MENA Health 2014 a great success!

According to UK Trade and Investment, the MENA region is home to 5 of the 10 High Value Opportunity Campaigns in healthcare valued collectively at over £1bn. Healthcare UK, which is a joint initiative between NHS England, Department of Health and UK Trade and Investment, is actively engaged with key MENA countries promoting British healthcare associated companies. To further encourage this, Healthcare UK partnered with Pathfinder Trade and Invest for MENA Health 2014, a major healthcare investment summit which took place at Lancaster House on October 15, 2014.

The Lord Kakkar chairs the Opening Plenary of MENA Health 2014

MENA Health 2014 was a terrific success, which brought together leading decision makers from the UK and MENA region, as well as other countries around the world. Joining us from the region were officials from the Ministries of Health as well as senior-representatives from the private sector such as the Dubai Healthcare City and the Hamad Medical Corporation in Qatar. Joining overseas healthcare leaders were international UK-based stakeholders including MENA Health’s sponsors PwC, AstraZeneca, Carillion, TPP and DLA Piper.

MENA Health will provided unparalleled expertise and insights on emerging trends and upcoming projects in the region. This included major infrastructure projects, hospital build, facilities management, medical training and R&D, with a special emphasis on cost-effective technologies and preventive health.

MENA Health’s speakers and chairmen exemplify successful UK-MENA healthcare partnerships, such as:

  • Professor Kazem Behbehani, OBE, Director General of the Dasman Diabetes Institute, Kuwait  Recently awarded an OBE from for his services to UK-Kuwait Healthcare cooperation and in his tireless work promoting diabetes research. Spoke on: New Technology and Preventive Health
  • Dr Geoff Hall, Associate Medical Director for Cancer Services at the Leeds Cancer Centre, UK  Central in developing a collaboration between the Leeds Cancer Centre and the King Hussein Cancer Centre Jordan to develop and share cancer treatments across the Middle East. Spoke on: Growing Training and Research Capacity
  • The Rt Hon Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean, MENA Health Chairman Formerly a Minister for the Middle East and still actively involved in the MENA region, chairing the UK Parliament’s all-party group on Qatar, the Saudi-British Joint Business Council and the British Egyptian Society.

Rt Hon Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean chairs MENA Health 2014

As Baroness Symons, Chairman of MENA Health, noted, “Now is the time to invest in UK-MENA healthcare partnerships. British technology and expertise is poised to contribute in all sectors of the health industry, from hospital build to training and R&D. This conference will provide a key platform for establishing and developing important relationships with our strategic partners in the region, and I congratulate the organisers on their positive efforts toward shared goals.”

For any questions regarding the follow-up to this ground-breaking event, contact Project Lead Dr Arielle Le Brenne at

VIP Lunch with the Rt Hon Alistair Burt MP

VIP Business Leaders Luncheon with  the Rt Hon Alistair Burt MP
On 30 July 2014, The Rt Hon Alistair Burt MP, former Minister for the Middle East, spoke on the current crisis in Iraq, ISIS and other current affairs affecting political and business relationships with the Middle East.


Cross Cultural Training for doing business in the Arab World

Yesterday’s essential business training on Cross Cultural Awareness for doing business in the Arab World, was hosted by expert Jeremy Williams OBE, an internationally acknowledged expert on the cultural intricacies which arise when Westerners and Arabs meet to do business. With 40 years exposure to the Gulf and the broader Arab world, he has, for the past 15 years, been helping mainly Westerners engaged in business with the Arab world. We had a group of top executives join us for a private training session yesterday, which was an eye-opening experience that prepared our clients with new skills for success in their next business trips to the MENA region.

“A wonderfully lucid and compelling presentation clearly based on firm and real experiences.” PH

“I liked the style and timing of delivery and the key messages around patience and respecting local culture.” - MC

“Do not attempt business in Arabia without attending this course first.” - IB

Stay tuned for our next upcoming training session date to be announced soon. If you are interested in having a training for your business or clients, please contact us at:

Sir William Patey & Baroness Symons head event on risk in Transitional Countries

Iraq, Libya and Egypt: Mitigating Risks and Maximising Reward” on March 19th at 1 Whitehall Place was a sold-out event, acclaimed by our members and clients for content, relevance and honesty in regard to three of the UK’s most difficult transitional country partners. Our first VIP panel of the briefing looked into the geopolitical risks of the region and specific challenges of doing business in these three countries, chaired by Sir WIlliam Patey, former British Ambassador in Iraq and FCO in Libya. Our second expert panel concentrated on how to prevent and mitigate the political and economic risks posed by core issues, moderated by Mike Pullen, Head of International Trade at DLA Piper. High interest in these three markets will keep them on our agenda, so keep an eye out for upcoming events covering opportunities in these countries.

The Rt Hon Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean and Sir William Patey headline a panel on the geopolitical risks in Iraq, Libya and Egypt

Dr. Florence Eid-Oakden of Arabia Monitor discusses specific challenges in Libya and Egypt

New January 2014 Pathfinder News Digest

Pathfinder is pleased to present our new Pathfinder News Digest for January 2014, which will update you on Pathfinder’s activities from Autumn 2013, as well as our upcoming initiatives for 2014. Our upcoming Global Trade Initiatives are designed to facilitate commercial links at the highest level for expanding business in growing markets. Our News Digest is released quarterly and will keep you up to date on our activities, inclusive of an updated annual calendar and business opportunities. Thank you for your partnership, and we look forward to working with you this year.

VIP Business Leaders Luncheon: Lady Symons

Today we had the launch of our VIP Business Leaders Luncheon Series at The Cavendish Hotel, with honoured guest The Rt Hon Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean. Lady Symons spoke on “The Arab World in Transition: Implications for Business”. Our high profile guests enjoyed a private three-course Christmas meal during speeches, with the opportunity to ask questions to Lady Symons and network with other business leaders present. Join us for our next VIP Business Leaders Lunch on February 27, 2014.

Lady Symons speaks at our VIP Business Leaders Luncheon


Roast Goose Christmas Main Course at The Cavendish Hotel

Trade Mission to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Last week, from December 2-5, 2013, Pathfinder led a trade delegation to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to coincide with The Economist’s High Growth African Markets Summit. Our delegation worked in collaboration with The Government of Ethiopia and the British Embassy in Addis Ababa to explore opportunities for trade and investment in the country, as well as the wider region. Join our next mission to Azerbaijan in March, coinciding with The Economist’s Azerbaijan Investment Summit in Baku.

HE Sufian Ahmed, Ethiopia's Minister for Finance and Economic Development, with Alistair Ross, Regional Editor of The Economist, speak on development in investment laws for foreign business at the High Growth African Markets Summit at The Sheridan Hotel, Addis Ababa

Roundtable and political & economic briefing at British Embassy with His Excellency Ambassador Greg Dorey and our delegation

Pathfinder’s Autumn News Digest

It is with great pleasure that Pathfinder is able to provide you a copy of the first Pathfinder News Digest, from which you will see that Pathfinder is growing into one of the UK’s leading private sector organisations dedicated to facilitating commercial links for business at the highest level. Our quarterly News Digest will keep you up to date on our activities, inclusive of an updated annual calendar and opportunities to be involved with our work.

World View Series Briefings at DLA Piper

Hosted by our strategic partners DLA Piper, Pathfinder presents the World View Series Breakfast Briefings, which allow decision makers to hear from local and foreign Ambassadors on current economic and political trends in their country or place of service, with time for Q&A. Check our events calendar for upcoming briefings, and join the inner circle for direct invitations.

The Hon Mike Rann, Australian High Commissioner to the UK, speaks to London's business community on September 29, 2013

A briefing with HE Sir David Reddaway KCMG, MBE, British Ambassador to Turkey, hosted by Lord Clement-Jones, Managing Partner of DLA Piper, on October 16, 2013.

Pathfinder organises high level bespoke mission to Iraqi Kurdistan for a leading UK Arab bank

‘Kurdistan is blossoming with its cities, infrastructure services, electricity, water, education, health, housing, financial services and oil industries all fast developing offering excellent opportunities for UK companies.  In some cases these industries are well ahead of the rest of Iraq’  said Michael Thomas CEO of Pathfinder who led this important trade mission.

The programme, which was organised by Pathfinder with the support of the Kurdistan Regional Government, involved an intensive three days of high level meetings commencing with a dinner at the five star Rotana Hotel in Erbil hosted by the Bank for established senior British businessmen, to first of all get a flavour of the fast developing economic situation in Kurdistan.