection of Gender and Disability: what approaches can education systems and policy makers take to achieve inclusive education?

2nd May — BEI Education Working Group

9th May — BEI Girls’ Education Working Group

17th May — Global Health Strategy and Opportunities: the DIT view

18th May — BEI Climate Change Working Group

24th May — BEI Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Working Group

6th June — BEI Education Working Group

8th June — Doing Business with British International Investment (formerly CDC Group)

13th June — BEI Girls’ Education Working Group

15th June — BEI Climate Change Working Group

28th June — BEI Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Working Group

External News & Events

Mid April (dates TBC) — British Embassy in Tashkent is inviting UK companies to attend its flagship event — Uzbek British Trade and Investment Council (UBTIC). This is the official bilateral trade and investment forum convened by the governments of the United Kingdom and Uzbekistan. For more details, please contact

25th — 29th AprilSpatial analysis in QGIS and R — An Introduction for Environmental Scientists. Running over four half-day sessions, this hands-on and interactive online course will give you an introduction to spatial data analysis in an open-source environment. For more information click here and to sign up and pay online click here.

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