Latin America and

the Caribbean

Rubens Barbosa is a senior business adviser based in Sao Paulo, and a popular speaker and writer on global business and trade issues. He served as Brazil’s Ambassador in Washington and London. He has extensive international economic, trade and commercial experience.

Julie Chappell OBE served as Britain’s Ambassador to Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador and worked on the GREAT Britain Campaign, promoting British business, tourism and culture across the world. Julie has won a Woman of the Future award.

Peter Collecott CMG (Co-Chairman) was UK Ambassador to Brazil. He advises multinationals with substantial interests in Brazil on relationships with governments and public authorities. He has extensive experience in the energy sector and is a leading commentator on climate change policies.




Dianna Melrose was UK High Commissioner to Tanzania and Ambassador to Cuba. Before joining the Diplomatic Service, as Oxfam GB Policy Director, she played a key role in making Oxfam a leading force in advocacy on international development and humanitarian issues. As Head of the Foreign & Commonwealth Office’s Policy Planning Staff, she led a team producing innovative policy thinking on political, security and economic issues for the Foreign Secretary.

Garvin Nicholas was High Commissioner to the Court of St James’s and Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Denmark, Finland, Germany, Norway and Sweden for Trinidad and Tobago. In 2012 he was awarded Diplomat of the Year from the Americas by Diplomat Magazine. He subsequently served as a Senator and Attorney General of Trinidad and Tobago. He is now Head of Chambers at Odysseus Chambers, Attorneys at Law, Trinidad and Tobago.

Giles Paxman CMG LVO was UK Ambassador to Spain and Mexico. He also has had different European postings. He has extensive knowledge of negotiating European legislation and helping companies through complex EU processes.



Jorge Stok Capella led Argentina’s diplomatic missions in Frankfurt and Toronto, promoting Argentine economic and cultural interests with politicians, bankers, business leaders and cultural organisation.

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