The World Economic Series (WES)

The WES is a virtual forum for an essential discussion on the global economy. The WES is a joint venture partnership between Diplomat magazine and Public Policy Projects (PPP).

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

Join the WES

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

Chairman Public Policy Projects

Stephen is also Chairman of LaingBuisson, the healthcare market intelligence company. Stephen was appointed chair of the NHS Confederation in November 2015. Stephen was a Member of Parliament from 1979 to 2015 and a member of the government from 1987 to 1997. He was a member of the Cabinet as Secretary of State for the National Heritage from 1994 to 1995 and Secretary of State for Health from 1995 to 1997. Between 2010 and 2014, Stephen was the first elected chair of the House of Commons Health Committee, developing the role of the Committee as an authoritative cross- party voice on health and care policy.

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. Prior to entering Parliament Ben worked alongside the NHS and the wider public sector providing consultancy support. During his time in Parliament he led on the work with No.10 to integrate housing with health and social care. He has worked on a range of cross-party Select Committee inquiries into a range of issues including Meningitis and Brain Tumours.

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 PPPi 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. Kate’s background is in major projects in a range of sectors including transport, housing, education, healthcare and energy. She brings to PPPi the benefit of her significant, global network and understanding of the commercial drivers affecting all participants in pursuing complex opportunities. Kate brings together the unique combination of a market-leading, independently recognised legal background with a strategic vision to support global discussions on key issues of the day and a desire to further change.

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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