The World Economic Series

A virtual forum for an essential discussion on the global economy. The World Economic Series is a joint venture partnership between Diplomat magazine and Public Policy Projects. Chaired by The Rt. Hon. Stephen Dorrell, former UK Health Secretary and Chairman of Public Policy Projects, the structure of our events to date has involved two to three keynote speakers, followed by discussion and questions from the global audience. Following the event, a report is made available as well as video highlights shared online.  (The discussions adopt Chatham House Rule and are excluded from these video highlights.)

Who is the audience?

We have created a global audience of diplomats, governments, parliamentarians, policymakers and industry leaders, C-suite private sector leaders.

On average, webinar events are attended by

  • Over 300 people
  • 60+ Ambassadors
  • Diplomats from over 100 countries
  • Members of 6 select committees from the House of Lords and House of Commons
  • Over 100 CEO’s and private sector leaders from global business and finance

Sponsor Benefits

  • Exposure to a carefully crafted audience of approximately 300 decisionmakers
  • Opportunity to shape the content of the event, including having your own speaker on the panel
  • Your brand will appear on all collateral both prior to, during and post-event
  • License for one year to distribute all post-event content, article and video
  • All content distributed to attendees and publicly through and social channels

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Virtual Events

Virtual Events

The World Economic Series is a virtual tour of the world bringing together the diplomatic community, public and private sectors to discuss rebooting the world economy.



Supporting regional economies around the world to react to challenges in the 21st Century and share best practice.



Highlighting insight and analysis generated by the WES Virtual Event Series to distribute knowledge to international communities with an economic interest.

Who we are

Stephen Dorrell

Executive Chair

Stephen is former Secretary of State for Health, former Chair of the Health Select Committee and former Chair of the NHS Confederation. He stepped down as a Member of Parliament in May 2015.

Ben Howlett

Managing Director

Ben is Managing Director of Public Policy Projects. He was Member of Parliament for Bath from 2015 to 2017 and Chair of the first Parliamentary Group for Rare, Genetic and Undiagnosed Conditions. He also Chaired the Stroke Group and supported the personalised medicines and data analytics groups.

Max Austin

Policy Director

Max is Policy Director for Public Policy Projects International, driving the policy agenda for global programmes of works. Max is the drive behind the World Economic Series, overseeing the operational delivery of this global forum for the international diplomatic community. Max previously worked at the Conservative Middle East Council and Students Union at Bristol University.

Kate Orviss

Partnerships Director

Kate is the Partnerships Director for PPP and joins us after 25 years at international law firms Linklaters and Pinsent Masons. When at Pinsent Masons Kate set up and led the Global Healthcare Projects Team, bringing together healthcare and life sciences specialists from across their global network. She also most recently worked on healthcare projects in a range of jurisdictions including Egypt, India, The Gambia, Uzbekistan, China and the UK.

Venetia de Blocq van Kuffeler

Editor, Diplomat Magazine

A 70-year-old foreign affairs magazine, DIPLOMAT provokes intelligent discussion from the heart of London’s diplomatic community. DIPLOMAT provides unique insight into the minds of the most prominent world leaders and governments. DIPLOMAT’s mix of high-quality analysis, political commentary on world affairs and interviews with Ambassadors and High Commissioners make it essential reading for the diplomatic, political, corporate and investment communities in the UK and Europe. The exceptional content and follow up events for our unrivalled audience of 165 foreign governments make DIPLOMAT the only platform that provides access to so many overseas governments at once.

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